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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 13450 per year
Explore all aspects of contemporary theatre design practice, including; set and costume design and construction, scenic art, site-specific design, puppetry, heritage installation, and design for community and education.
This Design for Performance course will teach you how to bring together the creative, technical, communicative, collaborative and organisational skills needed to make imaginative performance for a range of professional environments. Formed originally by designers at Nottingham Playhouse, the Theatre Design course at NTU has been running since 1973. Consequently we have strong links with a wide range of performance, heritage and educational organisations, and professional theatre companies.
How you're taught
You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences that will include:
Assessment for this course is 100% through coursework.
How you are assessed will depend on the individual module, but it may take the form of:
You will usually have an opportunity to talk about your work either through a formal presentation or in a group critique.
Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.
Trips and study visits
You will have the opportunity to go on a number of trips during the course, as well as to see shows in our own studio theatre. Recent visits have included:
The University is part of the Erasmus programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe.
If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language, and gaining a study experience that will enhance your CV. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.
You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.
You will also have the opportunity to be selected to exhibit your work to industry at New Designers in London, one of the UK's most important graduate exhibitions.
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
Careers and employability
The course has well-established links with former students, which lead to a range of career opportunities for new graduates. Careers paths exist within the areas of:
Recent graduates from this course have gone to work in the following areas:
Examples of employers include:
Our graduates also leave the course with a high degree of value-added skills, enabling them to enter a wide range of careers, including designing and making for theatre and other performance contexts, community and participatory arts practice, arts administration, creative business, and the education sector.
Links with industry
The course has extensive links with industry, including producing theatres, touring companies, production companies, event-based companies, and schools and community organisers. Our students have worked on live projects with organisations such as:
Our students have recently enjoyed success in a number of competitions, including the Nottingham Playhouse Prize for Stage Design and the Birmingham Opera Prize for Stage Design.
Industry experts who have recently shared their knowledge and experience with our students include:
This is the only Theatre Design degree course in the UK that is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), giving you free membership during your studies. You will also have access to CSD online careers advice, guidance, and vacancies.
Hear from our Theatre Design alumni
Work placements and internship opportunities
In Year Two you will undertake a work placement of between three and five weeks as part of the Visual, Technical and Professional skills module.
You will be supported by course staff and have access to a database containing a wide range of contacts for potential work placements. If you have your own contacts or ideas of other places you might like to work, you can also propose these.
Opportunities exist with a wide range of different companies and organisations, including the below.
Working with traditional building-based theatres. Students on this course have previously worked with the Royal Exchange Theatre (Manchester), Nottingham Playhouse, The Crucible (Sheffield), The Harrogate Theatre, the Curve Theatre (Leicester), the Mercury Theatre (Colchester), Polka Theatre (Wimbledon), Little Angel Theatre (London), and Unicorn Theatre (London).
Working with a touring company will see you working out of a base, such as a workshop. Students have previously worked with Theatre Alibi (Exeter), Bamboozle Theatre (Leicester), Blunderbus Theatre Company (Newark), Oily Cart (London), and New Perspectives Theatre Company (Lincoln).
These companies design and make for theatre, TV, film and performance productions. Work includes scenic construction, costume making, prosthetic making and mould making. Students have worked with companies including Rocket Scenery (Nottingham), Lifecast (Elstree Studios, Borehamwood), Visualscene (Leicester), Birmingham Costume Hire, and Promotional Props and Costumes (Nottingham).
This is a growing area that includes launches for TV events, themed parties and company events. Our students have previously worked with Starlight Design (London), Mask Event Design and Production (London), and GameCity (Nottingham).
Companies / Projects which work with Schools and Communities
This includes educational and development projects. Our students have worked with Dragon Breath Theatre (Nottingham), Roundabout (Nottingham Playhouse's educational programme), Red Earth Theatre (Derbyshire), and Theatre Centre (London).
Individual design professionals
Our students also complete work placements with design professionals, some of whom are alumni from the course, including acclaimed designer Joanna Scotcher.
Our Theatre Design studios and workshops are based in the Waverley building, a dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and equipment include:
Notes about fees for this course
The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.
The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.
The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.
What are we looking for?
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. You must, however, have a creative portfolio to present at interview. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.
The UCAS Tariff
In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don't worry. We've created this calculator to help you work it out.
If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.
Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.
If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.
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