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COURSE OVERVIEW 

  • Learn practical skills covering stage management, arts management and technical stage management

  • Benefit from successful working partnerships with local venues and award-winning theatre companies 

  • Gain real insight and experience from professional companies and specialists in the field who perform on campus

  • Play your part in staff and student productions which take place throughout the year, some touring the country

Whether your passion is musicals, plays, or other types of performance, our unique degree, which covers arts and stage management, equips you with the practical skills required to build a successful career in theatre production.

Our dynamic three-year programme focusses on the four areas of arts management, stage management, venue management and technical stage management which includes sound and lighting operation. A variety of live events take place at the University and locally which will allow you to hone your skills. Additionally, we have close links with many local theatres and our students often work within these venues.

Teaching is delivered by theatre professionals who work in the industry and therefore ensure that content is relevant and up to date. Your learning experience is enhanced by engagement with a variety of theatre professionals and organisations who give talks and involve students in productions on campus.

You have access to great facilities for theatrical work, including two fully equipped, flexible studio theatres and our Performing Arts Studios. We also use professional amenities at the Theatre Royal, in Winchester, and The Point in Eastleigh. There are plenty of opportunities to see performances in Winchester, Southampton, Basingstoke and London’s rich theatrical landscape is just an hour away by train. 

Year 1 provides you with a practical introduction to the different roles in the theatre and a chance to try out new skills.

In Year 2, you explore more specific elements of production management and arts management such as, marketing and management and theatre design. Wherever possible, you test your skills on producing work for real companies and venues so the experience is highly relevant to a career in the industry.

The final year gives you an opportunity for focused individual study and to work on advanced production projects.

Helping you to optimise your employability is a core part of the programme. Throughout the course you build key skills which can be applied to multiple careers. You learn to budget your time and resources, develop vital IT know-how, as well as enhanced communication and presentation skills. You also learn about project management, collaborative working and report writing.

Our graduates are well-equipped to work in a variety of roles in the theatre, including stage management, technical stage management, production and arts management, arts marketing, front-of-house, and technical theatre. Our degree also provides a firm grounding for postgraduate study and further training.

Careers

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

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.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree. 

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

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.

Study abroad

Our Theatre Production (Arts and Stage Management) course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the USA. 

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

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, 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.

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.

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. 

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus Winchester or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester).

Assessment

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 

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

94% coursework
0% written exams
6% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

95% coursework
0% written exams
5% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

89% coursework
0% written exams
11% practical exams

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

Feedback

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.

Further information 

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

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

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

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.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message 

International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Technical Theatre 30

This module introduces students to back-stage and technical theatre skills. Combining theory and practice, this is a hands-on module that will introduce students to theatre technology, systems, protocols and safety. The module will examine technical roles and develop the student’s technical skills. 

 

Introduction to Theatre Management 30

This module will combine the use of theoretical models with existing practices in arts management. Students will scan a variety of different organisations in performing arts of different sizes, art-forms and structures. Students will learn the theory behind management tools and then apply them to a variety of different organisations and scenarios. Students will use different research methodologies to investigate chosen arts organisations. 

 

Introduction to Stage Management 30

This module introduces students to the stage management team and enable student to gain the skills to plan and run the stage for a variety of performance styles. Combining theory and practice this is a hands-on module that will introduce students to theatre systems, protocols and safety. The module will examine stage management roles and develop student’s skills.

Optional Credits

Year 1 Optional Modules
  • Professional Communication for Theatre Production 30 credits

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Theatre Design 30

Students will be introduced to the design process and will engage with the aesthetics and professional language associated with design as it relates to theatre production. In semester one, students will learn to develop and illustrate initial design proposals, in the areas of set and costume for a selected (hypothetical) production. In semester two, students will produce an overall design solution to a given project and produce a budget breakdown and technical specifications.

Managing and Marketing the Performance 30

Students will engage with a performance event in terms of Marketing and Arts Management objectives. Students will experience the full arc of the Marketing and Arts Management narrative from preparing a proposal to marketing through to audience care.

Theoretical models will be applied to existing practices in performance management.
Students will produce a toolkit which they can use to apply to different performance settings.
Students will be expected to produce front of house information, a funding application, and examples of human resources management.

 

Applied Stage Management and Technical Theatre 30

Students will build on the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired at level 4 and apply them to a tutor lead production at the end of semester one and work independently and with tutor support on major departmental productions in semester two. Students will take on a number of different roles within stage management and technical theatre, meeting challenges and solving problems as they arise.

Optional Credits

Year 2 Optional Modules
  • Internship 30 credits
  • Theatre in Practice 30 credits
  • Volunteering for Theatre Production 15 credits
  • Dance Perspectives 30 credits
  • 20th Century Ghosts 30 credits
  • Role of the Actor - Intermediate 15 credits
  • Role of the Actor - Advanced 15 credits
  • Musical Theatre in the UK and USA 30 credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Advanced Project (Art Management or Stage Management focus) 30

The module affords students the opportunity to make a tangible contribution in their chosen field.

Students will chose to complete this module either via an Arts Management Pathway, by taking on an arts management role in a theatrical or other arts context or via the Production Pathway, working in a production, technical, stage management or design capacity.

Students will apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired in their studies and test strategies and systems in context.

Professional Development 30

In this module students identify, agree and structure a specific area of focused study with the module co-ordinator. They then undertake a course of self-directed learning with the aim of developing specialist knowledge in their chosen area. Examples of areas of study might be digital sound desks, theatre box office systems or teaching technical theatre. The student might shadow an industry expert or spend time with a manufacturer, dealer or software writer.

Dissertation 30

The dissertation is an extended independent study module that provides students with the opportunity to develop further study into an area or topic of their own choice and interest, including undertaking a piece of independent research. The student will:
• Identify a topic of interest and relevant in theatre production;
• Provide a rationale for research for their chosen topic;
• Conduct the research and analyse their findings;
• Write up and present the project and main findings in the form of a report;
• Discuss the findings and overall research with a panel.

Optional Credits

Year 3 Optional Modules
  • Creative Entrepreneurship and Production 15 credits

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

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

  • 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.

 Mandatory

  • 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

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
PWJ4
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester