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Theatre Design (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
London, United Kingdom
The Theatre Design (Hons) course at University of the Arts London (UAL) covers both set and costume design. We prepare you to enter the world of contemporary theatre and performance design with the skills, knowledge and sensibilities that professional designers need.
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A theatre designer designs the environment in which a 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.

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.

The rich mix of practice and theory on the Theatre Design (Hons) course at University of the Arts London (UAL) ensures that experimentation and critical thinking are equally valued. This will enable you to produce inventive and imaginative design work underpinned by strong practical skills.

What you can expect

  • A staff team of practicing theatre and performance designers, and tuition from freelance theatre-makers
  • Teaching specifically focussed on interpretation of text, perception of character, dramatic space and the role of the designer within the creative team
  • A contextual studies programme which builds your knowledge and understanding of film, television and the arts
  • An introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD), fabric dyeing, costume construction, lighting and sound, precision model-making and recorded digital arts for live performance
  • To examine the role of drawing in relationship to costume, performance, technical rendering and storyboarding
  • To build a strong network of theatre-makers through collaborative live projects with other institutions, such as The Lyric Theatre, London Contemporary Dance School, MA Directing at Birkbeck and BA Contemporary Theatre Practice at East 15 Acting School
  • To develop a professional portfolio that showcases your practice and personal identity
  • To have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops.

Work experience and opportunities

Students gain production experience on the course with our professional practitioners, as well as through specialist work placements with companies or individuals.

Our students also have the chance to collaborate with established and emerging choreographers and directors designing sets and costume for a wide variety of realised performances including, dance, plays, opera, site-specific theatre and new writing projects.

Students can also study abroad in their second year as part of the college’s Erasmus scheme.


BA Theatre Design graduates 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.

Alumni have been finalists and winners of the Linbury Prize for stage design, progressing to being BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning designers with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC. They have also exhibited at World Stage Design.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Theatre Design
  • Designing and making
  • Exploring ideas
  • Who are you? Establishing practice
  • Practice as laboratory
  • Collaborative and collective practices

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.

General Requirements

  • 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

    22920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22920 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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