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Scenography and Theatre Design BA (Hons)

Aberystwyth University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site (Aberystwyth)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Led by internationally recognised practitioners, this degree scheme takes a fresh, radical approach to design in performance, looking beyond the established boundaries of set, costume, lighting and sound design to take a total view of performance space as an expressive artistic field in its own right. This is not a degree in ‘how to do it’, but an inquiry into how it might be done.

Through a combination of practical and theoretical explorations, you will critically examine and engage with a wide range of contemporary practices from playhouse theatre to site-specific performance and from environmental theatre to performance installation. As the scheme progresses, the focus of study sharpens steadily upon your own practice as an independent artist, applying your acquired knowledge and skills to the making of work that is fresh, radical and expressive for you, within or beyond the context of theatre and performance.

Overview

Why study Scenography and Theatre Design at Aberystwyth?

  • This course will enable you to explore a radical and innovative approach to theatre and performance design
  • You will be taught and mentored by a team of internationally known designers and experts
  • We are a vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide
  • All students benefit from our complementary learning experiences where theory and practice are designed to feed into each other
  • As a department, students benefit from our connections with key industry partners, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. These creative partners provide an excellent opportunity to network and liaise with those in the industry before graduation
  • Students in the department have access to our superb facilities and resources for practical work: three rehearsal studios, each with flexible technical facilities; 2 large professionally-equipped studios with digital lighting rigs controlled via ETC Congo and Strand Lighting consoles, Yamaha and Soundcraft PAs, Sanyo AV systems and Strand lighting and two NXAMP; and costume and wardrobe facilities
  • On our campus is one of the largest Arts Centres in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.

Employability

What can I do with a Scenography and Theatre Design / Drama and Theatre Studies degree?

Many of our students have been successful in obtaining employment in these fields:

  • Set, Costume and Lighting Design
  • Production Design and Art Direction
  • Stage Management
  • Teaching and Education
  • Arts administration
  • Marketing;
  • Management and Project Co-ordination
  • Marketing and Public Relations

What skills do I gain from this degree?

Students on this degree gain the following valuable skills that are sought after by employers. These include the ability to:

  • Gather, assimilate and interpret intellectual and aesthetic material independently and critically;
  • Structure and communicate ideas efficiently and creatively through oral, written, visual and performative means to a range of audiences;
  • Apply creative, imaginative and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations;
  • Work effectively in group settings to develop, rehearse and produce live events;
  • Apply creative, imaginative and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations;
  • Research, evaluate and organize information.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,600per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Aberystwyth University

  • University League Table

    58th

  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Welcoming international students since 1872. Over 100 different nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural learning environment.
Highly-rated teaching (TEF Gold) and a high rate of graduate employability.
Generous scholarships and bursaries for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    24th out of 102 12

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    133 70%

    33rd

    46
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    67 67%

    28th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.27 85%

    14th

    3

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