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BA (Hons) Creative Technical Theatre

Performers during Alice Through the Looking Glass. A collaboration between ARLA and BA Costume for Theatre and Screen.
Performers in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Photography by Wild Fox.
, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL
College
Wimbledon College of Arts
Start date
September 2022
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W455

BA Creative Technical Theatre at Wimbledon College of Arts teaches you design techniques that are associated with technical realisation for theatre and live events.

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Course overview

The BA Creative Technical Theatre course will develop your experience of technical practices across performance and live events. It will expose you to new ideas and techniques that are currently being used within the wider entertainment industry.   

Practical approaches to working will be underpinned by engagement with creative research theories. These will touch on wider perspectives relevant to technical creativity including the practice of scenography. This will develop your collaborative potential to speak in a shared language with other theatre makers and collaborators.

Trips to production houses will give you an insight into current industry practice and developments. You will be able to see first-hand how they are utilising the latest technology. You will have an opportunity to define and refine your specialist area of interest so that you finish the course with a creative technical practice.

What to expect

  • To learn about lighting, sound, projection mapping, visualisation, drafting, production management, digital design and fabrication 
  • To explore the use of new media and approaches to audiences  
  • An overview of how technical, spatial and material elements contribute to practicing technical creativity
  • An introduction to creative coding, programming, electronics and mechatronics
  • Opportunities to collaborate with other design and performance courses and professionals
  • To be taught research methods and skills to support your practice
  • Visits to industry professionals
  • To have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops. View the Wimbledon facilities 

 Work experience and opportunities   

Work placements are a key feature during the second year of this course, providing essential links for students’ graduate careers within industry and beyond. Students may have the opportunity to visit London television and film studios, scenic workshops, prop houses, makers and suppliers. 

Mode of study   

BA Creative Technical Theatre is offered in full-time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage consists of 30 teaching weeks. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

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Course units

Year 1

Unit 1 - Introduction to creative technical theatre 

This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university and will set out industry basics within the field of creative technical theatre. 

Unit 2 - Designing and doing: Part 1 

This unit will introduce you to:  

  • Current working processes and models existing in the entertainment industry
  • The vocabulary used to describe industry standard methods and processes
  • Creating a blog to a professional standard
  • Technical skills used within creative technical theatre practice 

You will experience this through:  

  • Seminars, lectures, talks and tutorials
  • Teamwork
  • Technical workshops
  • Developing a personal reflective journal
  • Using your reflective journal to create an online blog

Unit 3 - Designing and doing part 2 

This unit will allow you to consider and put into practice the fundamental aspects of transforming space through technical means.  

You will further your technical and digital skills to build your competency in using technical equipment. You will encounter how you begin to read, plan and engineer, creative technical systems.  

  • You will undertake set project work e.g. transforming a space
  • Begin to develop ongoing digital capabilities in taught sessions
  • Reflect upon and record your experiences in your online blog
  • Record newly learnt techniques, notes and skills in your reflective journal

Unit 4 - Exploring ideas 

The emphasis in this unit will be to connect the idea of the scenographic process and creative technical practices. Alongside this you will consider creative research techniques and modes of enquiry. You will look at the history and development of scenography and technical design. This will help you to situate the process of creative technical theatre in a current context.

You will also undertake practical tasks in sound, lighting, video projection and other media-based practices like Volumetric video, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).  

  • You will experience the whole design and making process involved in practicing technical theatre
  • Expand on your technical skills and experiences of relevant equipment
  • Undertake given practical tasks in a variety of formats
  • Research and analyse contemporary and historical viewpoints, relevant to creative technical theatre practice
  • Record your ongoing learning experiences in your reflective journal and update your online blog  

Unit 5 - Who are you? Establishing practice 

In this unit you will design a creative technical system in an area of interest previously encountered such as sound, lighting, video, media or VR.   

You will recap your encounters with the professional means and standards of producing creative technical theatre. These will include key aspects of production management and essential technical capabilities of practice.  

The unit will encourage you:      

  • To creatively research and explore a project in your current area of interest
  • To produce a competent outcome that demonstrates your learning and understanding of creative technical theatre to-date
  • To refine your experiences in your online blog 

Year 2 

Unit 6 - Practice as laboratory 

This unit will develop your creative technical skills and techniques further by undertaking a ‘scratch’ project which will be drafted and designed to completion. You will demonstrate your current understanding of technical practice and visual communication and work supportively with your peers to develop your project.  

You will also undertake trips to major producing houses to expand your knowledge of the current industry and undertake:  

  • Projects that covers planning research, technical and computer aided drawing to implement a technical project
  • To continue to use your reflective journal and online blog  

Unit 7 - Collaborative and collective practices 

This unit aims to introduce you to different ways in which collaborative working can focus and enhance your own creative strengths. This unit has 3 core purposes:  

  • To engage with fellow students with different practices and interests in a collaborative project
  • To engage with external audiences, participants or institutions to consider new contexts for your work
  • To develop your creative attributes to enable you to take on future challenges in a variety of contexts 

Unit 8 - Where in the world? Part 1 

This unit will ask you to review your experience of collaborating creatively in the previous unit. You will then produce a more complex project that extends your experience.  

