Gary talks us through his take on performance design with some examples that might surprise you.
Performance design offers a unique area of study where practically any element of art and design can be merged to created work for a specific audience, time and place.
A designer for performance has a key role in creating the world an audience will live in. This could be for the length of the performance. Sometimes it could start before and continue after the performance begins.
These worlds can take different forms. They can be experienced in a theatre, from your armchair, at intimate performances, outdoor festivals or even as part of urban gaming events.
If you haven’t made your mind up about which area of art and design you want to study, performance design offers an exciting space to experiment with a large range of art forms.
“This includes set design, prop-making, costume design, writing, directing, photography and filmmaking, lighting design, make-up, prosthetics and illustration.”
You’ll often be challenged to work together in large groups, in pairs and by yourself on projects that will help you define which areas you’re most interested in developing further.
Through studying performance design you’ll learn how to present your ideas clearly and often test them in front of a live audience. These types of skills can be used in other industries including; festivals, museums, retail display, gaming, research and education, online and even virtual reality.
A wide range of career paths are open to you from designing for theatre, TV or film to developing your own practice as an artist, performer or curator. Take a look at some of our recent graduate’s work for inspiration.