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MA Theatre Design

Start date
October 2018
Course length
1 year (full time)

Course summary

Places available 2018/19

This course has places available for UK and EU applicants only. Applications have now closed for international students.

You can apply for this course via the ‘How to apply’ section on this page.

MA Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts supports and furthers theatre design practice-based research.

You will develop the skills and attitude to become a designer within the theatre and other performance based disciplines.

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Course details

What you can expect

  • To look at historical, current and developing forms of practice in the fields of stage and costume design. From a practical point of view this will mostly be through design projects. The theory side will be via essays and a final dissertation. This will help you form a distinctive view of your own position as a theatre designer.
  • A 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 at your own practices
  • 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 to practice and test your abilities to negotiate and communicate throughout the production process
  • Throughout the course you will be required to maintain notebooks, sketchbooks and any digital evidence illustrating your research and design processes
  • To have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops. View the Wimbledon facilities

Course units

Learning and teaching will take place through independent and studio-based practice, written work, group seminars and critiques.

The course runs over a total of 45 weeks.


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

2018/19 entry


Application deadline

The home / EU deadline is midday, Wednesday 29 August 2018.

This course is now closed to international applicants.

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
  • Personal statement
  • CV (curriculum vitae)

Once you have submitted the form you will be emailed a link to upload your portfolio.

The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.

Entry requirements

  • 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
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
  • If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience

Portfolio advice

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 & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,500 (Full time - 2017/2018 fees).

International fee

£19,350 (Full time - 2018/2019 fees).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee - Home / EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 ELQ fee. Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

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Careers and alumni

Our graduates develop and define their individual practices to progress within Theatre Design. This often leads them in different directions within the industry.

Recent graduates have continued as professionals or become leading creative innovators within theatre. Others have continued their studies with research degrees.

MA Theatre Design alumni are equipped to enter various industry competitions and schemes. For example the Linbury Prize for Stage Design or the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) trainee scheme. 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.

Find out how careers and employability helps our students and graduates start their careers.

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