Bachelor of Arts (Design for Theatre and Television)

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  • Objectives
    CSU’s Bachelor of Arts (Design for Theatre and Television) course will equip graduates with skills in television and theatre design and technical production.
  • Academic title
    Bachelor of Arts (Design for Theatre and Television)
  • Course description
    Bachelor of Arts (Design for Theatre and Television) (Honours)

    About the course

    The Bachelor of Arts (Design for Theatre and Television) aims to launch graduates into rewarding careers in today’s ever changing entertainment industries.

    Through a range of theoretical and practical hands-on subjects, students will acquire expertise in the design aspects of theatre and television (sets, lighting, sound, costumes and properties) and the skills to implement designs (including rigging and plotting lights, sound installation, set and costume construction), lighting and sound operating skills and production and stage management for the theatre.

    These skills are then put into practice through a series of television and stage productions, including projects at the Riverina Playhouse, Studio Theatre, TV Studio and location television projects, all of which foster design and management skills. These specialist vocational subjects are underpinned by contextual studies in theatre, film and television, which complete a well-rounded education.

    Where it will take you

    Graduates work professionally in the entertainment industry. You can work in the areas of theatre, television and promotions including :

        * lighting and sound design
        * costume and set design
        * production and stage management
        * tour management
        * events, concerts and corporate promotions

    Professionals teaching you professional skills

    The course is taught by dedicated professionals with a wide range of industry experience. They are committed to the business of theatre and television, and are specialists in either set design, lighting, sound, costumes or stage management. Working closely with the staff are the lecturers from the BA Television Production, and the BA Acting for Screen and Stage, whose skills complement the course specific lectures. Contextual studies are taught by specialists in screen and theatre studies.

    The latest facilities

    To make sure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, our facilities include:

        * industry standard television studio and control room
        * edit suites and audio studios
        * two specialist drama studios, which also double as rehearsal rooms and studio theatres
        * dressing room
        * lighting studio
        * costume and props workshops
        * the Riverina Playhouse, a purpose-built 250-seat theatre.

    Hands-on experience

    All the core skills-based subjects are rigorously practical. At the heart of the course is a sequence of classes that cover the design areas of set, lighting, sound, costume and properties design, implementation and construction. In these subjects students also learn to operate lighting and sound equipment.

    The skills learned in these subjects are then applied to another sequence of subjects that provides students with the opportunity to implement what they have learned in an extensive program of practical projects: television productions and mainstage, studio and alternative theatre productions.

    By second or third year, students are acting as designers on these projects, and their production and stage management skills are also developed through these productions as they learn to manage teams of their colleagues.

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (normally equivalent to 24 subjects) for the Bachelor degree and 256 points for the Bachelor Honours including a dissertation/project.

    Further studies

    Master of Arts (Honours)

    Doctor of Visual and Performing Arts

    Doctor of Philosophy

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