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Design for Performance: Theatre, Film and Live Events BA (Hons)

Birmingham City University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Parkside Building Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The contemporary performance industry is a vibrant world of ever-evolving and often inter-related practices. It’s against this intersection that we have developed the BA (Hons) Design for Performance: Theatre, Film and Live Events course to offer a unique programme of study. We’re interested in what is Performance? Where does Performance occur? How do we creatively design and realise for it?Established in the 1950’s, the course has grown to embrace the breadth of the industry and the opportunities found within it. The variety of design practice undertaken by students includes: theatre, events, festivals, museums, concerts, exhibitions, themed environments, installations, nightclubs, dance, puppetry, music videos, film, TV and live arts. You will be encouraged to negotiate your own individual journey through the course; developing an area of practice specific to you. Imagination, experimentation and risk taking are fundamental to our students as the challenges and opportunities are so varied. This course provides a broad platform of skills, both traditional and digital, to best equip our graduates for employment. Because flexibility is built into our course design, there are no subject routes - you are able to study the same modules together regardless of your specific areas of interest. This fosters a studio culture; rich in diversity, collaboration and ambition.Why Choose us? Located in the city centre, in the historic School of Art Building, Margaret Street, the students have access to a wide variety of facilities. These include design studios, a bespoke art and design library, a range of workshops (wood, metal, plaster, print, textiles, audio visual and computer suites) and an experimental performance space. You will benefit from the insight and experience of staff who are experienced designers, makers and educators, as well as a dedicated technical support team. You will have the chance to develop and respond to a wide variety of high-profile projects and opportunities. These have included innovative paper installations, collaborative music videos, placements at major venues, live project briefs, exhibition designs and sculptural installations for major UK festivals.As a student of the School of Visual Communication, you will have access to the full Adobe Suite and accompanying accreditation as well as full access to LinkedIn Learning. The course is also a member of the Performance Design Education Collective.The School of Visual Communication prides itself on a long-established national and international reputation. It consists of a range of courses that celebrate innovation and allow you to realise your creative ambitions.

Application deadline

15 January

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Birmingham City University

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    Birmingham City University, University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, Birmingham, B5 5JU, England

One of only four UK universities offering a Master's in International Human Resource Management which is also fully CIPD-accredited.
ACCA programmes are taught in a Platinum status centre, showing that the university meets ACCA performance targets for course tuition and support.
Many master's courses now offer international students six-month professional placements towards the end of their studies.

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