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BADesign for Stage and Screen (Design for Theatre and Live Performance)

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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Key features
Focus equally on both your design and making skills.
Work on live projects with professional organisations including The National Theatre; Birmingham Opera Company; Blind Summit Puppet Company, Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre; The Royal Lyceum Theatre (Edinburgh) and Bristol Old Vic.
Undertake a valuable work placement in Year Two as part of the Visual, Technical and Professional Skills module.
Study in extensive, dedicated facilities which includes a full working studio theatre and construction and paint workshops.
Go on study visits to theatres, exhibitions and performances in the UK.
Apply to go on an overseas exchange in Year Two to a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus scheme.
Enter competitions and awards set by some of the UK’s most prestigious theatre companies.
Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham.
NTU Theatre Design students graduate with a high degree of value added skills, enabling them to undertake a wide range of career options.
97% of students are satisfied with this course. (National Student Survey 2014)

Programme structure

What you study
Year One: both these modules run for the whole year.

Introduction to Theatre Design (100 credit points)
During this module you will be introduced to the key principles, skills, practices and thinking which inform contemporary theatre design practice. A series of projects will start with a text or theme which you’ll work with to create a design through models, storyboards, costumes, sets and props, installations, performances and puppets. Projects will cover puppetry, costume design, contemporary speculative design, spatial construction and scenic art, speculative design for a classic play, performance installation, lighting and projection.

You’ll also attend skills weeks where you’ll learn about wardrobe, scenic art and projection techniques. Your academic writing skills will be supported and developed through an innovative programme of practical work which enables all students to succeed in this important area.

Visual, Technical and Professional Skills 1 (20 credit points)
This module will help you to develop your skills in 2D and 3D media. You will work with contemporary and period texts and themes, develop your ability to communicate research, process and design intention, and be encouraged to think about drawing as a way to investigate, test and present ideas. You will start to build your technical and professional skills in theatre production, with inductions to equipment, materials, processes and protocols in theatre design, including health and safety, technical drawing and digital technology. You will record all your experiences during this module in your personal portfolio.

Year Two: both these modules run for the whole year.

Theatre Design Explorations (100 credit points)
This module will help you to start thinking about your own specialism within Theatre Design. The first project focuses on audiences and spaces. You will explore aspects of place, performance and public in recent and contemporary theatre, with particular emphasis on young people’s theatre, schools and communities.

The second project is around narratives in text and dress, where you’ll explore the visual imagery of 18th Century theatre and dress. Your final project will focus on the spectacle, looking at aspects of opera and carnival.

Throughout the year you’ll also work on an Independent Research Project, which you’ll present towards the end of the module, and submit written research documents. Your academic writing skills will continue to be supported through seminars and individual work with tutors.

Visual, Technical and Professional Skills 2 (20 credit points)
This module enables you to build on the skills you gained from Year One, but focuses on understanding them within the context of the industry. As part of developing this understanding you will complete a work experience placement selected from a range of professional performance related environments where you will reflect and evaluate your experience, and consider how your professional practice should develop.

You’ll also be supported by lectures, master classes, structured skills workshops and personal independent research into your professional future. A programme of workshops and master classes will also help you to develop your skills in theatre craft and technology, drawing, and digital and interactive media.

Final Year

Theatre Design Exposition (120 credit points)
In this final module you will advance your practice in theatre design to a professional level. You will complete at least three projects, selected from those on offer from the course or as negotiated by you where you wish to undertake special collaborations or develop your own project. The projects normally include a design for performance, working with one of the course’s associate companies, an independent design project for audience, working with a client and a devised performance project for an audience.

You will also be required to complete a major research project, where you will initiate, develop, conclude and present a focused piece of research on a negotiated subject, drawing on the skills you have learned in Years One and Two.

Career opportunities

Employability for this course is excellent, with 93% of students going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DHLE survey 2012-13)

This course has well-established links with former students, which leads to a range of career opportunities for graduates.

Career paths exist within the areas of:

scenic and props construction
costume making
model making
Recent graduates from this course have found employment in the following areas:

theatre design and design for performance
set, props and costume construction
events and festival designers and managers
teaching and educational work
film, television and production management.
Examples of employers include:

Nottingham Playhouse
York Theatre Royal
Birmingham Opera Company
Lakeside Arts Centre
Sydney Opera House
Royal Shakespeare Company
Pinewood Studios
Rocket Scenery
Graduates from this course are also well equipped to enter new and emerging career areas, including heritage installation, carnival design, and site-specific design. We regularly work with the National Trust, carnival organisations and performers to advance and realise these skills.

Our graduates also leave the course with a high degree of value added skills, enabling them to undertake a wide range of career options, including designing and making for theatre and other performance contexts, community and participatory arts practice, arts administration, creative business, and education sectors.

In 2015 NTU hosted Make/Believe an exhibition presented by the Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) and the Victoria and Albert Museum. From the 142 exhibitors there were 22 NTU alumni and staff involved, a testament to the quality of this course’s graduates, teaching and professional involvement.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States