Theatre Design Portfolio for 15 - 17 Year Olds

Theatre design model
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 5 August 2019
  • Course duration: One week

This practical and technical course is ideal for anyone who’s interested in theatre and performance design.

Whilst open to everyone, it will be of particular interest to those who might be considering future studies in theatre design who wish to enhance their application and portfolio with unique, innovative projects.

Looking at examples from professional designers, 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 of the theatre designers work, including research, drawing and model making.

You’ll also work with the figure in space, using found materials to construct costumes and body adornments (no sewing required).

As well as the creative process, the technical aspects of theatre design will be introduced, including lighting, movement and sound.

A visit back stage to a theatre is included in the course fee, as is a weekday evening visit to a performance in Nottingham (details to be confirmed).

Throughout the week you'll be encouraged to share ideas and invite constructive, critical feedback from your tutor and fellow students.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course you'll have a sketchbook of research, ideas, design developments and decisions.

You’ll also have a set of photographs that show how you have worked with the figure, lighting and movement in the theatre space.

Similarly, your sketch model will be evidence of how you have refined your sketches into a final performance space, which will demonstrate your personal approach to working in both 2D and 3D.

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

"Really good course - would recommend this." AW

Tutor profile: Totie Driver teaches stage design and the technical side of theatre design at NTU, helping students develop skills in AutoCAD, Photoshop and SketchUp.

She is very interested in the rise of design technology and its usability as part of the design process.

Totie is an award-winning stage designer with over 30 years’ experience, having designed Miss Saigon and Oliver for Cameron Mackintosh.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During the course you will:

  • analyse a set text or piece of music, and go on to develop a 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
  • work in 3D to create a sketch model which will help you communicate your idea
  • have short, interactive talks about the history of theatre design and, more importantly, how it exists (and is evolving) today
  • see how technologies and design software are influencing the design process today.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £450.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £450.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418