They are creative problem-solvers who use ideas and solutions that are drawn from all aspects of engineering and industrial practice to aid the creation of sets or staging.
Students will learn to be autonomous and resourceful, and develop specific scenic construction skills to the high professional level required to meet design briefs and the requirements of the industry in which they plan to work. The training will principally be in theatre, but these skills are easily transferable to many different media environments.
From the second year of the course students have the opportunity to work in professional contexts, for example constructing scenery for a professional venue, working with a major scenery building company or with companies doing events, television or advertising. Scenic Construction is an excellent opportunity for those with a strong interest in building with wood and metal, but who want a career that is also creative.
Learning about a variety of materials, including woodworking tools, hand-held tools and machinery. Building specific elements of scenery, working to a professional designer’s specifications and working closely with technicians to plan how it might be rigged to fit within either a studio, or main-house space. Learning specific carpentry techniques, students work as part of a team, building or adapting scenery. Introduction to AutoCAD and learning basic technical drawing.
Continue to further develop AutoCAD skills. Working on welding and building metal work structures, to build a set for a public production, either individually, or as part of a team. Working with automated scenery. Students also have the opportunity to work in a professional context within the industry.
Undertake the role of Head of Department on a full-scale realised production in the Embassy Theatre or Webber Douglas Studio, and manage other students building scenery and coordinate with all the other members of the creative and production team. Work on a personal project or placement that is focused on the main individual area of expertise. Project work is chosen and negotiated to fit with the students’ understanding of which area/s of the industry they are most keen to make a career in. Participation in an exhibition to present a portfolio of best work to the industry.
From the second year onwards, students have the opportunity to arrange placements and there is a wide range of professional companies that work with Central, allowing access to many performance styles. Through placements in the second and third years students have worked on productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, English National Opera, Blackfriars Studios, Scott Fleary, Shape Construction and East London Furniture Company.
Students regularly undertake placements at the Royal Opera House and Watford Palace Theatre.
Through links the course has established with other industries, such as festivals and events and theme parks, students have been able to broaden their scope of skills and expertise working on a diverse range of projects.