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VISUAL

ARTS
BA (HONS) FINE ART
BA (HONS) DECORATIVE ARTS
BA (HONS) COSTUME DESIGN AND MAKING
BA (HONS) DESIGN FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
BA (HONS) THEATRE DESIGN
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WORK BY MELANIE JAKUBSON
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FACT FILE
UCAS code:
W100
Course length and start date:
Three years full-time, starting in
September
Study location:
City site, Bonington building
THE COURSE
This course explores what it means to be an artist in the 21st
Century and considers the role of contemporary art in modern
society. You will have the opportunity to work across the full
range of contemporary fine art media, and to engage with
Nottinghams thriving and extensive creative community.
Our academic and technical staff will support you and help you
to develop as an artist.
The course gives you the opportunity to experiment using a
range of Fine Art media including drawing, installation, curation,
painting, sculpture, performance, photography, film, video, sound
and print. As you move through the course youll choose an area
that best suits your own practice. Professional practice is key and
youll work within Nottinghams visual arts scene throughout
your three years of study.
KEY FEATURES
Study a curriculum that will build your confidence from start to
finish.
Have the support of academic and technical staff who are
practising artists in their own right.
Benefit from our extensive links with festivals, art organisations
and artists groups nationally and internationally.
Create connections with Nottinghams wider art community
through our graduate and staff network.
Experiment with a range of different media and then focus on
your individual interests.
Attend our Live Lecture programme that features national and
international artists, creative practitioners and theorists.
Take part in exhibitions and professional events at NTU and at
galleries around the city.
Attend study trips to destinations such as Berlin, New York and
Copenhagen.
Work in our dedicated Fine Art studios, alongside students
from other years of the course.
Exhibit your work as part our Degree Shows Festival.
BA (HONS)
FINE
ART
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BA (HONS)
FINE ART
REECE STRAW
BA (Hons) Fine Art
Im from Nottingham and was
lucky to have one of the top
universities for Fine Art in my local
area. I came to an open day and
loved the open studio spaces and
the wide selection of technology
and workshops available. The
professional feel of the course
also really stood out.
I really enjoy the freedom I have
on the course, working in
whichever way that suits my
practice. The outward-facing
structure of the course also
prepares you for continuing your
art practice after you graduate.
The tutors and technicians are
very helpful and supportive, and
happy to give advice on any
project or idea, however
ambitious. All of them have a rich
industry background or
professional art practice that they
are still involved in while teaching
at the university.
Nottingham is one of the most
creative cities in the UK, which
makes it such an interesting place
to be as there is always
something going on.
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/reecestraw
to read more about Reece's
experiences on the course.
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MODULES
Throughout the course, youll complete just three
modules. This allows you to experiment with a
range of media and then specialise in your own
area of interest.
YEAR ONE
Curiosity: Introducing Fine Art Practice
(120 credit points)
In this module you will start with a series of projects,
tasks and workshops that will help you to settle into
your studies, allowing you to meet staff and your
fellow students. Youll explore with a sense of
curiosity, creating work quickly and developing your
ideas into a more focused, self-negotiated Fine Art
practice.
You will deepen your awareness of the critical and
professional contexts for Fine Art, and through
project proposals and planning youll be introduced
to the skills required for professional practice. You
will record and reflect on your work throughout the
year to assemble a research portfolio.
YEAR TWO
Speculation: Developing Fine Art
Practice (120 credit points)
During this module you will continue
to develop your art practice in a
chosen medium or combination of
media areas. You will work more
independently than in Year One,
selecting an appropriate work space
and developing a studio culture that
suits your practice. Seminars will
provide opportunities for lively debate
on your work and the contexts it
relates to.
The teamwork project will help you to
develop skills relating to professional
practice outside of the University.
As in Year One, you will continue to
document and reflect upon your work,
assembling a research portfolio for
assessment.
FINAL YEAR
Resolution: Final Practice and
Reflection (120 credit points)
During this module, you will work
independently towards the deeper
exploration and resolution of your own
practice. Youll develop, apply and
evaluate research questions and
methods appropriate to your own
work. In this module, there is an
emphasis on making and presenting
your work within a professional Fine
Art context. At the end of the module,
you will exhibit or present your work as
part of our Degree Shows.
WORK BY ABIGAIL HUBBARD
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/fineart-course to read about the modules of this course in more detail.
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HOW YOU WILL
LEARN
On this course, youll spend most
of your time in a creative studio
environment. Teaching and
learning experiences will include:
individual and group tutorials
and presentations;
year meetings;
Contexts Talks and the Live
Lecture programme;
technical advice and
workshops;
visiting lecturer tutorials;
studio lecturer tutorials
(sign-ups);
career guidance;
organised study trips; and
Degree Show guidance.
ASSESSMENT
Assessment is 100% coursework.
You will be assessed at the end of
each module and awarded a
grade (First, 2.1, 2.2, Third, or
Pass). You will receive feedback
throughout.
In each module, your Research
Portfolio evidences the ongoing
documentation of work in
development. Other assessment
methods include exhibitions,
presentations, seminars, and the
submission of written / visual
material.
Your final degree mark will be based
100% on your Final Year work.
BA (HONS)
FINE ART
The relaxed but structured
nature of this course allows
for lots of experimentation
and self-development.
Being surrounded by your peers
in a creative environment every
day encourages discussion
and is really helpful for your
own practice.
HANNAH WHITLOW
WORK BY HANNAH WHITLOW
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PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
OPPORTUNITIES
You will be supported in undertaking work
experience and collaborative working with
external art organisations, galleries and collectives.
Youll have access to:
a database containing contacts for potential work
placements; and
collaborative opportunities for project
development, exhibitions and shows of work.
You will benefit from opportunities to collaborate on
projects and exhibitions with a range of prestigious
Nottingham institutions, including:
Nottingham Contemporary
The New Art Exchange
Broadway Cinema and Media Centre
One Thoresby Street
Primary
Backlit
Surface Gallery
Trade Gallery
The Cutting Room
The Nottingham Castle Museum and Gallery
CONNECTING WITH INDUSTRY
This course is set against the backdrop of
Nottinghams exceptionally strong arts community.
The city is internationally recognised as a centre of
world-leading artistic innovation and creative
business. Over recent years Nottingham has
become a vibrant hub for new and emerging artists
and design initiatives, boasting a diverse and
thriving network of galleries, art spaces and design
collectives.
