MA Theatre Design

MA Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts is designed to support and further theatre design practice-based research. Students will develop the skills and attitude to become designers within the theatre and other performance based disciplines.

Facts

Course Leader

Michael Vale

Course Location

Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road

 

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

£8,250 per year (2016/17).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost.

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost.

Start DateOctober 2016
Autumn Term Dates10 October - 16 December 2016
Spring Term Dates3 January - 31 March 2017
Summer Term Dates18 April - 15 September 2017
Application DeadlineHome / EU - Places are still available for October 2016.
International - No deadline, but students are advised to apply as early as possible

Content and structure

Content: what students can expect

  • To look at historical, current and developing forms of practice in the fields of stage and costume design both practically (principally in the form of design projects) and theoretically (principally in the form of essays and a final dissertation) to form a distinctive view of your own position as a theatre designer
  • A structured series of classes introducing you to a basic understanding of the developing role of digital technology in the field of theatre design
  • To have visiting tutors and professional theatre makers help you look closely at your own practices 
  • To be taught and encouraged to develop model making, technical and costume drawing skills as a way of presenting and communicating your ideas and designs
  • To collaborate with at least one other postgraduate student director to practice and test your abilities to negotiate and communicate within and throughout the production process  
  • You will be required to maintain an online website to act as your on-going ‘notebook’ and research folio over the year which, on leaving the course, may eventually become the basis for your professional online CV

Structure

The course runs over a total of 45 weeks. Learning and teaching will take place through independent and studio-based practice, written work, group seminars and critiques.

Staff

Michael Vale - Course Leader

Michael Vale has designed sets and costumes for over 200 theatre and opera productions both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

His work has been nominated for two Olivier Awards, an Irish Times Theatre Award, a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award, a Charrington Fringe First Award and two Off West End Theatre Awards.

Companies he has worked with include:

Almeida Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham Rep, Bolton Octagon (with whom he is an Associate Artist), Bristol Old Vic, Colchester Mercury Theatre, De Vlaamse Opera (Antwerp, Belgium), Edinburgh Royal Lyceum, English National Opera, English Touring Theatre, English Touring Opera, Galaxy Theatre (Tokyo, Japan), Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Kneehigh Theatre Company, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Los Angeles Opera (United States of America), Lyric Hammersmith, Manchester Library Theatre and Royal Exchange, Munich Biennale (Germany), New Zealand International Art’s Festival, Northampton Theatre Royal, Nottingham Playhouse, Oldham Coliseum, Opera North, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Salisbury Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Soho Theatre, Spymonkey, The National Theatre, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Royal Court, The Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Opera House, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Sage Gateshead, Told By An Idiot (with whom he is an Associate Idiot), Wales Millenium Centre, Warsaw Globe Theatre Company (Poland) and the West Yorkshire Playhouse

Visiting Staff

Have included: 

  • Jon Bausor - Theatre Designer
  • Jane Collins - Theatre Director
  • William Dudley - Theatre Designer
  • Mauricio Elorriga - Theatre Designer
  • Sophie Jump - Theatre Designer
  • David Neat - Model-maker
  • Aideen Malone - Lighting Designer
  • Anastasios Maragiannis - Digital Designer
  • Dick Straker - Digital Designer

Careers

Our graduates develop and define their individual practices to progress within Theatre Design, 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.

MA Theatre Design alumni are fully equipped to enter various industry competitions and schemes, such as the Linbury Prize for Stage Design or the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) trainee scheme, while their involvement with national theatre collections and archives gives them the chance to identify museum curation or other forms of exhibition production as a career. 

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree in Theatre Design, Costume, Set or Lighting Design, Fine or Live Art, other forms of 3D Visual Design or making such Architecture or Interior 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)

Funding

Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

How to apply

The Home / EU places are still available for October 2016.

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

Online application for 2017 entry will open in November 2016.

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

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The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires one reference).

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Study proposal

The study proposal is a statement of approximately 1,000 words describing your current practice. You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate. It should also describe how you will develop a self-directed programme of work and related research whilst at Wimbledon College of Arts.

When writing your proposal you are not expected to have complete answers to all your questions.

However, you should be able to:

  • Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your proposed project
  • Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
  • Demonstrate how you intend to tackle these questions and areas

How to structure a study proposal

Each of the following sections should be approximately 250 words.

Introduction

  • Briefly describe your work
  • Outline recent developments
  • Identify those aspects you would like to take further at MA level

Development

Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.

Methods

  • How will you go about researching your area of interest?  
  • Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography etc.

Resources

Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?

Portfolio

Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.

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