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Theatre and Digital Production

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) Theatre and Digital Production
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W431 or W432
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades CCC in Design and Technology, Theatre Production or a related subject.

View "typical offers" for more information.

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

  • The course is delivered in partnership with the professional industry.
  • Lecturers are highly experienced current industry practitioners, ensuring your learning is relevant to industry practice.
  • In year three you’ll become a member of OnSet Productions, a professional production 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, The National Theatre and Cardiff Theatrical Services.

You’ll be taught by highly experienced, current professionals, with extensive industry profiles.

"Theatre and Digital Production" is a name revision to the programme currently running as "Theatre Production".

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What you'll learn


We teach a range of backstage disciplines to the highest standards in Theatre, Film and TV, Digital Production and Festivals and Events.

Subject areas include:

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

You’ll graduate with the skills and contacts you need to become a theatre production professional. You will work on public productions in a range of venues and gain further experience through skills development and professional work placement opportunities.

Course structure

Year one
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 and develop skills in new areas of interest.

Theatre Production is a wide range of disciplines and departments that collaborate to create live performance through teamwork and experimentation.

  • Stage Management & Production Process
  • An Introduction to Stage Lighting, Sound and AV
  • Stagecraft (Construction Methods & Practice)
  • An Introduction to Scenic & Costume Design

Year two
Work on productions and skills development. You’ll undertake a number of production-based roles in a variety of backstage departments. These will be in a related subject area of your interest.

Alongside productions you’ll also develop your personal skills and knowledge by choosing skills pathways. Pathways include: Stage Management, Production Management, Scenic Design, Scenic Construction, Scenic Art, Prop Making, Lighting, Sound, Costume and Digital Production. 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 three

Integrate with industry and specialiseYou'll specialise and work on productions in areas suited to your particular strengths and interests. Production role opportunities include: Costume Designer, Scenic Designer, Lighting Designer, Chief LX, Sound Designer, Stage Manager, Deputy Stage Manager, Head of Scenic Construction, Head of Costume, Head Prop Maker, Head Scenic Artist, AV Designer and Production Manager.

You’ll undertake a professional work placement of four weeks. Many placement opportunities are available with our partners at National Theatre, Cardiff Theatrical Services and Theatre Royal Bath, alongside many others nationally.

  • Advanced Production Practice
  • Research and Professionalisation
  • Meeting Industry

How will I be assessed?

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


How will I be taught?

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, work on productions, seminars and directed study.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Introduction to Stagecraft and Stage Management
  • Introduction to Lighting, Sound and AV
  • Introduction to Scenic Design and Costume
  • Production skills 1
  • Production skills 2
  • PDP/Research and Development

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Intermediate PDP/ Research and Development
  • Intermediate Production Skills 1
  • Intermediate Production Skills 2
  • Intermediate Production Practice 1
  • Intermediate Production Practice 2
  • Intermediate Production Practice 3
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Theatre and Digital Production Research Project
  • Theatre and Digital Production Independent Study
  • Working with Industry
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Production Project 1
  • Production Project 2
  • Production Project 3


Work placements and industry links

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, The National Theatre, Cardiff Theatrical Services, Royal Shakespeare Company, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Watermill Theatre Newbury, Salisbury Playhouse and many more.


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.


Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught at our Theatre Production Centre based at Westmoreland Station Road. The centre is a sizeable, busy and fully equipped production hub where all the scenographic elements of the programme are based – theatre design, scenic painting, scenic construction and prop making. Facilities also include our University Theatre, Costume Room, and a 30-station Mac suite.

Our productions are mounted across a variety of venues, including Theatre Royal, Bath - one of the most important theatres in the UK outside London. There are opportunities to support production work across the three Theatre Royal, Bath venues - Main House, Ustinov Studio and the egg.

Our in-house productions are mounted in either our award-winning, modern and highly technically equipped University Theatre, high-spec TV studios, Michael Tippett Centre or our city centre arts venue, Burdall's Yard.


UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,300
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Working in the theatre industry is a vocation, so we look for a passion in applicants.

Typical offers

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

  • A-level - Grades CCC required in Design and Technology, Theatre Production or a related subject
  • 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.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

We like to see as much demonstrable interest as possible. Give details of any show that you have worked on in your portfolio, as evidence of your experience and your learning

Portfolios can and do vary depending on which area of theatre your experience has been in to date. We ask that applicants do not bring large art-based portfolios to interviews; we do not want your work to get lost or damaged.

It's much better to send us an online link to a presentation of your work, or bring it with you in a digital format when you come to your interview.

Get ahead

Get as much experience as you can - be it in school or college shows, amateur dramatic societies or volunteering at your local theatre. Make sure that you evidence all this experience in your portfolio.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Christopher Britton
Email: c.britton@bathspa.ac.uk

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