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BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management

BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management

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The Course

Lincoln’s Technical Theatre and Stage Management degree centres on the knowledge and skills needed backstage in the live arts, entertainment, and events industries.

The programme focuses on developing theatre professionals with a theoretical and vocational understanding of theatre industry roles and responsibilities, academic knowledge, and practical experience of stage management; stage lighting; live audio; design for the stage; health and safety; and the technical standards for places of
entertainment.

The degree has been designed to embrace and develop professional techniques, and to nurture the next generation of industry professionals. It gives students the chance to gain a working knowledge of, and practical experience of, operating within professional theatre settings in preparation for roles in the technical theatre industry.

Students have regular access to the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a well-equipped, multi-functional venue with a professional theatre space and multiple studio spaces. The theatre presents a varied programme of live performance and events throughout the year. Please see www.lpac.co.uk for more information.

The Course

Lincoln’s Technical Theatre and Stage Management degree centres on the knowledge and skills needed backstage in the live arts, entertainment, and events industries.

The programme focuses on developing theatre professionals with a theoretical and vocational understanding of theatre industry roles and responsibilities, academic knowledge, and practical experience of stage management; stage lighting; live audio; design for the stage; health and safety; and the technical standards for places of entertainment.

The degree has been designed to embrace and develop professional techniques, and to nurture the next generation of industry professionals. It gives students the chance to gain a working knowledge of, and practical experience of, operating within professional theatre settings in preparation for roles in the technical theatre industry.

Students have regular access to the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a well-equipped, multi-functional venue with a professional theatre space and multiple studio spaces. The theatre presents a varied programme of live performance and events throughout the year. Please see www.lpac.co.uk for more information.

The degree offers a fusion of vocational and academic study across two distinct pathways, Stage Management and Design for Stage. Each pathway complements the programme’s core modules to examine current professional practices.

The course is designed for students who have a passion for the theatre industry and want to follow one of the predefined pathways.
It aims to encourage students to think outside of the confines of a typical theatrical scenario when considering the future of technical theatre and stage management.

The programme promotes the development of new forms of theatrical experience, and is aimed at enabling students to gain an
understanding of the history of technical theatre, as well as to develop a knowledge of the evolving industry trends and contemporary techniques.

This degree 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.

BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management 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. Lincoln Performing Arts Centre can also offer the chance to gain practical experience.

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.

Introduction to Stage Design (Core)
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Introduction to Stage Design (Core)

This 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.

Stage Histories (Core)
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Stage Histories (Core)

This 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.

Stage Management Fundamentals (Core)
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Stage Management Fundamentals (Core)

Within 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.

Stagecraft (Core)
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Stagecraft (Core)

In 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.

Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment (Core)
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Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment (Core)

This 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.

Technical Theatre Technology (Core)
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Technical Theatre Technology (Core)

This 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.

Contemporary Performance Technologies (Core)
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Contemporary Performance Technologies (Core)

This 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.

Contemporary Production Practices (Core)
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Contemporary Production Practices (Core)

This 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.

Professional Theatre Practice 1 (Core)
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Professional Theatre Practice 1 (Core)

This 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.

Scenic Construction (Core)
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Scenic Construction (Core)

This 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.

Scenography and Design (Core)
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Scenography and Design (Core)

This 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.

Stage and Production Management (Core)
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Stage and Production Management (Core)

In 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.

Advanced Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment (Core)
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Advanced Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment (Core)

This 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.

Embodied Technologies (Core)
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Embodied Technologies (Core)

This 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.

Final Portfolio Project (Core)
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Final Portfolio Project (Core)

This 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.

Production Design and Realisation (Core)
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Production Design and Realisation (Core)

This 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.

Professional Theatre Practice 2 (Core)
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Professional Theatre Practice 2 (Core)

This 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.

Research Project (Option)
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Research Project (Option)

This 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.

Technical Theatre Management (Option)
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Technical Theatre Management (Option)

This 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.

† 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.

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.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

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.

As part of the admissions process, all applicants are required to attend an interview with tutors from the Lincoln School of Fine and Performing Arts.
Students have access to Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, the University’s 450-seat multi-functional venue with professional theatre
space and multiple studios. The venue hosts an eclectic programme of live performances and events throughout the year, with opportunities for student participation.

There are other ways to engage in theatre and performance, including student-led productions with The Lincoln Company
and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Lincoln Company's work ranges from new writing to contemporary and experimental performance, and all of our shows are produced and directed by our current and former students.

Accommodation costs for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are covered by the University, but students are currently required to contribute £150 towards the cost of attending and are responsible for covering their travel and general living costs. 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.

The Lincoln Company works all year round running shows in repertory, touring regionally, and engaging in national and international festivals. Previous work taken to Edinburgh includes Joe Orton’s 'Loot', David Greig’s 'The Cosmonaut’s Letter to the Woman he Once Loved in the Soviet Union' and a devised performance, 'Cartography', by graduate company, Flickbook Theatre, which was highly commended by the National Student Drama Festival in 2015.

Production Credits

Each student can receive production credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

The Technical Theatre and Stage Management programme offers students the chance to undertake additional qualifications including in pyrotechnic operation, and the ABTT Certificated Bronze Award for Technical Theatre Training. Students are responsible for covering the cost of travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Placements

Some courses offer students the opportunity to undertake placements. When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and 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 (where available). Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Tuition Fees

2020/21UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £15,900 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK/EU: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

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 field work 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.

With regards to text books, 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.