Developing a technical area of creative practice, you will explore your technical competencies in video mapping, programming, coding or AR experiences.  

You will also undertake creative technical research to challenge current conventions of practice and understanding to develop your visual and communication skills. 

During the unit you will:     

  • Reflect on the previous experiences of collaborative working and design a complex, creative technical system
  • Develop ongoing technical practice
  • Engage with and respond to broader concepts and themes encountered during the unit
  • Have lectures and seminars that introduce you to contemporary thought
  • Write a 2,500 word essay responding to a concept or theme in the unit 
  • Apply or undertake work placements or industry-based research project
  • Work on your CV and professional portfolio  

Unit 9 - Where in the world? Part 2 

In this unit will allow you to develop and complete a self-directed project in a particular area of interest in the field. You will:  

  • Set up, prepare and critique a complex creative technical theatre system that reflects an in-depth understanding of choices made to realise its visual components
  • During this unit you can undertake a work placement
  • Continue to use your reflective journal
  • Edit your online blog to a professional level
  • Undertake work placements or industry-based research project  

Year 3 

Unit 10 -  Finding your voice: portfolio design, crafting, research skills, career planning 

The work generated for your final year project will be self-directed and involve extended pieces of work. The unit has 3 elements that are a:  

  • Research portfolio - a visual and reflective project that demonstrates your research voice within your practical work
  • Creative Research Project (also known as a dissertation) - which can be written, filmed or presented
  • Personal profile - development of a personal profile for potential employment

Unit 11 - Show your work: Independent practice 

This final unit enables you bring together all the ideas and learning from the course. You will undertake a major self-determined, independent, complex project to evidence practice and interests in specialist area of graduate for employability. 

You may engage with a wide field of practice within the entertainment industry. This could relate to film, live production, event creation, museum exhibition, digital gaming, VR or other environment creation for screen or live performance. You will:  

  • Continue a self-directed programme of practice and related research
  • Experience seminars and talks on working in creative technical theatre
  • To plan or mount work, of an exhibition standard, to a professional level, demonstrating professional standards 

Optional Diploma between Year 2 and 3  

Between year 2 and 3 you can opt to undertake the Diploma in Professional Studies or the UAL Diploma in Creative Computing. Whilst these Diplomas are an optional aspect of the course, they are designed as an integrated and assessed part of your journey through the course. 

Learning and teaching methods

  • Briefings, discussions, lectures and seminars
  • Creative research skills training
  • CV and profile writing
  • Field trips and off-site, work-based visits
  • Group crits
  • Guided and independent learning
  • Online study
  • Peer learning and review
  • Portfolio review
  • Presentations and tutorials
  • Professional practice talks and workshops
  • Project planning
  • Research - assignments, essays, reports, dissertation, documentation, films, visual communication of ideas through appropriate design techniques
  • Studio and workshop-based study and research
  • Workshops on writing styles, research methodology and critical debate  

Assessment methods

  • Critical professional practice presentations
  • Exhibition of work
  • Off-site projects
  • Peer evaluation
  • Portfolio building
  • Presentations
  • Research journal and reflective blog
  • Self evaluation
  • Technical skills
  • Written work including- research assignments, essays, reports, scripts and statements 

Staff

Justin Farndale - Course Leader

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
     
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are: 

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4) 
  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C) 

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your personal statement and reference. 

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning 

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: 

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors 

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case. 

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: 

Selection criteria

We look for:

  • An interest, commitment and motivation for studying creative technical theatre practice
  • Some practical experience of theatre production disciplines or related activity
  • Potential for creative problem solving
  • An ability to create and develop new ideas
  • A desire to learn and an ability to investigate and develop ideas independently
  • Ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • An understanding of the creative technical processes
  • Ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work
  • Motivation for working in the related industries
  • A desire to succeed

Making your application

Apply

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W455

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 26 January 2022 at 18:00 (UK time) for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Please add ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to attend an online interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through UCAS track.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback - please email ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner.

Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry).

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information.

Be ready to provide us with:

  • Your current course handbook
  • Year 1 / Year 2 unit transcripts

Apply

There are 2 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course:

Applying through UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W455

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

You can only apply to the same course once a year. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 26 January 2022 at 18:00 (UK time) for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Please add ccw.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Immigration history check

Whether you’re applying online via UCAS, through a UAL representative or by direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you don’t complete the check we won’t be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, your application will be reviewed by the academic team and a decision will be made on your application which may include - offer, offer alternative, recommend to alternative course, reject or invite to interview.

We aim for all on time application reviews to take place by the end of March 2022.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through UCAS track.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback - please email ccw.international@arts.ac.uk.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner.

Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry).

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information.

Be ready to provide us with:

  • Your current course handbook
  • Year 1 / Year 2 unit transcripts
  • An official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£23,610 per year

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

After graduating you would be expected to gain employment in one or more of the following:

  • Theatre lighting
  • Events and festivals
  • AV design houses
  • Production management
  • Freelance lighting design
  • Freelance sound design

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