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INSIDE LOOK: Set Design for Performance

Set Design for Performance tutor, Gary Thorne studied Fine Art at Byam Shaw, theatre design with Motley and completed an MA in Public Art with UEL. He has worked as a freelance set and costume designer for over twenty years, is the author of ‘Stage Design: A Practical Guide’, ‘Designing Stage Costumes: A Practical Guide’, and ‘Technical Drawing for Stage Design’, and is currently Head of Design at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art).  We chat to Gary about his Short Course, Set Design for Performance, breaking into the industry and how to stay inspired.

Who is your course targeted at and what should students expect to leave with by the end of their course?

This course encourages each learner to transfer personal skill to the interpretation of a given text for performance. Personal interpretation is supported by previous experience and the way one perceives the world. Studio work calls for evidence of analysis, contextualisation and research, exploration in 2D and 3D. Scale modelling promotes design ideas taking shape, and in time individuals find meaning, reasoning, and a rationale, where design serves a purpose. The course end portfolio reflects invested interest in the process of anticipating a performance. Student prior experiences need not be theatre related. The play text will inspire and provoke creativity, the class structure keeps the learner working to meet production demands, and through hands-on exploration and problem solving the learner finds their creative expression.

How did you become a Set Designer and what is your advice for anyone wanting a career in Set Design?

After 5 years of passionate interest in fine art, I chanced upon the Motley Theatre Design Course, which was a one year postgraduate standard course, run by Motley designers Percy Harris and Elizabeth Montgomery. The shift from solo studio work to collaboration was a brilliant move, in that sharing creative ideas meant broader horizons for me. I soon discovered stage designers have varied educational experiences, and this directly affected their sensibilities. And in watching performance you soon appreciate the expression and diversity which individuals bring to their creative team. The short courses have proved highly supportive to those building a design portfolio for either undergraduate or MA course entry. Yet individuals also use the structured processing, as taught, to begin designing for the fringe and within short films. Helping out at any level backstage is important, as the experience provides insight to the roles and responsibilities, to how people communicate, and to what working to a deadline is really like.

Where do you get the inspiration from and how do you stay inspired?

The playwright is of great inspiration. When characters are analysed through the language they chose within situations they find themselves in, great truths can be revealed. Character relationships are fascinating, as they provoke, challenge, entertain, alienate, bring tears and laughter. Rereading the play text, across pre-production, is an endless search to construct meaning. And when the actors arrive further depths are explored and discovered. Every play is a whole new world for the designer to comprehend, and each new creative team you find yourself in delivers up new exciting challenges. Really everything is a problem from the start; the play because its only words on a page, the team because you have no common language yet, the budget of course, the venue, the time frame to produce it, and of course the audience is hard to anticipate. Yet if you like problem solving, and love story telling, then you could be very inspired

The next Set Design for Performance course starts on 20 April 2016 with further dates throughout the year


Futuro House Tours at Central Saint Martins

Futuro House has landed at Central Saint Martins and is open to the public on the first Wednesday of every month between 18:00 and 19:00 until 7 September 2016.

The tours are led by London-based artist and CSM alumnus Craig Barnes, who will share the remarkable backstory of how he first came across the Futuro House, its history, journey back to the UK and how he returned it to its former glory.

To book your place on a tour please head over to our Central Saint Martins Events page .

Thinking about summer already?

Thinking about summer already?  Thinking about studying a Central Saint Martins Short Course?  Check out some of the students we met in summer in 2015 for some insight and inspiration!

Fashion Drawing for Absolute Beginners
Céline Leconte – Fashion Drawing for Absolute Beginners

What’s your name and where do you come from?

My name is Celine and I’m French but I live in London, working as a General Practitioner.

You are studying Fashion Drawing for Beginners this week, what made you choose this course?

I recently accepted a place on the BA Theatre & Screen: Costume Interpretation course at Wimbledon College of Arts. Being a medical doctor, I don’t have any art background, nor have I done a Foundation course, so I chose Fashion Drawing for Absolute Beginners to prepare me for starting my BA, as fashion drawing is my weakest skill. The pace of the course was perfect as we started with the basics, helping us to gain the confidence to move on to more difficult drawing gradually. This way of teaching helped me to improve without realising and the on-going feedback helped us to learn from our mistakes effectively. The diversity of the class further enhanced my experience at Central Saint Martins as the different ages, skills, expectations and backgrounds in our cohort created a very open minded learning environment.

Wan Yuk Ng - Haute Couture Embroidery
Wan Yuk Ng – Haute Couture Embroidery

What’s your name and where do you come from?

