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Professional theatre training delivered in partnership with the theatre production industry.

  • Delivered in partnership with industry.
  • Lecturers are highly experienced current industry practitioners, ensuring your learning is relevant to current industry practice.
  • In year 3 you’ll become a member of OnSet Productions, a professional media company.

This exciting and vibrant Theatre Production course engages with a wide variety of backstage career opportunities. It is delivered in partnership with industry, and specifically with Theatre Royal Bath. You’ll be taught by highly experienced current professionals with extensive industry profiles. Current industry practice is therefore at the heart of your learning experience.


Why study Theatre Production?

We teach any discipline that you find backstage to the highest standards. Subject areas include:

  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Costume
  • Stage management
  • Scenic design
  • Scenic construction
  • Scenic art
  • Prop making

You’ll graduate with the skills and contacts you need to become a theatre production professional, having worked on public productions in a range of venues.

Course structure

Unlike many programmes, we don’t ask you to specialise in a particular area before you start. You gain foundation knowledge of each discipline in your first year, becoming a stronger specialist and production collaborator. When you do specialise later on, you’ll be making an informed decision rather than a best guess.

As you progress, you’ll work on productions in a variety of roles, while building your skills in two areas of your choice. In you final year you assume Head of Department responsibility, providing leadership on a variety of productions. This can be in a single skills area, or a number of areas.


  • Year 1
    Gain skills. You’ll gain the necessary foundation knowledge of all technical theatre, production arts and stage management disciplines. While some people know what career path they wish to follow from the start of the course, others explore the possibilities, as they discover new skills and areas of interest.
    Theatre Production is a collection of disciplines and departments that collaborate to create live performance. There is no 'I' in Theatre Production, only 'we’, so an understanding of what each and every department is trying to achieve is crucial to success.
    • Stage Management & Production Process
    • An Introduction to Stage Lighting, Sound and AV
    • Stagecraft (Construction Methods & Practice)
    • An Introduction to Scenic & Costume Design

  • Year 2
    Work on productions. You’ll undertake a variety of production-based roles in a variety of backstage departments. These will either be in an area of your interest, or in an area that the staff team feel that you would benefit from engaging in.
    Alongside this production activity, you’ll build your skills and knowledge by choosing two skills pathways. The choice of pathways is Stage Management, Scenography, Lighting, Sound and AV, Costume. Alongside this are two core pathways - Health & Safety, and Production Process. You’ll also complete a research project in an area of your interest.
    • Intermediate Production Practice
    • Intermediate Production Skills
    • Research Project

  • Year 3
    Integrate with industry and specialise. You’ll become a member of OnSet Productions, a professional company that produces three seasons of work across a range of live and recorded media.
    You’ll specialise in areas that are your particular strengths and interests. Production role opportunities include those of Costume Designer, Scenic Designer, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Stage Manager, Deputy Stage Manager, Head of Construction (Scenic or Costume), Scenic Artist and Production Manager.
    You’ll undertake a professional work placement of at least four weeks duration. Many placement opportunities are available with our partners, Salisbury Playhouse and Theatre Royal Bath, alongside many others nationally.
    • Advanced Production Practice
    • Research and Industry
    • Meeting Industry

Course assessment

You’ll be assessed by coursework including practical work, presentations, evaluations, group projects, individual reports and written assignments. There are no written exams.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our Theatre Production BA is an Approved Graduate Course of the Stage Management Association.

Placement opportunities are available across the UK. Successful student placements have been undertaken at Theatre Royal Bath, Royal Shakespeare Company, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Watermill Theatre Newbury, Salisbury Playhouse and many more.

Teaching methods

Expect a busy, intense and highly practical learning environment, to prepare yourself for the industry you’re training to be a part of. Emphasis is on project and production work, you’ll undertake practical workshops, seminars and directed study.

Application method

All applications are through UCAS.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or other enquiries, please email us at

Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - Grades BCC - CCC required in Design & Technology, Theatre Production or related subjects.
  • BTEC -Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in Theatre Production or related subjects accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate - A Minimum of 26 points required along with evidence of interest and/or experience in Theatre Production.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Applicants meeting the entry criteria will be invited to interview at our Newton Park Campus between December and March. If invited you should bring with you evidence of your interest in an area of theatre production, such as a portfolio or production photographs and be prepared to present and discuss your portfolio and experiences related to theatre production during your interview.

Career opportunities

Sitcom Project

Employers such as Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Cardiff Theatrical Services, Manchester International Festival, The Savoy Theatre ('Legally Blonde'), Aldwych Theatre ('Top Hat'), Wall to Wall Productions ('The Voice'/'Who Do You Think You Are'), Salisbury Playhouse, Stage Electrics, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Watermill Theatre Newbury, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Birmingham Hippodrome and Theatre Royal Bath have recruited graduates from this course.

Many graduates undertake freelance professional careers, working as Scenic Designers, Wardrobe Technicians, Theatre Technicians, Stage Managers, Theatre Electricians and Event Managers.

What students say...

"I just wanted to thank all of you for helping me through the last couple of years because without all of your help, I wouldn't be in the position I am today. The hard work you have all put into the TP course has set me up to take on a future in the theatre industry and I can't thank all of you enough. I hope that my good fortune with this job shows that the work you all do makes a massive difference in peoples lives and that the students still in TP are as fortunate as I am in the following years."

"Just a quick email saying thanks for the last three years. Without your passion for the industry it would never have inspired me and given me the drive and determination to succeed! I'm extremely grateful for everything you have done. That belief you have in every student is really uplifting and aided us as a year group to believe in ourselves a bit more, enabling us to push more boundaries and therefore create some awesome pieces of work. What a three years! Have enjoyed every last minute of it."

"Your dedication and commitment to Theatre Production is forever there to see in the eyes of students and I can't thank you enough for giving me the opportunity that I have so thoroughly enjoyed since joining..."

"I just wanted to say thank you to you both for the last 3 years. They have really changed my life for the better and I am so looking forward to the next chapter of my life. I really appreciate all the hard work you have put in for us all this year and I am so happy with my mark!"

"I have really enjoyed the past three years, and I know I will miss Theatre Production and everyone associated with the course terribly. The course has given me so much confidence and encouragement to get the job I want, and to do it really well! Thank you for all your support."