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13~17 year olds - Character Prop Making and Special Effects Summer Camp

About the course

Have you ever wondered how your favourite film or game character is created in the studio setting? Do you want to make your own character come to life?

This course will teach you all the tricks to creatively use easy-access technology – telematics and Ableton – to create a virtual reality film and sound effects to envision your own fantasy in real life.

What will I study?

Learner hours: 25

Day 1: Drawing ideas.

We will learn about how other artists use digital technology, such as telematics, sound engineering and animation, to envision their fantasies. With ideas and concepts generated for their fictional tales through drawings, visual research and creative writing, students will create a simple script for their film production.

Day 2: Making props.

We will use found materials and art materials available to create sculptures and objects that could be featured and used in their film.

Day 3: Designing the set.

We will transform the classroom into a studio film set. Students will learn how to set up a green screen studio for their virtual-real fantasy. Students will learn and test ways to use green screen and chromakey techniques to create and play in the “film set” to rehearse and test-run their film production.

Day 4&5: DIY Film and Performance.

Students will direct with their film crew supporting them. Each student will have the rest of the class as their film crew to create a short film production. The course will end with a screening of their film production to the other students.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop, you will have learnt the step-by-step guide to film production. You will leave the course with your own film, the methods and knowledge about set design and prop making, ways to realize virtual-real fantasies in real-life scenarios, knowledge about basic sound design, and necessary skills for film production in the studio setting.

Where will I study?

Mode of delivery: Face to face

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful  ‘Where to Find Us’  page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.

Important information


Signing in is from 9.20am and 9.25am each day in the Art Gallery and the summer workshops will start at 9.30. We finish at 15.30pm. You will need to be picked up promptly at 15.30pm, again from the Art Gallery. Parents and carers, if you have any problems and think that you may be late, please let us know by calling 01707 285327.

Drop Off/Collection

The drop-off point is the Art Gallery, and you can find this through our wayfinding app here. We suggest you park in one of the bays around the nearby Lindop Building for drop-off. You can drop off anytime between 9.20am and 9.25am. Collection is promptly at 15.30. nb, there is free parking for 2 hours on campus.

The Programme

We have an exciting programme of activities planned. You will find out more about art and design courses and you will be meet practising artists or designers.  Each group will have an assistant art tutor with them for the whole time you are here, and you will meet them on your first morning.  They can help you with any concerns you have while you are here.


Parents/Guardians: When registering, please enrol with your own details. There is a field on the enrolment paperwork where you can enter your son or daughter's name and age.

Emergency Contact

We need contact numbers so we can contact parents/carers at any time.  These details need to be confirmed on the form attached to the email. Should you need to contact us please phone the Short Course Office on 01707 285327. It is very important that we know in advance if you cannot for any reason be collected on time at the end of the day.


Wear suitable and comfortable clothes as you may get messy and dirty (that is what art is all about!).  An overall, apron or large shirt would be ideal.

Food & Drink

You will need to bring your own packed lunch. Water will be available during breaks and lunchtime.


All materials needed for all the summer schools will be provided by the University.


If you need to bring any medication with you, please make sure it is clearly labelled with your child’s name and any instructions. These can be administered by us provided the medical permission form enclosed has been signed by a parent or carer and handed in on arrival on your first day.

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed two weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers.

We encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through our online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enroll or attend a class on the day the course starts.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer. Find further details of our cancellation terms here.

How to apply?

Start DateEnd DateDayTimeCostLink
5, 12, or 19 August 2024*9, 16 or 23 August 2024*Mon to Fri09.30 - 15.30£225.00Contact us

*  Exact course dates are to be confirmed, however, all courses will start on either the 5th, 12th, or 19th August 2024.

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We now accept childcare vouchers. If you would like to pay by this method, please contact us via email or telephone, using the contact us details below.

Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form.

Nick Thomas, Short Course Coordinator,
School of Creative Arts