This broad programme encompasses training in a wide range of practical skills related to 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 reflects as closely as possible that of the professional theatre and its related industries. The priority is to ensure that you are well equipped to be able to respond to the ever-changing needs of a diverse industry.
The first year introduces you to the basic principles of stage management and production organisation through a series of practical classes focussing on the role and duties of the ASM and DSM. You will learn to create call sheets and rehearsal reports and take part in a prop-sourcing project. In the second year, the Stage Management module focusses on financial planning and production scheduling, and you take part in a planning project for a small international theatre tour.
Technical Skills modules introduce the work of the theatre technician and you will learn to rig and operate a wide range of theatre lighting, sound, video and power distribution equipment. You will also develop an understanding of the principles and processes of sound design and lighting design for theatre.
Stagecraft modules provide instruction in safe and effective practices for working in the theatre environment, the operation of flying systems and the use of stage weapons and pyrotechnics.
Your first production placement within the College takes the form of a group project to produce a themed event at the end of the first term. Two further production placements take place in the spring and summer terms of the first year. You will undertake four production placements in your second year, and four in your third year, working your way up to more senior roles within the production teams for public performances. You will take part in rehearsals, meetings and discussion groups as required in the planning and production periods and during the performance run, working with a range of artistic, managerial and technical students and staff. You will decide each placement in conjunction with tutors on the basis of your individual learning objectives.
By negotiation with your course leaders, up to two of your second-year production placements and one of your third-year placements may be external placements within professional UK theatre or production companies.
A series of further modules running throughout the course develops your professional, contextual and critical understanding of the theatre from a historical perspective and in terms of the wider factors that will impact on you in your working life. During the final year, you will be required to write a dissertation based on a significant piece of independent research in an area of particular professional interest.
Applicants are selected for interview on the basis of the information provided in their UCAS application.
Candidates who are successful at interview are usually expected to gain a minimum of 240 UCAS Tariff points, or equivalent qualifications, prior to entry. Equivalent qualifications include WBQ, Scottish Highers, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, International Baccalaureate, advanced GNVQ, AVCE or Advanced Diploma (Level 3), and recognised international qualifications.
However, any minimum conditions that may be attached to the offer of a place will be determined on the basis of individual applications and interviews. Candidates may be expected to achieve minimum grades of BBC at A level and DDM at BTEC, or the equivalent, prior to entry.
The College may consider applications from people without formal qualifications if they have an exceptional level of practical ability and experience.
International applicants whose first language is not English will need to gain an IELTS English language qualification. IELTS is the only English language qualification recognised by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI). The IELTS test you will need to sit is the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) and this test must be taken at an Approved Test Centre.
You will need to achieve an overall test score of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in any of the four components (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
Tuition Fees for Entry 2020
|Course Duration||UK and EU Students||Students from Outside the EU|
|3 years full time||£9,000 *||£21,213 **|
* Undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students are set by the Welsh Government. They are reviewed annually and may be subject to an increase in future years.
** Undergraduate tuition fees for students from outside the EU are subject to an annual increase.
Travel costs are low as most parts of the city are easily accessible on foot. The halls of residence, most residential areas and the city centre are a 10-15-minute walk from the campus.
Some teaching will take place at our Llanishen Studios, which is a short bus ride from the campus. A weekly ticket from Cardiff Bus is £15 and students aged 16-21 can apply for a pass which reduces this to £9.60 (prices correct as of October 2019).
You will need an essential tool kit containing the following items in order to start the course:
- Scale ruler (1:25 metric triangular)
- Rigging gloves
- 30m measuring tape
- Multi tool (Leatherman or equivalent)
- Podger (17mm/19mm) / Quad Spanner (13mm/17mm/19mm/21mm)
- Torch/Head torch
You will also need to purchase your own steel toe safety shoes. Students are not allowed into the workshops without safety shoes.
Students will need their own black clothing ‘smart blacks’ (long sleeved shirt/top, trousers and shoes) to wear during shows. You will need enough to cover the period of technical rehearsal and performance run (approximately two weeks).
A mobile phone is an essential tool for anyone working in the entertainment industry. The ability to send and receive email is of high importance, and a smartphone also allows easy access to the College’s online timetabling system.
Students will find it useful to have their own laptop, which is able to run Microsoft Office and basic CAD programmes such as SketchUp.
Students who arrange an external work experience placement in conjunction with Course Leaders can usually apply for a bursary to help towards costs associated with the placement. The bursary will not cover all costs and students are responsible for remainder.
Students are encouraged to attend as many College performances as possible and are eligible for free tickets to Richard Burton Company shows. For other performances, students are eligible for discounted tickets.
Dissertations need to be submitted in hard-copy and the cost of printing and binding is the responsibility of the student.
Students who are required to re-sit assessments may be expected to pay a resit fee.