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University for the Creative Arts

Theatre Design

UCAS Code: W440

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

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Theatre studies

Our BA (Hons) Theatre Design degree at UCA Rochester fully prepares you for working within a highly creative industry, where set and costume designers deliver dynamic visuals to complement the remarkable stories being told by playwrights.

The art of storytelling may simply begin with one character, yet through the art and craft of illusion, creative teams develop a vision, one which vividly captures the imagination of its audience. Designing character and constructed environments within dramatic situations offers a unique opportunity to study human behaviour.

Our Theatre Design course will provide you with a wide range of creative and practical training – from text analysis to imaginative interpretation, with creativity and practicality going hand-in-hand. The design process takes on as unique a life as that of the playwrights’ intended theatrical world. Our programme provides training in both set and costume design to maximise your potential to work within richly diverse artistic communities.

Our programme will also provide you with an understanding of materials used within the theatre and set design industry, and the processes used in making. You'll build your knowledge of material and form, within both historical and contemporary theatre contexts. This will enable you to weigh up the options available to you whilst collaborating within production teams.

First-hand experience within our technical workshops builds key skills, and you’ll receive technical training including technical drawing, model making, image manipulation, 3D printing, laser-cutting, hand and machine sewing, metalwork, carpentry, scenic effects, and production realisation of costume and set design elements.

First-hand experience within our technical workshops builds key skills. Technical training includes technical drawing, model making, image manipulation, 3D printing, laser-cutting, hand and machine sewing, metalwork, carpentry, scenic effects, and production realisation of costume, set elements and props.

Modules

In Year 1, teaching and learning is primarily staff-led and emphasis is placed on developing core skills and a sound awareness and understanding of the different spheres of creative craft practice for theatre and film. Areas of study include costume realisation, scenic art construction, props making, puppetry and historical and contextual studies. Year 2 is designed to progressively move you away from course-led teaching and learning towards a more student-directed approach, in which you'll become increasingly self-motivated and develop the skills of an independent learner. You'll be encouraged to develop a specialist area of practice in the design and production of costume, props or sets. Year 3 of the course consolidates the various elements of study and is characterised by independent learning and the ability to fully bring together the range of experiences, knowledge and skills you've developed on the course. You'll be required to realise your work through the use of accomplished making skills and evidence of advanced levels of both self-management and critical reflection.

The Uni


Course location:

Rochester

Department:

Film

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

55%
low
Theatre studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
71%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
22%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Design occupations
23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Theatre studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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