Other Costs

Accommodation costs for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are covered by the University, but students are currently required to contribute £150 towards the cost of attending and are responsible for covering their travel and general living costs. 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.

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, 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 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.
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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.
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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
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The degree offers a fusion of vocational and academic study across two distinct pathways, Stage Management and Design for Stage. Each pathway complements the programme’s core modules to examine current professional practices.

The course is designed for students who have a passion for the theatre industry and want to follow one of the predefined pathways. It aims to encourage students to think outside of the confines of a typical theatrical scenario when considering the future of technical theatre and stage management.

The programme promotes the development of new forms of theatrical experience, and is aimed at enabling students to gain an understanding of the history of technical theatre, as well as to develop a knowledge of the evolving industry trends and contemporary techniques.

This degree 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.

BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management 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. Lincoln Performing Arts Centre can also offer the chance to gain practical experience.

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.

Introduction to Stage Design (Core)
Find out more

Introduction to Stage Design (Core)

This 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.

Stage Histories (Core)
Find out more

Stage Histories (Core)

This 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.

Stage Management Fundamentals (Core)
Find out more

Stage Management Fundamentals (Core)

Within 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.

Stagecraft (Core)
Find out more

Stagecraft (Core)

In 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.

Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment (Core)
Find out more

Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment (Core)

This 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.

Technical Theatre Technology (Core)
Find out more

Technical Theatre Technology (Core)

This 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.

Contemporary Performance Technologies (Core)
Find out more

Contemporary Performance Technologies (Core)

This 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.

Contemporary Production Practices (Core)
Find out more

Contemporary Production Practices (Core)

This 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.

Professional Theatre Practice 1 (Core)
Find out more

Professional Theatre Practice 1 (Core)

This 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.

Scenic Construction (Core)
Find out more

Scenic Construction (Core)

This 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.

Scenography and Design (Core)
Find out more

Scenography and Design (Core)

This 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.

Stage and Production Management (Core)
Find out more

Stage and Production Management (Core)

In 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.

Advanced Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment (Core)
Find out more

Advanced Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment (Core)

This 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.

Embodied Technologies (Core)
Find out more

Embodied Technologies (Core)

This 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.

Final Portfolio Project (Core)
Find out more

Final Portfolio Project (Core)

This 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.

Production Design and Realisation (Core)
Find out more

Production Design and Realisation (Core)

This 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.

Professional Theatre Practice 2 (Core)
Find out more

Professional Theatre Practice 2 (Core)

This 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.

Research Project (Option)
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Research Project (Option)

This 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.

Technical Theatre Management (Option)
Find out more

Technical Theatre Management (Option)

This 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.

† 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.

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.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

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.

Successful applicants will be invited to an Interview Day. This will include:

  • Stage Management workshop
  • Technical Theatre workshop
  • Facilities tour
  • Opportunity to ask our staff and students any questions
  • An interview.
Students have access to Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, the University’s 450-seat multi-functional venue with professional theatre space and multiple studios. The venue hosts an eclectic programme of live performances and events throughout the year, with opportunities for student participation.

There are other ways to engage in theatre and performance, including student-led productions with The Lincoln Company and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Lincoln Company's work ranges from new writing to contemporary and experimental performance, and all of our shows are produced and directed by our current and former students.

Accommodation costs for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are covered by the University, but students are currently required to contribute £150 towards the cost of attending and are responsible for covering their travel and general living costs. 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.

The Lincoln Company works all year round running shows in repertory, touring regionally, and engaging in national and international festivals. Previous work taken to Edinburgh includes Joe Orton’s 'Loot', David Greig’s 'The Cosmonaut’s Letter to the Woman he Once Loved in the Soviet Union' and a devised performance, 'Cartography', by graduate company, Flickbook Theatre, which was highly commended by the National Student Drama Festival in 2015.

Production Credits

Each student can receive production credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

The Technical Theatre and Stage Management programme offers students the chance to undertake additional qualifications including in Stage Pyrotechnics and the ABTT Bronze Certificated Award for Technical Theatre Training. There is a cost associated with these. Students are responsible for covering the cost of travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Placements

Some courses offer students the opportunity to undertake placements. When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and 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 (where available). Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Tuition Fees

2020/21UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £15,900 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK/EU: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

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 field work 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.

With regards to text books, 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.

Other Costs

Accommodation costs for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are covered by the University, but students are currently required to contribute £150 towards the cost of attending and are responsible for covering their travel and general living costs. 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.

The ABTT Bronze Certificated Award for Technical Theatre Training costs £300 and the Stage Pyrotechnics is £150 per participant. Students are responsible for covering the cost of travel, accommodation, and general living costs while undertaking these awards.

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, 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 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.
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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.
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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
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Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts, or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Michael Hoyle

Programme Leader

Michael has been working professionally in theatre since 2003 in a variety of roles. Michael manages the technical department within the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and oversees the technical and production department of the Lincoln School of Fine and Performing Art. Specialisms include set design, lighting design, production, and stage management.


Your Future Career

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.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.

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.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is a thriving theatre in the heart of the city. It is an adaptable, multi-purpose venue which can deliver a multitude of formats in a variety of performance spaces. It allows students the opportunity to gain experience of working in a professional theatre.

Michael Hoyle, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre Technical Manager

Facilities

Students can work and perform in the University’s on-campus Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, the University's 450-seat multi-functional venue with professional theatre space and multiple studios. The venue hosts an eclectic programme of live performances and events throughout the year, with opportunities for student participation.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can make the most of the Great Central Warehouse Library, which is home to more than 250,000 journals and 400,000 print and electronic books, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


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.