Youll benefit from NTUs wealth of contacts and
links with regional and national art organisations,
galleries and collectives. Our Fine Art students have
recently exhibited publicly at venues like Surface
Gallery, Hopkinson Gallery, MySight Charity Gallery
and One Thoresby Street, as well as other pop-up
galleries around the city centre. Many of our
graduates choose to stay in Nottingham after their
studies, and develop career paths within the citys
art scene.
Our Live Lecture programme runs throughout all
years of the course. It welcomes national and
international artists, creative practitioners and
theorists including:
Hetain Patel
Louisa Chambers
Tom Clark and Rzsa Farkas
Bedwyr Williams
Andrew Norman Wilson
Harry Burke
Giles Eldridge
John Wood and Paul Harrison
Simon Burton
Lindsay Seers
Annika Erikson
Jo Addison
Pil and Galia Kollectiv
Richard Wentworth
Our Fine Art students also enter competitions
relevant to their areas of practice. Recent examples
include the Saatchi Gallerys New Sensations,
Bloomberg New Contemporaries and the ING Prize.
WORK BY ABIGAIL HUBBARD
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DEGREE SHOWS
In your final year you will exhibit
your work as part of our Degree
Shows Festival. This event
includes all final-year students
across NTUs Art and Design
courses and is a great platform
for you to showcase your work to
members of the creative
industries.
EXCHANGES, TRIPS
AND STUDY VISITS
You will have the opportunity to
go on a number of national and
international trips during the
course. Recent UK destinations
have included Liverpool Biennial
festival, Glasgow International
festival, and London.
International destinations have
included New York, Berlin and
Copenhagen.
The University is part of the
Erasmus programme and has
agreements with partner
institutions throughout Europe.
If youre thinking about studying
part of your degree abroad,
Erasmus is a great way to do this.
Recent exchange destinations for
our Fine Art students include
Bremen in Germany and
Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
BA (HONS)
FINE ART
I really enjoy the diversity of the Fine Art degree and independent learning
allows me to work unrestrictedly across a variety of media. Each week
we have a guest speaker from the art world, with the opportunity to have
one to one tutorials with them. Its great to see the way people have
progressed and to be exposed to new work.
LUCY ORBELL
WORK BY CHRISTINE STEVENS
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FIND OUT MORE
To find out more about this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/fineart
To take a look at examples of student work from
this course visit www.ntu.ac.uk/fineart-work
To find out more about our Fine Art course team
visit www.ntu.ac.uk/fineart-team
To download the portfolio and interview
information for this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/fineart-portfolio
FACILITIES AND
EQUIPMENT
Our Fine Art students are based
in the Bonington building, a
dedicated Art and Design
building. Facilities and
equipment include:
video editing facilities
metal workshops adapted for
specialist metal usage
woodworking workshop and
equipment
resin and plastics development
equipment
polymer 3D printer
vinyl cutter
hand screen-printing, transfer
printing, collograph printing
both black and white and
colour darkrooms, enlargers
and processors
three full-size photographic
studios with backgrounds and
lighting
glass kilns for glass work
potters wheels
a ceramic digital printer
casting and moulding
equipment
bookable project spaces for
developing and testing work
CAREER PROSPECTS
Employability for this course is excellent, with 90% of students
going on to employment or further study within six months of
graduating. (DLHE survey 2012-13)
A high proportion of graduates stay in Nottingham to pursue
artistic activities. Many go on to become artists or work in
related roles such as curators, teachers, gallerists, animators,
musicians, community artists, and film-makers. Some go on to
use the skills and experience they've gained to enter into careers
within journalism, media, photography, web design, interiors,
garden design and education.
Successful and notable graduates from this course include:
Film-maker Simon Ellis
Painter Nigel Cooke
Artist and Illustrator Jon Burgerman
Curators Hannah Conroy and Ashley Gallant
Artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Award-winning Garden Designer Sarah Price
Artist Mia Taylor
Video Artist Marianna Simnett
Rebecca Beinart
Yoko Hayashi
Trevor Woolery
Sculptor David Batchelor
WORK BY KIRSTIE GOULD
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WORK BY NATALIE JONES, PHOTOGRAPHY BY YASMIN ENSOR
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FACT FILE
UCAS code:
W170
Course length and start date:
Three years full-time, starting in
September
Study location:
City site, Bonington building
THE COURSE
Accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), this course
is a combination of applied design, art and studio crafts. You will
explore, develop and create, working with colour, print, ceramics,
textiles, metal, jewellery, wood, glass and mould-making. Youll
embrace new technologies as well as more traditional methods of
making. Live projects, study visits and work placements will support
your studio work.
This course is ideal if you want to become a designer-maker, creating
and selling your own work. It will give you the commercial skills and
business knowledge you need to start your own business. Its also
popular with those looking to work in teaching, retail design, art
direction, marketing, merchandising, purchasing and consultancy.
KEY FEATURES
Work with a range of media including paper, plastic, ceramics,
textiles, metal / jewellery, wood and glass.
Use the latest industry-standard digital software and machinery.
Gain commercial skills and business knowledge to help you set up
your own business.
Complete short periods of work experience, helping you to gain
professional experience and skills.
Take part in industry competitions like the Society of Dyers and
Colourists annual colour competition and Texprint.
Gain a professionally accredited degree this is the only Decorative
Arts course in the UK to be accredited by the Chartered Society of
Designers.
Go on international study trips to design capitals like Milan and New
York.
Work in our dedicated studios and workshops, support by expert
technical staff.
Opt for a Live Trading module in your final year, where you could be
part of team setting up a retail operation selling your products to
the public.
Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Shows in
Nottingham, and at New Designers in London.
Apply to join a business development programme at The Hive,
NTUs purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise.
BA (HONS)
DECORATIVE
ARTS
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MODULES
YEAR ONE
Both these modules run for the whole year.
Form, Structure and Surface Decoration
(100 credit points)
Youll be given an introduction to Decorative Arts
through drawing, initial concepts and developing
ideas, research and design skills, prototypes and
finished products. You will explore a range of 2D /
3D media and youll learn about the principles of
colour theory. Through workshops, youll learn
about material processes, techniques, and skills
relating to drawing, print, ceramics, embroidery,
metal, wood, glass and mould-making.
Decorative Arts in Context (20 credit points)
This module will provide you with an introduction to
the key movements, themes and issues within 20th
and 21st Century design. Youll develop skills in
research, visual analysis, writing and presenting.
You will research, organise and produce written
work, presentations and discussions.
YEAR TWO
Innovation: Creative Design (100 credit points)
You will complete a variety of projects to help you
develop skills that can be applied to the production
of contemporary applied arts. This includes
drawing, ideas generation, visual research, material
exploration, presentation and visualisation. Youll
also explore the cultural and commercial context
within which your work exists through visits, market
research, costing, marketing and sustainability.
