Foundation Degree in Scenic Arts: Learning and Assessment

Foundation Degree in Scenic Arts: Learning and Assessment

Learning and teaching

Level 4  

The Foundation Degree in Scenic Arts first year will start at the beginning of August and run to the following June. It will take on no more than eight students per cohort.  

During this period, you will be taught fundamental painting and texturing techniques, props making, metalwork, use of tools and other relevant equipment. It will include core computer skill training (specialising in fusion360 and Auto Cad) and will lead to the operation of laser cutters, 3D printing and CNC equipment.  

For the production placement module in term two, students will be split into two separate groups where one group will study in the College facilities, whilst the other group will study additional skills through project work.  


Level 5  

This second year starts in June and ends the following June. Placements may be broken in chronologic order due to the requirements of our design and construction schedule and opportunities provided by industry partners.  

It is proposed that you will take on the role of the scenic arts leader in at least one of the placement opportunities. This will require you to follow the design process, work with the designer to produce the required costings and paint samples, leading over seeing and guiding BA and MA design students on RWCMD production placements.  

You will need to document their work throughout the year in a sketchbook that will be used for assessment proposes.  


Learning and teaching methods and strategies


Description and approach 


Discursive classes, led by College staff, industry professionals and guest speakers. 



Individual or small group sessions given for project-based work. 

Practical classes and workshops 

Group classes within which specific skills-based training is delivered and reflected on. These are generally delivered by industry experts. 

Supervised time in studio/workshop 

Time spent in studio, workshops, rehearsal and performance spaces, in the presence of peers, staff and professionals undertaking a range of supervised tasks. 

Independent study 

Project work and productions require high levels of independent study for successful completion of the task/role. 


Performance classes, skills classes and masterclass opportunities. 


Assessment and feedback  

Assessment is through a combination of methods that, depending on the module, may include:  

  • practical test 

  • reflective report 

  • practical assessment 

  • coursework 

  • placements 

  • placement sketchbooks 

  • production skills 


Formative assessment 

Continual formative assessment will run throughout the skills modules and while engaging in work in the workshop environment, in classrooms and on external placements.