Theater Design Interview – Scarlett Oliver Reigate College


Nottingham Trent University (sometimes abbreviated as NTU) is a research university in Nottingham, England. It is known as the 9th largest university in the UK, consisting of five different campuses and over 35,000 students. Today I’m about to interview a former Nottingham Trent University Theater Design student.

Q: Hi, I’m working on an article for Young Reporters on the This Is Local London news site. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on your Theater Design course at Nottingham Trent University.

I really enjoyed my stay in Trent. My course, Theater Design, gave me the opportunity to collaborate with a lot of people and see a lot of shows, which was a great experience. We really had a diverse mix of set design and costume design as part of the course, but I also got to do projects with heritage design as well, and work on stage design and scripting as well, which was a lot of fun too. as leadership experience.

When I was in second year, I had the opportunity to intern at the Lakeside Arts Theater under one of the third years who was doing a design project there. We collaborated with the University of Nottingham for this which was definitely a highlight of the course. I think another highlight was when I started working on a project with the National Trust. I did a walk piece that I got to collaborate on with several other students and it was a cos-prop, which was a non-traditional and more immersive way to do a costume, which was really nice. I became fully workshop trained on the course. I learned to use power tools and build sets. I was building sets for traveling shows, so I had to learn how to design things that can be stored easily and whether they are light enough to carry.

So my time in Trent was amazing overall, I met some of my closest friends there and had some great memories.

Q: What made you want to study theater design?

I chose Theater Design because I really wanted the opportunity to work on a course where I could work on multimedia, you had to try a lot of different things. On my Foundation, I had really enjoyed a mix of projects, and my last being an installation. It was a mix between fine art, concept art, and then I also made a dress. I think Theater Design has to do with all the different things that I enjoyed. It just meant that I had to do a wide variety of things.

I was also initially considering courses in model making and prosthetics, but what really sold the course was the university itself. I had missed the open house, so I was picked up by one of the guys who became one of my speakers. So I arrived there and was given an individual tour of the building while all the students were between the workshop and the studio. I just had a sense of belonging then, and I was sold. I knew this was the place to go.

Q: What were the requirements to access your course?

Their requirements were mostly for interviews, but I also got merit at my Art Foundation. It was not necessary to have an artistic base to start my course. They accepted a few people without, but the majority had it. So yes, merit at Art Foundation and do well in the interview (which mainly consisted of a strong portfolio).

Q: Would you recommend Theater Design in Nottingham Trent? If yes, why?

Yes, I definitely recommend my course to anyone looking to get into theater design, set design, or costume design. I think the main asset of the course is the tutors, they care so much unlike all my other friends who have taken different courses. They basically gave us an open door policy, and we could email them and see them in the office anytime, and they were so supportive. Our contact hours with them were 35 hours per week. It was 9am-5pm daily, so you definitely get what you pay for, comparing it to someone who has 3 contact hours a week. It was really fun and I learned a lot.

Nottingham is a really cool city to live in as a student. So yes, I would 100% recommend it to people.

Thanks for participating!


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