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Main entry requirements
112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels
112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification
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.
% applicants receiving offers59%
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Tuition fee & financial support£9,250
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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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.
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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