PERFORMANCE DESIGNERS create the visual journeys which unfold each time you watch a performance of any kind:

You might view it on SCREEN or be present at a LIVE event.

It could be happening on your iphone, be projected across a building, in a darkened theatre, at an open air concert, on a body or perhaps moving through a library!

Are you curious to learn about the design processes and skills required to work as a design collaborator?


Make the link between design and performance

The Bachelor of Design (Stage and Screen) is an undergraduate degree producing film and theatre design practitioners. We aim to build creative artists who are independent thinkers and innovative practitioners, equipped to work in New Zealand and internationally. We maintain strong links with experienced design practitioners, keep our projects flexible and our class sizes small to create a diverse group of individual self-motivated designers.

Download a copy of our 2014 design information here.

Applications for entry in 2015 are STILL OPEN. For information on how to apply click here.

The Bachelor of Design (Stage and Screen) degree programme aims to:

  • prepare students for design careers in stage and screen through a combination of practical studies and critical thinking
  • investigate live performance and screen through an examination of the process of design.
  • experience, test and examine the role of the designer as collaborator and creator.
  • examine possibilities which occur in the interaction between stage and screen with a view to future developments for design in performance.
  • create a diverse range of designers, who individually know their strengths and vision.

Design students benefit from working alongside students of directing, acting, entertainment technology, performing arts management and costume construction. Through sharing premises with NZ School of Dance, and a relationship with The Film School, student designers also have opportunities to collaborate with contemporary dance and film students.

Successful Graduates

Even though the course is less than ten years old, the School has already produced some of New Zealand’s most successful theatre, television and film designers, including many Chapman Tripp Theatre Award winners, a Junior Creative Producer for TVNZ, the set dresser for Outrageous Fortune and a model maker for The Hobbit. Check out more of our successes here.

Are you interested in other forms of Design?

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