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Undergraduate study
Production and Technical Arts

Production and Technical Arts FdA

You gain practical and industry-standard skills in developing lighting, sound and set design as well as developing your academic and critical thinking skills.

 
 

Course overview

You undertake a work placement with a local theatre or theatre company for a week where you shadow a current stage manager in a professional venue.

You are also part of our SRCActingRep and SRCMTEnsemble activities, providing lighting, sound, stage management and technical support for productions throughout the year.

The programme undertakes trips to local, national and international theatres (London and New York Trips are planned for every other year). There is regular industry workshops as well as practical and academic seminars.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College (campus code 3, call 01642 865400 for more information on this course).

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Health, Safety and Legislation

Explore the ever-changing landscape of health, safety and legislation within production and technical arts. Develop an understanding of the health and safety requirements such as risk assessments, working at a height, the use of licensed chaperones when working with young performers as well as important legislation such as copyright laws and having the correct licenses to play music. You take part in and write up a case study focusing on a real vocational performance activity, allowing you to put theory into practice.

Lighting Operation

You apply appropriate crewing and lighting operation skills to a live production and develop skills in communication, organisation, plotting lights, rigging and focusing, reading cue sheets and operating a lighting desk. This module runs alongside the Sound Operation module and you take on both roles for the production and performing, through negotiation. Roles include the rehearsal process, lighting operation during dress and tech rehearsals and in the final performance. You work on a live brief liaising with performers and backstage crew, and keep a reflective learning journal focusing on lessons learned in practice and improvements in performance supported by appropriate theory and feedback from a range of sources.

Planning for the Future

You apply the knowledge and skills gained across all modules to a live brief. You work in a production team and take on the responsibilities of one the roles studied to support the creation of a live piece of theatre. This can be a community project, a touring piece of theatre, a music event, a cabaret, a talent show or any other performance-related product. You consider the timeframe, take on roles such as lighting operator, sound operator and stage manager. You are responsible for the organising and implementing of the performance project and take responsibility for the health and safety implications . You present a project proposal and keep a management portfolio throughout documenting the process.

Production and Technical Arts in Context

You investigate and question the historical, social, political, cultural and economic development of production and technical arts. You develop an understanding of the historical developments of the technical and production arts and share your understanding with peers through discussion, debate and presentation, and you gain an understanding of self-reflection.

Sound Operation

You apply appropriate crewing and sound operation skills to a live production and develop skills in team work and communication, setting up and testing levels of microphones, sound checks, reading cue sheets and operating a sound desk. This module runs alongside the Lighting Operation module and you take on both roles for the production and performing through negotiation. Roles include the rehearsal process, sound operation during dress and tech rehearsals and in the final performance. You work on a live brief liaising performers and backstage crew, and keep a reflective learning focusing on lessons learned in practice and improvements in performance supported by appropriate theory and feedback from a range of sources.

Stage Management

You apply appropriate stage management skills to a live production and reflect on your development throughout. You develop skills including communication, organisation and practical skills in writing risk assessments and having the responsibility of the prompt book. You work on a live brief liaising with a performers and backstage crew, and keep a reflective learning journal .

 

Year 2 core modules

Design Portfolio

This module is your opportunity to specialise in one area of production design (lighting, sSound, makeup for the stage, props and set design, or costume design) and create a portfolio of design ideas for your chosen area of production arts.

Production Arts in Context

Build on your previous work and investigate the historical, social, political, cultural and economic development of production arts. You develop an understanding of the historical developments of production arts and share your understanding with peers through discussion, debate and presentation.

Production Arts in Practice

You apply the knowledge and skills gained across all modules to two live briefs. You work in a production team taking on the responsibilities of one the roles to support the creation of a live piece of theatre which is directed by the tutor, as part of the SRCEnsemble. There are two to four performances across the academic year including a main house musical and/or play.

Production Management

Consolidate and enhance the skills you have developed on the course previously. You develop a realistic match between career aspirations and personal aptitudes. You further develop the essential skills of the accomplished arts practitioner/administrator/technician and employ them in a number of practical working contexts of varying complexity leading to the delivery of professional standard products.

Production Workshop

This is your opportunity to to specialise in an area of production design (from lighting, sound, makeup for the stage, props and set design, or costume design) and assesses the practical function of your chosen area as you implement the designs from your design portfolio against a live brief.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You study the arts in a range of ways including practical workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials. Tutorials help you to discover and develop your personal aptitude for your chosen career path.

Teaching staff on the programme are all industry professionals with specific teaching and industry knowledge for their area.

How you are assessed

You are assessed in a variety of ways, including essays, reports, presentations and performance observations. There are no external exams. Each assessment is carefully designed to give you the necessary tools to succeed.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are 40-48 points or relevant industry-level experience.

Direct entry to Year 2 is possible through our Cert HE Production and Technical Arts for the Stage, or other relevant Level 4 qualification or substantial relevant industry-level experience.

For this particular course, there may be a need/requirement for students to undertake an occupational health/work based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement or in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.

Because this course is taught at Stockton Riverside College, we are not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

Graduates can expect to work in the arts and entertainment industries, education and the media. Successful completion of this course can lead to progression on to our honours degree in performing arts.

 
 

Full-time

Entry to 2022/23 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£6,150 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 2 years
  • UCAS code: W454 FdA/PTA
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 40-48 tariff points

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time
 

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UK students

Email: saci-admissions@tees.ac.uk

Telephone: 01642 738801


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