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Stage and Production Management - FdA (Foundation Degree)/BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0047-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2/3 Years

Developed and delivered by industry professionals, this vibrant and practical course focuses on stage and production management for the entertainment industry. The excellent facilities and training in The Northbrook Theatre support the acquisition of specialist skills and prepare students for entry to employment. The course offers the opportunity to work across musical theatre, dance and drama productions, as well as live music events and tours.

Key features

  • The Northbrook Theatre on campus is a professional 160-seat space with extensive technical equipment and fly tower 
  • Industry links and work experience opportunities lead to our alumni working at prestigious venues such as the Royal National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, Royal Albert Hall and Brighton Festival 
  • The 2017 External Examiners’ report praised the course’s “industry currency, staff expertise and industry links”
  • Work with our performing arts students (music, drama, dance, musical theatre)
  • Industry-experienced tutors
  • External verifiers report 2017 praised “the strong employability and entrepreneurial skills fostered throughout the programme”
  • Optional third year to gain BA (Hons) degree

See video of our ex-student Clare Collins talking about her current role working at Glyndebourne >

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Course requirements

Interview and portfolio.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.   

Industry experience may be taken into account.

The course provides practical hands-on experience for students of stage and production management.

Students will start with the basics, working on productions in junior roles and supporting the creative and technical heads of department. Initially working in class and in the theatre on project-based modules, students progress towards working on college shows by the end of the first term.

Skills such as blocking, cue-ing, flying, rigging (motors, lighting and sound), working to scale, budgeting and health & safety are delivered to prepare for working on productions. In addition the key “soft” skills of communication, time management, prioritising, working under pressure and working professionally are explored in class and applied in practice.

As students progress through the course, the second year gives them the opportunity to become “Head of Department” working on productions, leading teams, running their own budgets and seeing the production through from the first production meeting, to the first night, last performance and finally the get-out.

Our Theatre department is well known across the industry. Many of our alumni now offer work experience opportunities as well as employment to students.

All students will have the opportunity to undertake a minimum of two weeks of work experience, which will provide invaluable links with local and/or national employers. These include Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, Brighton Festival, Kinky Boots, Aladdin, Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Hamilton, Royal Albert Hall, Worthing Theatres and Eastbourne Theatres to name just a few.

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Years 1 & 2 - module list:

  • Introduction to discipline practice
  • Contextual studies
  • Discipline-based skills
  • Applied discipline-based skills
  • Inter-discipline practice
  • Discipline-based skills development
  • Specialist-based skills development
  • Applied specialist discipline skills
  • Collaborative practice
  • Applied academic practice
  • Industry practice
  • Negotiated project

Year 3:

On successful completion of two years, students are awarded the FdA qualification, after which the third year BA top-up is optional. Click here for more information about the optional BA top-up year.

On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can either progress to the third year BA top-up course, or enter employment.

Potential careers

  • Assistant stage manager
  • Deputy stage manager
  • Stage manager
  • Assistant production manager
  • Production manager
  • Events manager

Our Alumni progress to industry across all areas. Employers of note would be Royal National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Chichester Festival Theatre, Glyndebourne Festival, Queen Mary 2, P&O Azura, Royal Albert Hall. Productions include: Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Wicked, Sound of Music, Annie (International & National Tour)

See video of our ex-student Clare Collins talking about her current role as Deputy Stage Manager at Glyndebourne

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