Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance

Course Introduction

The Theatre Design course offers a highly creative preparation for a successful career in theatre and associated live and recorded performance events. You will experience the total design process from the initial creative dialogue, through visualisation to full performance. Placing equal emphasis on costume and set design, you will learn to respond visually and creatively to stimuli ranging from text and character to music, physicality and time. The course will also develop your professional awareness and understanding of the responsibilities of the designer through a comprehensive programme of classes, projects and public performances.

Course Modules

Year 1: introduction to theatre design (the essentials of design for performance, the principles of dramatic space and performance narrative); conceptual design projects; the collaborative process between designer and director; developing costume designs for performance, and the creative relationship between costume maker and designer; skills (storyboarding, model boxes, costume drawing, technical drawing, computer aided design); research and analysis of performance and the theatre industry. Year 2: collaborative project (design as an ongoing collaborative process from project inception through to performance); industry placement; conceptual design project; practical considerations (budgets, performance venues, transport, staffing); design practice (small scale realised design, in collaboration with students from other programmes; research and context). Year 3: design practice (designing a full scale public theatre production); contexts of design (investigating the designer's role for performance forms such as opera and dance); 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

40% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 35%

Total Practical: 65%