Technical Theatre Arts BA(Hons)

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Begin your career in technical theatre arts and get valuable hands-on experience of the performance industry. Develop specialised technical and creative skills in stage management, lighting, sound and visual technologies, while gaining a thorough grounding in all aspects of technical production.

Key details
Location Penryn Campus
Course duration 2 years
Attendance Accelerated / Full-time
UCAS code 206X

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Course overview

Through this highly practical two-year Technical Theatre course, you’ll be equipped with the technical know-how to succeed in many diverse areas of the performance industry and you’ll be empowered to take a creative, collaborative and proactive approach to your work.

You will:

  • Work in AMATA’s purpose-built professional studios and performance spaces
  • Benefit from a year-round performance programme, which features respected artists from all over the world
  • Learn from practising technical theatre and academic staff and work with skilled technicians
  • Gain nationally recognised qualifications in equipment use, processes and health and safety
  • Have the opportunity to interact with professional theatre and production companies as well as music festivals and producers, theatre venues and tourism events throughout Devon, Cornwall and beyond

Course details

In this technical theatre and stage management course, you’ll learn specialist skills in stagecraft and performance.

Supported by seasoned industry professionals, you’ll combine theoretical learning with practical experience. 

BA(Hons) Technical Theatre Arts course video

We’ll explore stagecraft techniques, equipment, technology, and processes, as well as modern performance practices and the industry’s history. You’ll have the chance to take on junior roles on live performances, work on our summer schools, conferences, events and artist residencies, and gain nationally recognised health and safety training. You’ll be working in state of the art facilities with access to both core industry technology and some of the latest equipment.  

Modules

Stagecraft 1

Youll develop studio-and workshop-based technical and production skills in a range of disciplines, including conventional lighting, sound, and theatrical set construction techniques. 

Performance, Culture and Contexts

In this module, you’ll explore critical theatre history and its cultural and cross-cultural impact. 

Professional Development

This professionally-focused module offers a practical insight into the core aspects of a production practitioner’s roleYou’ll consider the contemporary practices, behaviours, knowledge and skills required for you to work as an individual and as part of a team-based production process. 

Stagecraft 2

You’ll begin to specialise and develop further discipline-based practical and design skills, including: use of professional control systems, and creation of artefacts: planning documentation including 3D CAD and lighting visualisation software; sound effect production and digital mixing; contemporary stage rigging and construction techniques; and organisational stage management techniques and practices. 

Practical Production

In this module, you’ll examine ways in which you can enhance audience engagement and participation in theatre and cultural events, through involvement in a range of live performance projects. You will also develop an understanding of the interconnection of a range of technical and production disciplines, and how they impact upon the delivery of performance. 

Venue Management and Technical Standards

You‘ll investigate the importance of industry standards and norms including health and safety and risk assessment, legislation and management practices. You will evaluate and reflect upon the impact of these standards and practices through engagement with work-based learning. 

Digital Performance Technologies

Explore a range of emerging digital practices through engagement with research and practical experimentation. You’ll work with computer-based technologies such as projection mapping and motion capture, digital audio and video editing, post-production techniques, and use of networking and communication technologies. You will identify how such technologies are being developed, adapted and integrated into contemporary practice. 

You’ll have the chance to collaborate with other courses on a performance project, work with professional staff on events on- and off-campus, and take on a work placement with one of our professional partners. You’ll also work on written projects focusing on design, project management, or both. 

Modules

Design Project

You’ll explore design conceptualisation and innovationdeveloping large-scale creative design briefs to professional standards. Alongside this, you’ll nurture advanced skills in technology-based design tools such as 3D CAD modelling and multimedia manipulation, along with traditional methods. You will examine stage, set, lighting and sound design through a range of lectures by visiting specialists. 

Collaborative Project

Engaging with peers from other creative disciplines, you’ll collaborate to make a piece of performance work, exploring new perspectives and techniques.  

Production Management, Design and Realisation

Develop organisational and managerial responsibility with the realisation of design and production briefs, through larger-scale performance projects. The skills, knowledge and contextual understanding you’ve developed in previous modules will be applied to lead a production department to achieve a specific design and management brief. You will gain knowledge, experience and practice in management techniques including organisation, planning, delegation, motivation and conflict resolution. 

Industry Horizons in Technical Theatre

You’ll undertake a research project or dissertation that identifies potential opportunities and new directions for technical theatre innovation. Research is also applied to real-world contexts, providing insights that will inform and guide you in your career choices and preparation for future industry demands. 

