BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the live arts, entertainment, and events industry. The programme focuses on developing theatre professionals with a theoretical and vocational understanding of theatre industry roles and responsibilities, including academic knowledge and practical experience of the following subjects: stage management; stage lighting; live audio; design for the stage; health and safety; and the technical standards for places of entertainment.
The Technical Theatre and Stage Management programme takes a forward-facing approach to technical theatre, promotes exploration of new practices and technologies, teaches the fundamentals of the industry, and balances vocational training with academic study.
This degree has been designed to develop industry techniques and to nurture the next generation of highly competent industry professionals, with the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience working in a number of professional theatre settings.
Students have regular access to the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a well-equipped, multi-functional venue with a professional theatre and multiple studio spaces. The theatre presents a varied programme of live performances and events throughout the year. Please see www.lpac.co.uk for more information.
How You Study
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to explore potential career paths, whether the goal is to become a stage manager, designer, or creative technician. Alongside the course modules, the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre offers the chance to gain valuable practical experience in preparation for a career in technical theatre.
Students can gain an understanding of the history of technical theatre and past practices, in addition to developing their knowledge of the evolving industry trends and contemporary techniques. The course promotes a forward-facing digital culture and the development of new forms of theatrical experience.
This programme includes a diverse array of technical theatre topics, developing students to become creative technicians adaptable to possible industry changes and aware of the latest in theatre technology.
The programme consists of practical workshops, seminars, lectures, and work-based learning. Students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts, or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow-up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
Contact hours vary by course and can take many forms, including lectures, seminars, and workshops. A full-time undergraduate student should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term-time, supplementing contact hours with independent study. This is an important aspect of university-level education. As a general rule, you will be expected to spend two to three hours working independently for every hour in class.
Methods of Assessment
The way in which you will be assessed will depend on your chosen course. It may include coursework, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work, or presentations. A full breakdown of current assessment methods can be found on the individual course pages of this website. The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.
Introduction to Stage Design (Core)
Stage Histories (Core)
Stage Management Fundamentals (Core)
Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment (Core)
Technical Theatre Technology (Core)
Contemporary Performance Technologies (Core)
Contemporary Production Practices (Core)
Professional Theatre Practice 1 (Core)
Scenic Construction (Core)
Scenography and Design (Core)
Stage and Production Management (Core)
Advanced Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment (Core)
Embodied Technologies (Core)
Final Portfolio Project (Core)
Production Design and Realisation (Core)
Professional Theatre Practice 2 (Core)
Research Project (Option)†
Technical Theatre Management (Option)†
How You Are Assessed
As this course aims to develop a wide range of practical and intellectual skills, assessment is varied and includes presentations, written projects, individual and group practical work, projects, and portfolios, in addition to academic essays.
There are no formal end-of-year examinations. Students are assessed through their production of practical and written work throughout the degree.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships.
Course-Specific Additional Costs
For each course, students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake fieldwork or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.
Students must purchase their own PPE required for workshop sessions.
With regards to textbooks, the University provides students who enroll with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will, therefore, be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.
For students who wish to participate in The Lincoln Company's Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances, there are additional costs. Students are currently required to contribute £150 towards the cost of attending the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are responsible for their travel and general living costs. The University covers accommodation costs in Edinburgh. An approximate breakdown of these costs includes £570 for travel, accommodation and a levy to participate, and an additional £200-£400 to cover the cost of meals and entertainment during the trip. These costs are based on those incurred by individual students during the 2015 performances.
Entry Requirements 2021-22
GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.
If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.
EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.
Teaching and Learning During Covid-19
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
Students can work and perform in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat theatre on campus. The Centre hosts a year-round programme of performances from students and national touring companies. Facilities include industry-standard studio and rehearsal spaces.
Each student will receive event/performance credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.
View of the audience seating area from the stage of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
As an extracurricular activity, students can join The Lincoln Company, professional collaboration between students, staff, and practicing artists which perform existing and original works at venues across the country, including runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Students who join the visit to Edinburgh are required to make a contribution towards costs.
The work of The Lincoln Company ranges from new writing to contemporary and experimental performance and works year-round. Previous work we have toured includes Joe Orton's Loot, David Greig's The Cosmonaut's Letter to the Woman He Once Loved in the Soviet Union, and Michael Pinchbeck's Sit With Us For a Moment and Remember.
The Lincoln Company may also support graduate companies and artists as they embark on professional careers as theatre-makers. Graduate company The Backpack Ensemble, whose degree-show The Search For a Black-Browed Albatross won three awards at the 2018 National Student Drama Festival, are the most recent example of The Lincoln Company's work with graduating student groups.
The Technical Theatre and Stage Management programme offers additional training, such as courses in pyrotechnic operation, use of access equipment, and other industry-relevant training.
Additional courses and training opportunities are made available as extracurricular activities and may be subject to additional costs. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the course, travel, accommodation, and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their course, transportation, accommodation, and meal costs.
Students can take an optional placement in the UK or overseas, studying abroad. During the placement, students will be required to cover their own transport, accommodation, and meal costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in the industry.
Students are encouraged to obtain placements in the industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.
As part of the admissions process, applicants are required to attend an interview day with tutors from the Lincoln School of Fine and Performing Arts. The interview day consists of short 'taster' workshops.
The course aims to prepare students for a spectrum of potential careers, including production design, stage management, programming for the stage, live audio engineering, venue management, lighting design for live events, and production management.