BA (Hons)
Technical Theatre and Stage Management

Key Information


Duration

3 years

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Revalidation

UCAS Code

W453

Academic Year

Course Overview

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 Arts Centre, a well-equipped, multi-functional venue with a professional theatre and multiple studio spaces. The theatre presents a varied programme of live performance and events throughout the year. Please see www.lincolnartscentre.co.uk for more information.

Why Choose Lincoln

Access to industry-standard facilities at the on-campus public theatre

Learn from staff who are experienced in the industry

Collaborate creatively with students across the arts

Opportunities to undertake additional training and qualifications

Extracurricular activities to develop skills and experience

A vibrant creative environment

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How You Study

The course has three key strands to its delivery: practical/vocational study, design, and academic study. Across these three areas students will study and learn in a variety of environments including practical workshops, rehearsals, seminars, and lectures.

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 a creative technician. Alongside the course modules, Lincoln 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 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 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 independent study.

The course is designed to give you plenty of opportunities to develop core practical skills in Technical Theatre and Stage Management. Throughout your time at University, you will spend time working with our professional staff and independently in a host of environments including (but not limited to) stage spaces, workshops, rehearsal rooms, and design/creative labs.

Modules


† 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.

Exploring 1: The Creative Arts 2024-25LSCA1001Level 42024-25In this module, students will explore creative arts disciplines through the lens of cultural themes, ideas and principles. This will encompass Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Fine Art, Music, Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre and highlight the commonalties which connect these disciplines, as well as the nuances and differences that make them distinct.CoreIntroduction to Stage Design 2024-25TTH1001MLevel 42024-25This module aims to introduce students to the subject of theatre production design, including set, lighting, sound and costume. Students can study the design elements of a theatrical performance and the roles of the creative team. Introduction to Stage Design aims to develop knowledge through theoretical study, lectures, and practical demonstrations. The module explores many areas of specialism within the theatre and live entertainment industries and aims to give students a core understanding of potential career prospects.CoreStage Management Fundamentals 2024-25TTH1003Level 42024-25Within this module, students will be expected to undertake an in-depth study of each individual role within the stage management team, deepening their understanding of the responsibilities of each role and the importance of communication and teamwork. The module can deliver the key skills needed to work as a member of the stage management team, including practical skills, organisational skills, teamwork, leadership, working to a deadline and working under pressure. This module aims to cover the skills required for working as a venue stage manager, company stage manager, deputy stage manager and assistant stage manager.CoreStagecraft 2024-25TTH1004MLevel 42024-25In this module students will be expected to gain an understanding of the stagecraft required to work within the technical theatre profession. Students can be taught via a series of practical workshops over the first semester. The workshops cover the essentials required of a theatre technician and form the foundation of the programme. The module includes fundamental safety precautions and procedures required to work safely within the theatre industry.CoreTechnical Standards for Places of Entertainment 2024-25Level 62024-25This module aims to contextualise the many forms of technical/stage work that takes place within the 21st century. Over the course of the module students can be presented with a variety of contemporary stage management and technical theatre practices. Teaching on this module also aims to equip students with the terminology required to work in theatre, roles within theatre, theatre layouts and legal obligations.CoreTechnical Theatre Technology 2024-25TTH1006MLevel 42024-25This module is a practical exploration of the many technologies available for use in technical theatre and the contexts in which they are used. From lighting consoles to sound mixers and QLAB software. This module will teach the fundamentals of setting up and programming equipment for stage productions.OptionalExploring 2: Place and Space 2025-26LSCA2002Level 52025-26In this module students will practically interrogate interdisciplinary arts practices and investigate creative arts practitioners that utilise ‘site’ in innovative ways. In multidisciplinary groups they will conduct their own experiments to explore the challenges and possibilities of working in unconventional spaces. This will culminate in a final presentation of their work.CoreScenography & Scenic Construction 2025-26TTH2004MLevel 52025-26This module aims to explore the many methods of set construction and types of stage sets, from scenic cloths to timber framed flats and steel constructions. The module can study common practices and deliver practical sessions teaching the fundamental skills to create scenery, including but not limited to: reading set plans, cutting timber and steel, building flats, creating flown scenery safely, prop making, and scenic artistry. This module will introduce students to the histories and contemporary practices of scenography, as well as design as it relates to theatre and performance. Students will have the opportunity to navigate the subject historically, theoretically and practically, exploring multiple elements of design both atomically and holistically.CoreStage and Production Management 2025-26TTH2006MLevel 52025-26In this module students are expected to study the roles of both a venue stage manager and a production manager, comparing and analysing each role’s individual responsibilities in the management and execution of a production. Students may also study the roles played by other stakeholders, such as the creative team, and their importance during the production process.CoreContemporary Performance Technologies 2025-26TTH2009Level 52025-26This module will cover the latest technologies used in theatre and live events, from contemporary lighting and innovative live sound technology to holographic performance and virtual reality. The module will explore how this technology is used and will encourage students to consider how contemporary technology can be used or developed to create a performance. The module will research and analyse case studies from innovative contemporary productions and manufacturers from around the world.OptionalContemporary Production Practices 2025-26TTH2002Level 52025-26This module aims to enable students to understand the landscape for potential employment post-University. The module runs alongside the Placement module and will have the scope to feature guest talks from industry professionals.OptionalIndustry Placement 2025-26TTH2003Level 52025-26This module is part of the University's commitment to academic programmes that encourage a high level of vocational relevance. This module encourages students to think beyond their University life, reaching into the wider community to hone their skills and target future employment possibilities. The module aims to enable students to examine how arts-based organisations, educational and non-traditional arts-based establishments function and provide students with valuable workplace experience.OptionalExploring 3: Investigating Creative Practice 2026-27Level 62026-27This module will provide students with an opportunity to develop their independent practice and explore a project of their own creation. This will allow students to extend their knowledge of practice, scholarship, and praxis as they curate their own project, identifying a topic of interest for further exploration and dissemination.CoreProfessional Portfolio: Final Project 2026-27TTH3011Level 62026-27This final project can allow the student to utilise the skills they have learnt over the duration of the programme to fulfil a role specific to their area of interest. This could include (but is not limited to) the role of stage manager, set designer, lighting designer, production manager, costume designer, technician, production manager or audio visual designer.CoreProfessional Portfolio: Independent Project 2026-27TTH3010Level 62026-27This module aims to reinforce pre-existing knowledge and deliver practical work-based experience of a specific professional practice. Students may be required to act independently to secure a placement to work in a role of their choice or to support a professional within the chosen role. For example, students may opt to specialise in the role of a theatre technician and take part in professional production get-ins and fit-ups, operate shows, create stage layouts for events, light performances, and mix live audio, receiving mentorship and guidance throughout the process. Alternatively, students may wish to choose roles such as a stage manager, set designer, prop designer, lighting designer, production manager, or other appropriate role.CoreProduction Design and Realisation 2026-27TTH3004Level 62026-27This module combines both practice and study, in which students can work either independently or collaboratively to design and realise a production for the stage or an unconventional performance space. The module requires students to undertake the roles within the creative team for a production, including the production designer, set designer, lighting designer, sound designer, costume designer, prop designer, video designer and more. The module aims to examine the skills and resources available for each of these roles and allow students to explore the avenue that most suits them. Students can opt to work solo or form groups suited to the area of interest applicable to each students' interests and CPD plan. Students can work independently or in groups to propose, plan and design an ambitious theoretical production that utilises the experience gained over their three years on the programme. Embracing a broad spectrum of theatrical design methods to produce a visualised representation and presentation of a theoretical production. Students may form groups and work collaboratively to fulfil all the design elements of a production, including (but not limited to) set designer, lighting designer, sound designer, AV and costume designer. Alternatively, students may choose to work independently and design all scenographic elements themselves. A preliminary seminar aims to introduce the Module and its processes, offering design briefs to be allocated to each group. A supervisor can be assigned to each group to meet with them at key points over the Semester. Supervisors may advise students on the mode of work each group is producing, and give feedback on their Draft Proposal. Groups can then receive formal supervisions during the Semester, including work in progress stages prior to their final assessment and presentation. The module is designed to simulate a real-world design scenario, requiring students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to develop concepts, work collaboratively, and produce quality design documentation.Optional

