The course provides opportunity to work in the Academy's carpentry and steel fabrication workshops, working with professional directors and designers on the Academy's public productions; visits throughout to various professional organisations such as the National Theatre and Royal Opera House; in final term, project work exhibited in RADA's GBS Theatre giving opportunity to discuss with invited group of industry contacts.
Training includes: Bench carpentry and joinery; knowledge of construction materials and their properties; building, erecting and maintaining sets in both timber and metal; mechanics of scenery handling and rigging; working drawings and ground plans using CAD; budgeting and ordering; safe use of hand tools and power tools; introduction to metal work including use of MMA, MIG and TIG welding processes and metal working tools; technical stage management skills; theatrical flying and rigging; principles of masking and sightlines; computer aided design (CAD); 4'6 weeks professional attachment to a theatre or scenic contractor.
Course Additional Entry
1st degree in relevant subject area (e.g. art, engineering, sculpture) or relevant previous professional experience; all applicants interviewed when portfolio of work required.
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