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

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

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

UCAS code: PWJ4

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2018 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.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

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 overall with a minimum of 5.5 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

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) 

For further details, click here

Additional costs:


  • Field trips: Costs connected with observations of professionals will be met by students. Cost £20.

  • Equipment: Safety boots are a requirement of the programme as is black clothing: trousers and a long sleeved top. Students may wish to build up a toolbox of equipment during the course. Cost £50.

  • Printing: Students will pay for their dissertations to be printed and bound. Students might also be expected to print texts for stage management purposes. Cost £20.


  • Textbooks: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost £75.

  • Placement: If students elect to take placements or work opportunities, they are responsible for their own travel costs. If they elect to work in a school, they might be required to undertake a DBS check which cannot be paid for by the University. Travel costs dependent on location. DBS check currently costs £59.

  • Certification: Training is offered in use of a Tallescope. Students may opt for receipt of a formal certificate stating they are trained in their equipment. There is a cost involved with this. Cost £35.

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):


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.


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

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


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

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

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 stage management fundamentals, sound operation, lighting, marketing and presentations in multiple formats. Students 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, where they apply skills learnt in different contexts, such as stage management, sound and light, marketing and management. Wherever possible, projects relate to real companies and venues so they 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 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.

Staff and student productions take place throughout the year, with some touring. 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.


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

Core modules include:

  • Introduction to Stage Management
  • Introduction to Technical Theatre
  • Introduction to Theatre Management

Optional modules include:

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

Year 2

Core modules include:

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

Optional modules include:

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

Year 3

Core modules include: 

  • Advanced Project
  • Professional Development
  • Dissertation

Optional modules include

  • 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 The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
  • Independent learning: 888 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 144 hours
  • Independent learning: 1056 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

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

Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 94 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 6 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 95 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 5 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 89 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 11 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

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?


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

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International Students

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

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