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Technical Arts for Theatre and Performance (Hons)

University of the Arts London (UAL)

36 months
23610 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The BA Technical Arts for Theatre and Performance (Hons) at the University of the Arts London (UAL) teaches you how to make props, puppets and prosthetics for the entertainment industry.


The BA Technical Arts for Theatre and Performance (Hons) course at the University of the Arts London (UAL) introduces you to a wide range of processes, techniques and practices within this field. The course covers 4 key areas: 

  • Concept and design
  • Materials used within the field
  • Design fabrication and assembly
  • Interactive and applied technical arts practices 

You will experience a range of techniques used within current industry. This will enable you to select and use appropriate methods and materials.  

You will learn the art of efficiently developing suitable prototypes for the field and be able select the most effective way of realising a variety of design ideas as you progress through your studies. 

Alongside practical work you will also look at creative research theories. These will include a scenographic approach to understanding objects in the contexts of environments and audiences. This will expand your knowledge of industry practices and extend your own ideas to place them within a wider field of performance making. 

Your progression through the course will introduce you to current industry modes of making and designing. This will be complimented by trips to professional technical arts based production studios within the field of entertainment. 

You will have an opportunity to define and refine your specialist area of interest so that you finish the course with a creative technical practice. 

What to expect 

  • An introduction to a range of unique and specialist skills, technical knowledge and understanding
  • To be taught by highly experienced professional practitioners
  • To encounter practice in areas such as mechatronics, electronics and animatronics
  • Sculpting, moulding, casting
  • Fabrication using analogue and digital techniques such as 3D printing
  • Painting and finishing techniques
  • Experimentation within staging, scenographic context and design
  • Prosthetics for the cultural industries
  • To develop your conceptual, creative, critical thinking
  • Collaboration with other design and performance courses and professionals
  • Visits to industry studios and workshops
  • Have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops. View the Wimbledon facilities

Work experience and opportunities 

Work placements are a key feature during the second year of this course, providing essential links for students’ graduate careers within industry and beyond. Students may have the opportunity to visit London television and film studios, scenic workshops, prop houses, makers and suppliers.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  •  Designing and making 1
  • Designing and making 2
  • Exploring ideas
  • Who are you? Establishing practice
  •  Practice as laboratory
  • Collaboratvie and collective practices

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are one or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C)

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23610 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23610 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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