Stage Management and Technical Theatre | BA (Hons) Degree

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UCAS code: W450 Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2023 Duration: 3 Years

Why this course?

Technical theatre

With pathways in Stage Management, Production Management, Lighting Design and Sound Design, this course offers practical and vocational training in our professionally equipped theatre and studio space.

Key features

  • The Northbrook Theatre – our on-campus professional theatre
  • Studio 21 – double truss studio space for rehearsals and performances
  • ETC ION Lighting Desk and extensive selection of intelligent and generic fixtures
  • Digico SD Series consoles
  • Counterweight, hemp, motors and truss for flying and rigging
  • Prompt desk, radio comms and cue lights
  • Ten on-campus rehearsal studios
  • AV mixer, projectors and video mapping software
Our Technical Theatre Production students have also been involved in our virtual end-of-year festival, MET fest. Find out more >
Watch video of our ex-student Clare Collins talking about her current role working at Glyndebourne
Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)

This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.

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  • alumni Views Andy Hunt Chichester Festival Theatre, national tour with Enron, National Theatre, West End shows Sweeney Todd and Gypsy
    The staff and facilities were great and I would definitely recommend this course. It gave me the skills I needed to step straight into industry. I’ve been able to apply skills I learnt - not just practical things, like flying or rigging - but also professional skills like communication.
  • alumni Views Aimee Tither Arts Council, Queen Mary 2 cruise ship, West End shows Kinky Boots, Dream Girls, Hamilton
    This course was the perfect environment to grow into a competent technical theatre graduate. Working with all departments helped instil the importance of good communication and respect. Tutors were supportive and used their industry experience.
  • student Views Pippa Lowen Stage & Production Management student
    The course provides you with a full set of skills in all areas of theatre production, with a chance to specialise in two areas of particular interest. The hands on approach is great and gives you the confidence to fulfil roles in your chosen pathways.

Course requirements

Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.

Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:

  • a relevant A-Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma

In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • related academic or work experience
  • the quality of the personal statement
Portfolio and interview

You will also be required to provide a portfolio and interview for this course.

Your interview will include a tour of facilities followed by an informal chat about the course and your previous experience. If you have a portfolio of productions that you have worked on or been involved with, please bring this to your interview. Finally, depending on when you come for an interview, you may also be asked to either watch or take a small part in the particular production work occurring that day.

Entry guide

Entry guide for more information about the range of qualifications we accept (including English language requirements for international students).

Pathways in:

  • Stage Management
  • Production Management
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design

This unique course has been designed to deliver a progressive and student-led programme of study. Our students are offered the opportunity to explore and practically engage with two of four potential pathways. Your training is both practical and vocational, and will aim to expand your contextual and critical understanding of production & performance, preparing you for entry to your chosen area of industry.

The first year provides a diagnostic opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills across all disciplines, with the view to developing your own focused specialisms. Initially taking junior roles on productions, you will be working across genres of performance including musical theatre, acting, live events and dance.

The second year will see further collaborations with students across different disciplines, developing skills as a specialist practitioner. You will be heading teams within your chosen pathways and will work on productions, from initial design and planning meetings to the first night and finally the ‘get-out’.

The final year is a combination of the practical and the academic. Focusing on creating innovative and original work within your specialist field, you will explore and refine your professional practice in preparation for industry or postgraduate study.

Our syllabus has been developed to give you, our students, the freedom to identify, explore and pursue your own goals and ambitions, and to map your own path to the career of your choice within theatre production and creative industries. Our External Examiners’ report praised the course’s “industry currency, staff expertise and industry links”.

Professional links and work experience opportunities have led to our alumni working across the industry. Some venues and productions include: the Royal Opera House, Chichester Festival Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera House, MTV, BT Sport, the National Theatre, War Horse, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Sweeney Todd, Wicked and One Man Two Governors.

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Technical Theatre Production

A behind-the-scenes look at what out Technical Theatre Production degree students get to work on as part of their course

Productions and Collaborations

Showcasing some of the shows that Technical Theatre Production degree students have collaborated on alongside other degree level students

Stage and production management

What goes into managing a production? From staging and props, to health & safety and budgeting - see the skills you'll learn at the MET

Potential careers

  • Production: Production manager, assistant production manager, technical manager, flyman, rigger, stage crew
  • Stage Management: SM, DSM, ASM, TSM, ASM – book cover
  • Lighting: Lighting designer, production electrician, programmer, LX op, follow spot op, rigger
  • Sound: Sound designer, live sound engineer, production sound, sound op, stage sound

Industry links and work experience opportunities have led to our alumni working across the industry. Some venues and productions include: The Royal Opera House, Chichester Festival Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera House, MTV, BT Sport, The National Theatre, War Horse, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Sweeney Todd, Wicked & One Man Two Governors.

Some of our alumni stories

Clare Collins is Deputy Stage Manager at Glyndebourne. 

In this video, Clare talks about her work on Cendrillon.


Stephanie Baldwin is Technical Manager at the Royal Albert Hall.

Victoria Rousell is Deputy Stage Manager on The Lion king.



Aimee Tither has worked on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Kinky Boots, Dream Girls and Hamilton (automation).

Alex Rees has worked at Glyndebourne, Chichester Festival Theatre and is now on The Lion King (lighting).


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Fees and financial support

There are different options to cover the cost of your course, including government loans and bursaries (eligibility criteria applies).

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How is this course delivered?

We have made some changes to the way our courses are taught to keep everyone safe. We will ensure that our students remain connected and involved with their course and college life.

During this academic year, students have a blend of college-based and digitally-enabled remote learning that provides lots of opportunities to interact and engage with lecturers, support teams and other students.

We will continue to respond to Government advice as we plan our curriculum delivery and will regularly update our current students and applicants in respect of course changes and opportunities.

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