University College London and Extant Theatre seek Research Participants for Study on Prop Design

Closing Date: 15 November 2020

University College London (UCL) and Extant Theatre

Location: Remote UK based

Remuneration: A £20 gift voucher by email for taking part


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Blind and partially sighted adults based in the UK are invited to apply to participate in this study.


The motivation for this study is to enable more blind and partially sighted people to enter the workplace in the discipline of prop design within the Theatre, TV and Film industry. We wish to explore what digital tools (i.e. accessible games) for prop creation can help both sighted and non-sighted people develop proposals for work in the area of prop design. It is important that we understand people’s experience and preference for the different styles of prop design learning and support tools. The outcome of this study will help us develop tools and guidance that we can share with the theatre industry.

The current project is a collaboration between the University College London (UCL), Global Disability Innovation Hub, and Extant Theatre as a part of an MSc research thesis. This study is composed as a prop design work-based simulation where participants taking part in the design phase of this study go through a prop-design process experimenting with ideas whilst working in line with a professional design brief.


Your participation would involve:

  • Filling in a background survey.
  • Meeting remotely with the researcher to discuss study ideas via online call using a free conversation application called Microsoft Teams.
  • Working remotely on your prop design project using basic craft materials provided by the researcher via post. Prop design work won’t require digital design. You will be asked to make a basic prop model using plasticine and wax sticks and/or pencil sketching on paper, and to prepare a prop design proposal document. You can get accessibility support if needed i.e. a human or digital tool helping you with some elements of your work. You will be asked to report on the type of help you get. Your idea and general understanding of how to go about designing your prop idea are the most important and we will not assess any mainstream standard level aesthetical and or grammatical elements of your work.
  • Sharing with us your prop design related experience. You need to be a novice or beginner designer or artist with little or no prior experience in prop making, art and/or design, and making.
  • Reporting on your prop design process through a digital form shared through an email when working remotely (at your home for example) and flexibly during your scheduled week.

You can schedule your one week prop design activity until 15th November 2020 and send us your finished prop design concept until end of November 2020.


As a token of appreciation, you will be offered a £20 gift voucher by email for taking part in this study. Also, you will be able to include this work experience in the work history on your cv.


The study can be completed remotely and will take place between October and November 2020. We encourage you to register your interest by completing the background survey. We will contact you with more details about the study via email or phone, whichever preferred by you.


Please email Maggie at or call/text +44 7415659892 to register your interest.

A short set of questions is designed to quickly establish if you are the right candidate. It should take you around 10 minutes. You will be able to select a Prefer not to say option. Your responses will be kept confidential. Please click here to access the questions:   Prop Design Pre Study Survey.

For more information, please visit our project website.

Thank you for your consideration.