Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

MA Scenic Art (Taught) Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Degree level: Postgraduate Awarded by: University of the West of England, Bristol


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Course summary

Taught by highly experienced industry professionals, this Scenic Art master’s level course offers an intensive, vocational training in scenic art. BOVTS enjoys strong professional links to the theatre and entertainment industries and we are proud of our exceptional employment record.

The course is open to a maximum of four students who wish to develop their careers as scenic artists.

Graduates will be equipped with the necessary specialist skills required to work in the following industries; Theatre, Opera and Ballet, Film, Television and Animation.

The Course runs over three intensive terms during which time students gain skills and experience in scenic art techniques and their application. During the course students will acquire a thorough understanding of professional practice and standards.

Teaching is led by the school’s Head of Scenic Art in collaboration with visiting industry professionals.

Operating from our Scenery Workshops in Bristol and as part of a mid-scale theatre production company.
Students will work with professional designers as well as student designers. There will be opportunities to attend design and production meetings to gain an understanding of the roles and demands across all theatre production departments.

Students also receive master-classes in a range of skills and techniques which currently include: perspective, marbling, scenically painting an Old Master, wood-graining and polystyrene carving.

Ongoing project work is also an important part of the professional development of the scenic art students and students graduate with a strong portfolio of their work while at BOVTS.

Prior to graduation students complete work placements at some of the most respected scenic art workshops in the UK.

Upon graduation students showcase their work in a public exhibition and are interviewed by some of the UK’s leading industry practitioners.

BOVTS values its strong professional links to the theatre and entertainment industries and we are proud of our exceptional employment record.
Royal Opera House
Emma Troughridge - Head Scenic Artist

'’The BOVTS scenic art course produces ‘industry ready’ as well as highly employable students'’
Aardman Animations
Zoe Starzak - Production Manager, Art & Model Making Department

‘’The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Scenic Art course has consistently provided us with highly skilled and motivated artists and we look forward to continuing our close ties with the course.’’
Cardiff Theatrical Services
Ian Siddal - Scenic Art Manager

'’Students from the BOVTS Scenic Art course are trained to a high level, and are able to present themselves and their work in a professional manner. This makes them very attractive to employers and there is usually quite a battle between companies to employ the graduates'’
Scenic Art Graduate
Simon Farrell

"The course was probably one of the best experiences of my life. The amazing level of professionalism from everyone involved with the School and its shows were matched by the incredibly high standard of work that was expected of us.’’

Recent graduate employment includes: The Royal Opera House, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Cardiff Theatrical Services, The Royal National Theatre, Northern Ballet, TR2 Plymouth, Richard Nutbourne – Cool Flight Ltd, Rocket Scenery, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Splinter Scenery, Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ for the West End and ‘Frozen’ for Broadway. Festival work includes ‘Boomtown’ and ‘Glastonbury’.

Please note: All applicants must be aged 18 or over at the start of the course.

We will only accept one application per applicant, per year.

We will not accept applications if you have previously applied in four or more consecutive years.

Course details


This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: All modules are compulsory, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests.

Year 1
Module number: UAMN8Y-45-M Module name: Scenic Painting Theory and Techniques
Module number:UAMN93-45-M Module name: Applied Scenic Art
Module number:UAMN94-45-M Module name: Scenic Art Department Management
Module number:UAMN95-45-M Module name: Industry Engagement/Exhibition Each module 45 credits at level M.
Total 180 credits.
Interim Award for 90 credits: PG Cert.

Each module takes between 7 and 11 weeks each to complete.
Award: MA Scenic Art.

Assessment method

Students are assessed against professional standards in Scenic Art.

Assessment is practical project based and will include detailed written feedback from teaching staff and the student’s own self-critical annotated portfolio / diary.

Entry requirements

Normally entry for this course is with a first degree in a related subject: Fine Art, Illustration, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Graphics, Film, TV, Animation, and Theatre.

A good command of the English language is required.

Applicants without a degree but with the equivalent experience would also be considered.

A comprehensive portfolio of artwork is required at interview.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £10,800 Year 1
EU £10,800 Year 1
International £24,000 Whole course
England £10,800 Year 1
Northern Ireland £10,800 Year 1
Scotland £10,800 Year 1
Wales £10,800 Year 1

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
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