Scenic Art MA (One Year) Intensive, vocational training in scenic arts.

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Scenic Art MA (One Year)

Key Information
  • Award

    MA Scenic Art

  • UCAS Code

    BOV8

  • Duration

    1 year (full-time), 38 weeks

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Course Overview

Taught by highly experienced industry professionals, this Scenic Art master’s level course offers an intensive, vocational training in scenic art. BOVTS enjoys strong professional links to the theatre and entertainment industries and we are proud of our exceptional employment record.

The course is open to a maximum of four students who wish to develop their careers as scenic artists.

Graduates will be equipped with the necessary specialist skills required to work in the following industries; Theatre, Opera and Ballet, Film, Television and Animation.

The Course runs over three intensive terms during which time students gain skills and experience in scenic art techniques and their application. During the course students will acquire a thorough understanding of professional practice and standards.

Teaching is led by the school’s Head of Scenic Art in collaboration with visiting industry professionals.

Course summary document can be found here –  MA Scenic Art Course Key Facts

Operating from our Scenery Workshops in Bristol and as part of a mid-scale theatre production company.

Students will work with professional designers as well as student designers. There will be opportunities to attend design and production meetings to gain an understanding of the roles and demands across all theatre production departments.

Students also receive master-classes in a range of skills and techniques, including; life-drawing, scenically painting an Old Master, perspective, marbling, wood-graining, polystyrene carving, and painting for animation.

Ongoing project work is also an important part of the professional development of the scenic art students and students graduate with a strong portfolio of their work while at BOVTS.

Prior to graduation students complete work placements at some of the most respected scenic art workshops in the UK.

Upon graduation students showcase their work in a public exhibition and are interviewed by some of the UK’s leading industry practitioners.

Recent Graduate Theatre employment Includes:

The Royal Opera House, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Cardiff Theatrical Services, The Royal National Theatre, Northern Ballet, TR2 Plymouth, Richard Nutbourne – Cool Flight Ltd, Rocket Scenery, Cameron Mackintosh’s National and International Tour of ‘Mary Poppins’, Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Frozen’ on Broadway. Festival work includes ‘Boomtown’ and ‘Glastonbury’.

Testimonials

  • ‘’The BOVTS scenic art course produces ‘industry ready’ as well as highly employable students’’

    Emma Troughridge, Head Scenic Artist, The Royal Opera House
  • ‘’The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Scenic Art course has consistently provided us with highly skilled and motivated artists and we look forward to continuing our close ties with the course.’’

    Zoe Starzak, Production Manager, Art & Model Making Department, Aardman Animations
  • ‘’Students from the BOVTS Scenic Art course are trained to a high level, and are able to present themselves and their work in a professional manner. This makes them very attractive to employers and there is usually quite a battle between companies to employ the graduates’’

    Ian Siddal, Scenic Art Manager, Cardiff Theatrical Services
  • “The course was probably one of the best experiences of my life. The amazing level of professionalism from everyone involved with the School and its shows were matched by the incredibly high standard of work that was expected of us.’’

    Simon Farrell, Scenic Art Graduate

Recent Graduate Film Work Includes

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ (UK release – March 2018), Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’, Aardman Animations’ ‘Shaun the Sheep’, ‘Pirates’ and ‘Early Man’ (UK release – Jan 2018). TV work includes: ‘Will’ for TNT’, ‘Crazy Face’ for Netflix and ‘Good Omens’ for the BBC (still in production).

 

Work Placements:

Prior to graduation students complete work placements at some of the most respected scenic art workshops in the UK.

Upon graduation students showcase their work in a public exhibition and are interviewed by some of the UK’s leading industry practitioners.

BOVTS values its strong professional links to the theatre and entertainment industries and we are proud of our exceptional employment record.

I find it immensely satisfying passing on the baton and continuing the culture of generosity of the many people who taught me. It’s a privilege and pleasure to nurture and teach so many talented young people and see them flourish in their career. Cathy Stewart, Head of Scenic Art