BA (Hons) Theatre Practice | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

BA (Hons) Theatre Practice

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A degree programme offering a deep understanding of the collaborative process of performance design and production.

  • Hands-on, intensive training in design, craft or production processes, applicable to theatre, film, television, events and more.
  • Specialise in one of ten different disciplines working on public productions from the first year
  • Work with a range of equipment in purpose-built performance spaces and workshops
  • Benefit from the experience and networks gained through professional placements within the industry
  • Immerse yourself in the collaborative process of performance design and production

Notable Graduates

  • Gareth Fry – Tony Award-winning Sound Designer known for his work on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Complicite’s The Encounter
  • Finn Ross – Tony Award-winning Video and Projection Designer known for Frozen and Mean Girls on Broadway as well as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  • Khadija Raza - Set and Costume Designer known for her work at The Bush Theatre, Almeida Theatre and Arcola Theatre as well as being the winner of the 2017 Linbury Prize and Stage Debut Award for Best Designer in 2018. 
  • Brony Tyrrell – Prop Maker who has worked on Thor, The Avengers and Snow White and the Huntsmen

Our Courses

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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, you will learn to interpret briefs and create costumes and accessories for productions.

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. 

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 much more.

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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.

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Scenic Art

Develop your artistic skills and learn to interpret set designs for all areas of the entertainment industry - theatre, video, television and film. 

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.

Stage Management

Stage Management

Learn stage management, and specialist knowledge and skills in all aspects of theatre production. 

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.

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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.

Interview Process

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