Design School

Design processes cracked open

In 2021 we will host our first ever Design School for 10 West Australian high school students. Design teams play a pivotal part in bringing live performance to life, be it lighting, set and scenography, sound and music, or technology.

Participants should be in Years 10 – 12 in 2021.

About Design School

In Design School, participants will meet with designers of Perth Festival shows to explore how a show concept goes from page to stage. They will participate in testing out new works, learn about a range of design disciplines and hear first-hand from designers about the role they play bringing shows to life.

As a group, Design School participants will meet with three designers from different fields in the lead up to and during Perth Festival 2021. All activities will take place outside of normal school hours.

In order to participate, students need to be nominated by their teacher via the form below.

What we're looking for

To participate in Design School, students should:

  • Have a keen interest in any element of theatrical design (lighting, sound, set, costume, technology etc.)
  • Demonstrate a desire to learn more about design processes and meet with working designers
  • Be in Years 10, 11 or 12 in 2021
  • Live in Western Australia
  • Be able to attend events in person, in the lead up to and during Perth Festival 2021 (mid-January– end of February 2021)

Perth Festival actively strives for diversity in our programs and encourages nominations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Key information

Participation in Design School is free of charge for successful participants.

A Perth Festival staff member will accompany Design School participants to all events, however students are responsible on arranging transport to and from each venue.

The schedule for Design School will be finalised by late November 2020, and shared with successful applicants.

Most events will take place at venues in Northbridge, Perth or Maylands. Exact venues will be confirmed once the schedule is finalised.

Important dates

Mon 12 Oct 2020         Student Nominations Open

Wed 18 Nov 2020        Student Nominations Close

Thur 26 Nov 2020        Teachers & Nominees Notified of Outcome

Mid-Jan– 28 Feb 2021   Weeknight and weekend activities as part of Perth Festival

Student nominations

Nominations for Design School have now closed.

Information for teachers, parents & guardians

Please note that nominees under the age of 18 will need to have parent / guardian permission to participate, should their nomination be successful.

The Parents / Guardians of chosen participants will be required to sign a hard copy version of the Terms & Conditions that gives consent for the participant’s involvement in the program.

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