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BA in Scenography & Theatre Design (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Theatre Studies

Course Description

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 you. Supported by internationally-recognised staff with a wide range of expertise, you will look beyond the established boundaries of set, costume, lighting and sound design to take a total view of the performance space. You will gain an understanding of how 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. Through a combination of practical and theoretical explorations of the craft, you will critically examine and engage with a wide range of contemporary practices from playhouse theatre to site-specific performance and from environmental theatre to performance installation. Studying Scenography and Theatre Design at Aberystwyth is your opportunity to develop your own design practice within or beyond the practice of theatre and performance.

  • This course will enable you to explore a radical and innovative approach to theatre and performance design.
  • You will be taught and mentored by a team of internationally known designers and experts. 
  • We are a vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
  • All students benefit from our complementary learning experiences where theory and practice are designed to feed into each other.
  • As a department, students benefit from our connections with key industry partners, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. These creative partners provide an excellent opportunity to network and liaise with those in the industry before graduation. 
  • Students in the department have access to our 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.
  • On our campus and situated next door to the Arts Centre is one of the largest Arts Centres in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.
  • Aberystwyth University’s is known for having a large number of clubs and societies, so be assured that your time will be occupied with your studies and taking part in your chosen club / society's activities.  The University has a large and energetic drama society, come and say hello during a visit to Aberystwyth. 
  • If you're looking for an experience beyond Aberystwyth, all students will have the opportunity to take part in a study abroad placement with one of our partnered Universities in Europe through the Erasmus + programme and some further afield through our International Exchange programme.

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 you. Supported by internationally-recognised staff with a wide range of expertise, you will look beyond the established boundaries of set, costume, lighting and sound design to take a total view of the performance space. You will...

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Course Content

In your first year you will discover:

  • Approaches to studio-based and site-based scenographic design;
  • Key scenographic concepts, methodologies and approaches;
  • The function of design within the broader theatrical event.

  In your second year, you will explore:

  • The four primary scenographic elements of space, light, sound and body;
  • Theories and practices of scenographic exploration;
  • Tools and methods for scenographic composition;
  • How to conceive, develop and implement a cohesive theatre design project;
  • How to collaboratively conceive, develop and realise a design for a departmental production;
  • The analysis, evaluation and understanding of scenography and theatre design;
  • The development of specialist skills required for the representation and communication of scenographic concepts;
  • Optional modules which currently include Directors' Theatre and Shakespeare in Performance to New Media Performance.

 In your final year, you will have the opportunity:

  • To create advanced independent creative work that prepares you for professional practice;
  • To develop a specialism in one scenographic element;
  • To create an electronic personal portfolio that documents your work;
  • To undertake a major research project;
  • To study specialist optional modules that currently include: Space, Place and Landscape; Performance and Architecture; Performance, Politics and Protest; and Theatre, Gender and Sexuality.

In your first year you will discover: Approaches to studio-based and site-based scenographic design; Key scenographic concepts, methodologies and approaches; The function of design within the broader theatrical event.   In your second year, you will explore: The four primary...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120 A Levels BBB-CCC GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-MMM International Baccalaureate: 30-26 European Baccalaureate: 75%-65%...

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Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through scenographic performance projects, group presentations, conceptual projects, design projects, formal essays, practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, and seminar presentations.

You will be assessed through scenographic performance projects, group presentations, conceptual projects, design projects, formal essays, practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, and seminar presentations.