MA Digital Theatre at Wimbledon College of Arts explores the boundaries of theatre making and design, focusing on contemporary ideas, innovations and experimentation.  

  • Facts

    Course Director

    Douglas O'Connell

    Course Location

    Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road


    Study LevelPostgraduate
    Study ModeFull time
    Course Length1 year
    Home/EU Fee


    UAL Home / EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount

    Course fees may be paid in instalments


    International Fee


    Course fees may be paid in instalments


    Start DateOctober 2014
    Autumn Term DatesMonday 6 October -  Friday 19 December 2014  
    Spring Term DatesMonday 5 January - Friday 27 March 2015 
    Summer Term DatesMonday 13 April - Friday 11 September 2015 
    Application Route

    Direct to the Graduate School

    Application DeadlineHome / EU - 18 August 2014
    International - no deadline, but you are advised to apply as early as possible
  • Content and Structure

    Content: what students can expect

    • A practice based examination of digital technologies and their impact on Theatre and Performance practice
    • To examine how theatre design and performance communicates to a contemporary audience
    • To challenge conventional notions of theatre making through contemporary theatre practice and design
    • Established contacts with complementary London-based Director and Choreographic MA courses support the delivery of collaborative study components
    • Direct access to scenographic curatorial practice at a national and international level
    • Direct access to the Jocelyn Herbert Archive and engagement with the college’s theatre design related special exhibitions and conferences
    • Access to the professorial, post doctoral and PhD research community at the Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School

    To examine a range of visual, digital performance and design concepts, including:

    • Digital culture
    • Gaming
    • Online performance
    • The performance body
    • The inter-relationship of space and spectator
    • Video projection design
    • Web interfaces and interactivity


    Unit One

    The first unit involves the student group making a piece of collective performance. The group will work collaboratively, under the guidance of a project leader, to investigate an area of digital performance. Previous projects have included; an interactive audience telematics performance and the use of internet streaming to broadcast a live performance.

Unit Two

    The second unit is a series of personal research performances and projects, involving practical and professional enquiry. These will be a facilitated both in small grouping and through independent study. The work is assessed and supported through both peer, independent and tutorial review.

    Unit Three


In the final unit, you will have worked towards situating an independent project and will develop your concept towards exhibition. The project is seen as a point of departure that will help to situate you as both a collaborator and independent artist within the your chosen area of performance.

  • Staff

    Douglas O’Connell - Course Director

    Douglas is a video and projection designer who has worked with numerous productions and theatres, including The Royal Shakespeare Company, Filter Theatre, Soho Theatre, Lightwork and Bluemouth Inc.

    He was the curating lead for New Technology and Performance at the World Stage Design Exhibition 2013 in Cardiff.

    He is also part of a team of Wimbledon staff working with University of Hyderabad, India on a comparative study of the impact of new media on contemporary Indian and British performance practice. The project is funded by the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). More information can be found on the project website

  • Careers

    Our graduates develop and define their individual practices to progress within Digital Theatre, which often leads them in different directions within the industry. Recent graduates have continued either as professionals or become leading creative innovators within theatre, while others have continued their studies with research degrees.

  • Entry Requirements

    • BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art, Theatre, Live Art, Experimental Theatre or Visual Design
    • Study proposal
    • Portfolio of work
    • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
    • IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
  • Apply

    Home / EU applicants

    Download and complete our Postgraduate application form, which you can send to us at or the address below.


    Home / EU Postgraduate application form [Word, 81 KB]
    Home / EU Postgraduate application guidance notes [PDF, 51 KB]
    Home / EU Postgraduate reference form [Word, 52 KB]

    Wimbledon College of Arts
    Merton Hall Road
    SW19 3QA

    Please note, completed forms should include your:

    • Study proposal
    • Reference
    • Portfolio

    The deadline for applications is 18 August 2014.

    For more information please contact us:

    International applicants

    There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Wimbledon College of Arts:

    To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international postgraduate application form. You can send this to or our address below, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents.

    Download International Postgraduate application form [PDF, 287 KB]

    International Office
    Chelsea College of Arts 
    16 John Islip Street
    SW1P 4JU

    There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.

    For more information please contact our International Office:


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Home / EU and international students

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

Home / EU students

Wimbledon College of Arts Trust Bursaries

£1000 fee discount for University of the Arts London alumni.

International students

ISH / UAL Graduate Scholarship