Business and Professional Practice
(20 credit points)
Youll be given an overview of business and
professional development within the context of
Decorative Arts. You will learn about setting up a
workshop / studio, product development, marketing,
publicity, finance, sales and pricing. Youll also
research, organise and produce written work and
presentations / discussions.
FINAL YEAR
Creative Practice and Theory (120 credit points)
There are two elements to this module, which are
marked separately. The first part Creative Practice
counts for 70% of your final mark. You will attend
lectures and tutorials where you negotiate a
personal brief. You will develop, explore and
analyse your ideas and create work that will lead to
a professional portfolio and product collection.
The second part of the module is theoretical and
counts for 30% of your final mark. You can
complete either a dissertation or a Live Trading
business plan. For the dissertation, you will
negotiate a research topic that youll then refine
and evaluate. For the Live Trading business plan
youll create a business plan to support your
practical work. You will explore the legal elements
of a freelance, sole trader or SME business and
youll look at studio production and practice,
pricing, marketing and business development.
BA (HONS)
DECORATIVE ARTS
WORK BY LAUREN QUINN, PHOTOGRAPHY BY YASMIN ENSOR
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/decorativearts-course
to read about the modules of this course in
more detail.
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REBECCA DIGGLE
BA (Hons) Decorative Arts
I chose NTU because it had such a
well-respected and established reputation for Art
and Design. I most enjoy the diversity and
freedom that the Decorative Arts course offers.
We are encouraged to be playful in terms of
design, and challenge our perceptions of what
materials can do.
There is so much support from the course staff,
with weekly tutorials and constant feedback,
always pushing you forward and encouraging
you.
Through the course I entered the Society of Dyers
and Colourists International Design Competition,
which is for fashion and textiles students. It was a
wonderful experience to be involved with, and I
made it to the finals in Mumbai, India. It was a
great way to network and gain skills in presenting,
and travelling to India was a fantastic experience.
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/rebeccadiggle to read more
about Rebecca's experiences on the course.
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WORK PLACEMENT
OPPORTUNITIES
We encourage you to undertake
work experience alongside your
studies. Course staff will help
and support you by directing you
toward work placement and
professional practice
opportunities.
Our Decorative Arts students
have recently gained work
experience with companies and
organisations such as Designers
Guild, Cath Kidston, Philip Treacy,
Selvedge magazine, Hand & Lock,
and the Society of Dyers and
Colourists.
HOW YOU
WILL LEARN
On this course, youll spend most
of your time in a creative studio
environment. Teaching and
learning experiences will include:
lectures;
seminars;
briefings;
workshops;
feedback;
group tutorials;
educational visits;
interim evaluations;
technical surgeries; and
presentations.
ASSESSMENT
Assessment is 100% through
coursework. You will be assessed
at the end of each module and
awarded a grade (First, 2.1, 2.2,
Third, or Pass). You will receive
feedback throughout.
Depending on the module, you
may be assessed through:
presentations of your practical
work;
essays;
reports;
presentations;
research portfolio;
business plan;
dissertation.
Your final degree mark will be based
100% on your Final Year work.
BA (HONS)
DECORATIVE ARTS
WORK BY ALICE BOYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY BY YASMIN ENSOR
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CONNECTING
WITH INDUSTRY
This course is committed to offering
you experiences that will enhance your
understanding of the industrys
requirements. Live projects and
competitions are key, and will help you
to prepare for employment.
Recent live projects include:
The Johnson Tiles design challenge
Hothouse Craft Council
A project with Nottinghams
Creative Quarter
Competitions our Decorative Arts
students have been involved with
include:
Texprint design competition
The Society of Dyers and Colourists
Colour competition
NTU also hosts an annual Day of
Colour which is run by the Society of
Dyers and Colourists, and features
guest lectures by prominent colour and
creative professionals.
This is the only Decorative Arts degree
course in the UK that is accredited by
the Chartered Society of Designers
(CSD), giving you free membership
during your studies. You will also have
access to CSD online careers advice,
guidance and vacancies.
KAROLINE HEALY
BA (Hons) Decorative Arts
Winner of the Not On The High Street Associate Prize at
New Designers 2014
Final Year students on this course have the opportunity to
exhibit their work at prestigious graduate show New
Designers, which takes place each year in London. Karoline
was awarded the Not On The High Street Associate Prize for
her innovative upcycling project, where she transformed old
plastic into watches.
Her prize included membership to notonthehighstreet.com,
and a free photo shoot and listing for her products on their
website. Karoline will also receive a years mentoring with a
member of the Not On The High Street team.
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/karolinehealy to read more about
Karolines experiences on the course.
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FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
Our Decorative Arts students are based in the Bonington building, a
dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and equipment include:
HOAF gas and electric kilns for glass work
potters wheels
a ceramic digital printer
casting and moulding equipment
metal workshops adapted for specialist metal usage
woodworking workshop and equipment
rubber, resin and plastics development equipment
polymer 3D printer
vinyl cutter
hand screen-printing, transfer printing, collograph printing
You will also have the opportunity to use resources from across
the School of Art & Design and wider University, including
equipment such as:
embroidery machines: domestic, industrial and Barudan
multi-head digital embroidery
weave looms: Dobby and George Wood looms, tapestry loom,
Dracup digital Jacquard loom
3D prototyping from polymer to powder printing
waterjet and laser cutting technology
fabric laser cutting and engraving equipment and fabric dye facility
digital fabric print facility: Mimaki TX2 digital fabric printers
DEGREE SHOWS
In your final year you will exhibit your
work as part of our Degree Shows
Festival. This event includes all
final-year students across NTUs Art
and Design courses, and is a great
platform for you to showcase your work
to members of the creative industries.
You may also have the chance to
showcase your work to industry at New
Designers in London, one of the UKs
leading graduate exhibitions. At the
event in 2014, Decorative Arts student
Karoline Healey won the Not on the
High Street Associate Prize prize.
EXCHANGES, TRIPS
AND STUDY VISITS
Youll have the opportunity to visit
design capitals such as Milan, New York
and London.
The University is part of the Erasmus
programme and has agreements with
partner institutions throughout Europe.
If youre thinking about studying part
of your degree abroad, Erasmus is a
great way to do this. A recent
exchange destination for our
Decorative Arts students was Linnaeus
University in Sweden a centre of
excellence for glass blowing and design.
