(Scenic Art, Scenic Construction and Prop Making)
Studying Design Realisation is about making and painting the scenery and props that have been designed by the set designer. Students following this pathway need good creative and practical skills with strong problem solving abilities. Each year you will develop your skills across prop making, scenery construction and scenic art, arriving at a clear idea of how much you want to specialise in your final year.
"I chose to come to Guildhall because I wanted to become a set designer and to do that I decided that I would like to know everything about theatre - starting from what is a steel deck and how to fit up, to what is the first question I should ask a director at a concept meeting."
Alena Tryapitsyna, Design Realisation pathway
What you will study
Along with all other students in the programme, Design Realisation students take classes in a broad range of core subjects. These include: Theatre History, Period Style, Contemporary Theatre, Health & Safety and Stagecraft & Production Process. Classes are usually project based and wherever possible have a hands-on, practical approach. For example when studying trends in contemporary theatre we’ll take you to see some shows, and when we’re looking at period styles we’ll take you to galleries and museums to look at examples.
In this year you will also take a core module called Associated Studies, which allows you to take three short courses in other areas of technical theatre such as Stage Management, Lighting, Sound, Video, Costume Supervision etc.
Besides the core subjects you’ll be spending a lot of time in our three well equipped workshops learning how to build and paint props and scenery, and later in the year you will begin to work on Guildhall productions alongside second and third year students.
Your second year is entirely practical and you will spend the bulk of your time in the workshops working on the School's drama and opera productions. You will also spend half a term working in one of the areas you studied in Year One Associated Studies.
Third Year students spend two terms leading teams of second year students and taking responsibility for productions as Head of Props, Scenic Artist or Construction Manager from initial concept design through to the opening night. You may also take on the role of Production Manager.
In addition you will complete a six-week work placement and complete a Graduation Project.
What our students say
"The workshops at Guildhall are very well stocked and have the best tools and machines which prepared me well for the industry. I'm due to start propmaking for a shoot at Getty Images in the next couple of weeks!"
- Bea Cockburn-Dench, Technical Theatre 2009
Design Realisation blog
For a little more insight into what we do, visit the Design Realisation blog.