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BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management

Drama and Dance at Lincoln is ranked in the top 20 overall in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2023 (out of 85 ranking institutions).

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3 years

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Darren Page  - Programme Leader

Darren Page - Programme Leader

Darren Page has worked professionally in Technical Theatre & Stage Management since 2009 and has taught in higher education since 2014. Darren’s professional expertise includes work in stage management, lighting, venue, and touring theatre production. Alongside this, Darren has worked professionally in literary management and as a dramaturg for a host of theatres.

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Welcome to BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management

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 performance and events throughout the year. Please see 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 a 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 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.

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. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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An Introduction to Your 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.

Introduction to Stage Design 2023-24TTH1001MLevel 42023-24This 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 Histories 2023-24TTH1002MLevel 42023-24This module can examine the historical contexts of 'the stage', focusing on the technical function of the stage across history. Areas of focus can include the ancient European Amphitheatre, The Elizabethan playhouse, The Grand 19th century Victorian Playhouse and the post-millennium constructed auditorium. The module aims to look specifically at the evolution of stagecraft, stage technologies, and the emergence of technical theatre and stage management as a profession.CoreStage Management Fundamentals 2023-24TTH1003MLevel 42023-24Within 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 2023-24TTH1004MLevel 42023-24In 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 2023-24TTH1005MLevel 42023-24This 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 2023-24TTH1006MLevel 42023-24This 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 audio mixers, computerised flying systems, revolving stages and audio-visual software and systems, this module can teach the fundamentals of setting up and programming equipment for stage productions.CoreContemporary Performance Technologies 2024-25TTH2001MLevel 52024-25This module aims to explore the very latest and yet to be released theatre technology, from lighting, audio and projection equipment, to virtual and augmented reality and video mapping and holographic projection. The module can demonstrate how this technology is used and aims to encourage students to consider how contemporary unconventional technology can be used or developed to create or compliment a performance. The module offers the opportunity to research and analyse case studies from innovative contemporary productions from around the world.CoreContemporary Production Practices 2024-25TTH2002MLevel 52024-25This 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.CoreProfessional Theatre Practice 1 2024-25TTH2003MLevel 52024-25This 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.CoreScenic Construction 2024-25TTH2004MLevel 52024-25This 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.CoreScenography and Design 2024-25TTH2005MLevel 52024-25This module can introduce students to the histories and contemporary practices of scenography, as well as design as it relates to theatre and performance. Students may have the opportunity to navigate the subject historically, theoretically and practically, exploring multiple elements of design both atomically and holistically.CoreStage and Production Management 2024-25TTH2006MLevel 52024-25In this module students are expected to study the roles of both a venue stage manager and a production manager, comparing and analysing each roles 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.CoreAdvanced Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment 2025-26TTH3001MLevel 62025-26This module aims to explore the technical standards for places of entertainment. The module can examine case studies that demonstrate the importance of, and implications of not following, correct procedures and regulations. This can include subjects such as Safety and Certification, Fireproofing, Emergency lighting Fire alarm systems, lifting equipment, inspections, disability and accessibility, room occupancy, fire prevention and fire action, children on stage and legal noise limits.CoreEmbodied Technologies 2025-26TTH3002MLevel 62025-26This module aims to explore and evaluates a range of approaches for integrating technology into the performance-making process. It can study productions that depend on the use of embodied technologies, whether that be the mechanical engineering of Warhorse or the projection mapping essential for the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival at Usher Hall.CoreFinal Portfolio Project 2025-26TTH3003MLevel 62025-26This 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.CoreProduction Design and Realisation 2025-26TTH3004MLevel 62025-26This 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.CoreProfessional Theatre Practice 2 2025-26TTH3005MLevel 62025-26This 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.CoreResearch Project 2025-26TTH3006MLevel 62025-26This module provides students with the opportunity to utilise academic research skills in order to formulate and conduct a research project centred around a technical, performance or theatre-related topic.OptionalTechnical Theatre Management 2025-26TTH3007MLevel 62025-26This optional module can cover the role of a Technical Manager, from the day-to-day operations management to the annual inspections and legal requirements to effectively manage staff, productions, and visitors. The module is designed to inform all students of their legal obligations in such a role and how to manage a venue effectively. The module aims to examine: Venue technical specifications, scheduling, venue staff management, venue services, operation management, riders, licences, managing venue health and safety regulations, auditing, audience safety, listed buildings, contemporary buildings, servicing and inspections.Optional

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 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.

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. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. 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.

Entry Requirements 2023-24

United Kingdom

A Level: BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels or equivalent qualifications).

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall.

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

T Level: Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points.

A combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTEC, EPQ, etc.

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.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry. 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.


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 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.

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


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

Performance Opportunities

Joint Honours students also have the option to apply for The Lincoln Company, The School of Drama’s professional company of emerging theatre, dance, and performance makers. As the company-in-residence at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, each year they work to produce and tour high-quality, original performance to venues and festivals around the UK including Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the world’s largest platform for the arts.

Drama also offers additional, optional, extracurricular Technique Classes, which allows students to improve their skills as performers. Previous technique classes have included topics such as singing, ensemble work, play-reading for enjoyment and analysis, and stage combat.

Group of students on stage during a performance


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 meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year, if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry. 

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process. 

Additional Training/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, transportation, accommodation, and meal costs.


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.

Career Opportunities

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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Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.

We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.