BA Theatre Design and Production

About the Course

BA Theatre Design and Production is now firmly established as a leading programme in the training of designers, scenic artists, stage managers and technicians. Its pyramid structure builds upon a broad foundation of production skills in areas such as costume, stage management, scenic construction and scenic art.

The second year concentrates on the application of these skills in a variety of design contexts before students specialise in a particular discipline for an entirely production-based final year. The principle of developing graduates skilled in more than one area, with a firm foundation in the methodology of theatre-making is central to the teaching.

Work placement modules in the final year have increasingly led to employment opportunities and graduates are currently working in a range of theatres from small-scale touring companies to large-scale opera companies.

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Award
BA (Single Honours)

UCAS Code
W460

Language Choice
English

Course Length
3 years full-time

Entry Requirements

You will be invited to visit the University to discuss the course. Entry is based on individual merit.

Career Opportunities

  • Theatre Design
  • Theatre Technician
  • Scenic Art
  • Scenic Construction
  • Stage Management
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Events Management
  • Postgraduate study/research

Department

School of Performing Arts

Campus

Carmarthen Campus

Typical modules

  • Scenic Construction
  • Stage Management
  • Costume and Props
  • Model-making and Scenic Art
  • Lighting and Sound
  • Design Principles
  • Design Process
  • Design Realisation
  • Staging the Action
  • Individual Theatre Practice
  • Touring Theatre
  • Site-specific Theatre
  • Main-house Theatre
  • Exhibition and Portfolio

Key Features

  • A fully equipped professional theatre - the Halliwell Theatre and its adjoining workshops, studios, wardrobe department, props department, scenic construction and paint workshop
  • Appropriate technical facilities for professional theatre training
  • Productions and projects at the University and on tour
  • Study abroad available in the USA
  • Professional directors and specialist theatre professionals are regular contributors to the course
  • Touring theatre companies visit the University regularly
  • Visits to major UK theatres to enhance your knowledge and experience
  • Graduates are extremely well prepared for work in a range of theatre contexts including small-scale touring, community theatre arts and the collaborative arts in general
  • Excellent facilities including the 375-seat Halliwell Theatre with its accompanying studios and workshops
  • Opportunities for performance and production
  • Specialist theatre professionals are regular contributors to the programme as visiting tutors

Why study at this University?

  • Graduates are extremely well prepared for work in a range of theatre contexts including small scale touring, community theatre arts and the collaborative arts in general
  • Excellent facilities including the 375-seat Halliwell Theatre with its accompanying studios and workshops
  • Opportunities for performance and production
  • Specialist theatre professionals are regular contributors to the programme as visiting tutors

Programme Specification

The educational aims of the programme are:

  • to develop students’ understanding of the collaborative, creative process of theatre and to further their abilities to utilise design and production within the process;
  • to assist students’ development of a refined, knowledgeable and coherent design aesthetic;
  • to assist students to articulate, through critical debate, portfolio presentation and scholarly writing, knowledgeable, considered and well-expressed viewpoints on a range of dramatic and theatrical topics;
  • to foster the ethos of a `laboratory’ theatre in which, through practical exploration, students can analyse the design, production and performance issues that emerge from their studies;
  • to nurture graduates with a high level of practical skills in one or more areas of theatre design and production;
  • to nurture graduates who possess the confidence and acumen to instigate and develop projects with regard to future employment.

Programme Outcomes

Subject Knowledge and Understanding

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • the process and practice of design for theatre;
  • the process and practice of theatre production in a variety of contexts;
  • Theatre Crafts and Production processes;
  • Technical Theatre and its application to the design and production process;
  • the importance of safe working practices and Health and Safety legislation;
  • dramatic texts, particularly as blueprints for interpretation through projects or productions;
  • dramatic genres and periods of theatre history.

Subject skills and other skills

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate practical skills so that they are able to:

  • fulfil a project or production brief;
  • foster a personal design aesthetic and engage it through theatre practice;
  • work by consensus in groups to devise `original’ performances/installations;
  • devise `original’ drama and realise it in production;
  • research and make props and other production artefacts;
  • understand and use a range of technical theatre apparatus;
  • understand and use appropriate theatre technology;
  • draw, interpret and use ground plans and other technical drawings;
  • construct three-dimensional models and scenery;
  • understand and fulfil backstage and front of house production roles;
  • analyse dramatic texts, genres and theatre history;
  • undertake an appropriate level of independent research to gather, evaluate and use information.
  • use a range of information technology skills including CAD.

Generic and Graduate Skills

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate generic and graduate skills so that they are able to:

  • respond with imaginative flair to creative opportunities;
  • communicate ideas through oral, aural, physical and visual means;
  • produce coherent and well-presented arguments in spoken and written forms;
  • analyse and record the processes of their creative practice;
  • demonstrate skills of negotiation and compromise to achieve group aims;
  • achieve set goals through self-management and that of others;
  • reflect upon, and evaluate, the results of their work.