Theatre Design & Production (BA) degree is a practical, hands-on programme designed to build upon a broad foundation of production skills, right through to producing performances and events.
The course enables you to explore, design and create exciting new work alongside industry professionals.
The key principle of the degree is developing students who have a well-rounded and solid knowledge base, are skilled in more than one area and ready to engage in the wider performance sector.
Throughout the degree, there is flexibility to allow you to specialise and explore your own pathway. Offering a variety of work placement opportunities, study abroad and projects to make sure you get the experience and the support into employment you want.
90% of UWTSD’s Theatre Design & Production students were satisfied with their course.
- National Student Survey 2020
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Why choose this course?
- Practical, hands-on teaching in workshop/studio environments.
- All assessments are practical – no exams or dissertation.
- Learn from, and collaborate with, experienced, fully trained professionals who have worked on stage, TV and film – gaining connections along the way.
- By the third year, you can specialise in the area of your choice.
- Study abroad available in the US.
What you will learn
The first year of the Theatre Design & Production (BA) programme focuses on the development of the basic building blocks of the production process.
You will explore topics such as stage management, scenic construction and drawing, set design, lighting, AV, sound plus much more.
Students are supported throughout the degree as they build their confidence and skills, and their creativity as designers, makers and technicians is nurtured.
The second year concentrates on the application of these skills in a variety of practical projects and installations. These include panting, props, design realisation and production projects, plus the opportunity to work on the third year productions or industry work placements.
The final year concentrates on applying your training to a professional production process. You will get the chance to explore mainhouse, site-specific and studio theatre. Exposure to these types of processes, along with Professional Practice which develops your portfolios, CVs, tax, interview techniques, SWOT and personal development plans, will prepare you for your career into the Creative Industries.
Modules at Level 4:
- Principles of design (Inc. Model Making)
- Stage management
- Scenic construction & drawing
- Production technologies
- Learning in the Digital Era
- Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference
Modules at Level 5:
- Design process
- Design realisation
- Production project
- Painting and Props
- Change makers: Creativity and Value Creation
- Change makers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment
- Work Placement (Optional)
Modules at Level 6:
- Main House theatre
- Studio or Site Specific theatre
- Professional practice
- Independent project
- Work placement (Optional)
- International study (Optional)
Students regularly have opportunities to take part in performances/events, through which we can see growth and application of skills and knowledge.
We hold formal, and informal, tutorials throughout the degree. Each student can discuss their work with the module tutor or Programme Director during tutorials. We look at practical development, conceptual growth and future intentions.
Presentations normally take place at the end of a module, exhibition or performance, in order to measure a student’s performance against assessment criteria.
At level 4 & 5 students will document their process and practical work in a workbook which demonstrates their learning and individual pathway. At level 6, students write about their work in blogs, forums and short written tasks.
During this course, students may be required to explore texts containing themes and issues that might be perceived as challenging.
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You will be invited to visit the University to discuss the course and present a portfolio of your work (digital or physical).
A minimum of 64 UCAS points is required for entry to this course. However, we are keen to judge each application on merit, and this entry is based on an individual basis.
Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers and further study, including:
- Arts management
- Costume maker
- Events management
- Postgraduate study/research
- Scenic artist
- Set construction
- Stage management
- Theatre designer
- Wardrobe supervisor
Who have our students & graduates worked for?
- Aztec Events
- Bay Studios
- Bush Theatre
- Leviathan Workshop
- Marigold Costume
- National Theatre Wales
- National Theatre, London
- Regents Park Theatre
- Scamp Theatre
- Theatr Na N'Og
- Theatre by the Lake
- Torch Theatre
- Wales Millennium Centre
- Welsh National Opera
Plus many more...
You will not be expected to pay for materials or studio fees but will be given a basic kit list to buy in order to start the course.
The list will comprise items such as overalls, steel toe capped boots, ear defender, goggles and a few tools. These items will begin to form your professional tool kit for the industry.
"The course has a good split between practical work and research, which has a level of independence. This has built my confidence in trusting the work we're producing. I've enjoyed scenic construction the most as it has expanded my knowledge on the process of building and how to organise a workload between a group of us to get things done effectively. I particularly appreciate that the course covers varying aspects of production as it's formed an interest in topics I hadn't previously considered. I have a much better understanding of how the different departments work with each other in theatre. Having tutors from the industry has been really helpful, especially those that have studied on this course as it's really positive to see where it can lead if you put the work in and it also helps in building future contacts.”
“The course is truly amazing and is very different to other courses out there as it covers all the aspects of backstage theatre while still going into depth about all of them. The tutors are extremely helpful and it’s great to be able to learn and talk to industry professionals. The best bit for me about the course is being able to be so hands on, as I learn by being practical. The spaces are made available to you in your own time and you are encouraged to ask the tutors to go back over things with you if you were unsure.”
"The Theatre Design & Production course has certainly prepared me for a long and successful career in the creative industries. I have achieved more than I ever thought I could thanks to here, and I cannot recommend this journey enough.”
Sarah Phillips – Freelance Stage Manager
"The BA Theatre Design and Production degree has so much to offer. Since graduating I have worked in many unusual spaces, including London’s oldest pie & mash shop, a derelict art school and Shakespeare’s Globe. I would not have been given these opportunities without the necessary experience that I gained during my time at UWTSD. It’s so much fun and has given me a really awesome career where I never know what’s around the corner!"
"The reason I chose this course in the first place was that I didn’t want to limit myself to one specialism and I’m so glad I that I did come here because I found that I enjoyed areas that I wouldn’t have even considered beforehand."
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.
Embrace the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at universities in the US or Canada. We have exchange links with the following institutions:
- California State University, Fullerton
- California State University, Long Beach
- Douglas College, Vancouver
- University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
- University of North Carolina, Greensboro