Design for Stage and Screen (Design for Theatre and Live Performance) at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS

Design for Stage and Screen (Design for Theatre and Live Performance)

Nottingham Trent University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Explore all aspects of contemporary theatre design practice, including: set and costume design and realisation; construction; digital technologies and design; light design and audio visual; site-specific design; puppetry; heritage installation; and design for community and education. Throughout your degree, you’ll learn how to develop your creative, technical, communicative, collaborative and organisational skills. Work on live projects with industry such as The National Theatre, Birmingham Opera Company and Nottingham Playhouse. Enter competitions set by organisations such as The National Theatre’s Connections festival, Nottingham Playhouse and Birmingham Opera Company, which often lead to professional engagement after graduation. Showcase your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham, with the opportunity to be selected to exhibit at other graduate events in London. This is the only Theatre Design degree in the UK to be accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers. Assessment Assessment is 100% through coursework. You’ll receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade. Employability This course has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 93% of graduates in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2016/17). Graduates find employment in a broad range of areas: theatre design and design for performance; set, props and costume; events and festival designers and managers; teaching, educational and community arts work; film and television and digital media. Recent employers include the Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC, Sydney Opera House, Nottingham Playhouse and Birmingham Opera Company, The Donmar.

Course details


[Year One] Both these modules run for the whole year. Introduction to Theatre Design (100 credit points) This module will teach you about the key principles, skills, practices and thinking which informs contemporary theatre design practice. You’ll be taught how to create design models, storyboards and sets and props. You’ll also learn about wardrobe, scenic art and projection techniques which will support your own research project and reflective writing. Contextual Studies 1 (20 credit points) This module will engage you with theatre history, theory, philosophy, culture, and contemporary practice. It will help you to develop confidence in reflective and evaluative writing. [Year Two] Both these modules run for the whole year. Theatre Design Explorations (100 credit points) This module will help you to consider your own specialism within theatre design. Select projects and approaches which enable you to further develop your practical understanding of the relationship between design, craft and performance and a clear understanding of the requirements and possibilities of different audiences, spaces and contexts. Contextual Studies 2 (20 credit points) This module enables you to build on the skills you gained in Year One, developing your knowledge and understanding of live performance contexts, and of the wider historical, arts, cultural, and political contexts for your work. [Final Year] Theatre Design Exposition (120 credit points) Advance your practice in theatre design to a professional level. You’ll complete at least three projects, which will normally include: • a realised design for performance – working with one of our associate companies such as Lakeside Arts, Nottingham College, Mish Mash Productions, and the National Trust • a speculative design project – working with associate institutions such as, Nottingham Playhouse, and Birmingham Opera Company • an independent design project for audience, working with a client • a devised performance project for an audience • a major research project, combining the skills you’ve developed in Years One and Two.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Course codeW460
Institution code N91
Campus nameCity Campus
Campus code1

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels or equivalent qualifications
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or GCSE Science grade C/4 or equivalent

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
Design for Stage and Screen (Design for Theatre and Live Performance) at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS