What will I learn?

About the course

Some of the major innovations in performance practices over the past hundred years have been drawn from scenographic developments. The MA/MFA Scenography courses approach scenography from multiple practical and theoretical perspectives to create new opportunities for experimentation and authorship.

Develop authorship through performance design, working with a dynamic interplay of practice and theory, informed by a variety of disciplines including film, sculpture, sound, digital media, puppetry, choreography and architecture
A balance of independent and collaborative work
A professional focus through mentors, tutors and industry partners

Our approach

Through past and present approaches to performance design, the Scenography courses aim to explore dynamic and innovative interplays between the body, space and time, further informed by a variety of disciplines including film, sculpture, sound, digital media, puppetry, choreography and architecture. Your existing skills and practices are challenged, extended and refined as you investigate design processes and tools for creative developments.


Assessment is by practical conceptions and realisations, written assignments and verbal presentations (individual and collaborative). You will collaborate with your class peers, as well as with other courses within Central to create and design new work, including the MA/MFA Advanced Theatre Practice, MA Acting for Screen, MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research and MA/MFA Creative Producing.

With a balanced mix of collaborative and independent work, and a particular attention to the interplay of practice and theory, the courses include:

workshops and mentoring to explore speculative and operative uses/misuses of processes and tools, ranging from dramaturgy, model making and technical drawing to audio-visual media, casting, interactive sensor technologies and 3D printing;
studies in relevant historical and theoretical frameworks and contexts for understanding and developing practice.

Which department am I in?

Central School of Speech and Drama

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,668.00 (US$ 24,405) per year
All fees shown are for students enrolled on the corresponding programme and year of study in 2020-21. Students studying subsequent years of their programme in 2021-22 (and beyond) can expect these figures to rise year-on-year

This is a fixed fee
Start date

5 October 2020, 18 January 2021, 26 April 2021, 5 July 2021


Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Embassy Theatre,

Eton Avenue,


NW3 3HY, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You should normally have an undergraduate degree in the broad field of performance, drama studies or a design subject, although applications from students of other disciplines (e.g. visual arts, architecture, sonic arts) will be considered. Applications from those with at least two years' relevant experience will also be considered. An offer will normally only be made after interview. Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to prove their English language proficiency by gaining an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test. We do accept equivalent English language qualifications. Applicants are advised to gain this certification as early as possible. TOEFL - Internet Based Test with an overall score of at least 80, with a writing score of at least 20 and no other section lower than 15.

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