The page you are visiting was formerly part of the Which? University website, but is now being provided by The Uni Guide — part of The Student Room.

For more information please click here.

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more
Nottingham Trent University

Theatre Design

UCAS Code: W460

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or GCSE Science grade C/4 or equivalent

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification.

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels or equivalent qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Stage design

Explore all aspects of contemporary theatre design practice, including: set and costume design and realisation; construction; digital technologies and design; light design and audio visual; site-specific design; puppetry; heritage installation; and design for community and education.

Throughout your degree, you’ll learn how to develop your creative, technical, communicative, collaborative and organisational skills. Work on live projects with industry such as The National Theatre, Birmingham Opera Company and Nottingham Playhouse.

Enter competitions set by organisations such as The National Theatre’s Connections festival, Nottingham Playhouse and Birmingham Opera Company, which often lead to professional engagement after graduation.

Showcase your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham, with the opportunity to be selected to exhibit at other graduate events in London. This is the only Theatre Design degree in the UK to be accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.

**Assessment**

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You’ll receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.

**Employability**

This course has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 93% of graduates in employment or further study within six months (DLHE survey 2016/17).

Graduates find employment in a broad range of areas: theatre design and design for performance; set, props and costume; events and festival designers and managers; teaching, educational and community arts work; film and television and digital media. Recent employers include the Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC, Sydney Opera House, Nottingham Playhouse and Birmingham Opera Company, The Donmar.

Modules

[Year One]
Both these modules run for the whole year.

Introduction to Theatre Design (100 credit points)
This module will teach you about the key principles, skills, practices and thinking which informs contemporary theatre design practice. You’ll be taught how to create design models, storyboards and sets and props. You’ll also learn about wardrobe, scenic art and projection techniques which will support your own research project and reflective writing.

Contextual Studies 1 (20 credit points)
This module will engage you with theatre history, theory, philosophy, culture, and contemporary practice. It will help you to develop confidence in reflective and evaluative writing.

[Year Two]
Both these modules run for the whole year.

Theatre Design Explorations (100 credit points)
This module will help you to consider your own specialism within theatre design. Select projects and approaches which enable you to further develop your practical understanding of the relationship between design, craft and performance and a clear understanding of the requirements and possibilities of different audiences, spaces and contexts.

Contextual Studies 2 (20 credit points)
This module enables you to build on the skills you gained in Year One, developing your knowledge and understanding of live performance contexts, and of the wider historical, arts, cultural, and political contexts for your work.

[Final Year]

Theatre Design Exposition (120 credit points)
Advance your practice in theatre design to a professional level. You’ll complete at least three projects, which will normally include:
• a realised design for performance – working with one of our associate companies such as Lakeside Arts, Nottingham College, Mish Mash Productions, and the National Trust
• a speculative design project – working with associate institutions such as, Nottingham Playhouse, and Birmingham Opera Company
• an independent design project for audience, working with a client
• a devised performance project for an audience
• a major research project, combining the skills you’ve developed in Years One and Two.

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

School of Art and Design

TEF rating:
Read full university profile

What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

68%
low
Stage design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Design occupations
19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Customer service occupations

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Stage design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Share this page

This is what the university has told Ucas about the criteria they expect applicants to satisfy; some may be compulsory, others may be preferable.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is the percentage of applicants to this course who received an offer last year, through Ucas.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Course location and department:

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF):

We've received this information from the Department for Education, via Ucas. This is how the university as a whole has been rated for its quality of teaching: gold silver or bronze. Note, not all universities have taken part in the TEF.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information comes from the National Student Survey, an annual student survey of final-year students. You can use this to see how satisfied students studying this subject area at this university, are (not the individual course).

We calculate a mean rating of all responses to indicate whether this is high, medium or low compared to the same subject area at other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information is from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Graduate field commentary:

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit have provided some further context for all graduates in this subject area, including details that numbers alone might not show

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

Have a question about this info? Learn more here