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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Drama
Student score
85% MED
% employed or in further study
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£19k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This course has been running for over 40 years and covers all aspects of contemporary theatre and design practice and is the only Theatre Design course in the UK which is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers ( CSD). It is also a member of the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians; the Association of Courses in Theatre Design; and the Society of British Theatre Designers. This will include learning how to design for set and costume construction, scenic art, puppetry and design for community and education. You’ll be taught how to bring creative, technical, communicative, collaborative and organisational skills together to create imaginative performance, heritage, educational and professional theatre companies. This course will be taught in a variety of ways including; lectures, seminars, workshops, screenings, masterclasses and visits and events. You’ll be able to work in our theatre and digital design studios which have access to sound and lighting equipment and the latest industry-standard software. This course is 100% assessed by coursework and may take form as live performances, artefacts, costume garments, presentations, speculative designs and written reflective and critically evaluative reports. You’ll have the opportunity to focus equally on both the design and making skills needed to fully realise your own theatre designs. You’ll be taught about costume construction, masks, lighting and model-making. You’ll gain invaluable work experience by working on live projects with professional organisations such as; The Royal National Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, GameCity, Red Erath Theatre, Urban Angel, Birmingham Opera Company and The Royal Lyceum Theatre to design products for a particular set design which will take between three and five weeks which will help you to stand out within the graduate employment market. This course will allow you to complete a short work placement during Year Two with either producing theatres, touring companies or events companies. You’ll study in our dedicated facilities which includes a paint workshop, construction workshop and studio theatre. Our academic team will give you a well-rounded course experience by taking you to study visits to theatres, exhibitions and performances. You may wish to give your course an international flare by applying to one of our overseas exchanges at one of our partner universities in Europe through the Erasmus+ Scheme. You’ll be encouraged to enter competitions and awards which are set up by some of the UK’s most prestigious theatre companies and you’ll exhibit your work in your final year at the NTU Degree Show in Nottingham which may lead to you being selected to exhibit your work at New Designers in London. Many of our recent graduates from this course have followed careers within scenography, puppetry, costume making, education and model making. Other graduates are working film, television and production management and theatre design and design for performance. Some of our graduates are working for companies including The BBC, Lakeside Arts Centre and Pinewood Studios.


Overall, there are five modules which are assessed; two in both the Year One and Year Two with one module over the whole of your Final Year. Year One: Introduction to Theatre Design – This module will teach you about the key principles, skills, practices and thinking which informs contemporary theatre design practice. You’ll be taught how to create design models, storyboards and sets and props. You’ll also learn about wardrobe, scenic art and projection techniques which will support your own research project and reflective writing • Visual, Technical and Professional Skills 1 – This module will encourage you to work with contemporary and period texts and themes to develop your ability to communicate research, process and design intention. This module will help you to learn about equipment materials, processes and protocols in theatre design which includes health and safety. Year Two: Theatre Design Explorations – In the first project of this module you’ll explore aspects of place, performance and public in recent and contemporary theatre. In the second project you’ll focus on the spectacle by looking at aspects of opera and carnival. You’ll work on an individual research project which you’ll present at the end of the module • Visual, technical and Professional Skills 2 – This module will help you to build on the skills which you gained form Year One but will focus more on an understanding of them in terms of the industry. To develop this understanding you’ll complete a work experience placement from a selection of professional performance-related environments. You’ll develop your theatre craft, technology and interactive media skills. Final Year: Theatre Design Exposition – You’ll complete a research project which will combine the skills which you learnt in Years One and Two and complete three projects which will normally include: a design for performance, an independent design project for audience, working with a client and a devised performance project for an audience.

Nottingham Trent University

Students on campus Nottingham Trent University

We have earned a reputation for outstanding graduate employability, excellent teaching standards, impressive student services, and a diverse but close-knit student community. Our main city site is ideally located in Nottingham's cosmopolitan centre. We can offer you excellent nightlife, a city bursting with culture, a lively students' union and reliable support throughout your studies.

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
85% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
436 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £19k HIGH
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are design occupations


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.
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