General information about applying for our undergraduate courses and the interview process.
The course at Central was really helpful to show us all the various aspects of scenic construction, as well enabling us to learn skills in budgeting, scheduling and working closely with other departments on public productions. The hands-on approach to learning benefits you professionally, along with the skills learnt whilst undertaking placements within the industry.
Graduated 2016, freelance scenic constructor and has worked as Chief Carpenter at Millfield Arts Centre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
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3 years full-time, October start
Institution code: C35; Course code: W464
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Theatre Practice
Studying on the Scenic Construction specialism of the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice degree course, you will:
Scenic Constructors are creative problem solvers who use ideas and solutions that are drawn from engineering and industrial practice to aid the creation of sets or staging.
The Scenic Construction course is ideal for students seeking a creative arts-based career, including an interest in building with wood and metal.
You will learn to work independantly and be resourceful, and will develop specific scenic construction skills to the high professional level required to meet design briefs and the requirements of the industry in which you plan to work. The training will principally be in theatre, but these skills are widely transferable to many different media environments including theatre, film, television, events and advertising.
From the second year of the course you will 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 working in events, television or advertising.
You will collaborate on projects which offer experience in the varied and diverse areas in which you can work upon graduation, including television and film.
A variety of other opportunities come through the network of graduates wellplaced in the industry and contacts made with the professional designers with whom you will work on public productions at Central.
Our standard academic entry requirements range between 120 and 64 UCAS tariff points. You can see how many tariff points your qualifications would gain on the UCAS Tariff Calculator. International qualifications and others not covered within the UCAS tariff can also be accepted. Please email us if you need further clarification.
Please note that we make lower offers (including unconditional) to exceptional candidates and those who have alternative or prior experience to offer. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio. Interview and portfolio are key factors in determining which applicants are accepted on to the course.
For information on alternative entry requirements please see www.ucas.com.
We particularly encourage applications from groups currently under-represented in higher education, such as students with disabilities and members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Find out more information on Central’s commitment to equality and diversity.
Find out more about the interview process for this course.
Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central travelling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates.
From the second year onwards, you will have the opportunity to arrange placements and there are 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:
Students regularly undertake placements at the Royal Opera House and All Scene All Props.
Through the links the course has established with other industries, such as festivals, events and theme parks, students have been able to broaden their scope of skills and expertise by working on a diverse range of projects.
The course has links with established scenic workshops, such as:
Alumni have also successfully started their own companies, which offer opportunities for graduating students such as Illusion Design and Construct, as well as working on the Sherlock Holmes installation at Madame Tussauds, and the David Bowie Exhibition for the Victoria and Albert Museum and world tour.
Roger Harrison, Sam Greenfield, William Floyd-Maclean, George Stephens, Sara Perks, Sarah Beaton, Andy Shewan, Sam Dowson, Bob Bailey, Rory Evans, Nigel Hayne, Philip Engleheart, Andrew D Edwards, Michael Taylor, Sophie Skelton.
Graduate employment and career pathways include:
Scenic Constructor, Watford Palace Theatre.
Founder members of companies, Illusion Design and Construct.
Internship, Royal Shakespeare Company’s Engineering Department.
Freelance Scenic Constructor, English National Opera, Bower Wood Production Services, Hedgehog Construction, English Touring Opera.
Tutor, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Head of Engineering, Scott Fleary.
Touring Carpenter, The Phantom Of The Opera.
Daniel Hughes and Rory Evans (both 2011) are co-founders and owners of Illusion Design and Construction company.
Nils Schuller (2011) Contracts Manager of Scott Fleary Ltd, who have built sets for Shrek The Musical and Britain’s Got Talent.
View profiles of Scenic Construction students who graduated in 2018.