Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance

Course Introduction

The Scenic Arts course is designed to equip you with a range of theatre craft skills including prop making, scenery building and scenic painting. You will emerge from the course with a forward'looking professional knowledge of the technical arts that support all types of performance, based on traditional experience and practice as well as modern materials and emerging technologies. Your skills will enable you to pursue a rewarding career in performance and media industries including theatre, film, television, museum displays, and themed attractions.

Course Modules

Year 1: introduction to scenic construction (the workshop environment, scenic construction techniques in wood and metal); introduction to scenic painting; introduction to 3'dimensional modelling with materials including clay, plaster, latex, polystyrene, solvents and glues; theatre making practice (implement the set design for 1 or more realised productions); research and analysis of performance and the theatre industry Year 2: materials, techniques and performance (complex manufacturing techniques for 3'dimensional artefacts, staging technologies, computer aided design); industry study (researching the industry through a work placement); production practice (workshop assistant on 2 realised productions); research and context. Year 3: production practice: scenic manufacture (manufacture scenic elements to a brief, for a public production); production practice: scenic management (undertake the role of either a scenic workshop manager or scenic project manager); professional preparation; independent research project; graduate exhibition.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £16,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Irish Leaving Certificates CCC
  • Tariff 96
  • GCE A-level
  • Tariff (Scottish qualifications) 96
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • International Baccalaureate
  • SQA Advanced Higher

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88% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 74%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 85%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 86%

£16,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 88
Studying 2
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 6
Unknown 4

44% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 34%

Total Practical: 66%