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Summer Study Abroad - Theatre and Screen Design

Whether it is set design for screen, set design for theatre, or costume design for both, this course will give you the opportunity to explore designing for a performance based on your own reactions to a work of art held in Tate Britain.

From the historic Globe Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, to the innovative Royal Court Theatre, London offers a huge range of live performance and from Pinewood and Elstree film studios London’s film industry is continually growing. See further information below.

Through practical workshops, visits, backstage tours, discussion groups, this course offers you the opportunity to engage with Designing for performance through an intensive three week programme.

You will be based at Chelsea College of Arts, located just a few steps away from Tate Britain. Responding to a brief, you will develop a short story and visually communicate this. You will learn about the technical and creative processes involved in Design for Performance including costume, set design and lighting.

This course will provide you with:

  • A ‘hands on’ introduction to various creative design processes – such as model making, costume design and 3D making techniques.
  • An insight into the wide range of cultural and performance offerings London provides.
  • An opportunity to participate in group discussion and be able to articulate your views on your visits and experiences. You will also offer questions and responses in the discussion of the opinions of other group members.
  • An opportunity to Design your own scale model of Theatre of Film Production (Scaled model of your Set and / or Costume Designs which will feature in an end of course exhibition.
  • An opportunity to Design your own Theatre or Film design (making a scaled model of your set / or scale version of your costume design) which will feature in an end of course exhibition.

On completing the course you should be able to:

  • Have a good understanding of a wide range of performances and the theatrical offerings of London.
  • Creating Characters and expressing them in many artistic forms.
  • Have learnt new technical skills, working to scale and experimented with specialist materials.
  • Use the manipulation of space to create a variety of atmospheres through colour, texture and light.
  • Completed a mini project which may be suitable for inclusion in your portfolio.

Bob Bailey

Bob Bailey is a freelance Theatre Designer who trained at Central Saint Martins. He is an Associate Lecturer in Theatre and Screen Design on the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Foundation Course, University of the Art London.  Bob has designed shows in London’s West End, Liverpool, Bristol, Plymouth, Birmingham, Sheffield and several productions for the Edinburgh Festival. He has worked in Denmark, Germany, Austria and Holland. Work has included designing for Opera, Classic and New Plays, Physical Theatre and Devised work. He has 2 ballets for the Royal Ballet. He has been an Art Director for TV and model maker for Les Miserables (2012).

Please bring the following items with you to the course

  • A sketchbook
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Compass
  • Ruler
  • Set square
  • Scissors
  • Coloured pencils or felt tips
  • Paints (can be watercolour, gouache, acrylic)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue stick
  • Masking tape
  • Scalpel handle and 10a blades
  • UHU glue
  • Smartphone or laptop

If you have a larger art kit – bring that along!
Other specialist materials will be provided.

Course Level

The Theatre and Screen Design programme is aimed at students who are inquisitive, open to taking risks, engaged in the industry, and who are seeking modes and systems to innovatively expand upon both their practical and contextual knowledge.

Who should attend?

Summer Study Abroad programmes offer the opportunity to build on your knowledge of an existing subject, or to study something new. This course is based on a selected project from the year one undergraduate curriculum, and is delivered by a specialist course team. The course is suitable for those with some prior experience of fine art or art history.

Summer Study Abroad programmes are ideal for current undergraduates wishing to continue their studies into the summer, or those who want a different study abroad experience – it’s a great way to get a taste of study at Chelsea, and life in London.

Entry requirements

Summer Study Abroad programmes are open to students of all levels. Applications are made by online application form.