School of Performing Arts

Digital Production Arts for Theatre

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

The BA (Hons) in Digital Production Arts offers a ground-breaking approach to a dynamic subject area by utilising the latest technology in 3D imaging, scanning and printing to design, develop and produce a range of effects for theatre, film and television.

The BA (Hons) in Digital Production Arts offers a ground-breaking approach to a dynamic subject area by utilising the latest technology in 3D imaging, scanning and printing to design, develop and produce a range of effects for theatre, film and television.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W45F
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts
  • UCAS Points Calculator Click here

Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) in Digital Production Arts offers a ground-breaking approach to a dynamic subject area by utilising the latest technology in 3D imaging, scanning and printing to design, develop and produce a range of effects for theatre, film and television. The course is focused on employability and skills taught on the course will prepare graduates for a wide-range of careers in these key sectors. The course features a diverse range of skills required to succeed in the industry and focuses on: special effects make-up, prosthetics, prop construction, wig, costume, creature and puppet design, virtual and augmented reality, lighting and sound design. Teaching and learning is firmly focused on use of cutting-edge technology in digital scanning, photogrammetry, digital sculpting software, 3D printing and virtual reality.

What happens on the course?

The BA (Hons) in Digital Production Arts is distinctive in its approach. Teaching on this course utilises the most recent digital technology to produce design for film, television and theatre; all teaching takes place in our specialist workshop or in professional contexts, for example industry scenarios and placements. The course allows you to gain skills and knowledge in special effects make-up, prosthetics, costume and wig design, production management, and digital manipulation for theatre; its structure reflects the breadth of industry practice and the employment opportunities available to graduates. We prepare you for these opportunities through regular engagement with industry professionals.

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Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Students will be supported through the provision of materials related to this course: specialist consumable materials are provided. Students may be required to purchase essential equipment to support their studies, for example: sketchbooks. In addition, students may wish to purchase equipment which can be used in industry-settings during placements and after graduation, these may include: make-up kit, make-up brushes.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • Rock School (RSL) L3 Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts - grade M
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and Production Arts - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements will also be required to submit a portfolio and attend an interview. The portfolio should feature indicative work completed in related fields, for example, media make-up, technical theatre, art and design.. Further details can be found at Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.


 As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a creative, critical and sophisticated understanding of the possibilities for performance implied by relevant sources and realise these sources sensitively through design and technology.
  2. Engage creatively and critically in the production of performance through a developed understanding and sensitive application of appropriate performance vocabularies, techniques, crafts, technologies, structures, contexts and working methods.
  3. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the key components of performance alongside the practical application of the processes by which it is created, realised, managed, distributed, and documented.
  4. Demonstrate acquisition of appropriate technology skills, and display considerable, advanced awareness of their application and potential within the field of production arts in a professional context.
  5. Demonstrate an intelligent understanding of the responsibilities of practitioners to facilitate safe, professional, environmentally sensitive, sustainable and ethical working practices.

Work both independently and collaboratively to demonstrate efficiency and imagination in realising and implementing the creative skills needed for practice-based work in a professional context. 

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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