Design Realisation Pathway
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 far you would like to specialise in your final year.
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Productions & Projects
Building 'Barbarians': Backstage with Design Realisation
Backcloth painting timelapse for Barbarians
Urinetown, The Musical (photo by Mihaela Bodlovic)
Anna Karenina (photo by David Monteith-Hodge)
La fedeltà premiata (photo by Mihaela Bodlovic)
Beginnings: New and Early Opera (photo by Mihaela Bodlovic)
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 or Costume.
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 Art Coordinator or Construction Manager from initial concept design through to the opening night.
Alternatively, you can focus on developing skills as part of the team as a third year Prop Maker, Scenic Artist or Scenic Carpenter. You may continue with your elective study for six weeks or 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
I get to work with so many different people, collaborating with students across the years as well as interacting and learning from designers with a wealth of experience.
Graduates in the Industry
Recent Work Placements
Recent work placements undertaken by Design Realisation students include:
- CTS (Cardiff Theatrical Services)
- Illusion Design
- Royal Opera House
- National Theatre scenic workshops
- Rocket Scenery
- Footprint Scenery
- Romanoff Productions
- Shakespeare’s Globe
- MDM Props
- Sydney Opera House scenic workshops
Potential careers for Design Realisation students include:
- Scenic artist
- Prop maker
- Scenic construction roles in theatre, events, film and TV