Ng Wan Yuk and I’m from Hong Kong

You are studying Haute Couture Embroidery this week, what made you choose this course?

I chose to study this course as I love fashion and therefore wanted to study something fashion related. Also, in Hong Kong where I’m from, it is difficult to find a real, traditional and talented haute couture embroidery teacher. Luckily I found that teacher at Central Saint Martins Short courses. The learning environment at Central Saint Martins was fantastic and I’ve left the course with many haute couture embroidery techniques.

Rita Ceolato - Fashion Styling for 16-18 year olds
Rita Ceolato – Fashion Styling for 16-18 year olds

What’s your name and where do you come from?

Hi, I’m Rita and I’m from Italy.

You are studying Fashion Styling for 16-18 year olds this week, what made you choose this course?

I am studying Fashion already in Italy but I wanted to see the differences in teaching between Italy and London.  London is a very inspiring city to study in as there are such an eclectic mix of styles to see all around you. I’ve learned so much from this course and I want to return next summer to try out a tailoring or design course.

Nur Amani Marzoki - Service Design
Nur Amani Marzoki – Service Design

What’s your name and where do you come from?

Nur and I live between Malaysia and England.

You are studying Service Design this week, what made you choose this course?

I was involved in a project that delivers services to both supplier and clients, so this course was perfect for me. Service Design is a very fun and interactive course with a good balance between group activities and personal presentations. We learned numerous service design tools such as persona profiles and user journeys which will support me in my job. I am so happy to have found this type of course at Central Saint Martins, as I thought they only taught art and fashion. Thankfully I was wrong.

Megg Macedo Thurner - Fashion Design and Marketing
Megg Macedo Thurner – Fashion Design and Marketing

What’s your name and where do you come from?

My name is Megg and I’m from Brazil.

You are studying Fashion Design and Marketing this week, what made you choose this course?

As I am a Freelance Fashion Designer and Consultant, I wanted to learn more about the fashion business to help with the launch of my own brand next year, so this course was the perfect choice for me. I’ve learned so much about how a commercial collection works and all the steps we need to develop it. Most importantly I’ve learned the importance of being creative without forgetting about the consumer who ultimately will lead your brand. Previous to this course I studied Fashion Business Practice and Fashion Styling for Beginners and I wouldn’t hesitate to study another short course in future. I couldn’t be happier studying here at Central Saint Martins.

Julia Klokova – Experimental Fashion Drawing

What’s your name and where do you come from?

Julia and I’m from Kiev, Ukraine.

You’ve been studying Fashion Drawing for Beginners and Experimental Fashion Drawing Short Courses, what made you choose these courses?

I heard about these courses on Facebook and as I’ve been thinking about changing my career, I thought that studying some Short Courses at Central Saint Martins would be a good place to start.  Alexis Panayiotou has been an amazing and inspirational tutor and studying in the Granary Square building has been an inspiration in itself.  I feel like my drawing skills have developed quickly over these past few weeks and I’m happy that I can now draw without looking at the paper! I hope to study more Short Courses at Central Saint Martins next summer.

Caitlin Decker - Fashion Photography
Caitlin Decker – Fashion Photography

What’s your name and where do you come from?

Caitlin Decker from the USA but I’m currently living in Cambodia.

You are studying Fashion Photography this week, what made you choose this course?

I want to be able to photograph the clothing I make in an interesting and beautiful way.   Taking this course has taught me how to use my camera to its full potential and I’ve particularly enjoyed learning how different types of light work on bone structure and faces.  It has been fantastic learning from my tutor Leigh Keily, a true professional in the field and to also share ideas with fellow students who bring different styles and perspectives to the assignments.  London is an amazing city to study in with its wide variety of cultures, art and food, it is easy to take inspiration from everywhere. It feels like the city was built for creativity.

Simian Zhao - Art Direction for Fashion
Simian Zhao – Art Direction for Fashion

What’s your name and where do you come from?

Simian, I’m from China but currently living in London.

You have been studying Art Direction for Fashion, how has your experience been?

We have learned about the business side of the fashion industry and how to plan a fashion shoot from scratch.  This means considering everything from catering, to the weather, to basically everything! Our tutor Schelay McCarter is so well prepared, provides great guidance, and her advice on how to survive in the industry has been invaluable.  The Central Saint Martins building is breath taking and taking Short Courses that support my full time BA study at London College of Fashion has been such a wise choice.  I hope to take more and perhaps take an MA at Central Saint Martins in the future.  In London there is always something new to experience, be it a new bar, new exhibition, new restaurant, new event and I love that the city continues to surprise me.