BA (HONS)
DECORATIVE ARTS
WORK BY NATASHA SHARPE, PHOTOGRAPHY BY YASMIN ENSOR
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CAREER
PROSPECTS
Employability for this course is
excellent, with 98% of students
going on to employment or
further study within six months
of graduating. (DLHE survey
2012-13)
Graduates from this course
regularly feature in the UKs most
influential style publications,
including Elle Decoration, Vogue,
Wallpaper and World of Interiors.
Many have gone on to set up
their own businesses as
designer-makers, with recent
success stories including:
Brittany Delaney (Brittany
Delany Ceramics)
Esther Patterson (Curiousa &
Curiousa)
Anna Collette Hunt (Anna
Collette Hunt Contemporary
Fine Crafts)
Rosie Norman (Rosie Olivia
Millinery)
Other recent graduates work as
designers, studio practitioners and
stylists for companies such as:
Paul Smith
Vivienne Westwood
Philip Treacy
Hugo Boss
Burberry
Alessi
the BBC
Harrods
Fired Earth
Habitat
Ikea
Adidas
Next
FIND OUT MORE
To find out more about this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/decorativearts
To take a look at examples of student
work from this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/decorativearts-work
To find out more about our Decorative
Arts course team visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/decorativearts-team
To download the portfolio and interview
information for this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/decorativearts-portfolio
CREO POP-UP SHOP FROM THE 2014 FINAL
YEAR LIVE TRADING BUSINESS PLAN
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WORK BY KITTY HAWKINS
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BA (HONS)
COSTUME DESIGN
AND MAKING
FACT FILE
UCAS code:
W451
Course length and start date:
Three years full-time, starting in
September
Study location:
City site, Waverley building
THE COURSE
This specialist course focuses equally on the development of your
designing and making skills. Using traditional, technical and
bespoke techniques, you will learn how to translate your creative
ideas into professional finished costumes for use in theatre, film,
ballet, television, commercials, events, festivals, concerts and
historical contexts.
Youll develop skills in areas including corsetry, pattern cutting,
tailoring, millinery and wigs, tutus, costume props, puppets, fabric
knowledge, and print and dye.
This course is taught by teaching professionals who all have
experience of industry. Youll be encouraged to undertake work
placements to gain experience and make contacts. Live industry
projects and national and international design competitions will
enhance your employability.
KEY FEATURES
Focus equally on your designing and making skills.
Work in a dedicated studio fully equipped with industrial
sewing and garment construction machinery.
Receive support for work placements, gaining industry
experience with companies such as Scottish Opera, Sheffield
Crucible, and Manchester International Festival.
Take part in live industry projects working with companies like
The Woodland Trust, Rhubarb Theatre and Magenta Star.
Visit design exhibitions such as the Hollywood Costume
exhibition at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in
London and the National Theatre Costume Department.
Go on trips to see opera, ballet, theatre and dance
performances to stay informed on the latest productions by
companies such as Opera North, Birmingham Royal Ballet
and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
Apply for an overseas exchange to a partner university in
Europe through the Erasmus programme.
Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Shows in
Nottingham and potentially at New Designers, London.
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MODULES
YEAR ONE
Costume Design and Making:
Introductions (100 credit points)
Youll learn the practical skills you need
to construct period bodices, puppets,
millinery and accessories, and to
master the challenges of pattern
cutting and costume construction.
You will complete a speculative
costume design project that will
include analytical research, concept
design development and costume
drawing. You will explore the use of
text and narrative in relation to the
design of costume schemes. You will
also be introduced to the wider context
of the visual world of costume,
covering themes such as costume and
theatre history, film and production
analysis.
Visual Communication 1
(20 credit points)
You will develop your ability to
communicate your design ideas
through a range of 2D drawing and
rendering techniques. Projects will help
you to develop and use visual
communication tools, enabling you to
communicate your ideas and feelings
through your designs. You will focus on
the importance of your sketchbook for
valuable observational and drawing
practice, and be introduced to the
preparation of costume technical
sheets and storyboarding. You will also
be introduced to the digital tools and
technologies, such as Photoshop, that
will help you to start building your own
digital portfolio of work.
YEAR TWO
Costume Design and Making: Explorations (100 credit points)
You will respond to large-scale speculative costume challenges,
applying a wide range of advanced costume design techniques
and construction skills to your work. You will practise the
construction of period garments and gain a technical
understanding of fabric, cut and costume finishing. Youll
experiment and explore methods, principles and techniques used
in costume making, including period pattern cutting and
historical interpretation. Creative period costume workshops will
help you to develop your skills in tailoring, corsetry, wigs and tutu
making techniques. You will also focus on professional design
practice and gain experience through team working activities
and the opportunity to undertake work experience.
Visual Communication 2 (20 credit points)
Youll continue to develop your skills and knowledge in 2D
drawing and rendering techniques, and you will develop an
awareness of ideas, contexts and frameworks using both physical
and digital visual media. Through drawing exercises you will
develop your ability to analyse information, and compare
alternative methods and techniques in the visual communication
and presentation of costume design ideas. You will continue to
develop the digital tools and technologies learnt in Year One,
creating your own website, and building and refining your digital
portfolio of work.
FINAL YEAR
Costume Design and Making: Exposition (120 credit points)
This year-long module has two elements. The first is Costume
Design and Making Independent Projects, which makes up 85%
of your grade for the year. You will negotiate two costume design
and making project briefs, informed by research and professional
context. Youll evidence design development, supporting
research, progression from 2D to 3D, and the completion of a
design portfolio and realised outfit. You will have the opportunity
to incorporate live projects, competitions and industry
collaborations into your briefs, and youll be encouraged to select
design options that support your career aspirations. This work will
be exhibited as part of the Universitys Degree Shows.
The second element is a Costume Research Project, which makes
up 15% of your grade for the year. You will produce an
independent research project relevant to Costume Design and
Making, allowing you to develop in-depth historical and theoretical
knowledge. You will produce a substantial body of research in the
form of either an illustrated essay or a design rationale.
BA (HONS)
COSTUME DESIGN AND MAKING
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/costumedesign-course to read about
the modules of this course in more detail.
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Rachel worked with NTU lecturer Mary Charlton,
who was the productions Costume Supervisor,
helping at fittings and rehearsals in London. She
then travelled to Manchester where she worked
with the wardrobe team and as Kenneth Branaghs
dresser.
Rachel said: it really helped me to acknowledge the
different career paths there are and the
involvement you have with different people and
departments. Having a taste of the world I will
work in has focused me on my course and how to
tailor it to show the skills I want to show.
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/rachelgeorge to read more
about Rachels work placement experience.
