Course duration - one year (four terms).
Created to challenge and inspire the next generation of Theatre and Performance Designers. This professional Theatre Design MA course delivers intensive vocational training, enabling talented designers to specialise and develop their creative and technical ability in set and costume design for performance.
The full time course is aimed at multi-skilled postgraduate level students. We have applications from a wide range of backgrounds including: Film Design, Sculpture, Illustration, Fine Art, Costume, Architecture, Interiors and academic degrees such as Art History/ Theatre Studies/ English/ Drama. Most applicants have a degree, some have with relevant industry experience.
Collaborative working with students from a range of disciplines at the School, including student Directors. The course is set in an integrated company within a vibrant Drama school.
The small student working groups on the course, provide a unique opportunity for individual mentoring and support with the BOVTS team and high-profile visiting professionals.
Master-classes and workshops help build a thorough understanding of the subject, these include script analysis, life and figure drawing, model making, technical drawing, CAD, students also explore Photo-shop and model photography. Research and practical work are supported by site and production visits including trips to theatre design events and exhibitions.
Design positions on public productions provide the main feature of the training, students explore the roles of set and costume designer on a range of challenging productions in a variety of respected venues. During the course, students have produced designs for The Wardrobe Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Circomedia and Bristol Old Vic working closely with professional practitioners and student directors.
An extensive portfolio of industry-standard work can be achieved over the course, including theoretical projects and the staged productions. Students leave BOVTS with the skills, knowledge and confidence to build careers as professional designers.
Graduate exhibitions and industry interviews at The Royal West Academy of Art in Bristol and in London provide with promotional opportunities and excellent pathways to employment.
Inspiring leadership by Head of Design Angela Davies, an award-winning theatre designer with high-level industry links. The course equips its graduates for entry into prestigious Theatre Design competitions such as the Linbury Prize for Stage Design and the RSC’s trainee scheme.
Applications are accepted at least one year in advance of the course start date. The four-term course starts at the beginning of the summer term (April) and completes at the end of the summer term of the following academic year (July). A comprehensive portfolio of art and design is required at interview.
Recent graduates have held design positions at: The RSC, The National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Pimlico Opera, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic, The Tobacco Factory, Exeter Northcott Theatre, The Finsborough Theatre, The Vault Festival, The Orange Tree and Kneehigh Theatre Company.
Recent Graduate News: Anna Orton was both the set designer and performance artist on the recent production of The Messiah at Bristol Old Vic directed by Artistic Director Tom Morris.
For specific queries, please contact Head of Design, Angela Davies - firstname.lastname@example.orgPLEASE NOTE: Applications open on Monday 2nd October 2017 for April 2018 entry.
Short film of the BOVTS Finalists at the Linbury Prize 2013 CLICK HERE.
Please contact:The Admissions Office, 1-2 Downside Road, Bristol BS8 2XF.Tel: 0117 973 3535.