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MA Theatre and Performance Design

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1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Theatre & Dramatic Arts Theatre Design Design (Non-Industrial)

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

MA Theatre Design will actively nurture the emergence of a ‘personal vision’ that is central to designing for theatre, whilst also immersing you in the collaborative nature of theatre practice so that you are able to build ideas, proposals and events with other theatre and performance makers.

Assessment methods

This course is assessed through a record of the process of your collaborative performance; Analysis of your design process; Collaborative speculative design proposal; Design project; Dissertation; Essays; Online research folio; and Speculative design proposal.


Our graduates develop and define their individual practices to progress within theatre design. This often leads them in different directions within the industry. Recent graduates have continued as professionals or become leading creative innovators within theatre. Others have continued their studies with research degrees.

MA Theatre Design alumni are equipped to enter various industry competitions and schemes. For example, the Linbury Prize for Stage Design or the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) trainee scheme. Their involvement with national theatre collections and archives gives them the chance to identify museum curation or other forms of exhibition production as a career.


This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university: Inductions to learning resources and workshops at Wimbledon; To explore the diverse range of models and practices that exist within the broad discipline of theatre design; To work on a speculative design proposal for a London theatre in response to an existing script; To give a presentation on your design proposal to your peers and staff.

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Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are: BA (Hons) degree in either art and design or drawing-related disciplines, including social and other sciences or engineering; Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration; Personal statement; and Portfolio of work.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is one of the world’s leading and most prestigious arts universities, maintaining an internationally renowned list of alumni. Being located in London, it is an ideal place to study a postgraduate qualification and get connected to a thriving creative sector. With modern campus sites spread across London, UAL offers over 100 taught postgraduate degree courses at the university’s six specialist colleges and...more

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