- Start dateOctober 2017
- Course length1 year (full time)
MA Theatre Design
Places available 2017/18
This course has places available for UK and EU applicants for 2017/18 entry. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details.
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.
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
- To have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops. View the Wimbledon facilities section
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.
Learning and teaching methods
- Artist talks and lectures
- Critical studies and writing
- Design of a learning agreement
- Documentation and dissemination of a project
- Exhibition planning meetings with tutors and technical staff
- Group discussions, crits, seminars and tutorials
- Independent research
- Individual academic tutorial advice and support
- Lectures and seminars
- Negotiation and development of a design proposal
- Peer review and assessment
- Planning for a formal presentation of a design proposal
- Postgraduate forums
- Practical workshops
- Preparation and presentation of ideas at planning meetings
- Project related professional work placement or collaboration
- Studio work
- Study visits
- Technical inductions and instruction
- Professional and personal development
- Research portfolio
Visiting staff have included:
- Jon Bausor - Theatre Designer
- Professor Jane Collins - Theatre Director
- William Dudley - Theatre Designer
- Mauricio Elorriga - Theatre Designer
- Sophie Jump - Theatre Designer
- Aideen Malone - Lighting Designer
- Anastasios Maragiannis - Digital Designer
- David Neat - Model maker
- Dick Straker - Digital Designer
How to apply
All applicants can apply for this course using our online application form.
Please note, this course has places available for UK and EU applicants only for 2017/18 entry.
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.
Further information about the application process
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
- Personal details
- Current and/or previous education and qualification details
- Employment history
Extra information required for applications to this course
Once you have submitted the form you will receive a confirmation email.
You will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:
- Portfolio of work
- Study plan
The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.
We will send you emails throughout the application process that will contain important information about your application. Please check your inbox.
We will contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents. For example, your English language certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas.
- BA (Hons) degree in either art and design or drawing-related disciplines, including social and other sciences or engineering
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
- Portfolio of work
- Study plan
If English isn’t your first language
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
- IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
The study plan is a statement of approximately 800 words describing your current practice and an opportunity for you to explore potential areas that you want to develop in your studies.
The plan is the starting point for discussions about your postgraduate studies and will evolve during the time you study with us.
When writing your plan you are not expected to have complete answers to all the questions.
However, you should be able to:
- Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your practice
- Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
- Demonstrate how you may intend to tackle these questions and areas
How to structure a study plan
You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate.
Each of the following sections should be approximately 200 words.
- Briefly describe your work
- Outline recent developments
- Identify those aspects you would like to take further at postgraduate level
Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.
How will you go about exploring your area of interest?
Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography.
Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?
Portfolios should show the following:
- Evidence of an independently produced, sustained body of work
- A coherent set of ideas, subjects or concerns that are relevant to Masters level
- Critical reflection
- A sense of direction for future work and study
- An interest in fine art and other visual art forms
At interview and portfolio review
We look for:
- Commitment and motivation for studying the subject at Masters level
- Work that shows potential for further development
- Demonstrate a holistic understanding of research
- Ability to identify or speculate on the direction and development of practice and research
- An awareness of contexts and frameworks for contemporary practice
- Able to communicate clearly in order to present and discuss work and ideas with others
- Able to demonstrate written skills
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview and should bring their portfolio.
Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative MA or Graduate Diploma course within Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
£8,500 (Full time - 2017/2018 fees).
£17,920 (Full time - 2017/2018 fees.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Careers and alumni
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.