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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
Wimbledon College of Arts
UCAS code
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Course length
3 years

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 course will develop your technical skills and knowledge used in performance and live events. It will expose you to current ideas and techniques being used within the wider entertainment industry.

Alongside your practical work, you will engage with creative research theories. These will touch on ideas relevant to technical creativity including the practice of scenography. This will develop your knowledge to be able to speak to and collaborate with other theatre makers and industry professionals.

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 

  • Gain a range of skills and knowledge: Learn about lighting, sound, projection mapping, visualisation, drafting, production management, digital design and fabrication.  
  • Experimentation: Explore the use of new media and approaches to audiences.   
  • Key elements: Gain an overview of how technical, spatial and material elements contribute to working within the area of technical creativity. 
  • Digital tools: An introduction to creative coding, programming, electronics and mechatronics.
  • Opportunities: Collaborate with other design and performance courses and professionals. 
  • Research: Be taught research methods and skills to support your practice. 
  • Industry visits: See first-hand where and how industry professionals work.
  • 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. These provide essential links for students’ graduate careers within industry and beyond. We try to give students 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.

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 Years 2 and 3

Between Years 2 and 3 of the course, you’ll also have the opportunity to undertake one of the following additional UAL qualifications:

Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS)

This optional diploma can be taken between years 2 and 3. With support from your tutors, you’ll undertake an industry placement for a minimum of 100 days/20 weeks. As well as developing industry skills, you’ll gain an additional qualification upon successful completion.

Diploma in Creative Computing

Between years 2 and 3, you can undertake the year-long Diploma in Creative Computing. This will develop your skills in creative computing alongside your degree. After successfully completing the diploma and your undergraduate course, you’ll graduate with an enhanced degree: BA (Hons) Acting and Performance (with Creative Computing).

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  


Justin Farndale - Course Leader

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for entry in autumn 2024 and is subject to change for entry in autumn 2025.

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

£28,570 per year

This fee is correct for entry in autumn 2024 and is subject to change for entry in autumn 2025.

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.

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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

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Application deadline

31 January 2024 at 18:00 (UK time)

We are not recruiting for this course for entry in September 2024. Discover more undergraduate courses at UAL.

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Application deadline

31 January 2024 at 18:00 (UK time)

We are not recruiting for this course for entry in September 2024. Discover more undergraduate courses at UAL.

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Based across the world, our local UAL representatives can support you with your application from your home country. Check to see if there is a representative available in your country currently.

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How to apply

Follow this step-by-step guide to apply for this course

Step 1: Initial application

You will need to submit an initial application including your personal statement.

Personal statement advice

Your personal statement should be maximum 4,000 characters and cover the following:

  • Why have you chosen this course? What excites you about the subject?
  • How does your previous or current study relate to the course?
  • Have you got any work experience that might help you?
  • Have any life experiences influenced your decision to apply for this course?
  • What skills do you have that make you perfect for this course?
  • What plans and ambitions do you have for your future career?

Visit the UCAS advice page and our personal statement advice page for more support.

Step 2: Digital portfolio

We will review your initial application. If you have met the standard entry requirements, we will ask you to submit a digital portfolio.

You’ll need to submit this via PebblePad, our online portfolio tool.

Step 3: Interview

You may be invited to an interview following our review of your application. All interviews are held online and last 15 to 20 minutes.

For top tips, see our Interview advice.

You also need to know

Communicating with you

Once you have submitted your initial application, we will email you with your login details for our Applicant portal.

Requests for supplementary documents like qualifications and English language tests will be made through the applicant portal. You can also use it to ask questions regarding your application. Visit our After you apply page for more information.

Visas and immigration history check

All non-UK nationals must complete an immigration history check. Your application may be considered by our course teams before this check takes place. This means that we may request your portfolio and/or video task before we identify any issues arising from your immigration history check. Sometimes your history may mean that we are not able to continue considering your application. Visit our Immigration and visas advice page for more information.

External student transfer policy

UAL accepts transfers from other institutions on a case-by-case basis. Read our Student transfer policy for more information.

Alternative offers

If your application is really strong, but we believe your strengths and skillset are better suited to a different course, we may make you an alternative offer. This means you will be offered a place on a different course or at a different UAL College.

Deferring your place

You must apply in the year that you intend to start your course. If you are made an offer and your circumstances change, you can submit a deferral request to defer your place by 1 academic year. You must have met your conditions by 31 August 2024. If you need an English language test in order to meet the entry requirements, the test must be valid on the deferred start date of your course. If not, you will need to reapply. Requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contextual Admissions

This course is part of the Contextual Admissions scheme.

This scheme helps us better understand your personal circumstances so that we can assess your application fairly and in context. This ensures that your individual merit and creative potential can shine through, no matter what opportunities and experiences you have received.


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.