Scenic Arts (Construction, Props & Painting) BA (Hons)

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About this course


3 years

Term Start

Start Date: September 2018

Entry Requirements

96* UCAS points

*In exceptional circumstances the College may take a lower offer, based on prior experience or potential demonstrated at interview.

Applications are still open for this programme for 2017 entry. Whilst UCAS will categorise your application as ‘late’ you are still likely to be offered an interview.

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.

Alumni Success

• Darren Joyce, Head of Construction, the National Theatre

• Piers Ross and Danny Hayter, managing partners at All Scenes All Props (Specialist builders for Theatre and the Arts)

• Zoe Ross, Prop maker, at the Royal Opera House

• Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey, Designer, I Call My Brothers

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

UK/EU Applications

International Applications

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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.

2017/2018 Fees

  • UK/EU Students - Up to £9,250
  • International Students - £17,270

For this course International Students (non UK/EU) are eligible for a bursary of £2,000. Please enquire when you apply.

Please click here for information about Student Loans and Bursaries.

Equipment List
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.

Course content

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

Please click here to view our Level 4 module specifications

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

Please click here to view our Level 5 module specifications

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

Please click here to view our Level 6 module specifications

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Related Information

Brigitte Lambert, Programme Director


Recent visiting professional tutors have included:

Nigel Hook
Free-lance designer and Tony Award winner for The Play That Went Wrong.

Darren Joyce
Head of Construction, National Theatre

Jane Broomfield
Co-designer/Art Director for ITV/BBC

Robert Allsopp
Costume props specialist

Deb Mullins
Artistic Director EEA Emergency Exit Art

Scenic Arts Tutor Exhibits at Internationally Renowned Art Exhibitions


Please click here to visit our Scenic Arts Facebook Page.