BA (Hons) Theatre Production (Arts and Stage Management)

Theatre Production at Winchester offers a unique practical degree covering stage management, technical theatre and arts management. It includes front-of-house, producing, programming, arts marketing and other aspects of arts administration and management.

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BA (Hons) Theatre Production (Arts and Stage Management) at University of Winchester

UCAS code: PWJ4

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2016 Entry: 240-280 points

2017 Entry: 96-112 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

25 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Selection process:

Suitable applicants are required to attend an interview.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary.  Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £27,000 (3 years)

International Students

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £11,300 p/a
Part-Time £1,410 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary.  Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year.
Total Cost £33,900

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Additional costs:

Optional cost - additional costs of approximately £40 per year to cover trips, books and materials.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA

Work placement:

The programme has close working relationships with local theatres including the Theatre Royal Winchester, The Point (Eastleigh) and The Nuffield (Southampton), which helps students make valuable contacts and arrange work placement opportunities.

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Fact:

Professional companies perform on-campus, giving students the opportunity to learn and gain experience from specialists in the field.

Student satisfaction:

Students on the programme have commented positively on:

  • Staff are good at explaining things
  • Staff have made the subject interesting

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

Year 1 provides an introduction to the different roles found in theatre. This practical year provides students with multiple opportunities to try out different skills they have learnt such as sound operation, lighting, marketing and presentations in multiple formats. Students compare practice with theory, and also work with others in the Department of Performing Arts if they take a performing arts module.

Students explore more specific elements of theatre production in Year 2, such as theatre and lighting design, stage management, project management and strategic marketing. Wherever possible, projects relate to real companies and venues, so students match their work to what is expected in the professional theatre industry.

Year 3 provides students with the opportunity to implement focused individual study, and undertake work with professional performance companies and work on production projects. Employability is a focus in this year, to allow students to be well prepared for working in the industry when they graduate.

Students can choose to specialise in Years 2 and 3 in arts management or stage management or keep a balanced approach by continuing to study both aspects.

Staff and student productions take place throughout the year, with some touring the country. Professional companies also perform on campus, giving students the opportunity to learn and gain experience from specialists in the field. There are also plenty of opportunities to see performances in Winchester, Southampton, Basingstoke and London (only a one hour train ride from Winchester).

Facilities

The University offers excellent facilities for both performance and rehearsal. There are two fully equipped, flexible studio theatres on campus as well as the Performing Arts Studios which provide rehearsal and production preparation spaces. In addition, the programme uses other facilities including The Vault (in the Student Union) as well as off campus theatres such as the Theatre Royal Winchester and The Point in nearby Eastleigh.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Stage Management
  • Introduction to Technical Theatre
  • Professional Communication for Theatre Production

Students must choose one of the following:

  • Choreography and Dance (Making)
  • Drama (Making)
  • Professional Communication for Theatre Production

Year 2

  • Applied Stage Management and Technical Theatre
  • Managing and Marketing the Performance
  • Theatre Design

Students choose from one of the following options depending on the modules taken in Year 1:

  • Dance Contexts
  • Role of the Actor
  • Theatre Identities
  • Music Theatre
  • Theatre in Practice
  • An Internship in Theatre Production

Year 3

  • Advanced Project
  • Professional Development
  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Creative Entrepreneurship and Production
  • Performance Now: Debates and Discourses

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

The University aims to develop students as 'confident learners' by enabling them to aquire the knowledge and skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of learning resources available to them.

The course utilises a range of learning and teaching techniques including interactive lectures, hands on training, job shadowing, problem solving and project based learning, studio teaching and tutor assisted independent study.

Programme Leader

  • Annabel Arndt - Theatre Production Programme Leader; Arts Management Specialist. 
    Annabel has worked as a professional in various aspects of Arts Management include marketing; project planning; funding; and organisational management. She has worked for and run a range of theatre organisations as well as serving as a consultant for the Arts Council and is a board member of Tall Stories Theatre Company and marketing adviser for a professional music group.

Teaching team

Professor Anthony Dean - Theatre Design specialist. 
Anthony trained in theatre designer at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. On graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art, he won a national Arts Councils award in theatre design and practiced as a professional Theatre Designer for 10 years before being appointed as the Design Tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he went on the found the BA Theatre Practice degree. He is an artistic assessor for Arts Council England, co-artistic director off the NEW NOW International Festival and a judge for the Total Theatre Awards at the Edinburg Fringe Festival.

David Buss - Technical Theatre and Production Management Specialist.
David has a background in broadcasting and has worked in theatre for many years in various roles such as company stage manager, production manager, lighting designer, set designer and senior theatre technician. He chairs the Faculty Health and Safety committee and is a full member of the Association of British Theatre Technicians.

The programme also employs specialists in other key areas including Claire Griffin (Front of House Specialist); David Freemantle (Stage Management Specialist) and Eddie Chauncy (Marketing Specialist). Students also receive instruction and training from our team of Theatre and Media Technicians.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

All the assessments on the course are designed to be professionally relevant. Students are assessed by a range of different methods, rather than just academic essays and written exams.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Students pursue careers within arts management, creative production, production management, front-of-house, arts marketing, stage management and technical theatre. The degree also provides a firm grounding for postgraduate study and further training.

The Theatre Production teaching team are dedicated to providing students with industry-standard skills backed up by theory; we work closely with a range of different employers to ensure the relevancy of these skills. Students gain confidence throughout their three years as a result of the multiple opportunities gained through learning professional practice in a safe and supportive environment. Students graduate with skills which are relevant to the theatre industry. Students know what is expected of them professionally, are equipped with the ability to match their practical experience with the needs of the industry and have the confidence to assert this to future employers as they move forward.

In addition to practical skills, the programme is designed to build key employment skills including the ability to work independently towards a common objective; the ability to effectively budget time, space and resources; the well-considered application of IT skills; communication and presentation skills; project management; and report writing.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

Employability 

Students are encouraged to strengthen their employability and the programme supports them in doing this, gain industry-relevant skills and professionally relevant certification, as well as valuable first-hand experience working on real-world performance events throughout the programme. 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
UK and EU Students:Send us a message

International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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