Theatre Practice, BA

BA (Hons) Theatre Practice is a programme of specialist 3-year degree courses in the creative and production practices of theatre and associated arts.

There are 12 specialisms, ranging from costume construction, theatre lighting and theatre sound, to areas that include prop making, puppetry and stage management.

Students receive high-quality, specialist training from staff who are active in industry and also enjoy access to first-rate facilities, placement opportunities and excellent graduate job prospects. Students on BA (Hons) Theatre Practice graduate with unparalleled practical experience of working on a range of performances in different spaces and venues in Central and beyond. This means that graduates are truly specialists in their nominated field of interest and will have developed their professional identity and networks whilst learning on the course.

There are a range of scholarships and bursaries available for studying at Central, many of which are course specific.

The full list of courses and a brief description are below - click the course name to find out more.

BA (Hons) Theatre Practice specialisms

Costume Construction

Costume Construction

On this course students become part of a creatively inventive team of costume makers. Through training in technical skills and working closely with costume designers, they’ll learn to interpret briefs and create costumes and accessories for productions to the level of finish expected by contemporary audiences.

Design for the Stage

Design for the Stage

Studying Design for the Stage prepares students to work creatively and professionally as set and costume designers. They will learn to work speculatively and through realised productions in a range of different performance contexts and genres, gaining a firm grounding in theory.

Performance Arts

Performance Arts

Develop your identity as a performance art maker and producer on a course which fosters independent and collaborative creative practice. By focusing on critical inquiry and experimentation with new methodologies, students develop new and challenging performance forms rooted in a rigorous engagement with the skills, theories and histories of theatre and other performance arts.

Production Lighting

Production Lighting

This course trains students to realise performance lighting, video and projection. Working with peers and professionals, students gain an understanding of how to specify lighting, power and video systems, manage the procurement and installation of all the necessary equipment, fault find and run a crew from fit up through to de-rig.

Prop Making

Prop Making

This vocational training course in professional prop making can lead to a career in all areas of the entertainment industry, including theatre, film and television, as well as window display, model animation, community arts, museum installation and replication work.

Puppetry: Design and Performance

Puppetry: Design and Performance

Central pioneered the first UK degree in puppet theatre and continues to be one of the world’s leading institutions for the training of puppeteers, attracting national and international students. This course embraces the three concepts of design, performance and theatre making.

Scenic Art

Scenic Art

Develop your artistic skills and learn to interpret set designs for all areas of the entertainment industry - theatre, video, television and film. Students on this course will collaborate with set designers and art directors, and gain experience of working independently or as part of a team.

Scenic Construction

Scenic Construction

Learn to plan and build sets, and develop skills such as carpentry, structural design, metal work and mechanical engineering. Training will principally be in theatre, but the skills learnt are easily transferable to many different media environments, including film, television and advertising.

Stage Management

Stage Management

Learn stage management, and specialist knowledge and skills in all aspects of theatre production. Through close working with students and practitioners of other theatre disciplines, students on this course develop an overall understanding of how each contributes to live performance, making them highly employable upon graduation.

Technical and Production Management

Technical and Production Management

As live theatre and performance becomes an increasingly important part of the global economy, there is a huge demand for Technical and Production Management professionals. This course trains students in the specialist skills and knowledge of managing creative processes from initial concept through rehearsal to realised performance.

Theatre Lighting Design

Theatre Lighting Design

This course trains students in the art of lighting design for theatre, live performance and related fields. It involves learning the practical skills required to rig, focus and maintain lighting equipment whilst developing the ability to make aesthetic and technical design choices. It also covers aspects of video and projection design.

Theatre Sound

Theatre Sound

Develop the art of creating and controlling the total sonic environment of live performance - one of the most rapidly evolving of the theatre disciplines. This practical course focuses on theatre sound and music, and sees students learn through working on realised projects.

 

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