Scenic Art MA Intensive, vocational training in scenic arts.

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Scenic Art MA

Key Information
  • Award

    MA Scenic Art

  • UCAS Code

    P060901

  • 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

Scenic Art student working on painting Copy of Jenny Saville's 'Reflect' in progress.

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 which currently include: perspective, marbling, scenically painting an Old Master, wood-graining and polystyrene carving.

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.

Scenic copy of Jenny Saville's 'Reflect'. Scenic copy of Jenny Saville's 'Reflect'.

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, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Splinter Scenery, Bristol Old Vic Theatre.

Festival work includes ‘Boomtown’ and ‘Glastonbury’.

Image: Scenic copy of Jenny Saville’s ‘Reflect’ by Scenic Art student Emma Inge. 

Recent Graduate Film Work Includes

‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ interactive movie for Netflix; ‘The King’ for Netflix; ‘Brittania 2’ for Sky and Amazon Prime Video; ‘Spanish Princess’ for Starz; Aardman Animations productions ‘Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon’ and ‘Robin Robin’ for Netflix; ‘Cursed’ for Netflix

Image: Spray project by Scenic Art student Radhika Parekh. 

Painted by Heidi Broad, Alistair Campbell, Bethany Hastings and Jean Wong

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.

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
  • “The Master’s degree in Scenic Art completely changed the course of my career. Beforehand, I thought I’d work in retail, but now I’m travelling across the UK working alongside renowned scenic painters on theatre productions including War Horse, The Lion King, Swan Lake, Glyndenbourne Opera Festival and Motown the musical – and all of this just in the first year after graduation!”

    Inga Jast, Scenic Art Graduate
Students drinking coffee in Clifton Village
The training provided by the MFA programme is superb. The depth with which we explore, paired with unyielding curiosity that is met with the most knowledgeable, passionate, expert tutors is what makes BOVTS programme one of the finest around. I feel honoured to call BOVTS my grad school. Rachel McVay, MA Professional Acting Student