Design for Theatre, Performance and Events – BA (Hons) - BA (Hons) Degree
Birmingham City University
Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, BCU Birmingham, Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 7DX
Tel: 0121 331 5800
Fax: 0121 331 6706
Course Director: Paul Barrett
The course is concerned with designing for a wide range of performance contexts. It has excellent professional links with a range of companies involved in theatre and performance, providing a variety of opportunities for student placements. The course includes a range of exciting and challenging opportunities through which to explore the role of the designer for performance.Based on established theatre design principles and conceptual rigour it offers a wide variety of training, incorporating traditional design skills whilst embracing applications of new media.Throughout the course students are encouraged to explore areas that are of specific interest to them such as: designs for plays, dance, puppetry, themed environments, opera, award shows, pop/rock concerts, installations, carnivals, exhibitions, product launches, film, TV, festivals, animation and large scale events.The structure and ethos of the course reflects the multi disciplinary nature of the contemporary Performance Designer. Employment opportunities include theatre, film, television, design for music, animation, event, museum and heritage and a wide range of entertainment related contexts.Level 4 (year 1) provides an introduction to the fundamental skills and methodologies of the designer, working primarily on studio-based projects as well as team-based designs. Modules include - Theatre Design Principles, The Figure in Space, The Performance, providing an overall perception and basic experience of the designer's role.Level 5 (year 2) broadens your experience of the designer's role, combining theory and experiment, work placement and live project initiatives within a broad spectrum of performance areas. Collaborations include: Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Merlin Leisure, Flatpackfilm and Livenations ‘Download Music Festival'. This level also provides you with an opportunity to develop a personal sense of direction.
Level 6 (year 3) consolidates personal direction, giving the opportunity to prepare and present a personal profile of creative design for degree assessment. This is assessed against professional standards of experimental and disciplined practice whilst retaining a vocational relevance throughout.