The Society of British Theatre Designers

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Birmingham City University

City North Campus,
Perry Barr,
Birmingham,
B42 2SU

Phone: +44 (0)121 331 5595

Theatre, Performance and Event Design – BA (Hons)

The course is a unique programme of study, where you will be invited to make informed and creative contributions to the advancement of contemporary entertainment design practice. Celebrating the convergence of various subjects while maintaining its core of Art and Design methodologies, the programme has been designed to offer a framework within which you negotiate your own focus and direction.

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Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

Granary Building,
1 Granary Square,
London
N1C 4AA

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7514 7444

BA (Hons) Performance Design and Practice

Challenging assumptions and territories, this course explores theatre, film, video and live art. It emphasises collaborative practice, instilling a strong set of specialist and transferable skills. In the final year you’ll shape your own individual project, anticipating your future in this diverse and expanding sector.

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

1-2 Downside Road,
Clifton,
Bristol,
BS8 2XF

Phone: +44 (0)117 973 3535
Email: enquiries@oldvic.ac.uk

FdA Costume for Theatre, Film and Television (with optional BA top up)

An intensive, vocational and highly practical course with just four places each year, covering all aspects of costume work within theatre, television and film. The course boasts an excellent success rate due to the rigorous Industry standard training which includes costume supervision, pattern-drafting, costume making, running wardrobe, millinery, corset making, history of costume, costume hire, hair and make-up and all organisational aspects of the work as well as strong Industry contacts.

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Edge Hill University

St Helens Road
Ormskirk,
Lancashire,
L39 4QP

Phone: +44 (0) 1695 575171

BA (Hons) Theatre Design

Discover how to become a creative practitioner by combining theoretical knowledge with the practical experience of working on full-scale productions.

Practical experience of professional standard theatre creation and collaboration is key to this degree and your work in performance production and theatre technology will be realised in a live performance environment supported by workshops and academic and technical staff.

 

Edinburgh College of Art

Evolution House,
78 Westport,
Edinburgh,
EH1 2LE

Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5800

BA (Hons) Performance Costume

A programme of discovery developing a repertoire of core skills, from research, design development and illustration, to pattern cutting and costume construction.

From the start, you will be immersed in an exciting programme of discovery. You’ll explore the role of art and design in a modern society and, in particular, the role of costume design in the performing arts. You will learn to respond to text, music and performance concepts and to develop designs for costume that are simultaneously innovative and supportive of the performer’s role. You will develop a repertoire of core skills, ranging from research, design development and illustration to pattern cutting and costume construction.

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University of Huddersfield

Department of Art and Design
Queensgate,
Huddersfield,
West Yorkshire
HD1 3DH

Phone: +44 1484 473858
Email: design@hud.ac.uk

Costume with Textiles BA (Hons)

This course offers a fresh and original approach to costume design through combining textiles and construction. You’ll learn how to analyse text, music and character and develop individual concepts for costume designs. Through exploration of a variety of techniques and processes you’ll develop a range of key skills in research, critical reflection, design development, illustration, textile experimentation and costume construction. You’ll be encouraged to take risks, to question and challenge your work and to develop an individual identity. You’ll be able to take advantage of real projects set by our contacts in the industry, as well as work placement opportunities, enabling you to design costumes for a variety of performance areas such as theatre, opera, dance, film and television.

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London College of Fashion

20 John Prince’s Street,
London
W1G 0BJ

Phone: +44 (0)207 514 7400

BA (Hons) Costume for Performance

Our excellent workshops, teaching by industry practitioners and work placement opportunities will help you to succeed as a designer and maker of costume, working to support and transform performance.

The BA Costume for Performance course is situated in the School of Media and Communication, and is for students who are interested in designing and making costume for performance. This includes the broad categories of theatre, film, music and television, as well as more specialised or multi-disciplinary performances where several elements are combined.

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Nottingham Trent University

Burton Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

Phone: +44 (0)115 941 8418

BA (Hons) Theatre Design

Running for over 40 years, this course covers all aspects of contemporary theatre design practice: design for set and costume, set and costume construction, scenic art, puppetry, site specific, heritage installation design, and design for community and education. It focuses on what makes the visual narrative happen: design and making for live performance. It benefits from the support and collaboration of some of the biggest names in UK theatre.

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Nottingham Trent University

Burton Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

Phone: +44 (0)115 941 8418

BA (Hons) Costume Design & Making

This specialised course focuses equally on the development of both your design and making skills. Using traditional, technical and bespoke techniques you’ll learn how to translate your creative ideas into professional finished costumes for use in theatre, film, ballet, television, commercials, events, festivals, concerts and historical contexts.

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Rose Bruford College

Lamorbey Park,
Burnt Oak Lane,
Sidcup,
Kent
DA15 9DF

Phone: +44 (0) 20 8308 2600

BA (Hons) Theatre Design

The Theatre Design course offers a highly creative preparation for a successful career in theatre and associated live and recorded performance events. You will experience the total design process from the initial creative dialogue, through visualisation to full performance.

