Technical Theatre Arts BA(Hons)

Technical Theatre Arts_Main
Penryn Campus
2 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350
Subject to validation during this academic year

Kickstart a diverse and successful career by entering this new and unique intensive programme covering all aspects of technical theatre. While learning, you'll enjoy placement opportunities at theatres, events, performance companies and festivals.

You'll learn through doing at AMATA, our working venue offering a year-round public programme of diverse theatre, music and dance events. Here you'll develop specialised skills in stage management, lighting, sound and visual technologies, while gaining a thorough grounding in all aspects of technical production.


  • Access to state-of-the-art technical facilities at our Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA)
  • Regular visits from industry contacts to demonstrate cutting edge and prototype products
  • AMATA is a working venue, offering a year-round public programme of diverse theatre, music, dance and other events
  • Opportunities to work on showcases for Island Records

How the course is taught

The course is extensively practical with a heavy emphasis on learning by doing: You'll be taught sessions by academic staff, experienced practitioners and industry guests as well as working on self-led projects. There will be engagement with industry professionals as well as nationally recognised qualifications in health and safety, equipment use and processes.

Course outline

You'll gain experience in a wide variety of disciplines associated with the performing arts. You'll learn methodologies of technical support and creative skills across different art forms, working within the multidisciplinary range of our courses, from Theatre, Dance and Music, to Creative Events Management, Fashion, and Film.

You'll gain technical knowledge of AMATA's cutting edge audio and lighting & visual effects equipment (see below). And with unique opportunities to engage with a range of events, festivals and visitor attractions in the Cornish summertime, you'll make valuable industry contacts for your future career.

What you'll do

Year one

In your first year, you'll be introduced to practical stagecraft techniques, equipment, technology and processes. You'll gain knowledge of contemporary performance practice and learn about associated historical contexts. There will also be a chance to work in junior roles on live University performances.

You'll start to specialise in particular areas of performance technology, gain nationally recognised competency training in health and safety and work practically on University Summer Schools, conferences, events and artist residencies.

Year two

You'll have the chance to work with other courses on a collaborative performance project in the autumn term of your second year. Taking on more senior roles in University performances, both within and outside the University campus, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside professional staff on public programme events.

You'll build on your experience in your first year by working on written projects with a design and/or production management focus. There will be a work placement period giving you the chance to work in professional environments with our many industry partners and work on pathways towards gaining employment.


AMATA building is open seven days a week from 8.00-22.00, Monday to Saturday and 9.00-22.00 on Sundays.

  • 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 that stock 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, musical instruments
  • There will also be opportunities to work alongside students from the School of Film & Television which houses a TV Studio and Cinema


  • 70% practical assessment around skills, professionalism and competencies
  • 30% academic written and portfolio submission


  • Events technician
  • Lighting technician/designer
  • Stage manager
  • Sound technician/designer
  • Recording engineer
  • Facilities and technical management for businesses

Student mentor scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet.

Our mentors can be reached on the Technical Theatre Arts BA(Hons) Facebook group

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for disabled students, LGBTQ+ studentsmature studentsinternational students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to