Design for Theatre and Performance (Set and Costume)

Course introduction

* Reasons to study Design for Theatre and Performance (Set & Costume)*

• Investigate the fundamentals of set and costume design and undertake design projects led by professional designers and directors.

• Design at least two realised productions in fully-equipped public venues on campus and in London.

• Create your ideas in dedicated design studios, and engage in creative team projects with students from other programmes.

• Explore design for performances beyond theatre, by taking optional projects in set or costume design for live music, festival, immersive spaces, and site-specific performance.

• Develop skills in drawing, model making and computer visualisation, and extend your learning through work placements in the industry or a period of study abroad.

• Share classes and projects with students from other programmes to learn about the performance industries and how to use experimentation, enquiry and creative research in your work, to prepare you to build and sustain a successful career.

Career opportunities
Our graduates leave as imaginative and practical collaborators and are sought after within the wider performance and related industries. Graduates work as designers and assistant designers in a range of performance areas including main house and studio productions, devised work, opera, theatre for young audiences, film, television and event design.

You may also be interested in:
Costume Production, BA (Hons)
Scenic Arts, BA (Hons)

“Since graduating I worked in a studio in London doing themed entertainment design then from there I moved to Hong Kong to work with Disney.”
Andy Sinclair-Harris, Imagineer, Walt Disney

Course modules

Year 1 (Level 4):
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, CAD
Research and analysis of performance and the theatre industry

Year 2 (Level 5):
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 (Level 6):
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

Start date


Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9250 European Fees
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9250 Home Fees
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £18000 Overseas Fees