RACHEL GEORGE
BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making
During her studies, Rachel had the opportunity to
work on a production of Macbeth which
premiered at the 2013 Manchester International
Festival. The play was directed by Olivier and
Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford and BAFTA
Award-winner Kenneth Branagh.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHAN PERSSON
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HOW YOU
WILL LEARN
On this course, you will spend
most of your time in a creative
studio environment. Teaching
and learning experiences will
include:
independent studio practice;
practical creative workshops;
technical demonstrations;
projects and critiques;
study visits;
workshop inductions;
lectures and briefings;
feedback tutorials;
studio seminars;
individual and group
presentations; and
self and peer evaluations.
ASSESSMENT
Assessment is 100% coursework.
You will be assessed at the end of
each module and awarded a
grade (First, 2.1, 2.2, Third, or
Pass). You will receive feedback
throughout.
Depending on the module,
assessment may include:
2D visual research;
sketchbooks;
design development work;
3D development work;
costume making outcomes;
portfolio work;
essays;
costume research projects or
rationales; and
visual and verbal presentations.
Your final degree mark will be based
100% on your Final Year work.
BA (HONS)
COSTUME DESIGN AND MAKING
WORK BY HOLLIE KETLEY
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WORK PLACEMENT
OPPORTUNITIES
We encourage you to undertake work experience
alongside your studies. Course staff will help and
support you by directing you toward work
placement and professional practice opportunities.
Our Costume Design and Making students have
recently completed work placements with:
National Theatre
Royal Opera House
Sheffield Crucible
Macbeth at the 2013 Manchester International
Festival
Royal Shakespeare Company costume
department
Leicester Curve Theatre, Gullivers Travels
Sands Films
V&A, Heritage Costume Museum
Downton Abbey
Scottish Opera
CONNECTING WITH INDUSTRY
Throughout the course, you will have the
opportunity to get involved with various activities to
develop links with industry. Our students have
recently been involved with:
BBC Design Trainee Scheme (costume)
Patterns of Fashion Costume Award
WOW (World Of WearableArt) a New Zealand-
based award show
The Costume Societys Museum Placement
Award
The Woodland Trust
Rhubarb Theatre
Magenta Star
In your final year, there is the opportunity to work
with local cultural centres (theatres, museums,
events, heritage centres and festivals). You will also
be encouraged to participate in national
competition and costume events.
Industry experts who have recently taught on this
course include:
Professional designer, Ruari Murchison
Tailor, Mervyn Wallace
Pattern cutter and maker, Sarah Turner
Tutu costumiers, Jane Cowood and Pauline Parker
Directors, Ian Wooldridge, Theo Clinkard, and
Hugh Hodgart
Wig makers, Shepperton wigs, Joanne Foster, and
Linda Cooley
Crafts people, Anna Kesteven and Liz Johnson
DEGREE SHOWS
In your final year you will exhibit your work as part
of our Degree Shows Festival. This event includes all
final-year students across NTUs Art and Design
courses. Its a great platform for you to showcase
your work to members of the creative industries.
You may also have the chance to showcase your
work to industry at New Designers in London, one of
the UKs leading graduate exhibitions.
This was one of
the only courses
that offered the
opportunity to design
and make, which was
really important to
me as I wanted to
explore both areas
further. I came to an
open day and I loved
it from the second I
arrived, and the tutors
were so friendly and
helpful.
KITTY HAWKINS
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EXCHANGES, TRIPS AND STUDY VISITS
Recent study trips have included a backstage tour of the National
Theatre and the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the V&A Museum
in London. Students have also been to watch the Birmingham Royal
Ballets Cinderella designed by John Macfarlane. We also attend live
opera and theatre events through Cineworld Live Screenings.
The University is part of the Erasmus programme and has agreements
with partner institutions throughout Europe. If youre thinking about
studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus is a great way to do this.
BA (HONS)
COSTUME DESIGN AND MAKING
CLAIRE POWELL
BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making
I chose NTU because I liked the city and
campus, and I liked the fact I could study
Costume Design and Making without having to
choose a specialism immediately.
I enjoy the fact that the course is very flexible;
I requested a tutu making project and we got
one. There is the opportunity to cover so many
different areas of costume, and access to lots of
resources and knowledgeable tutors.
The course has included several lecturers from
industry. One of the first guest lectures we had
was from Costume Supervisor Mary Charlton,
who has since become a tutor. It also included
Jane Cowood who made all of Margot Fonteyns
tutus, and costumes for Rudolph Nureyev.
I would recommend this course because it gives
you the opportunity to build on both your
making and design skills. Although I have always
been a keen maker this course has helped me to
gain confidence in my design work, and improve
in ways that I would have not considered.
The tutors provide valuable support while
offering you insight into industry.
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/clairepowell to read more
about Claire's experiences on the course.
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FACILITIES AND
EQUIPMENT
Our Costume Design and Making
students are based in the
Waverley building, a dedicated
Art and Design building. Facilities
and equipment include:
A dedicated costume
department
Studio space with workstations,
domestic and industrial sewing
and garment construction
machinery
On-site print and dye facilities
Textile development facilities,
including digital embroidery,
print and laser cutting
Photography studios
Workshops with specialist
industry equipment for metal,
glass and ceramics
CAREER PROSPECTS
Employability is central to this course and all modules include
initiatives to enhance your career prospects. These include live
projects, guest lectures, industry competitions and awards, and work
placements.
92% of students go on to employment or further study within six
months of graduating. (DLHE survey 2012-13)
A variety of graduate career opportunities exist in live and recorded
performing arts, as well as more widely in film, television, theatre,
opera, dance, music and live performance.
Additional opportunities are available in advertising campaigns,
heritage projects, commercials, events, festivals, circus, pageants,
concerts and light entertainment.
FIND OUT MORE
To find out more about this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/costumedesign
To take a look at examples of student
work from this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/costumedesign-work
To find out more about our Costume Design and
Making course team visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/costumedesign-team
To download the portfolio and interview
information for this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/costumedesign-portfolio
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WORK BY AMY BATTEY
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FACT FILE
UCAS code:
W280
Course length and start date:
Three years full-time, starting in
September
Study location:
City site, Waverley building
THE COURSE
Accredited by Creative Skillset, this
unique course explores the total
process of production design and art
direction for film and television. Youll
learn to manage design projects from
an initial idea through to realisation,
gaining a broad range of art
department skills including all kinds of
drawing, model making and industry
standard software use.
The course is all about providing the
film and television industries with
bright new creative talent. It has been
created in close collaboration with
industry to ensure it prepares you for a
successful career. A high proportion of
graduates from this course now work
within the film and television industry,
and we have a strong network of
contacts for work experience and
employment opportunities.
