Theatre Design*

Actors on theatre stage

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


3 Years (Full-Time)


Park, Cheltenham

This hands-on course covers the range of roles and skills required to facilitate contemporary theatre design for performance and events in a range of environments. As the course progresses you can specialise in the area that interests you most, such as set design, costume design and construction, digital theatre design or prop design and creation.

You will work with lecturers and professional designers to understand the history of design and costume and appreciate cutting edge contemporary work in performance. You will support and facilitate performances in PFA, Drama and Performance Practice, Dance and events working in a range of theatres and site-specific venues.

You will achieve real-world experience by working with theatre professionals providing work-based learning opportunities. Field trips to Edinburgh and New York give you opportunities to see productions and meet professional practitioners.

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Study style

The course is theory through practice so you will understand the techniques and skills required by applying them to small and large-scale practical work.

You will have opportunities to specialise through module choices at Level 5 and 6. The degree builds inventive, skilled and creative designers who can work in a variety of performance spaces.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that's A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeW460


  • Set Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Prop maker
  • Set maker
  • Costume maker
  • Digital Theatre Designer
  • Teacher

*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

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Staff Profile

Sue Colverd

"I’ve toured the world with the Actors Touring Company and been nominated for an Olivier Award. I’ve acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal National Theatre, as well as touring with my own company as artistic director and performer before becoming artistic director of the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham for 10 years. I’ve worked as an actor, director, writer, practitioner and theorist. I am passionate about drama and the process of creating work with young people and building their understanding of the theory and power of performance through practice. This is a crucial part of my delivery and ethos as a lecturer."

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Motivational setting

You will be part of the Performing Arts Subject group at the university and work with a motivated creative family of staff and students. Many of the academic staff are still practicing professionals or have been at the top of their field in the Creative Industries.

Actors on stage in theatre

Professional input

You will achieve a real-world experience by working with theatre professionals and through work-based learning opportunities. Award-winning design companies such as Upstage Designs will give you an insight into designing for theatre and Opera on an International Stage

Actors on theatre stage

Broad experience base

Design students will support and facilitate performances in PFA, Drama and Performance Practice and Dance, working in a range of theatres and site-specific venues.

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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