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Theatre Design (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The BA Theatre Design (Hons) course at University of the Arts London (UAL) covers both set and costume design. They prepare you to enter the world of contemporary theatre and performance design with the skills, knowledge and sensibilities that professional designers need.


What is a theatre designer?

A theatre designer designs the environment in which the performance takes place and the performers costumes. They may also design sound, lighting and other digital aspects. All these areas are covered on the course.

What skills does a theatre designer need?

As well as having a range of practical skills designers must be good communicators and collaborators. They must be resourceful, imaginative, self-assured and effective problem solvers.

To focus on aspects of theatre and performance design practice:

  • Interpretation of text
  • Perception of character
  • Dramatic space
  • The designer’s role within the creative team
  • Working on live shows with performers

Career opportunities

Graduates of the BA Theatre Design (Hons) course at University of the Arts London (UAL) progress into a wide range of roles within the field of theatre and performance.

As well as working as designers in television and film production, production managers and scenic artists our graduates work in site-specific theatre, opera, musicals, music concerts, festivals and animation.

They also possess a range of skills, which enable them to transfer into other areas such as further academic study, exhibition and retail design.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to study in theatre and screen
  • Designing and making - the principles of practice
  • Looking at ideas - debates in the discipline
  • Who are you? Establishing a specialism
  • Collaboration and its’ connections
  •  Practice as a laboratory
  •  You think what? How to research and review work
  •  Where in the world? My specialism in context

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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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

  • International

    19930 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19930 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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