What is the course about?
For those with an interest in prop making, or those wishing to start out on the path to working as a prop maker in film, TV and theatre. This intensive week long introduction to prop making techniques will focus on responding to a given brief and introduce the demands of the prop making industry. You will explore a range of sculptural materials and techniques that are employed to make props in these industries including, sculpting, fabricating, casting, mould making and paint effects and finishes.
You will be introduced to the possible progression routes of further study at a higher level and /or potential employment avenues in this area.
What will we cover?
Working to a given brief, you will explore and experiment in the following disciplines in relation to prop making:
Sculpting in a variety of different materials
Mould making and casting
Paint effects and finishes
Pattern cutting in foam
Working with scale.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Have a good understanding of the demands of a specific prop making project as appropriate to the industries of film, TV and theatre.
• Use a range of appropriate techniques and processes.
• Gain an understanding of the requirements of developing a prop making brief
• Understand the importance of experimentation and record keeping
• Gain an understanding of possible progression routes within the subject.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous experience is necessary. This is an intensive introductory level course. There is a follow on course to develop your skills further if you wish to continue your study in this area.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each day will introduce new materials, processes and tools with the last day being a self driven micro-project using the knowledge learnt over the previous days. You will be taught by demonstration followed by practical application. Briefs and projects will be set by the tutor.
You will be advised to utilise London's vibrant museums and art galleries for inspiration for your final day's self driven project. The British museum is just around the corner from the Keeley Street campus.
You will receive one to one guidance and there will be group discussions. You will be shown examples of work by practising prop makers and you will receive information about progression routes available to you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic materials will be provided.
Please bring a sketch pad, drawing pencil, writing pen and a camera. Please wear flat footwear with your toes covered and clothes that you would not mind getting messy in.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details