• CollegeWimbledon
  • Start dateOctober 2018
  • Course length1 year (full time)

MA Theatre Design

Applications for October 2018
This course is now only open for home / EU students.

MA Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts is designed to support and further theatre design practice-based research. Students will develop the skills and attitude to become designers within the theatre and other performance based disciplines.

Course detail

Content: what students can expect

  • To look at historical, current and developing forms of practice in the fields of stage and costume design both practically (principally in the form of design projects) and theoretically (principally in the form of essays and a final dissertation) to form a distinctive view of your own position as a theatre designer
  • A structured series of classes introducing you to a basic understanding of the developing role of digital technology in the field of theatre design
  • To have visiting tutors and professional theatre makers help you look closely at your own practices 
  • To be taught and encouraged to develop model making, technical and costume drawing skills as a way of presenting and communicating your ideas and designs
  • To collaborate with at least one other postgraduate student to practice and test your abilities to negotiate and communicate throughout the production process  
  • You will be required to maintain a website to act as your on-going ‘notebook’ and research folio over the year which, on leaving the course, may eventually become the basis for your professional online CV
  • To have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops. View the Wimbledon facilities section


The course runs over a total of 45 weeks. Learning and teaching will take place through independent and studio-based practice, written work, group seminars and critiques.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Artist talks and lectures
  • Critical studies and writing
  • Design of a learning agreement
  • Documentation and dissemination of a project
  • Exhibition planning meetings with tutors and technical staff
  • Group discussions, crits, seminars and tutorials
  • Independent research
  • Individual academic tutorial advice and support
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Negotiation and development of a design proposal
  • Peer review and assessment
  • Planning for a formal presentation of a design proposal
  • Postgraduate forums
  • Practical workshops
  • Preparation and presentation of ideas at planning meetings
  • Project related professional work placement or collaboration
  • Seminars
  • Studio work
  • Study visits
  • Technical inductions and instruction
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Presentation
  • Professional and personal development
  • Research portfolio


  • Wimbledon theatre.
    Jim Stephenson.


    View images of and find out more about our theatre

  • 3D Workshops

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  • Photography studio at Wimbledon.
    Kristy Noble.

    Audio Visual Department

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Visiting staff have included:

  • Jon Bausor - Theatre Designer
  • Professor Jane Collins - Theatre Director
  • William Dudley - Theatre Designer
  • Mauricio Elorriga - Theatre Designer
  • Sophie Jump - Theatre Designer
  • Aideen Malone - Lighting Designer
  • Anastasios Maragiannis - Digital Designer
  • David Neat - Model maker
  • Dick Straker - Digital Designer

How to apply

2018/19 entry

Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.


Application deadline

The home / EU deadline is midday, Tuesday 31 July 2018.

There is no deadline for international applications. Students should apply as early as possible.

Further information about the application process

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Personal statement
  • CV (curriculum vitae)

Once you have submitted the form you will be emailed a link to upload your portfolio.

The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application. 

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree in either art and design or drawing-related disciplines, including social and other sciences or engineering
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
  • If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • Evidence of an independently produced, sustained body of work
  • A coherent set of ideas, subjects or concerns that are relevant to Masters level
  • Critical reflection
  • A sense of direction for future work and study
  • An interest in fine art and other visual art forms

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • Commitment and motivation for studying the subject at Masters level
  • Work that shows potential for further development
  • Demonstrate a holistic understanding of research
  • Ability to identify or speculate on the direction and development of practice and research
  • An awareness of contexts and frameworks for contemporary practice
  • Able to communicate clearly in order to present and discuss work and ideas with others
  • Able to demonstrate written skills 

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview and should bring their portfolio.

Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative MA or Graduate Diploma course within Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,500 (Full time - 2017/2018 fees).

International fee

£19,350 (Full time - 2018/2019 fees).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee - Home / EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 ELQ fee. Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

Our graduates develop and define their individual practices to progress within Theatre Design, which often leads them in different directions within the industry.

Recent graduates have continued either as professionals or become leading creative innovators within theatre, while others have continued their studies with research degrees.

MA Theatre Design alumni are fully equipped to enter various industry competitions and schemes, such as the Linbury Prize for Stage Design or the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) trainee scheme, while their involvement with national theatre collections and archives gives them the chance to identify museum curation or other forms of exhibition production as a career.