MA Digital Theatre at Wimbledon College of Arts explores the boundaries of theatre making and design, focusing on contemporary ideas, innovations and experimentation.  


Course Director

Douglas O'Connell

Course Location

Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road


Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year
Home/EU Fee


Course fees may be paid in instalments


International Fee


Course fees may be paid in instalments


Start DateOctober 2015
Autumn Term DatesMonday 5 October - Friday 18 December 2015
Spring Term DatesMonday 4 January - Friday 18 March 2016
Summer Term DatesMonday 4 April - Friday 9 September 2016
Application Route

Direct to the Graduate School

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • A practice based examination of digital technologies and their impact on Theatre and Performance practice
  • To examine how theatre design and performance communicates to a contemporary audience
  • To challenge conventional notions of theatre making through contemporary theatre practice and design
  • Established contacts with complementary London-based Director and Choreographic MA courses support the delivery of collaborative study components
  • Direct access to scenographic curatorial practice at a national and international level
  • Direct access to the Jocelyn Herbert Archive and engagement with the college’s theatre design related special exhibitions and conferences
  • Access to the professorial, post doctoral and PhD research community at the Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School

To examine a range of visual, digital performance and design concepts, including:

  • Digital culture
  • Gaming
  • Online performance
  • The performance body
  • The inter-relationship of space and spectator
  • Video projection design
  • Web interfaces and interactivity


Unit One

The first unit involves the student group making a piece of collective performance. The group will work collaboratively, under the guidance of a project leader, to investigate an area of digital performance. Previous projects have included; an interactive audience telematics performance and the use of internet streaming to broadcast a live performance.

Unit Two

The second unit is a series of personal research performances and projects, involving practical and professional enquiry. These will be a facilitated both in small grouping and through independent study. The work is assessed and supported through both peer, independent and tutorial review.

Unit Three

In the final unit, you will have worked towards situating an independent project and will develop your concept towards exhibition. The project is seen as a point of departure that will help to situate you as both a collaborator and independent artist within the your chosen area of performance.


Douglas O’Connell - Course Director

Douglas is a video and projection designer who has worked with numerous productions and theatres, including The Royal Shakespeare Company, Filter Theatre, Soho Theatre, Lightwork and Bluemouth Inc.

He was the curating lead for New Technology and Performance at the World Stage Design Exhibition 2013 in Cardiff.

He is also part of a team of Wimbledon staff working with University of Hyderabad, India on a comparative study of the impact of new media on contemporary Indian and British performance practice. The project is funded by the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).


Our graduates develop and define their individual practices to progress within Digital Theatre, which often leads them in different directions within the industry. Recent graduates have continued either as professionals or become leading creative innovators within theatre, while others have continued their studies with research degrees.

Entry Requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art, Theatre, Live Art, Experimental Theatre or Visual Design
  • Study proposal
  • Portfolio of work
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)


Home / EU and international students

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

£1000 fee discount for University of the Arts London alumni.

Home / EU students

Wimbledon College of Arts Trust Bursaries

International students

ISH / UAL Graduate Scholarship

For more funding information visit study at UAL


Home / EU applicants

Download and complete our Postgraduate application form, which you can send to us at or the address below.


Wimbledon College of Arts
Merton Hall Road
SW19 3QA

Please note, completed forms should include your:

  • Study proposal
  • Reference
  • Portfolio

International applicants

There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Wimbledon College of Arts:

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international postgraduate application form.

You can send this to or the address below, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents.

Download International Postgraduate application form [PDF, 189 KB]

International Office
Chelsea College of Arts 
16 John Islip Street

There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.

How to write a study proposal

The study proposal is a statement of approximately 1,000 words describing your current practice. You should use referenced text or images where appropriate.

It should also describe how you will develop a self-directed programme of work and related research whilst at Wimbledon College of Arts.

When writing your proposal you are not expected to have complete answers to all your questions. 

However, you should be able to:

  • Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your proposed project
  • Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
  • Demonstrate how you intend to tackle these questions and areas

How to structure a study proposal

Each section should be approximately 250 words.


  • Briefly describe your work
  • Outline recent developments
  • Identify those aspects you would like to take further at MA level


Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.


  • How will you go about researching your area of interest?  
  • Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography etc.


Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?

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