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

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Approved Course

The course is approved by the Stage Management Association of the United Kingdom.

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 way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as practical exams through performance observations; written assignments, reports or dissertations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year.

Specialist Facilities

Students can work and perform in the Lincoln 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 Arts Centre.

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Additional Training and Qualifications

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, travel, accommodation, and meal costs.

Industry Expertise

From designers and scenic artists to stage managers and technicians, there are plenty of opportunities to benefit from guest industry professionals who visit the University. The course also aims to connect students to professional affiliated bodies, and regularly hosts industry conferences, symposiums, and trade shows.

Studying at Lincoln has helped me gain a wide range of professional contacts from across the country, these links have led to work opportunities in my specific area of interest.

What Can I Do with a Technical Theatre and Stage Management Degree?

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.

One of our graduates Ellie Carney has worked as a freelance stage manager across her first year after her degree and is currently working on the national tour of Kenwright Productions' Blood Brothers.

Entry Requirements 2024-25

United Kingdom

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma from a minimum of 2 Higher Level subjects.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit or equivalent.

T Level: Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and do accept a combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTECs, EPQ etc.

We will also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ 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 https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

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.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Arts Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:
https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/afyafyub/

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Contextual Offers

At Lincoln, we recognise that not everybody has had the same advice and support to help them get to higher education. Contextual offers are one of the ways we remove the barriers to higher education, ensuring that we have fair access for all students regardless of background and personal experiences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit our Offer Guide pages.

Interviews 

As part of the admissions process, applicants are required to attend an interview day with tutors from the Lincoln School of Creative Arts. The interview day consists of a short interview and a ‘taster’ workshop.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

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 enrol 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.

Other Costs

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 break down 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.

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