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COURSE OVERVIEW 

  • Learn practical skills covering stage 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

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 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: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5): TIMETABLED TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITY*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

​​YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6): TIMETABLED TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITY*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
Independent learning: 972 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 campus in 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)*:

100% coursework
0% written exams
0% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

100% coursework
0% written exams
0% 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

2021 Entry: 96-112 points

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

International Baccalaureate: 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: 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

Stage Management, Technical & Wardrobe 1 60

Combining theory and practice, this module introduces students to the role and responsibilities of stage manager, the role and responsibilities of the theatre technician and the role and responsibilities of the wardrobe department. The module will also examine theatre health and safety protocols, responsibilities and legislation.

Industry Studies 1 30

Students will investigate a variety of different performing arts organisations of different scales specialising in different art-forms. Students will investigate the difference between producing houses and receiving houses and how this effects the staffing in relation to theatre production roles. They will also investigate the funding mechanisms of arts organisations and the recruitment, role and importance of volunteers.

Professional Skills 30

This module will focus on administration skills needed for Production Arts with focus on theatre administration. Students will also develop their core skills including leadership, assertiveness, time management and budget handling skills. There will also be academic skills sessions including report writing and referencing.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Stage Management, Technical & Wardrobe 2 60

Developing the skills established from the Stage Management, Technical & Wardrobe 1 module to include financial planning, safe working practice, scheduling for production and planning for small scale touring. Developing knowledge in the role of the Company Stage Manager, Stage Manager, Production Manager, Lighting, Sound the roles of the Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Set Designer.

Industry Studies 2 30

Students will develop the skills acquired from the Industry Studies 1 module and will examine modern theatre institutions, producing, marketing, legislations and associations e.g. Equity, SMA, BECTU, TMA and ITC.

University Production Placement 30

This module will be taught when students are engaged on a practical production linked with another performing arts programme including the Acting and Musical Theatre programmes. There will also be some theory based classes which will take place around the student’s commitments to the production. Teaching hours will be linked to the rehearsal, production process and performances.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Stage Management, Technical & Career Development 90

The student takes a significant theatre production role in a team producing at least one performance throughout the year. The practical side of this module will be taught when students are engaged on productions linked with another programmes, such as Acting and Musical Theatre. Students will also engage in career development planning and research. The taught career development sessions will be scheduled around the student’s production roles.

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.

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.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, 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.

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 £6,935.

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 £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

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. Indicative 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. Indicative cost £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. Indicative cost £35.

 Mandatory

  • Field trips: Costs connected with observations of professionals will be met by students. Indicative 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. Indicative cost £50.
  • Conferences: Transport to professional industry conferences such as Theatre Craft in London. Indicative cost £50.
  • Printing and Binding: The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative coast of £1.50-£3.

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
On campus, Winchester