BA (Hons) Theatre Design

BA 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.

Please note: BA Theatre Design is subject to validation.

Facts

Course Leader

Lucy Algar

Course Location

Wimbledon College of Art, Merton Hall Road

 

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,250 (2017/18).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

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

International Fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course.

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

Start DateSeptember 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 25 September - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January - Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April 2018 - Friday 22 June 2018
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application Deadline15 January 2017
UCAS CodeW463
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • To focus on many different aspects of theatre design practice, such as analysis and interpretation of text, perception of character, dramatic space, the designer’s role and relationship within the creative team as well as working with performers
  • Visiting lecturers who are practicing designers and directors within their specialisms
  • An on-going contextual studies programme that builds our students’ knowledge and helps develop their critical understanding of the changing culture of theatre, film and the visual arts
  • On-going collaborative projects with both drama and dance programmes in other universities

Students will be be guided through a broad range of skills and technical areas, including:

  • Computer-aided design
  • Costume cutting and construction
  • Costume drawing
  • Fabric dyeing
  • Lighting
  • Metal and wood workshop
  • Recorded digital arts for live performance
  • Scaled precision model-making
  • Sound
  • Story boarding for live performance
  • Technical drafting

Structure

Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Theatre and Screen
  • Unit 2: Introduction to practice - Defining the subject
  • Unit 3: Critical and contextual studies
  • Unit 4: Establishing practice

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Understanding collaborative practice
  • Unit 6: Experimentation and exploring practice
  • Unit 7: Research in practice
  • Unit 8: Contextualising practice

Year Three

  • Unit 9: Theorising practice and practising theory
  • Unit 10: Towards independent practice

Work experience and opportunities

Students gain production experience on the course with our professional practitioners, as well as through specialist work placements with companies or individuals.

Our students also have the chance to collaborate with established and emerging choreographers and directors in areas such as design for dance and design for drama.

Students can also study abroad in their second year as part of the college’s erasmus scheme.

Staff

Lucy Algar - Course Leader

Lucy Algar is a theatre and production designer whose work encompasses design and direction for performance within the areas of theatre and television, as well as site-specific installation artwork.

Algar taught design (Costume Design, Scenography and Installation Art) at Royal Holloway, and was also guest lecturer on other courses including; MA Directing, MA Applied Theatre, Physical Theatre and Black and Asian Theatre.

www.lucyalgar.com

Staff

  • Peter Farley - Designer
  • Michael Pavelka - Designer
  • Geraldine Pilgrim - Site-specific theatre maker

Visiting Staff

  • Gill Allen - Head of Production, East 15 Acting School
  • Dan Bird - Director
  • Tony Clark - Director
  • Jane Collins - Professor of Theatre and Performance
  • Marcel Dolman - Director and Designer
  • David Harris - Designer, technical drawing tutor and model maker
  • Pamela Howard - Designer
  • Rob Howell - Designer
  • Sophie Jump - Designer
  • James Perkins - Designer
  • Uri Roodner - Theatre Director
  • Vivian Sendall - Scene painter
  • Sjef Tilly - Designer

Careers

Our graduates progress into a range of roles within the field of theatre and performance after graduation, including designers and collaborators in television and film production, production managers and scenic artists.

Course alumni have been both finalists and winners of the Linbury Prize for stage design, progressing to being BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning designers with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC.

Alumni

  • Sarah Greenwood - four times Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning production designer for films including Atonement, Anna Karenina, Pride and Prejudice and Sherlock Holmes
  • Richard Hudson - Set designer for The Lion King
  • Ann Maskrey - Costume designer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland
  • Edward Thomas - BAFTA winning production designer who has worked on Dr Who and Torchwood

Entry Requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.

Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve, either:

  • A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

or

  • BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

or

  • University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above

or

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above 
  • An equivalent level of performance in other internationally recognised national school leaving or university entrance qualifications

or

  • Other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements 

In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:

  • 2 GCE A Levels
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

Where conditional offers are made to GCE A Level applicants these will normally be at grade C or above.

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 Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability. 

Portfolio advice

Your portfolio should show the following:

  • A range of visual recording, such as drawing, life drawing and photography
  • Experimentation which demonstrates idea generation and development
  • Visual work which uses form, structure, colour, texture and space
  • Design development showing how problems are solved
  • Previous experience of theatre work
  • Sketchbooks and notebooks

At interview and portfolio review

 We look for:

  • An interest, commitment and motivation for studying the subject
  • An ability to work imaginatively and creatively in 2D and 3D visual media, materials and processes
  • An ability to create, investigate and develop ideas independently
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • Potential for creative problem solving
  • An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work
  • An ability to engage with the idea of character in the context of a dramatic situation
  • Visual awareness and an understanding of the creative process
  • Cultural and historical awareness of theatre design and performance
  • Motivation for working in theatre related industries
  • A desire to learn and succeed 

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited for interview and should bring their portfolio.

Applicants will be seen by a team of Theatre and Screen tutors.

Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative BA Theatre and Screen course at Wimbledon.

This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

International applicants

Interviews and portfolio reviews - applicants can be interviewed in a number of different ways: 

  • By phone or Skype
  • In their country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives 
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

Funding

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

How to apply

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Home / EU applicants

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W462

International applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Wimbledon College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from Home, EU and International applicants.

Study Abroad applicants

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course for a period of up to three terms. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section

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