Central has a wide-range of performers and performances at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with which students have the opportunity to be involved. These include traditional acting, collaborative and devised theatre, musical theatre, performance arts, community theatre and puppetry, which allow the development of personal design aspirations.
Students will work closely with those of other theatre disciplines in production teams, in order to understand, respect and work effectively with all the people that they are likely to meet in professional practice. These include the craftspeople and constructors who will realise Design for the Stage students’ designs, and the stage management and production technicians who will bring the work to the moment of performance. Many Central graduates say that this interdisciplinary environment eases the transition from college to the workplace, as they are confident in their abilities to collaborate and communicate with their fellow practitioners.
Students will develop necessary skills, including making models, producing technical and costume drawings, and will put these skills into practice in realised projects in Central’s professionally equipped performance spaces.
One of the main aims of the course is to develop practitioners who have a strong sense of their individual direction and identity. From the first year, students are encouraged to think conceptually by undertaking theoretical design projects that invite them to challenge and test ideas in a wide range of contexts, from opera to site-specific installations.
Throughout the three years, students will have the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of professional companies, allowing access to many performance styles. This extends from live arts, through small and medium-scale devised and collaborative work, puppetry, circus and street theatre, text or character based play production, large-scale celebrations and events, and corporate presentations.
Complete a number of units that allow the development of core skills and a clear understanding of what performance and performance design are, through a series of taught classes, workshops and realised projects, as well as contact with the professional world as part of the course from the start.
Develop individual design processes to near-professional level through a series of assignments, including both conceptual and realised designs on a variety of different types of production. Assignments could also include outdoor theatre, site-specific and new writing and placements within the profession.
Opportunity to design on major public productions within Central, as well as smaller scale professional productions, as appropriate. Students will have developed areas of professional interest and identity. Participation in an exhibition to present a portfolio of best work to the industry.
See 2013 graduates at: http://www.centraldesignexhibitions.co.uk