Technical Theatre (Production and Design)
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Performing Arts
UCAS Code: W445
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- Study at our state-of-the-art theatre production campus at the New Adelphi Arts Centre.
- Work in a contemporary creative environment on collaborative live performance and events projects.
- Create your own career path by choosing from hands-on module options that range from the latest in Sound Production, Lighting and Digital Performance, to Production/Events Management.
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
This is a very hands-on degree in which you will learn technical skills for theatre, as well as having the opportunity to work in range of live event contexts (theatre, dance, fashion shows, live music concerts, and more). You will be working with the latest digital technology in order to create lighting, sound and digital design for a range of live staged events.
Being based at the New Adelphi Arts Centre, there is a strong emphasis on working with professional theatre/events practitioners, and also with students from other creative programmes. This will help you to discover, as the programme progresses, where your own area of interest lies – sound, lighting, digital/video,scenic design, production/events management.
In the second and third years, this programme offers students the opportunity to specialise in different aspects of technical production – be that theatre production, production management, events management or small scale touring.
Most importantly, at all stages of the programme, you will practically apply the skills and knowledge that you acquire in your classes, to small, medium and large scale live events.
We’re delighted to have officially opened our £55 million New Adelphi building with its 350-seat theatre. Find out more about this, and why renowned playwright Jim Cartwright has chosen the University as the new home for his theatre company, by watching the ITV Granada Reports feature:
This programme is designed to produce more than simple stage technicians. At the end of your studies you will, of course, be ready to join a company as a technician. However, the focus of the programme is on the interface between design and technology. Scenography (scenic design) is no longer just about pointed sets but often involves automation and sophisticated technology – designers need to be able to talk to technicians and vice-versa. Throughout your programme, you will be involved in a full range of practical projects ‘in house’ with fellow students and eventually in placements with professional companies and venues.
This first year introduces you to basic principles and key technical elements and provides background to the wider theatrical context. Practical projects in both semesters allow you to demonstrate the skills you acquire and to work creatively with Performance students.
In the second year you will focus more on the design process, at the same time allowing you to start to develop a particular skill base, through your selection of project briefs and option modules.
And you will be able to select an option module from:
You final year is a largely practical, project-based year, in which students will work to their particular chosen skill base through the following modules:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.