Design for Performance at Rose Bruford College - UCAS

Course summary

This course meets the industry’s demand for designers who work across a wide range of performance settings and sectors, from theatre to virtual environments. In your first year, you’ll undertake comprehensive training in core principles of design and production across a range of disciplines before moving on to specialise in your chosen area by focussing on one of the following five pathways: • Set and Costume Design (for theatre, film and live events) • Lighting Design (live events and performance) • Visual Design for Public Spaces • Digital Content (for live performance/ recorded media, projection mapping, film, online) • Virtual Technologies (for virtual reality, mixed reality, game engines, motion capture technology, virtual production) Emulating the professional design studio format, students work in creative teams with access to an excellent range of resources, including lighting labs, studios, digital suites, dye room, scenic workshop and the College’s purpose-built Centre for Digital Production housing world-leading motion capture and XR (extended reality) stage facilities. Consistent industry contact and connection through mentoring, placements and shadowing opportunities, culminates in our renowned Face 2 Face graduate exhibition event. This takes place in your final year as is attended by dozens of industry representatives looking for the latest talent and the shapers of the future of the creative industries. You will have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with students from other courses throughout your studies, producing fully realised designs, performances and events, using experimentation, enquiry and creative research in your work. You'll learn via seminars, practical roles and tutorials, masterclasses and work placements, with our highly experienced tutors and a range of industry experts and partners. Your design and technical skills will be demonstrated and built on in full-scale productions both at the College and at leading London venues. Graduates go on to careers as designers for theatre, film, television, events, interiors and exterior spaces, theme parks, games, mixed reality entertainment, and immersive performance. “The technology around me makes me so creative! Rose Bruford College has state-of-the-art motion capture equipment and other software on campus, and I’ve had opportunities and freedom to explore those technologies during the course.” Miyu, current student You may also be interested in: Costume Production BA (Hons) Creative Lighting Control BA (Hons) Scenic Arts BA (Hons)


Please visit our website to view the course specification in detail: Course content is regularly reviewed, to make it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.

Assessment method

Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome students from around the world for both BA and MA degree study in performance, design and production arts. We also run short-term courses, summer schools and foundation programmes for international students who are looking for a shorter period of study. You will be studying close to London and have easy access to the amazing culture, restaurants and theatre there. When you study with us, you will join students from more than 25 different countries, and develop skills that could take your career all over the world. We have links worldwide with partner institutions on student and staff exchanges, collaborative projects and wider research initiatives. You may find our international students web page and guide useful: We run webinars with virtual campus tours for prospective international students, you can register here:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Widening Access and Contextual Admissions: Rose Bruford College is committed to widening access. We encourage applications from all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of your background, and ensure that no groups are disadvantaged during the application process. We welcome students from all educational backgrounds. For instance, we look at your age, whether you declare a disability, whether you have spent time in care, the area in which you live and, if appropriate, the relative performance of the school you attend. 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.

Additional entry requirements


You will be asked to attend an interview either online or in-person. This gives you a chance to meet our staff and view some of the facilities on campus (if attending in-person).


A portfolio can be examples of work you’ve done before, work in progress, ideas you have or even examples of what inspires you.

English language requirements

You must achieve a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each component or a Secure English Language Test (SELT) equivalent to this score. We accept all Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) as approved by the UKVI.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £22800 Year 1
International £22800 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

1) Rose Bruford College Bursaries for UK Students: We will offer £600 financial support for each year of the course in the form of a bursary to all students who come from households below the median income level (£29,400). This information is provided to the student loan company who communicate it to our student services team so once confirmed you will be paid automatically in February (£300) and May (£300) if you are eligible. Please note the figures listed here are for academic year 2023/24 and are subject to change. 2) International Student Bursaries for School of Design, Management & Technical Arts Programmes: Each year, Rose Bruford College awards one bursary to an international student as they commence their study on an undergraduate programme within its School of Design, Management and Technical Arts (DMTA). The bursaries, with a value of £2,000 each year for three years (total £6,000) are part of the College’s commitment to making high-quality professional training and education in theatre and the entertainment industries available to students from anywhere in the world. International students, who have international student fee status and have been offered a place on a programme within the School of DMTA may apply for the bursary before starting their studies with us. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Design for Performance at Rose Bruford College - UCAS