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Guidelines for Entrants


The Linbury Prize is open to graduates from Theatre Design degree or postgraduate courses graduating in 2020 and 2021.

Applications will be accepted from students of any nationality, providing you’re officially a resident in the UK and intend and have permission to remain and intend to base your practice in the UK. If you have any doubt as to your eligibility to apply for this year’s prize, please contact:


Applications open: 4th June

Deadline: 31st August



  • Please upload a current CV via the application page. Please do not include any headshots or passport photos. Maximum file size 15MB.

  • Upload and present a 10 page PDF Portfolio. If sending via email the maximum file size is 33MB. But if your PDF exceeds this then please send via a link from a file transfer site such as Dropbox, WeTransfer, Google Drive. 

  • Please save the PDF with your name in the title

  • The first page shouldn’t be an intro or front cover, please go straight into a project.

  • Must include a range of costume designs/ sketches/ storyboards/image of model box/production shots across the selected projects.

  • You should make it clear who your collaborators are on any project, especially of there has been a split between set, costume and video.

We are aware that for many this will be a reduction of images from what they would like to show in a full portfolio, but believe it is a valuable exercise and will help candidates prepare for future interview opportunities .The standardised format will also make it easier for the judges to compare the work fairly. There is the obvious environmental benefit of not printing additional portfolios and shipping costs etc.


Your ten portfolio pages should show the range of your work, but do not need to include every project you have worked on at college or since graduating. Please select images that best show your process; how you explore, reference and communicate ideas through early sketches and renders. We are interested in your critical judgement, how you select and resolve which ideas have most potential and your ability to bring them to a high level of completion through model boxes, costume drawings and, if realised, production shots. You may wish to highlight different aspects of your practice with each project, so for example featuring costume more in one, or focussing on the response to an unusual site or space in another. An example of CAD /Vectorworks drawings would be useful, but not necessary for every project. You may also like to show examples of other projects such as puppetry, installation, video or prop design. We are less interested in any assistant work you may have had, as the prize aims to celebrate your talents and potential as a designer. Overall we are looking to find outstanding design as shown through the development of your ideas and the levels of skill shown in the use of materials or techniques you employ.

Your portfolio will have to speak for itself to the judges, who are looking for a mix of technical skill , artistic ability and creative vision.


We are committed to supporting and delivering feedback to all applicants throughout the process. We feel it is important and even more so in the current climate that graduates first steps into the industry is a positive learning experience as we guide and mentor them throughout.

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