Educational Opportunities for Scenic Art

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  • UofMN Scenic Archive
    • The scenery collection in the University of Minnesota's Performing Arts Archives is composed of three parts: the Twin City Scenic Company collection (PA43), the Great Western Stage Equipment Company Collection(PA44), and the Holak collection(PA49). The overall collection is the only one of its scope in the United States, and uniquely documents the technical environment of the popular stage during the late-nineteenth through early-twentieth century. Renderings and materials related to Freemason ceremonial performances are heavily represented in the Holak and Great Western collections.[1]
  • DryPigment
    • Blog with images and discussions of dry pigment painting techniques, and its key artists. Written by historian and scenic artist Wendy Waszut-Barrett, Ph.D.[2]
  • Painter's Journal
    • Created by Anthony Phelps, this magazine ran from 2003-2010. It was filled with great articles about paint technues, products and safety from some the best leaders in the Scenic Art Community. Readable copies can be found here, but please don't steal them [3]
  • Royal Conservatore of Scotland
    • This is an online resource of Scenic Art Techniques from the students of The Royal Conservatoire, Scotland. It will be added to from time to time, so come back to see what we have been up resource

Schools and Apprentice Programs that focus on Scenic Art (non-degree)

  • Cobalt Studios
    • 2 year certificate program, along with specialty topics and summer programs for the scenic artist or teacher in training. [4]
  • Studio and Forum of Scenic Art
    • A theatrical Scene painting school offering classes and seminars part time for the proffesional, the student,and beginner. [5]
  • Boston University College of Fine Arts
    • Our Artisans Certificate programs are designed for students who have completed a BFA and are proficient in their craft but seek to enhance their artistic and technical experience in order to gain employment in leadership roles in the profession. Does not offer an MFA degree[6]
  • USA 829 Apprentice Program for Scenic Artists
    • The Apprenticeship Program is a three year (3-year) and four thousand (4,000) hour program, available in the New York or St Louis, combining work experience in a variety of scenic fields. Link to the New York location [7] Link for their St. Louis Location[8]
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprenticeship
    • Work with Actors Theatre Scenic Charge & Scenic Artist to paint and fabricate scenery during a 9-month paid apprenticeship. Refine and build skills working on independent projects. Assist with paint shop management, pricing, and planning. Occasional opportunities to act as Scenic Charge or Designer for PTC shows may be available given the apprentice’s interest and skill level. [9]
  • Juilliard Apprenticeship

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  • Goodspeed Intensives

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Undergraduate Programs with Scenic Art Programs

Graduate Programs with Scenic Art Programs

  • California Institute of the Arts
    • This two-year MFA Applied Arts Specialization offers intensive professional training in Scenic Art, Visual Communication and Art Direction. [10]
  • University of North Carolina Arts
    • Three year MFA Scenic Art program consists of both classroom work, studio work and practical production experience. [11]

International Schools and Programs

  • DAP Studios - Scenic Painting Classes
    • Based in Carshalton in South London- DAP Studios offers classes and summer programs geared to teaching the skills needed to be a Scenic Artist and build up a portfolio of work and projects. [12]
  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
    • Based in Bristol and offers a MA in Scenic Art with four locations to students wishing to train at the highest level for this niche and wonderful career. We provide highly focused bespoke training which fast tracks students into the highly competitive professional industry. [13]
  • SceneHouse
    • Based in Edinbourough Scotland, is a centre for training in design for live performance based in Scotland. We teach all aspects of Theatre Design, Prop Making and Scenic Painting [14]
  • RADA Scenic Art
    • Based in London, An intensive, practical week long course in the use of equipment and techniques involved in translating the stage designer's requirements from sketch or illustration to a full-scale work of scenic art. These courses appear to be offered at different times of the year. [15]
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
    • Based in Glasgow, Scotland, the Royal Conservatoire offers a 3 year vocational undergraduate programme in Scenic Art as well as a short course. The 3 year course offers practical intensive training in scenic art, including all areas of management, and enjoys strong links to industry. Students work on a range of productions from Drama, Opera, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Digital Film and TV as well us undertaking numerous autonomous personal projects.
    • Website ~ Gallery of Student Work ~ Video
    • The RCS is currently ranked No.3 in the world for Performing Arts Education ( QS World University Rankings 2017)
  • Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
    • Based in London, RCSSD offers a 3 year BA program to develop your artistic skills and learn to interpret set designs for all areas of the entertainment industry - theatre, video, television and film. Students on this course will collaborate with set designers and art directors, and gain experience of working independently or as part of a team. [16]