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BA (Hons) Stage Management Degree & Technical Theatre

Stage managment degree at Northbrook College for international studentsStage the Future: Master Stage Management & Technical Theatre with a UAL BA (Hons) Degree at Northbrook College. Working with professionals and taking the opportunity to gain fantastic work placements prepares you for taking your first steps into the industry.


Course Overview

  • Location: Northbrook College, Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • UCAS code: W450
  • Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Application deadline: 15 July 2024
  • Start date: September 2024
  • Fees: £16,500
  • Entry requirements: 2 A-Levels and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent)
    1 A-Level, a Foundation course (or equivalent) and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent)
    a portfolio of work or audition to demonstrate ability in the specialist area.
  • English language requirements: IELTS certificate or equivalent with an overall score of 6.0, with 6.0 in the writing element and 5.5 in all other sub-elements.

The assessment of your application will include a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.

UAL Stage Management DegreeCourse Information

Course Content

Course Content

The course offers a great balance of creative, design, technical and management skills training.

This highly practical course has been designed to deliver a progressive and student-led programme of study.  Our students can explore and practically engage with two of four potential pathways.

You will develop a wide range of transferable skills preparing you for theatre, festivals, events, touring, or postgraduate study.

Our syllabus has been developed to give you the freedom to identify, explore and pursue your own goals and ambitions, and to map your own path to the career of your choice within theatre production and creative industries.

Our External Examiners'; report praised the course';s “industry currency, staff expertise and industry links”. Professional links and work experience opportunities have led to our alumni working across the industry.

Some venues and productions include; the Royal Opera House, Chichester Stage Management Production Management Lighting Design Sound DesignFestival Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera House, MTV, BT Sport, the National Theatre, War Horse, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Sweeney Todd, Wicked and One Man Two Governors.

Teaching Method

Teaching Method

We use a variety of teaching methods, including: 

  • practical and creative studio-based workshops
  • discussions
  • lectures/seminars
  • tutorials
  • small group study
  • self-directed study
  • study trips

Key Features

Key Features

  • Gain practical experience in a professional on-campus theatre with rehearsal studios, open to the public for performances throughout the year
  • Develop your skills using the ETC ION lighting desk and Digico SD Series sound consoles 
  • Industry-standard counterweight, hemp, motors and truss for rigging and flying
  • Fully operational prompt desk, radio comms and cue lights

Course Structure

Year One

We aim to provide an all-round introduction to the four key pathways of Theatre Production - Lighting, Sound, Stage & Production Management. The first year provides a diagnostic opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills across all disciplines, with the view to developing your own focused specialisms. Initially taking junior roles on productions, you will be working across genres of performance including musical theatre, acting, live events and dance. This practical experience will assist in making decisions about future progression and specialization.

Unit 1: Theatre Induction & Process
Unit 2: Ideas in Context: Performance and Everyday Life
Unit 3: Production Lab
Unit 4: Production Practice - Rehearsal Period & Process
Unit 5: Live Project 1
Unit 6: Discipline Development - Defining Your Craft

Year Two

During the second year, we aim to give students the opportunity to specialise in two of the four pathways studied in the first year. You will be heading teams within your chosen pathways and will work on productions, from initial design and planning meetings to the first night and finally the ‘get-out';. The course offers the scope and time for students to develop the practical and professional skills required to be successful practitioners within their specialist discipline. In addition, the course aims to support students in promoting themselves, identifying pertinent arenas for industry experience and fulfilling a work placement with a chosen employer.

Unit 7: Skills Lab
Unit 8: Collaborative Practice
Unit 9: Live Project 2
Unit 10: Ideas in Context: Theatre and Performance Ideologies
Unit 11: Industry Practice

Year Three

The final year is a combination of the practical and the academic. Focusing on creating innovative and original work within your specialist field, you will explore and refine your professional practice in preparation for industry or postgraduate study.

Unit 12: Identifying and Defining Professional Product
Unit 13: Professional Development
Unit 14: Dissertation
Unit 15: Professional Discipline Practice