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Theatre Design Portfolio for 15 - 17 Year Olds (Summer School)

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Model by Alastair G, Summer 2015 student

Monday - Friday, 10:00 – 16:00, one week

This practical course is ideal for anyone considering future studies in design for performance who wishes to enhance their application and portfolio with a unique, innovative theatre design project

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Course Dates

6th August 2018 – 10th August 2018

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Course Description

The course will start with a brief history of theatre design and how it exists and is evolving in today's theatre industry. Looking at examples of professional designers' work you will learn about the process a theatre designer goes through in the development of a design, from initial sketches to a finished show.

You will explore some of the many areas that theatre designers cover including research, drawing, model making, costume and puppet 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, creating mood boards, storyboards and sketches to show how you have interpreted the dynamics of a performance
  • 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 will 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 will 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.

"It was a great insight into the everyday work of a theatre designer." RK, Summer 2017

"Really good course - would recommend this." AW, Summer 2017

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 numerous projects, including Dr. Faustus, and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, a BSL integrated production of Hansel and Gretel for Red Earth Theatre and Derby Theatre, Elves and the Shoemaker for Big Window Theatre Compnay and Derby Theatre, Animal Farm for Nottingham Playhouse, and Snow White for Engine House Theatre Company.

She's 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. 

Not from Nottingham? Find out more about accommodation on our campus for 16 and 17 year olds.

Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award? This course can count as your DofE gold award residential.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813