Placing equal emphasis on costume and set design, you will learn to respond visually and creatively to stimuli ranging from text and character to music, physicality and time. The course will also develop your professional awareness and understanding of the responsibilities of the designer through a comprehensive programme of classes, projects and public performances.

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Rose Bruford College

Lamorbey Park,
Burnt Oak Lane,
Sidcup,
Kent
DA15 9DF

Phone: +44 (0) 20 8308 2600

BA (Hons) Costume Production

The Costume Production course will provide you with the understanding and skills needed to pursue a successful career in the production and management of historical and contemporary costumes and accessories.

You will develop your garment making skills and produce costumes for use in fully realised theatre shows, working to designs by professional or student costume designers. The garments that you produce will be durable enough to withstand the rigours of performance. You will also experience the whole range of responsibilities involved with being initially a wardrobe assistant and then a wardrobe supervisor.

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Rose Bruford College

Lamorbey Park,
Burnt Oak Lane,
Sidcup,
Kent
DA15 9DF

Phone: +44 (0) 20 8308 2600

BA (Hons) Lighting Design

The Lighting Design course will support and guide your development towards a successful career in lighting. Your training will be rooted in lighting design for theatre, but we will also introduce you to related lighting disciplines such as corporate events, architecture, and live music. Whilst the course primarily aims to support and develop your design skills, it will also give you a very good preparation for other careers in the industry, for example as a lighting manager or technician. Together, we will develop your creative skills and ambitions, so you can become a powerful and resourceful performance maker and artist.

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Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Castle Grounds,
Cathay Park,
Cardiff,
CF10 3ER

Phone: +44 (0)29 2039 1361
Email: admissions@rwcmd.ac.uk

BA (Hons) Design for Performance

  • Studio based training in the theory and practice of performance-related design
  • Tuition and supervision from an established team of experienced industry practitioners
  • Close collaboration with actors, stage managers, technicians and directors under professional working conditions
  • Series of practical workshop modules covering a full range of core technical skills including model making, technical drawing, scene painting and costume construction
  • Masterclasses with visiting professionals from around the world
  • Advanced skills classes, conceptual projects and performance-based work allowing students to focus on particular areas of interest
  • Field trips, lectures and seminars covering important developments in the history of theatre, art, architecture, design and costume
  • Opportunities to gain significant practical experience within the College’s wide ranging performance and events programme, which includes drama, opera and musical theatre
  • Professional work placement opportunities with companies such as Royal Opera House, Wildworks, BBC (Doctor Who, Upstairs Downstairs, Sherlock and Being Human) and National Theatre Wales
  • Opportunities to work collaboratively on large-scale, site-specific puppet performances
  • Final year exhibition in Cardiff and London for an invited audience of potential employers

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Wimbledon College of Art

Merton Hall Road,
London
SW19 3QA

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7514 9641

BA (Hons) Theatre & Screen: Theatre Design

Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts equips students with both the knowledge and professional skills required in theatre design, covering both set and costume design, as well as realisation for performed events.

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Wimbledon College of Art

Merton Hall Road,
London
SW19 3QA

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7514 9641

BA (Hons) Theatre & Screen: Costume Design

BA Costume Design at Wimbledon College of Arts introduces students to a full range of professional working practices applicable to theatre, film and television. With a focus on character and storytelling, the design to production process is underpinned by a practical foundation in drawing and costume making.

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Wimbledon College of Art

Merton Hall Road,
London
SW19 3QA

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7514 9641

BA (Hons) Theatre & Screen: Costume Interpretation

BA Costume Interpretation at Wimbledon College of Arts offers students the chance to specialise in the realisation and construction of costumes for theatre, film and television, and is supported by a range of practitioners currently working within the industry.

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Wimbledon College of Art

Merton Hall Road,
London
SW19 3QA

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7514 9641

BA (Hons) Theatre & Screen: Set Design for Screen

BA Set Design for Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts provides students with the technical and creative preparation needed for a career in production design for film and television.

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Scenehouse

3 Craigs Road,
Corstorphine,
Edinburgh,
EH12 8EH

Phone: +44 (0) 7718 179769

Scenehouse Make

Scenehouse Make will introduce students to a range of prop making materials and techniques that are standard throughout the theatre industry. Expert tutors who are themselves professional props makers will provide guest lectures and demonstrations, whilst core Scenehouse staff will support students through their own personal projects. Note that this course, which previously lasted a week has been extended to a fortnight.

DATES

Scenehouse MAKE  – June 27th – July 8th

Scenehouse DESIGN 1 – July 11th – July 22nd

Scenehouse DESIGN 2 – July 25th – August 5th

Scenehouse PAINT – July 9th, 10th, 23rd and 24th

We have an earlybird discount of 20% operating up until the end of April 2016.  SBTD members receive a 10% discount on classes.

