BA

Scenography and Theatre Design

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Key Facts

Code W460
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC-BBB

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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If you are looking for a radical and innovative approach to design in the context of theatre and performance, then our Scenography and Theatre design degree is for your. Supported by our internationally-recognised staff with a wide range of expertise, you will look beyond the established boundaries of set, costume, lighting and sound design and take total view of the performance space.  You will gain an understanding of the organisation of space can be an artistic practice in its own right, taking into account the conventions of traditional theatrical disciplines such as set, lighting and sound. Studying Scenography and Theatre Design and at Aberystwyth is your opportunity to develop your own design practice within or beyond the practice of theatre and performance. 

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

95.4% of UK/ EU undergraduates from the Department of Film and Television Studies who graduated in 2016 were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2017)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

Why study Scenography and Theatre Design at Aberystwyth?

  •  A vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
  • Complementary learning experiences where theory and practice are designed to feed into each other.
  • Excellent teaching staff with a wide range of expertise in research and professional design for theatre and performance.
  • Connections with key industry partners, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.
  • 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.
  • Close links with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest arts centres in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.
  • Aberystwyth University’s energetic student drama societies.
  • Unique geographic location.
  • We are enthusiastically committed to the European Erasmus+ exchange scheme and have a one-year North American Exchange scheme, run in conjunction with the Universities of Pittsburgh, Kansas, Vancouver, Alabama, Washington State and a number of other North American institutions.
Our Staff

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

Modules

Employability

The Scenography and Theatre Design degree provides a balance between critical academic approaches and practical experience and a trajectory of increasingly independent work to develop the skills you need to pursue career opportunities in the creative media and beyond. Many students have gone on to work as set, costume, lighting, production and performance designers, either directly, through association with co-operative and professional companies, or after further postgraduate study. Many graduates have also found employment in a variety of different areas including teaching, administration, marketing, management, and public relations. Furthermore, the degree will help you to begin developing your own ideas into realisable projects, equipping you as a cultural entrepreneur.

Transferable Skills

In addition to subject specific skills and knowledge, studying for a degree in Scenography and Theatre Design will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include the ability to:

· apply creative, imaginative and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations

· research, evaluate and organise information

· structure and communicate ideas effectively in a variety of situations and using a variety of means

· work independently and with others

· effectively organise your time and deploy your skills

· listen to and make use of critical advice

· be self-motivated and self-disciplined

· use a range of information technology skills and resources

· be entrepreneurial in developing cultural projects

You will be able to gather, assimilate and interpret intellectual and aesthetic material independently and critically, deploying creative and imaginative skills developed through the realisation of individual and group practical and research projects. You will also have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently and creatively through oral, written, visual and performative means to a range of audiences, evaluating and organising information, working effectively with others and working within time frames with specific resources and to specific deadlines.

Year in Employment scheme (YES)

The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn? 

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you, may discover: 

  • A number of our introductory modules exploring the skills in making, thinking and studying. 
  • The key historical moments. 
  • The key practitioners, theatre theory and aesthetics. 

In your second year, you may explore: 

  • Scenographic principles and compositional practices.
  • The diverse range of theatre performances which will allow you to develop your critical analysis ,communications and presentation skills. 
  • Our optional modules which currently range from European theatre, contemporary society to new media performance and writing. More details can be found on the module tab. 

In your final year, you may: 

  • Have the opportunity to create your own independent work. 
  • Undertake a major research project. 
  • Apply and extend your skills through creating an Applied Theatre project or exploring the production and curation of cultural events. 
  • Our current specialist options are space and landscape, architecture, performance and politics, theatre, gender and sexuality. 

How will I be taught?

  • You will be taught through practical workshops, small-group seminars, lectures, production projects and group based project work.
  • Our teaching is frequently mixed-mode, interrogating theory through practical investigation and practice through the lens of various theoretical perspectives.
  • You will be assessed through formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations and group activities.
  • You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You are free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

Student Views

Scenography and Theatre Design allows new, young and enthusiastic designers to take their first steps towards changing how the future is viewed. Endless opportunities to create and to challenge existing design ideologies are made available to students, allowing them to not only find the best outcome, but to discover the style of the designer they want to be. Design is everywhere. Whether a student wants to delve into the events industry, television, architecture or marketing, design is the strongest element that is required.

Tabitha Thomas

Since graduating I have been living in London. I have worked for the multi award winning musical Wicked! at the Apollo Theatre, where I am both a Costume Assistant and Dresser. Aside from my work on Wicked! I freelance further as a Costume Assistant on a variety of theatre productions including The Railway Children (Waterloo Station) working closely with designers and costume supervisors to realise their work on stage. The flexibility and structure of the Scenography and Theatre Design degree combined with the expertise of the tutors means that not only do you feel you are getting a hand crafted, meaningful degree, but a course that teaches the skills and methodology you need to work in the industry. Aberystwyth University is an infectious place to study (and play!) with amazing staff, inspiring surroundings, endless opportunities and friends for life. I would certainly recommend it.

Ed Parry

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC-BBB

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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