Theatre Design (Set and Costume) BA (Hons)

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About this course

Duration

3 years

Term Start

Start Date: September 2016

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.

The Theatre Design course offers a highly creative preparation for a successful career in theatre and associated live and recorded performance events. You will experience the total design process from the initial creative dialogue, through visualisation to full performance.

Placing equal emphasis on costume and set design, you will learn to respond visually and creatively to stimuli ranging from text and character to music, physicality and time. The course will also develop your professional awareness and understanding of the responsibilities of the designer through a comprehensive programme of classes, projects and public performances.


Why choose this course?

  • Investigate the fundamentals of set and costume design and undertake design projects led by practising professional designers and directors

  •  Explore the creative potential of design as an essential part of a wide range of theatre performance forms.

  •  Design at least two realised productions in fully-equipped public venues on campus and in London.

  •  Create your ideas in dedicated design studios, and engage in creative team projects with students from other programmes.

  •  Develop skills in drawing, model making and computer visualisation, and extend your learning through work placements in the industry or a period of study abroad.

  •  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

Our BA (Hons) Theatre Design graduates leave as imaginative, practical and creative collaborators and are sought after within the wider performance and related industries.

Their work is showcased to industry contacts and future employers in the Graduate Exhibition. Graduates work as designers and assistant designers in a range of performance-making areas including main house and studio productions, devised work, opera, theatre for young audiences and intergenerational companies, film and television. Many have used their skills within event design and commercials.

Graduates from this course leave as confident designers and theatre makers.  Skills they acquire have enabled them to work as designers for a full range of theatre, film and event production companies. Graduates also work as design assistants, costume assistants and model makers. Several have also taken up postgraduate studies.

Alumni Success

• Emma Child, Head of Design Studio, London 2012 Olympics

• Liz Essex, Costume Designer, The Silent Hours, Costume Assistant, Spectre, Suffragette, Genius

• Florence Hazard, Designer, The Incredible Inspection of Inspector Spector, The Watermill Theatre

• Andy Sinclair Harris, Concept Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, Hong Kong

• Lucy Sierra, Designer, Another World, National Theatre
 

"My training at Rose Bruford College gave me all the essential skills needed to make Theatre Design a career. It was very practically minded and prepared us for the business side of things as well as giving us the freedom to explore design skills and ideas throughout the three years. We also had invaluable opportunities to work with directors and outside companies which led on to a lot of my early work."

Florence Hazard, Theatre Designer, 2012 Graduate

The programme has links with the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Oily Cart, Manchester Exchange Theatre, Punchdrunk, London Bubble, Fisher Productions, Almeida Theatre, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Emergency Exit Arts.

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.

"Rose Bruford College immerses its theatre design students in the rich creative atmosphere of a busy drama school from the outset. This encouraged me always to link my design ideas with practical ways of realising them, since we often worked with the other courses on real performances.   It also set me up with contacts and friends across many disciplines of theatre, which allowed me to go straight into work after graduating and continues to provide new collaborative opportunities even now."

Victoria Johnson, Set and Costume Designer, 2007 Graduate
 


Fee and Application Information

Accreditation

  • Currently validated as BA (Hons) Theatre Design by The University of Manchester
  • Includes Work Placement
  • Mode of Study: Full Time

Following the granting of Taught Degree Awarded Powers, students joining us in September 2017 will be registered on a Rose Bruford College award, and will be governed by Rose Bruford College regulations. 

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

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.

International Applicants

Please e-mail international@bruford.ac.uk

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.

Recognising Prior Learning

We understand that learning may take place in different settings and that you may want to use skills and knowledge you have gained elsewhere to count towards your learning with us. To support this, we have a detailed policy and procedure to guide and help you if you wish to ask for prior learning to be taken into account. Please e-mail admissions@bruford.ac.uk for more information.

Cecilia Trono applied to the College for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). We were able to take into account her previous studies in a related subject in France, which were recognised as equivalent to the first year of the our BA (Hons) Theatre Design programme. As a result, Cecilia was able to enter directly into the second year of the programme (level 5).

"I had already been studying during 3 years after the French Equivalent of A levels. After a Foundation Year and a two years Degree in Interior and Environmental Design in Paris, I was convinced I wanted to study Theatre Design.

Rose Bruford College seemed to be an amazing place to study. I knew the fact it is a Drama School and would enable students to be part of a small theatre community working collaboratively together throughout and making essential contacts for our future careers."

Cecilia Trono - Level 5 BA (Hons) Theatre Design student.

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 theatre design - the essentials of design for performance, the principles of dramatic space and performance narrative
  • Conceptual design projects
  • The collaborative process between designer and director
  • Developing costume designs for performance, and the creative relationship between costume maker and designer
  • Skills – storyboarding, model boxes, costume drawing, technical drawing, CAD
  • Research and analysis of performance and the theatre industry

Please click here to view our Level 4 module specifications

Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Collaborative project - design as an ongoing collaborative process from project inception through to performance
  • Industry placement
  • Conceptual design project
  • Practical considerations - budgets, performance venues, transport, staffing
  • Design Practice – small scale realised design, in collaboration with students from other programmes
  • Research and context

Please click here to view our Level 5 module specifications

Year 3 (Level 6):

  • Design practice - designing a full scale public theatre production
  • Contexts of design – investigating the designer’s role for performance forms such as opera and dance
  • Professional preparation
  • Independent research project
  • Graduate exhibition

Please click here to view our Level 6 module specifications

Please click here to download a pdf of the programme specification.

 

"The theatre design course at Rose Bruford was brilliant because it gave me hands on practical experience, I left with a portfolio of real work, not just theorised or hypothetical projects. It was great collaborating with the other courses to put on real shows as it really demonstrated how the collaborative process works and how, as a designer, its really important to make practical decisions as well as creative ones. This is something I deal with every day now in my job as a costume assistant in TV and film, how we can make something work without compromising the designer’s vision."
Liz Essex, Costume Designer, 2011 Graduate


Related Information

Pip Nash, Programme Director

Recent visiting professional tutors have included:

Laura Farnworth
Artistic Director Undercurrents Theatre

Michael Walling
Artistic Director, Border Crossings

Laura Keefe
Freelance Director, Royal National Theatre, Young Vic Directors Programme

Roland Smith
Co- Artistic Director, Theatre Delicatessen

Yoon Bae
Freelance Designer

Jessica Worrall
Associate Designer The People Show

Joanna Close
Costume Maker for Theatre and Film

Nick Murray
CAD Manager

Oli Smart
Folded Feather Puppet Company

Ros Philips
Freelance Director and Movement Specialist
 

 

       

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Here are some projects our Alumni have worked on:

Florence Watts, 2014 graduate - Assistant Designer to Fly Davis at the National Theatre.

Amanda Mascarenhas, 2012 graduate – Designer at Magic Me

Victoria Johnstone, 2007 graduate - Set and costume designer for Rapunzel and designer for Crying in the Wilderness Productions

Emma Child, 2004 graduate -  Set designer for Mobo Awards 2015

Mauricio Elorriaga, 1998 graduate – Course tutor at Duffield Studio