BA (HONS)
DESIGN FOR FILM
AND TELEVISION
KEY FEATURES
Explore the whole process of production design, from concept
initiation to realisation.
The course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, a mark
of quality and strong links with industry.
Work on projects based on real situations and industry briefs.
Undertake short work placements with a variety of film and
television production art departments.
Study in dedicated facilities, upgraded to reflect the latest
industry standards.
Visit studios and film sets in the UK and Europe to see
productions being put together.
Apply for an overseas exchange to a partner university in
Europe through the Erasmus programme.
Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Shows in
Nottingham, with a chance to exhibit at New Designers in
London and other high profile industry venues, such as
Pinewood Studios.
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MODULES
YEAR ONE
Both these modules run for the whole year.
Introduction to Design for Film and Television
(100 credit points)
You will be introduced to production design
practices and vocabulary within film and television.
You will complete a range of challenging,
real-situation-based design projects that will allow
you to develop skills in illustration and visualisation,
model making, lighting, story boarding, technical
drawing, life drawing, key computer software,
working from script, and location scouting and
surveying. You will also start to assemble a portfolio,
and a professional practice journal.
Contextual Studies 1 (20 credit points)
You will develop your skills in researching and
analysing visual material in the context of film and
television. You will negotiate a topic related to 20th
Century film and television that youll present to
your fellow students at the start of the module, and
by the end you will have developed this into a 2,500
word illustrated essay. Throughout this module, you
will develop a reflective journal to consider film
viewings, what you learned, and what you liked or
disliked from a production design perspective.
YEAR TWO
Both these modules run for the whole year.
Exploring Design for Film and Television
(100 credit points)
You will further develop the skills gained in Year
One through a range of design projects. These will
cover designs for period-accurate props, light
entertainment, close-up design detail, promotional
music videos and working from a script. Youll also
build your professional portfolio and continue to
develop your professional practice journal from Year
One.
Contextual Studies 2 (20 credit points)
Youll explore and experiment with the analysis of
moving image texts, techniques or sociological
factors influencing production, genres or
practitioners, critical approaches to the study of the
moving image, and the history and future of film
and television. You will also work on a personal
topic to research that youll present to your fellow
students at the start of the module and develop
into a 3,500 word illustrated essay by the end.
FINAL YEAR
Design for Film and Television: Exposition
(120 credit points)
You will demonstrate skills, competencies and an
understanding of film and television industry
production design practice to a professional level.
Youll equip yourself with a final professional
portfolio, CV and personal marketing plan.
You will complete a short film project, two personal
negotiated projects (to demonstrate a range of
genres), a professional portfolio and digital folio,
a written dissertation of 5,000 words, and a
professional practice journal. Youll also exhibit
your work in a final year Degree Show a great
opportunity for you to invite your industry contacts
to view your work.
BA (HONS)
DESIGN FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/dftv-course to read about
the modules of this course in more detail.
WORK BY AMY DIAMOND
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KATIE BOYCE
BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television
I chose this course because it has a good
reputation in the industry and really prepares
you for life after university. There are lots of
opportunities to undertake work placements,
and tutors and guest lectures have experience in
the industry, from TV shows to music videos and
commercials.
Ive recently completed work experience on the
set of The Woman in Black 2 at Pinewood
Studios which was fantastic. I have also worked
on BBC 3s Him & Her and Its Kevin, and an
Adidas commercial featuring David Beckham.
All of these opportunities came from the course
and have really boosted my CV. If you want to
work in the art department for film and television
then this is the course for you.
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/katieboyce to read more
about Katie's experiences on the course.
HOW YOU WILL LEARN
On this course, youll spend most of your time in a
creative studio environment. Teaching and learning
experiences will include:
studio days;
presentations;
projects;
workshops;
demonstrations;
research;
reflective journals;
work experience;
group and independent projects;
lectures;
seminars; and
study visits.
ASSESSMENT
Assessment is 100% coursework. You will be
assessed at the end of each module and awarded a
grade (First, 2.1, 2.2, Third, or Pass). You will receive
feedback throughout.
Depending on the module, you may be assessed
through:
presentations;
a portfolio of design work;
peer assessment;
essays; and
a dissertation.
Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your
Final Year work.
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WORK PLACEMENT
OPPORTUNITIES
This course has a strong industry
focus theres an emphasis on gaining
practical work experience and we
encourage you to complete work
placements to get a taste of real life
within the film and television industry.
The course has a large range of
industry contacts and can offer
exciting work experience opportunities
on major TV and film productions
(location and studio-based) with
organisations like the BBC, ITV and
Pinewood Studios.
Our Design for Film and Television
students have recently gained
experience working on a wide variety
of productions, including Woman in
Black, EastEnders, Skyfall, Downton
Abbey, Bad Education, The Village,
Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who and the
BBC Olympics.
CONNECTING WITH INDUSTRY
Youll have the opportunity to engage with industry through
real-situation design projects and lectures from guest speakers.
Industry professionals that have recently visited to share their
knowledge and experience include:
Film Production Designer, Allan Cameron (The Da Vinci Code,
The Mummy, Tomorrow Never Dies)
TV Production Designer, Simon Kimmel (The New Paul
O'Grady Show, Test the Nation, Top Gear)
Supervising Art director, Charmian Adams (Downtown Abbey,
Nowhere Boy, Cranford)
Story Board Artist, Jim Cornish (Harry Potter, The Dark Knight,
Skyfall)
Lighting Designer, Mike LeFevre (Andrew Marr Show, Globe
Theatre and the Royal Opera House).
Our students have frequently won prizes in the former BBC
Traineeship Scheme, where winners received a years paid
contract to work in the art departments of a range of
productions at the BBC.
BA (HONS)
DESIGN FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
WORK BY CHESTER CARR
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DEGREE SHOWS
In your final year you will exhibit
your work as part of our Degree
Shows Festival. This event
includes all final-year students
across NTUs Art and Design
courses, and is a great platform
for you to showcase your work to
members of the creative
industries.
There is also the opportunity to
be selected to exhibit at the
annual Prime Cuts festival that
takes place in partnership with
New Designers in London, or to
showcase your work at high
profile industry venues such as
Pinewood and Shepperton
Studios. Students from this
course have won the Prime Cuts
award for Best Production Design
the last two years.
EXCHANGES,
TRIPS AND STUDY
VISITS
Recent study trip destinations
include the Harry Potter film
studios in London, Barrandov
Film Studios in Prague,
Babelsberg Film Studios in Berlin,
Korda Studios in Hungary, and
the Museum of Cinema in Turin.