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Scenehouse

3 Craigs Road,
Corstorphine,
Edinburgh
EH12 8EH

Phone: +44 (0) 7718 179769

Scenehouse Paint

Scenehouse Paint will introduce students to traditional scenic art techniques using a range of materials. Expert tutors who are themselves professional scenics will provide instruction and demonstrations, whilst core Scenehouse staff will support students through a large group painting project.

The techniques used in traditional Scene Painting are those used by Renaissance painters, and scenic artists for hundreds of years. Despite the popularity of contemporary digital processes. Traditional Scene Painting is still at the core of most theatre production houses today.

Scenehouse PAINT – July 9th, 10th, 23rd and 24th

We have an earlybird discount of 20% operating up until the end of April 2016.  SBTD members receive a 10% discount on classes.

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The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

62-64 Gower Street,
London
WC1E 6ED

Phone: 020 7636 7076
Email: technicalcourses@rada.ac.uk

Foundation Degree (FdA) and BA in Technical Theatre & Stage Management

Studying at RADA will give you access to extraordinary learning opportunities, letting you experience a breadth and depth of technical theatre training that few institutions can rival.

Our Foundation Degree (FdA) in Technical Theatre & Stage Management will give you a solid understanding of all aspects of technical theatre – including a thorough training in set construction, sound, scenic art, props, costume, lighting and, of course, stage management.

Considered by many as the world’s leading drama school, training at RADA undoubtedly gives your career a head start in theatre and other performance industries. During the course you’ll build excellent networks with industry professionals and on graduation your CV will boast the RADA name and tap into our global reputation.

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Carmarthen Campus
College Road
Carmarthen
SA31 3EP

Phone: 01267 676669
Email: s.atkinson@uwtsd.ac.uk

BA (Hons) Theatre Design & Production

Our Theatre Design & Production degree has been designed to develop students’ professional skills so that they graduate as industry-ready, independent and creative theatre practitioners. The School’s engagement and collaboration with theatre professionals from different disciplines creates an extremely encouraging and supportive environment in which students can safely explore and experiment.

The Theatre Design & Production course has a pyramid structure which builds up a broad foundation of production skills in areas such as Costume, Stage Management, Scenic Construction, Lighting & Sound, Theatre Styles and Scenic Art in the first year. The second year concentrates on the application of these skills in a variety of design contexts before students specialise in a particular discipline for an entirely production based final year. The principle of the degree is to develop graduates that are skilled in more than one area, with a firm foundation in the methodology of theatre making, all of which is central to the teaching.

Work placement modules in the final year have increasingly led to employment opportunities and graduates are currently working in a range of theatre companies from small-scale touring to large-scale opera. The School has well-established exchange links with top US universities. Students of BA Acting and BA Theatre Design & Production are given the opportunity to apply for study abroad, during the first semester of their final year, at one of the following American institutions:

California State University at Fullerton | Los Angeles University of New Mexico at Albuquerque | University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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DAP Studio

55 Longdown Lane North
Epsom
Surrey
KT17 3JB

Phone: 01372 742406
Email: james@dapstudio.co.uk

DAP Studio

Short Courses in Scenic Painting and Scenic Art

  • A program of courses in Scenic Painting that offer in depth tuition in a professional scenic studio. The courses vary in duration from two days to ten weeks.
  • Courses are run by James Rowse, Scenic Artist at DAP Studio, a company specialising in painting scenery and backdrops for the UK Stage. He has over twenty five years experience working for some of the UK’s leading theatre designers. James also teaches Scenic Painting at the University of Creative Arts, Rochester.
  • Courses are run from DAP Studio’s workshop. The maximum class size is four students.
  • Each of the weekend courses focus on a specific area of scenic painting, for example a group of scenic finishes, or a set of skills.
  • Cloth painting workshops last for a week and allow each student to complete a small backdrop, painted either on the paint frame or the paint floor.
  • The Two week Course serves as an introduction to Scenic Painting and Scenic Art. Students will gain an insight into the profession, learn some finishes and paint a backdrop.
  • The Ten Week Course covers all aspects of painting and scenic art. Its focus is to prepare students for finding work and developing a portfolio. It is in effect a one term post graduate course.
  • Past students have gone to work for scenery construction companies including All Scene All Props, Set UP Scenery, Souvenir Scenic Studios, Factory Settings, Capital Scenery, Shakespeare’s Globe, Cardiff Theatrical Services, Spur Creative, Clockwork Scenery, Object Construction, Chris Clark Studio, Millington Associates, The Royal Opera House, and ITV Studios (Mr Selfridge).

James Rowse set up the Scenic Painters website in 2009 to showcase the courses. (This is now also home to the Scenic Painters Directory, set up in 2014.)