Technical Theatre Arts BA(Hons)

Lunchtime sessions at AMATA
Penryn Campus
2 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Kickstart a successful and diverse 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. This unique two-year degree means it's cost efficient and you'll have the opportunity to take full advantage of the vibrant cultural scene during the Cornish summer by engaging with the many festivals, music and theatre events that take place throughout the region and beyond.


  • 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 performance programme of diverse theatre, music, dance and other events
  • Opportunities to work on showcases for Island Records


Fees, Costs and Funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£9,250 - full-time UK/EU

£15,000 - full-time international


Please note that as this course is an accelerated degree, Student Finance will support students across 52 weeks, not 31 weeks, as would ordinarily be the case at Falmouth. The exact amount of additional support you'll receive will be calculated by Student Finance on application. For general information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page

How to Apply

You'll need to apply via ucas using University code F33, and course code 206X 

For detailed information on the application process and entry requirements, use our application guidance.

Successful applicants will then be invited to attend an interview. For details on what to expect and how to prepare, read our course interview information.


All UK/EU applications must be made through UCAS by 15 January. Late applications will be considered if there are places available on the course.

International fee payers may apply after the deadline but are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to have plenty of time to make visa and travel arrangements.

Once you’ve applied, we’ll email you with a personal login for the Falmouth Applicant Portal where you will see more information about these requirements. 

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
Our Applicant Services team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.
+44 (0)1326 213730
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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.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     

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.

  • Stagecraft 1
  • Performance, culture and contexts
  • Professional development
  • Stagecraft 2
  • Practical production
  • Digital performance technologies
  • Venue management and technical standards

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.

  • Collaborative project
  • Design project
  • Industry horizons in technical theatre
  • Production management, design and realisation
  • Professional practice project


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

Take a virtual tour of our facilities


  • 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 LGBTQ studentsdisabled 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