Professional Practice Project

Interaction with industry organisations through work-based learning, placement and/or event projects, as well as other spheres (e.g. research, education, community outreach), will provide real world experience and insight on production and employment. You will also deploy your combined communication and production skills to develop a public ‘showcase’ of your work.   

How you'll learn

Learning by doing, you'll take on practical, self-led projects. You'll be taught and guided by our technical team of tutors and technicians and you'll work with industry professionals. You'll gain nationally recognised qualifications in equipment use, processes, and health and safety. Industry contacts will regularly visit to demonstrate new products and prototypes, and there'll be opportunities to work on showcases for Island Records, our public performance programme and other live public projects.

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.

How you'll spend your time

Year

Timetabled

teaching

and learning

activity

Guided

independent

study

Placements

1

45%

50%

5%

2

45%

48%

7%

How you'll be assessed

Year

Written exams

Practical exams

Coursework

1

0%

39%

61%

2

0%

27%

73%

 The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.

 

Assessment methods

  • 70% practical assessment around skills, professionalism and competencies. 

  • 30% academic written and portfolio submission. 

Staff

You’ll be taught and supported by a team of professional technicians, lighting and sound specialists, theatre-makers, directors, production managers, production-focused academics and industry guests. Teaching staff all have a working background in the national and international theatre industry. 

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.

Sasha Dobrota

Lecturer Cultural Management & Production

Sasha has been producing and managing cultural projects, experiences and events for the last fifteen...

Sasha Dobrota

Peter Hooper

Technical & Facilities Manager

Peter trained in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama...

Peter Hooper

Paul Joines

Technical Tutor

Since graduating in ‘Broadcast Studies’ from Falmouth College of Arts in 1996, Paul has spent ov...

Paul Joines
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Collin Chivers

Technical Tutor

Educated in Northern Ireland and London, Collin apprenticed to the Royal Opera House London. Collin ...

Collin Chivers

Facilities

  • 11 equipped performance studios. 
  • Recording studio with four control rooms. 
  • 11 practice rooms. 
  • Computer labs for CAD and audio software. 
  • Scenery workshop. 
  • Technical resource stores stocking a wide range of microphones for recording and live voice and music. 
  • Digital Audio Workstations, PA Systems, mixing desks, lighting kits, portable dimmers, cameras, projectors, and musical instruments. 
  • TV Studio and Cinema in the School of Film & Television

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What our graduates do

Our technical theatre graduates have worked as:

  • Lighting Designer and Programmer at Indigo at The O2, St Just Ordinalia and the Tim Minchin tour
  • Venue Technicians at the Royal Opera House and Harlequin Theatre
  • Sound Designer/Operators at Cascade Theatre and Millstone Sound
  • Set and Prop Designer/Maker at Hall for Cornwall Youth Theatre
  • Festival and Production Company Stage Managers at Rock Oyster Festival and Hall for Cornwall

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2022 through UCAS Apply and Track. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33). 

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Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our International applications page.

International applications

Course routeUCAS code
Technical Theatre Arts BA(Hons) two year degree206X

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.  

Course routeEntry requirements
BA(Hons) two year degree104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard, which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

UK applications: 26 January 2022 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 26 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

 

What we're looking for

We want someone who:

  • Can work hard over long hours - as is often required in the industry.
  • Is professional and enthusiastic about live performance, technical theatre arts and similar industries.
  • Can work in various environments and with a range of people.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

Annual tuition feeStudent
£11,100 per yearFull-time UK
£19,570 per yearFull-time EU/international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Typical course costs

  • Public Programme season tickets (student rate) costs found: amata.org.uk/livepass
  • Students are advised to come with a torch, adjustable spanner, manual screwdrivers, clothing appropriate for all practical classes. Students must come prepared with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) protective footwear and gloves, we will provide further PPE (safety glasses, helmet etc) and power tools as required. Estimated Cost £100-£150.
  • Opportunities to opt-in to partake in subsidised formal industrial training will be available at a reduced cost. Estimated cost £80-£150.
  • Optional placements in your final study block of modules £500-£1000.

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Funding

For the two-year, accelerated degree, students may be eligible for an amount of Long Course Loan in addition to the standard maintenance loan, from Student Finance. The exact amount of funding support you'll receive will be calculated by your regional funding body on application.

For further information about funding, please visit our undergraduate funding page

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