Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Technical Theatre Production - BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2020 Duration: 3 Years

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

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

See list of all our creative industries degrees >


Validation
Validated by University of Brighton until the end of 2019-20. Validation by University of the Arts London (UAL) from September 2020: Please note that BA (Hons) Technical Theatre Production is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which UAL and the College develops courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

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.

Your interview/portfolio
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.

Cross-college entry guide

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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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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.

Cendrillon - the midnight moment

As the clocks count down to midnight in Cendrillon (Cinderella), the real magic is happening backstage... Cendrillon is on stage 8 June to 12 August. Book now: https://www.glyndebourne.com/events/cendrillon/

Posted by Glyndebourne on Monday, 3 June 2019

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Stephanie Baldwin is Technical Manager at the Royal Albert Hall.

Victoria Rousell is Deputy Stage Manager on The Lion king.

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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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  • 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.”

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