This practical and technical course is ideal for anyone who’s interested in theatre and performance design.
Whilst open to everyone, it'll be of particular interest to those who might be considering future studies in design and looking to enhance their application and portfolio with a unique, innovative theatre design project.
Looking at examples of professional designers' work, you'll learn about the process a theatre designer goes through in the development of a design; from initial sketches to a finished show.
You'll explore some of the many areas that theatre designers cover including research, drawing, model making and costume design.
During the course you will:
- analyse a set text and go on to develop your own brief that reflects your individual interests
- undertake research to develop your design in 2D
- create mood boards, storyboards and sketches
- visit a theatre in Nottingham
- take part in short, hands-on activities to help inspire and enhance your approach to creative thinking
- work in 3D to create a sketch model which will help you communicate your idea.
Throughout the week you'll be encouraged to share ideas and invite constructive, critical feedback from your tutor and fellow students.
The course will take place in the design studios as well as on location to explore less traditional performance spaces that will inspire your project.
What will you gain?
By the end of the course you'll have a sketchbook of research, ideas, design developments and decisions.
Your sketch model will be evidence of how you have refined your sketches into a final performance space for the set text, all of which will demonstrate your interest and understanding of design for performance and how you have a personal approach to working in both 2D and 3D, which you can add to your portfolio.
Level: Open to all
Entry requirement: You should have an enthusiasm for theatre and an interest in developing your creative and technical skills.
Where you’ll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.
You'll find bright studio and workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work.
You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.
Here’s what our previous attendees have said:
‘It was a great insight into the everyday work of a theatre designer.’ RK
‘Really good course - would recommend this.’ AW
Tutor Profile: Dorrie Scott graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a first class degree in theatre design.
After winning the Nottingham Playhouse Prize for Stage Design she went on to design ‘Jack’ for Roundabout Theatre at The Nottingham Playhouse.
Dorrie has worked as a costume and theatre designer for ‘Dr. Faustus’, ‘The Wardrobe’ and ‘Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy’ at Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham, ‘Wanderlust’ and ‘Wild Duck’ by The Gramophones and, most recently, a BSL integrated production of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ for Red Earth Theatre.
She designed and produced a new outdoor promenade performance piece ‘Thin Walls’ as part of the Wirksworth Festival.
She worked as a designer on ‘The Gathering’ by Louise Ann Wilson Company Ltd and National Theatre Wales - for this production she helped to bring site specific performance installations to the foothills of Snowdon for a four hour promenade walking performance.
Dorrie has also worked as assistant designer for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, ‘Ghostbird’ by Louise Ann Wilson Ltd and ‘Pulse’, ‘Chrysalids’ and ‘The Willow Pattern’ at Derby Theatre.
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.
If you're aged 16 or 17 then you can stay unaccompanied with agreement from a parent/guardian.
If you're aged 15 then you can stay as long as you are accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award?
This course can count as your Gold DofE Residential.
DofE participants must book both the course and accommodation on campus for this to count towards your Gold Award.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
One week of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Indicative class size: 12
1 week (10:00am to 4:00pm)
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