Taught course

Theatre Design

University of the Arts London - Wimbledon College of Arts · School of Theatre

Entry requirements

BA (Hons) degree in Theatre Design, Costume, Set or Lighting Design, Fine or Live Art, other forms of 3D Visual Design or making such Architecture or Interior Design Study proposal Portfolio of work Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)

Months of entry


Course content

The course is designed to support and further theatre design practice-based research at MA level over a one-year programme. Students will practice advanced level scenographic speculative methods, either collaboratively or as auteur. They will be expected to interrogate contemporary scenography in the establish modes of industrial practice in principally the fields of set and costume design, although students may also investigate the impact and effect of various specialisms in their studies, such as lighting, projection or sound.
Course Highlights:
  • To research practitioners past and present and form a distinctive view of their position in the discipline
  • Collaborate with other postgraduate student directors, choreographers or other theatre makers to practice and test their abilities to negotiate and communicate at an advanced level
  • Maintain an online research folio to develop a professional ‘shop window’ for their ideas
  • To interrogate contemporary scenography through the established modes of industrial practice in set and costume design, though students may also investigate various specialisms in their studies, such as lighting, projection or sound
  • Work closely with a mentor who will challenge and advise students throughout the development of their final self-motivated Action Research Project
  • Specialist tutorial and technical support from across Wimbledon’s renowned Theatre Programme, focusing on the production and research in both industrial and academic contexts
  • Established contacts with complementary London-based Director and Choreographic MA courses support the delivery of collaborative study components
  • Direct access to the Jocelyn Herbert Archive and engagement with the college’s theatre design-related special exhibitions and conferences
  • Direct access to scenographic curatorial practice at a national and international level

Information for international students

The College is dedicated to excellence in learning and teaching. All tutors are practising artists or designers. The College is a small and friendly community, located in Wimbledon, only 15 minutes by train from central London.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Creative work80

Course contact details

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