Professional Theatre Design MA Develop advanced level skills in Theatre Design.


Professional Theatre Design MA

Key Information
  • Award

    MA Professional Theatre Design

  • Duration

    4 Terms – 45 weeks (full-time)

  • Academic Year


Term Dates

Course Overview

Please note: Applications are currently suspended for this course while it is being re-validated. Further details will be announced in early 2020. 


This Masters level programme provides students with advanced level skills and knowledge in Theatre and Performance Design.

The course prepares students for a freelance career in the Theatre and Performance Design industry.

This unique and specialist course is set within the holistic learning environment of a Conservatoire Drama School and is taught by professional practitioners.

The training is intensive, during a series of design projects there are workshops and skills masterclasses to support learning.

During this challenging course, the students are presented with opportunities to explore of the leading creative role of Set Costume designer in depth while designing for BOVTS productions.

Course summary document can be found here – MA Theatre Design Course Key Facts

Graduate Successes

Recent graduates have designed at Bristol Old Vic, The Tobacco Factory, Shakespeare’s Globe, Kneehigh, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Orange Tree Theatre and the RSC.

Graduates are regularly successful in attaining the RSC Trainee Design positions and as finalists for the Linbury Prize.

Excellent Opportunities for Collaboration

The production designs provide excellent opportunities for collaboration with a range of professional practitioners and student production teams, including collaborative working with the MA Drama Directing students.

An impressive and varied professional portfolio of design work can be achieved during the course.

Students gain further promotional opportunities by exhibiting their work in final exhibitions and also create excellent pathways to employment by contact with a high level of industry practitioners.


  • “It was a wonderful environment to realise how valuable teamwork is and how much every department relies on one another to make a production a success.”

    Corina Bona (Design Course) – Puppeteer / Theatre-maker
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