to provide the opportunity for students to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to equip them for study to Honours Degree level. to promote the development of intellectual and imaginative abilities enabling students to identify, challenge and explore new concepts and competencies. to provide a programme of study directly related to the production of scenic elements and artefacts and the vocational demands of the theatre and related professions.
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A-Levels, BTEC or equivalent. All applicants are invited for interview (portfolio required).
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BA (Hons) Scenic Arts
The NCDT accredited Scenic Arts programme is designed to equip graduates with a range of theatre craft skills including prop making, scenery building and scenic painting. You will emerge from the programme with a forward-looking professional knowledge of the technical arts that support all types of performance, based on traditional experience and practice as well as modern materials and emerging technologies. Your skills will enable you to pursue a rewarding career in performance and media industries including theatre, film, television and live events.
During the programme, your base will be the Masefield Workshop, which boasts 230sq. metres of construction space for wood and metal work and includes a paint frame, specialist fibreglass and plaster room, two props workshops and AutoCAD facilities. You will be taught by professional staff with wide-ranging experience in the industry and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with students studying other production disciplines to create fully mounted performances. Activities range from building and painting scenery and making props for the College’s productions to individual projects that include stage engineering and complex manufacturing techniques in prop making and scenic painting.
The programme aims to:
- to provide the opportunity for students to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to equip them for study to Honours Degree level
- to promote the development of intellectual and imaginative abilities enabling students to identify, challenge and explore new concepts and competencies
- to provide a programme of study directly related to the production of scenic elements and artefacts and the vocational demands of the theatre and related professions
- to progressively develop the manufacturing skills of the students to meet professional standards in a broad range of specialist scenic arts activities and to enable students to meet their artistic goals
- to develop a critical awareness of the wide ranging types and style of theatrical production in the United Kingdom and Europe
- to develop the student's ability to contribute to performance through the creation and / or interpretation of scenic elements and related arte facts
- to introduce students to a range of research and practice methodologies
- to enable students to develop a range of analytic, critical and communicative skills in order to become articulate and reflective theatre practitioners
- to promote an awareness and understanding of theatre as an interdisciplinary art form
- to empower students to collaborate effectively within a group and with other theatre practitioners
- to foster independent learning and a range of transferable study skills
- to equip the students with an understanding and training that will enable them to make worthwhile contributions to current professional practice and to the development of theatre in the United Kingdom and Europe
The Programme at a glance
Over three years, you will:
- Be introduced to workshop practice including health and safety
- Gain a foundation of basic skills, techniques and methods in the making of props, the construction of scenery, technical drawing and scenic painting
- Learn to analyse contemporary theatre practice, styles and genres
- Learn about the working of other technical departments
- Develop skills in modelling and casting using complex manufacturing techniques, and computer drawing (AutoCAD)
- Be assigned a variety of roles on College productions as a set builder, prop maker, scenic painter, workshop supervisor and project manager
- Undertake a substantial research project into a Scenic Arts subject of your choice
- Have the opportunity for a work placement in the industry or a period of study abroad
- Prepare for entry into your chosen profession.
Graduates have gone on to work as freelance scenic painters, prop makers and carpenters, as well as working for scenery construction companies and service providers, for theatre, film, television, entertainment and corporate events, dance and opera.