In addition, our blossoming
relationships abroad can help
you to develop an international
awareness. We recently set up
an overseas exchange with the
Shanghai Institute of Visual Art.
The University is also part of the
Erasmus programme and has
agreements with partner
institutions throughout Europe.
WORK BY HANNAH HILL
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BA (HONS)
DESIGN FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
HEATHER RACKSTRAW
BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television
I chose this course because I wanted a career in
the film industry, specifically in an art
department doing design work and concept
visuals for sets or props.
What I enjoy the most is the variety of work and
projects we do. The course covers all aspects of
an art department, from set design and model
making to drafting and storyboards. The
amount of one-on-one tutor time we get in the
studio to explore our ideas and progress, and the
work experience opportunities are also strengths.
Studying at NTU is fantastic. If youre interested
in working in an art department no other course
could equip you with the huge range of skills you
need, more than this one.
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/heatherrackstraw to read
more about Heather's experiences on the course.
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FIND OUT MORE
To find out more about this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/dftv
To take a look at examples of student work from
this course visit www.ntu.ac.uk/dftv-work
To find out more about our Design for Film
and Television course team visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/dftv-team
To download the portfolio and interview
information for this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/dftv-portfolio
FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
You will be based in the Waverley building, a
dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and
equipment include:
Two dedicated design studios
TV studios with green screen facilities
The latest industry-standard software including
Vectorworks, Photoshop and SketchUp
CAREER PROSPECTS
Our graduates work across the film and television
industry in areas such as:
production / set design
art direction
model making
events design
graphic design
The course maintains links with its graduates,
leading to a range of career opportunities for
graduating students. Recent graduate destinations
include:
Assistant Art Director, EastEnders (BBC)
Art Department Assistant, The Woman in Black
Art Department Assistant, Universal Pictures
Art Department Assisant, World Productions
Graphic Designers, Print Power
Junior Art Director, KHWS Marketing
Production Assistant , the BBC
Set Decoration Assistant, Freebace
WORK BY EMMA DE MATTOS
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WORK BY LISA BERKOFF
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FACT FILE
UCAS code:
W460
Course length and start date:
Three years full-time, starting in
September
Study location:
City site, Waverley building
THE COURSE
Running for over 40 years, this course
covers all aspects of contemporary
theatre design practice. This includes
design for set and costume, set and
costume construction, scenic art,
puppetry, heritage installation design,
and design for community and
education.
The course will teach you how to bring
together the creative, technical,
communicative, collaborative and
organisational skills needed to make
imaginative performance for a range
of professional environments. We
have strong links with a wide range of
performance, heritage, educational
and professional theatre companies.
This is the only Theatre Design course
in the UK to be accredited by the
Chartered Society of Designers (CSD).
BA (HONS)
THEATRE
DESIGN
KEY FEATURES
Focus equally on both your design and making skills.
Work on live projects with professional organisations such as
The Royal National Theatre; Birmingham Opera Company;
Blind Summit Puppetry Company; Manchester Royal
Exchange; The Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh; and Bristol Old Vic.
Complete a work placement as part of the Visual, Technical
and Professional Skills module in Year Two.
Study in extensive, dedicated facilities including a full working
studio theatre and construction and paint workshops.
Give back: get involved in Theatre Design for community and
education.
Go on study visits to theatres, exhibitions and performances in
the UK.
Apply for an overseas exchange to a partner university in
Europe through the Erasmus programme.
Enter competitions and awards set by some of the UKs most
prestigious theatre companies.
Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Shows in
Nottingham.
The course is a member of the International Organisation of
Sceneographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians, the
Association of Courses in Theatre Design, and the Society of
British Theatre Designers.
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YEAR TWO
Both these modules run for the whole year.
Theatre Design Explorations (100 credit points)
This module will help you to start thinking about your own
specialism within Theatre Design. In the first project, you will
explore aspects of place, performance and public in recent and
contemporary theatre, with particular emphasis on young
peoples theatre, schools and communities. In the second
project, youll explore the visual imagery of 18th Century theatre
and dress. In your final project, you will focus on the spectacle,
looking at aspects of opera and carnival. Youll also work on an
individual research project, which you will present at the end of
the module, and submit written research documents.
Visual, Technical and Professional Skills 2 (20 credit points)
This module enables you to build on the skills you gained from
Year One, but focuses on understanding them within the context
of the industry. As part of developing this understanding, you
will complete a work experience placement selected from a
range of professional performance-related environments.
A programme of workshops and master classes will also help you
to develop your skills in theatre craft and technology, drawing,
and digital and interactive media.
FINAL YEAR
Theatre Design Exposition (120 credit points)
You will advance your practice in theatre design to a professional
level. You will complete at least three projects, which will
normally include:
a design for performance working with one of our associate
companies such as Birmingham Opera Company, Blind
Summit and Nottingham Playhouse;
an independent design project for audience, working with a
client; and
a devised performance project for an audience.
You will also complete a major research project, combining the
skills youve developed in Years One and Two.
MODULES
YEAR ONE
Both these modules run for the whole
year.
Introduction to Theatre Design
(100 credit points)
You will learn about the key principles,
skills, practices and thinking that
inform contemporary theatre design
practice. You will create design models,
storyboards, costumes, sets and props,
installations, performances and
puppets. You will cover puppetry,
costume design, contemporary
speculative design, spatial construction
and scenic art, speculative design for a
classic play, performance installation,
lighting and projection. Youll also
learn about wardrobe, scenic art and
projection techniques.
Visual, Technical and Professional
Skills 1 (20 credit points)
This module will help you to develop
your skills in 2D and 3D media. Youll
work with contemporary and period
texts and themes, develop your ability
to communicate research, process and
design intention, and think about
drawing as a way to investigate, test
and present ideas. You will start to
build your technical and professional
skills in theatre production, learning
about equipment, materials, processes
and protocols in theatre design,
including health and safety, technical
drawing and digital technology.
BA (HONS)
THEATRE DESIGN
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/theatredesign-course to read about
the modules of this course in more detail.
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RHIAN MORRIS
BA (Hons) Theatre Design
Winner of the Birmingham Opera Prize 2014
2014 was the fourth year of collaboration
between Final Year Theatre Design students and
Birmingham Opera Company. Executive Director,
Richard Willacy, worked with students on their
designs for Mussorgskys opera Khovanshchina,
creating a brief that reflected Birmingham
Operas Companys unique approach to opera
and its design process. Richard encouraged the
students to find an interesting and imaginative
place in which to set the opera.
