Taught course


Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London · Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Entry requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree in the broad field of performance, drama studies or a design subject, although applications from students of other disciplines (e.g. visual arts, architecture, sonic arts) will be considered. Applications from those with at least two years' relevant experience will also be considered. Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to prove their English language proficiency by gaining an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test. We do accept equivalent English language qualifications. Applicants are advised to gain this certification as early as possible.

Months of entry


Course content

These courses approach scenography from multiple practical and theoretical perspectives to create new opportunities for performance design, experimentation and authorship. Students will develop key skills and undertake creative set design, stage design and performance design projects for theatre and other contexts.

Some of the major innovations in performance practices over the past hundred years have been drawn from scenographic developments.

Drawing from past and present approaches to performance design, these Scenography courses are concerned with exploring dynamic and innovative interplays between the body, space and time further informed by a variety of disciplines including sculpture, digital media, puppetry, choreography, film, architecture and sound.

Students of the MA and MFA combine for terms one to three of their course. The MFA extends into a second year that prolongs key practical and theoretical findings from the first year through independent and/or collaborative research, workplace/professional attachments and mentorships.

In the first year (MA and MFA) students’ existing skills and practices are challenged, extended and refined as they investigate design processes, strategies and tools for creative developments. With a balanced mix of collaborative and independent work, and a particular attention to the interplay of practice and theory, the courses include: workshops and mentoring to explore speculative and operative uses/misuses of processes and tools ranging from dramaturgy, model making and technical drawing to audio-visual media, casting, interactive sensor technologies and software; as well as studies in relevant historical and theoretical frameworks and contexts for understanding and developing practice.

The second year (MFA only) extends the practical and theoretical findings from the first year by undertaking one or two workplace/professional attachments, as well as tutorials and occasional seminars throughout the year, as part of an ongoing process of development and reflection leading to the submission of the final assessment.

Archives of past students’ work on the course can be seen atwww.mascenography.co.uk.


This is by practical conceptions and realisations, written assignments and research presentations.

Information for international students

Central holds international auditions/interviews in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Bogota. Please see Central’s website for details. To book an place please email admissions@cssd.ac.uk. If you are unable to attend in person, you may be offered the opportunity of a distance audition/interview.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions and Student Recruitment Office