About this course
Start Date: October 2020
64* UCAS points
This is equivalent to two C’s at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent.
* We offer places based upon your future potential. We may offer you a place based on lower UCAS points than shown here, or an offer that is not linked to UCAS points, if we have evidence of your potential from your application or interview/audition.
The validated programme title for this course is BA (Hons) Scenic Arts.
Explore The Masefield Workshop
The Scenic Arts degree programme is designed to equip you with a range of theatre craft skills including prop making, scenery building and scenic painting.
You will emerge from the course with a forward-looking professional knowledge of the technical arts that support all types of performance, based on traditional experience and practice as well as modern materials and emerging technologies.
Your skills will enable you to pursue a rewarding career in performance and media industries including theatre, film, television, museum displays, and themed attractions.
Why choose this course?
Gain construction skills in wood and metal; using hand tools and machinery. Learn scenic painting techniques and explore prop making in a range of materials.
Gain advanced skills with computeraided design (CAD), digital manufacturing and 3D modelling using resins and silicon in our spacious workshop which includes CAD facilities, paint frame and specialist fibreglass and plaster room.
Hone your craft, through manufacturing scenic elements to a brief for staged productions in College and London venues, collaborating with other programmes as part of a creative team.
Develop your own areas of specialism through individual project work, productions and work placement preparing you for a career in the theatre and performance industries.
Share classes and projects with students from other programmes from the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts to learn about the performance, arts and events industries and how to use experimentation, enquiry and creative research in your work, and prepare to build a successful career.
Employability & Industry
You will undertake at least one industry placement while on the course. Recent placement hosts have included the Royal Opera House, Polka Theatre, Oily Cart Theatre Company, Emergency Exit Arts, Nottingham Playhouse, and commercial scenic workshops such as Scott Fleary (London), Rocket Scenery (Nottingham), Visual Scene (Leicester).
Graduates have gone on to work as freelance scenic painters, prop makers, carpenters and engineers, and to work for scenery construction companies for theatre, film, television, entertainment, museums and themed attractions.
• Darren Joyce, Head of Operations, Cardiff Theatrical Services
• Piers Ross and Danny Hayter, managing partners at All Scenes All Props (Specialist builders for Theatre and the Arts)
• Zoe Ross, Freelance Prop Maker, at the Royal Opera House
• Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey Presently production design assistant (design residency) at the Royal National Theatre
Studying an Arts related subject provides our students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:
- Carpenters and joiners
- Interior decoration designers
- Production managers and directors in construction
- Painters and decorators
- Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers
- Other skilled trades
- Education support assistants
Source: DLHE Data 2013/2014 to 2016/2017
Students can visit a range of universities, theatres and companies for work placements and study exchange, including through the Erasmus grant scheme in Europe and our partner universities in the USA.
Fee and Application Information
- Includes Work Placement
- Mode of Study: Full Time
How to Apply
We are still actively recruiting for our 2020 entry and we would welcome your application. UCAS will categorise your application as late but we are very happy to accept such applications and can guarantee you an interview. If you have any queries or concerns then please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Apply for 2020 entry via UCAS
- Institution application code: R51
- Programme Code: W4W7
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There is the opportunity for international students to study this programme as part of a semester or year abroad. Please click here for full details.
- UK/EU Students - £9,250
- International Students - £18,000
For this course International Students (non UK/EU residents) are eligible to apply for a bursary of £6,000 over three years. Please enquire when you apply.
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Please click here to view the Equipment List for this programme, which provides an indication of additional costs relating to the course.
As part of this programme you will share classes and projects with students from other programmes from the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts to learn about the performance, arts and events industries and how to use experimentation, enquiry and creative research in your work, and prepare to build a successful career.
Year 1 (Level 4):
- Introduction to scenic construction - the workshop environment, scenic construction techniques in wood and metal
- Introduction to scenic painting
- Introduction to three-dimensional modelling with materials including clay, plaster, latex, polystyrene, solvents and glues
- Introduction to stagecraft, technical drawing and CAD
- Theatre making practice - implement the set design for one or more realised productions
- Research and analysis of performance and the theatre industry
Year 2 (Level 5):
- Materials, techniques and performance - learn about complex manufacturing techniques and staging technologies
- Specialise in either prop-making and scenic painting or construction and CAD
- Industry study – researching the industry through a work placement
- Production Practice - workshop assistant on two realised productions
- Research and context
Year 3 (Level 6):
- Production practice: scenic manufacture - manufacture scenic elements to a brief, for a public production
- Production practice: scenic management - undertake the role of either a Scenic Workshop Manager or Scenic Project Manager
- Professional preparation
- Independent research project
- Graduate exhibition