Design for Performance BA (Hons) is a cross-disciplinary course which allows you to explore and then specialise in, set and costume design, lighting design (like you see at live events, festivals and performances) or designing assets for gaming or virtual reality experiences. Design is integral in all parts of live or virtual performances, from the projections on Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, to the stages used on the West End.
This course gives you the opportunity to work collaboratively on group projects exploring a wide range of design techniques and processes to develop your skills and understand more about the career paths you are interested in. Demand for theatre and live event designers has surged as people return to live experiences and making memories in the post pandemic world of entertainment, whilst the huge growth in the use of mixed reality, immersive experiences and motion capture technology has created demand in industry for graduates with experience of the facilities we have on campus.
You will experience cross-disciplinary learning and be taught by a wide range of subject experts. You will build an understanding of how designers fit in to the wider context of a project team, and develop your communication and collaboration skills, to ensure that the design process from concept to delivery is as smooth as possible
Flexible learning pathways
During the first year you will establish a core set of key concepts, including working method and technical skills, before selecting modules in second and final year which are aligned to your personal interests and goals.
Growing career opportunities
You could use your skills in traditional design for performance roles like set and costume, or take up a role in the expanding digital media sector, including TV and film, or immersive experiences.
Project based learning
You will be taught through practical interdisciplinary group work, with the opportunity to see your work used in performances both at college and externally in collaboration with one of our many industry partners.
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