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BA (Hons) Stage Management & Technical Theatre

  • Award:

    BA (Hons) Stage Management & Technical Theatre

  • Awarding body:

    University of South Wales 

  • Location of study:

    Cardiff (RWCMD, Llanishen Studios and Old Library)

  • Start date:

    21 September 2025

  • Duration:

    Three years full time

  • Course code:

    W450 – UCAS


Gain practical experience within production roles with our specialist training that opens up a diverse range of career paths in the entertainment industry.

Course overview

This specialist programme offers you hands-on training in stage management, stagecraft, technical theatre, event production and event management.

It provides opportunities for you to gain practical experience in a variety of production roles within a working environment that closely reflects that of the professional theatre and its related industries.

You’ll start by learning all the core skills needed to work on productions. Training in stage management – which revolves around organising and coordinating a live performance – includes a series of practical sessions. These will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the roles of assistant stage manager (ASM) and deputy stage manager (DSM) and include projects in prop making and sourcing.

Your stagecraft sessions will explore the skills you need to mark out rehearsal rooms and stages, construct and fit-up basic scenery, and operate stage machinery such as hemp and counterweight flying systems. You’ll also gain technical knowledge of lighting, sound, video and electrical systems. Health and safety training is embedded throughout the course as well. 

But it’s using your skills in a range of real-world experiences that forms the foundation of your training. Throughout your course, you’ll take part in several production placements – predominantly with the Richard Burton Company, our in-house theatre company – however, three of those could be within professional UK theatre production companies.

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Why study this course?

  • You’ll gain real-world knowledge that prepares you for your future career. Your work on productions will be supported by theoretical, practical and academic sessions that will allow you to get a comprehensive mix of skills and experience.
  • After learning the core skills involved in a variety of productions roles, you’ll be given the opportunity to specialise, so you can shape your training to suit your interests and career ambitions. 
  • Your training will be given by staff drawn from across industry and a host of visiting professionals and employers. They offer you not only first-rate teaching, but networking opportunities as well. 
  • After graduation, you can go onto a career in a range of areas – such as theatre, events, film and television management or more technical and design roles in lighting, sound or video. Some of our graduates have gone onto industry-related training and manufacturing research and development.
  • You’ll take part in a production placement from your first term – a group project that will see you produce a themed event at the College for all students to attend. Each subsequent placement will offer you increasing levels of responsibility, and in your third year you’ll be a senior member of the production team, taking a high degree of ownership over the final performances.
  • External work placements also feature heavily in this programme, allowing you to develop your craft in some of the UK’s leading venues and institutions.
  • No other course offers as many as three external placements – and there is also the potential of a fourth final placement. Often, our students will get placements at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Welsh National Opera, the Royal Court and Glastonbury.
  • You’ll have opportunities to undertake lighting and sound design projects, plan an international tour and develop skills in using more advanced automated flying systems.
  • You’ll mix with students in other year groups in the department, as well as the actors, designers and musicians from across the College, making it a real theatre company experience. 
  • You’ll have classes that focus on professionalism, management and preparing for a career in the industry. As well as developing your knowledge of event management, communication studies will also explore important issues such as equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Lessons in academic and professional communications give you the ability to become an entertainment practitioner, from presenting your work – and yourself – managing your own budgets and career progression, dealing with complex and difficult personnel situations and planning large-scale events. 
'With this course we have the chance to try out different roles. It’s great that they teach you different pathways as it allows you to decide early in your career what you want to specialise in.'
James StevensonSound designer
'To me the College has been integral to everything I’ve done in my career. It’s been really important to me to maintain that relationship and that network of support, learning and mentoring.'
Sarah Hemsley-ColeGraduate and Fellow

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