Rhian was named the winner, and received a
placement working as an Assistant Designer on
Birmingham Opera Companys forthcoming
production of The Ice House.
This project was one of the options given to us in
our final year. I reinterpreted Mussorgskys 17th
Century opera Khovanshchina within the current
crisis in Syria. Mussorgskys beautiful score is
contrasted by the violent situation of Russia during
an uprising, and I chose to draw upon this in my
design.
What I enjoy most about the course is the diverse
range of projects we get to experience. I also like
the attitude of Theatre Design being a form of
social commentary and a platform for social issues.
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/rhianmorris to read more
about Rhians experiences on the course.
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WORK PLACEMENT
OPPORTUNITIES
On Year Two of this course, youll
complete a work placement of
between three and five weeks as
part of the Visual, Technical and
Professional skills module. Recent
placement destinations have
included:
Producing Theatres such as the
Royal Exchange Theatre
(Manchester) and Nottingham
Playhouse.
Touring companies such as
Theatre Alibi (Exeter) and
Bamboozle Theatre (Leicester).
Production companies such as
Rocket Scenery (Nottingham)
and Lifecast (Elstree Studios,
Borehamwood).
Event-based companies such
as Starlight Design (London)
and GameCity (Nottingham).
HOW YOU WILL
LEARN
On this course, youll spend most
of your time in a creative studio
environment. Teaching and
learning experiences will include:
lectures;
seminars;
workshops;
group and individual tutorials;
screenings;
masterclasses;
work-based learning
placement; and
visits and events.
ASSESSMENT
Assessment is 100% coursework.
You will be assessed at the end of
each module and awarded a
grade (First, 2.1, 2.2, Third, or
Pass). You will receive feedback
throughout.
Depending on the module, you
may be assessed through:
speculative designs;
live performances;
artefacts;
costume garments;
presentations; and
written reflective and critically
evaluative reports.
Your final degree mark will be
based 100% on your Final Year
work.
BA (HONS)
THEATRE DESIGN
BLOODY SILLY BUSINESS, NEAT FESTIVAL 2014, DEVISED PERFORMANCE BY FINAL YEAR COMPANY, TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION
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RACHAEL JACKS
BA (Hons) Theatre Design
Winner of the Nottingham
Playhouse Prize 2014
I love the variety of skills and
knowledge Ive been introduced
to. Its so broad, and in my final
year Im accomplishing so much
more than I imagined I could.
For the Nottingham Playhouse
Prize project we worked with
Director Andrew Breakwell, to
design speculatively for the play
text Touched, written by Stephen
Lowe. I made a scale model of the
playhouse showing my idea, along
with costume designs. It was a
really great experience working
alongside a practicing director.
Rachel received a work placement
from Nottingham Playhouse,
working on their forthcoming
production Forever Young.
Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/rachaeljacks
to read more about Rachaels
experiences on the course.
CONNECTING WITH INDUSTRY
The course has extensive links with industry, including producing
theatres, touring companies, production companies, event-based
companies and schools and community organisers. Our students
have worked on live projects with organisations such as:
Blind Summit Puppetry Company
Nottingham Playhouse
Birmingham Opera Company
Dance 4
Derby Live
Meeting Ground Theatre Company
New Street Theatre Company
Calke Abbey (National Trust)
Mansfield Palace Youth Theatre
Black Box Theatre Company
Mellers Primary School, Nottingham
GameCity
Curve Young, Leicester
Red Earth Theatre
Urban Angel
Lost Boys Productions
Our students have recently enjoyed success in a number of
competitions, including the Nottingham Playhouse Prize for
Stage Design and the Birmingham Opera Prize for Stage Design.
Industry experts who have recently shared their knowledge and
experience with our students include:
Sophie Jump (freelance Theatre Designer)
Marie-Jeanne Lecca, Bill Mitchell and Sue Hill (Wildworks)
Dominic Shaw from Urban Angel
Peter Farley from the Society of British Theatre Designers
Sue Pyecroft from Dark Horse Puppetry
Giles Croft from Nottingham Playhouse
Michael Eaton MBE, a freelance writer
Dinis Machado from Dance4
Andrew Breakwell, a freelance director and theatre educator
This is the only Theatre Design degree course in the UK that is
accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), giving
you free membership during your studies. You will also have
access to CSD online careers advice, guidance and vacancies.
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DEGREE SHOWS
In your final year you will exhibit your work as part of our Degree
Shows Festival. This event includes all final-year students across
NTUs Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to
showcase your work to members of the creative industries.
EXCHANGES, TRIPS AND STUDY VISITS
You will have the opportunity to go on a number of trips during
the course. Recent visits have included:
The British Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Dennis Severs
House, London
Nosferatu at The Barbican, London
Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood and The Kite Runner
at Nottingham Playhouse
Passing On and Theatre Rites at Lakeside Arts Centre
Boris Godunov at the RSC, Stratford
The Way of the World at the Crucible, Sheffield
The University is part of the Erasmus programme and has
agreements with partner institutions throughout Europe.
If youre thinking about studying part of your degree abroad,
Erasmus is a great way to do this.
FACILITIES AND
EQUIPMENT
Our Theatre Design studios and
workshops are based in the Waverley
building, a dedicated Art and Design
building. Facilities and equipment
include:
full, working theatre studio with
sound and lighting;
construction and paint workshops;
costume studios;
fully-equipped digital design studios;
and
the latest industry-standard
software.
BA (HONS)
THEATRE DESIGN
WORK BY EUNJOO KYUNG, INSIGHT INSTALLATION AT CALKE ABBEY
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CAREER
PROSPECTS
The course has well-established
links with former students, which
leads to a range of career
opportunities for new graduates.
Careers paths exist within areas
of:
sceneography
scenic props and construction
costume making
puppetry
performance
model making
education
Recent graduates from this
course have gone to work in the
following areas:
theatre design and design for
performance
set, props and costume
construction
events and festival designers
and managers
teaching and educational work
film, television and production
management
Examples of employers include:
Nottingham Playhouse
York Theatre Royal
Birmingham Opera Company
Lakeside Arts Centre
Sydney Opera House
Royal Shakespeare Company
Pinewood Studios
Rocket Scenery
The BBC
GameCity
FIND OUT MORE
To find out more about this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/theatredesign
To take a look at examples of student
work from this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/theatredesign-work
To find out more about our Theatre Design
course team visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/theatredesign-team
To download the portfolio and interview
information for this course visit
www.ntu.ac.uk/theatredesign-portfolio
WORK BY DAISY YOUNG, EVITA SET DESIGN FOR CARMARTHEN YOUTH OPERA
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