Apprentice Scenic Artist (24 month FTC)

Apprentice Scenic Artist (Fixed Term Contract – 24 Months)

What is a Scenic Artist?

A Scenic Artist in the performing arts is responsible for creating finishes for all aspects of stage scenery from backdrops to buildings using texture, paint and many other materials. The designer produces a sketch or model box of their design for the set and the highly skilled Scenic Artists bring this design to life on the stage.

What is scenery?

Stage scenery can be anything from simple walls and platforms to elaborate buildings, floors or representations of other locations.

Purpose of the Apprenticeship

As an invaluable member of the painting team within the scenic construction department, the Apprentice Scenic Artist will learn highly transferable painting, drawing and texturing skills alongside gaining a knowledge of materials and scenic construction techniques that will open up not a just world of theatrical construction, but events, film, and TV as well.  The apprenticeship will be based at the NT’s flagship workshops on London’s South Bank with opportunities for networking and placements in other leading organisations. 

As this is a training position, we are not looking for experience in scenic carpentry, or of professional theatre, but for someone who has practical skills, which can be applied to this apprenticeship. So, you will need to show us that you enjoy working with your hands, can work well in a team and will be committed to completing this apprenticeship.

This position is not open to those who already have a Level 4 qualification, such as a degree, foundation degree or any post graduate qualification or who have previously worked professionally in technical theatre

The apprenticeship will be split between the National Theatre and New City College, Poplar.

At New City College:

  • You will Study for a Level 2 Design Support Apprenticeship, which will include a Technical Certificate and an NVQ
  • Time at college will be Study for a Level 2 Design Support Apprenticeship, which will include a Technical Certificate and an NVQ
  • Time at college will be one day a week for 12-18 months. 
  • You will be supported in passing functional skills in English, Maths and ICT if you need to take them.

At the NT:

  • Under supervision take on tasks such as painting, texturing and carving depending on what each show needs.
  • Help with the daily maintenance of the paint studio, including cleaning equipment such as brushes and paint kettles, clearing and maintaining work areas.
  • Work on specific projects to develop scenic skills, techniques and finishes.
  • Attend dress rehearsals of shows that you have worked on.
  • Work safely always and follow Health & Safety policies and guidelines.

What you must have to apply:

  • Be 18 years old or older by 9th September 2019.
  • Be punctual and good at managing your own workload
  • Be able to work well within a team
  • Have a helpful, positive and flexible approach and attitude, whether the work is routine or exciting
  • Desire to become a Scenic Artist of the highest level
  • Understand the importance of Health and Safety
  • Be curious about the world, and keen to learn new things

Applicants must NOT hold Level 4 qualification, a degree or post graduate qualification, or be about to receive one

Please follow the link for more information and to apply.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 12:00 noon, Monday 1st July, 2019

We want our workforce to be representative of all sections of society and welcome applications from everyone.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for our vacancies.

HR Department 2019


Hours: Up to 40 per week

Contract Type: Apprenticeship and Placements


Pay Range: £17,076 per year

Closing Date: 12pm, Monday 1 July 2019

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