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Production Arts and Design Interview Preparation

Short Study - adults

Introduction

There is a vast array of possible ‘back-stage’ employment opportunities in theatre. These range from set and costume designer roles to workshop-based practitioner roles such as model-making, carpentry, costume making, prosthetics and scenic painting.

Preparing your portfolio for an application to train or study can be a daunting prospect. Similarly, knowing what to say and do for interview can feel like a minefield.

This two-day course briefly introduces all areas of design and production arts for performance. It focusses on practical advice and support in building a personal portfolio as well as covers interview tasks that are required when applying to our undergraduate programmes in production.

Introduction

There is a vast array of possible ‘back-stage’ employment opportunities in theatre. These range from set and costume designer roles to workshop-based practitioner roles such as model-making, carpentry, costume making, prosthetics and scenic painting.

Preparing your portfolio for an application to train or study can be a daunting prospect. Similarly, knowing what to say and do for interview can feel like a minefield.

This two-day course briefly introduces all areas of design and production arts for performance. It focusses on practical advice and support in building a personal portfolio as well as covers interview tasks that are required when applying to our undergraduate programmes in production.

Course outline

This short course guides you through the portfolio presentations and interview tasks that may be required for people applying to production courses such as the BA Production Arts and Design at the Royal Conservatoire.

Over two Saturdays you will be introduced to various areas of design and the production arts for performance and get practical advice and professional guidance in relation to building your own personal portfolio.

Areas such as developing a concept, what to show and what to leave out, research, and creative development will be featured alongside your own individual preparation for a mock interview in the final day of the course.

This course will run over two Saturdays:

Day 1 = 21 October

Day 2 = 4 November

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs



Indicative schedule

This course will run over two Saturdays:

Day 1 = 22 October

Day 2 = 5 November

Entry requirements

This short course is open people who are applying for further or higher education courses in either production arts including scenic art, costume technology, props construction and set construction or set and costume design.

It is particularly useful for those who have not yet decided which of these specialist areas to pursue as a formal study or future career.

Preparing for your course

In advance of the sessions we ask that students:

  • Prepare a small project (a brief will be sent out to you in advance)
  • Observe a theatrical production of your choice
  • Bring any relevant examples of your work to the first session

Short course feedback

“A brilliant course for anyone who is interested in production arts and design. It gives a good insight into the BA course and working in the world of theatre.”

– Production Arts and Design Portfolio and Interview Preparation student, 2013

At a glance...

Production Arts and Design Interview Preparation 10am - 5pm 20171104 140

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Who is this course for?

This short course is ideal for people who are applying for further or higher education courses in either production arts including scenic art, costume technology, props construction and set construction or set and costume design. It is particularly useful for those who have not yet decided which of these specialist areas to pursue as a formal study or future career. By the end of the course you should have:

  • Been offered advice on developing existing personal art portfolios in order to best represent your abilities at interview
  • Improved your understanding of production arts and design for performance practices and their place within the overall process of theatre-making
  • Developed an understanding of the entry requirements for a programme of study in production arts and design
  • Participated in a mock interview for the BA Production Arts and Design programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.