BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management is 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.
"This information was correct at the time of publishing (July 2023)"
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.
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.
- Introduction to Stage Design (Core)
- Stage Histories (Core)
- Stage Management Fundamentals (Core)
- Stagecraft (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)†
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
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.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed in 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.
Scholarships and Funding
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.
Program Tuition Fee
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.
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