Talented and creative professionals are in great demand for backstage roles across the live entertainment industry. Offering hands-on experience in a real working theatre, our exciting BA (Hons) Technical Theatre covers all the behind-the-scenes skills which go into staging exciting productions.
Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.
Course Leader: Kit Lane
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UCAS code: W443
Start date: September
Course length: 3 Years Full Time
Campus: Markeaton Street and Derby Theatre, Derby Campus
College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education
If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.
This exciting Technical Theatre programme is taught by practicing theatre professionals with expertise in all areas of technical theatre. You will study the traditional technical theatre disciplines but then go on to explore the integration of new media and emerging technologies in live performance. During the course you will encounter a range of practices including stage and production management, lighting, sound, projection, set, props, wardrobe and theatre administration. You will be part of the production team for public performances in the main house and studio at Derby Theatre and other venues around the city and further afield. There is also the opportunity to be involved in extra-curricular activity at the Theatre.
You will develop a broad range of skills and be able to follow your particular interests and specialise in related areas. The general pattern of your work during the course moves from class work and focused practical sessions during the first stage to being part of the production crew for public performances during stage two and on to heading up a department and/or engaging in a design role for public performances in the final stage.
As well as the specialist facilities of Derby Theatre (which include a scenic workshop and dedicated student Production and Design suite) you will have access to a wide range of facilities at the Markeaton Street site including wood and metal workshops, computer labs with specialist design software, LASER cutters, 3D-Printers, audio labs, video equipment and much more.
You’ll study all the traditional technical theatre disciplines but then go on to explore how new media and emerging technologies can be integrated in live performance. There is also the opportunity to pursue your personal interests to specialise in particular areas.
You’ll study a total of 120 credits per year, which will be made up of single or double modules.
The emphasis at this stage is on class work and focused practical sessions with opportunities to observe and shadow professional practitioners at Derby Theatre.
You'll study introductory modules such as:
At this stage, you’ll become part of the production crew for public performances and have the opportunity to focus on an area of personal interest.
You’ll study modules such as:
You’ll progress to greater responsibilities within technical theatre, such as heading up a department or engaging in a design role for performances.
You’ll study modules such as:
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
|September 2017 typical entry requirements|
|UCAS points||120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE||Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English|
|Interview / Audition|
Yes - please see below
You will be invited to an interview as part of the application process.
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Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year
£11,750 per year
Fees for 2018/19 entry are still being decided, so please check back later in the year for more information.
The fees for students starting this course in September 2017 will be available soon.
Learning and assessment
You’ll take part in lectures, seminars, practical workshops, tutorials and self-directed study, while engaging with performance and production activities. Assessment is through written coursework and practical evaluation.
You’ll work alongside students on other courses such as the BA (Hons) Performing Arts and BA (Hons) Contemporary Theatre and Performance to stage work not only at Derby Theatre but also at major events such as Buxton Fringe Festival and the National Student Drama Festival. The nature of technical theatre means that you should expect to work on shows during the evenings, overnight and at weekends occasionally.
Whilst all of your learning is underpinned by classroom based theory this programme has a very practical, hands-on approach to learning and you will spend much of your time working alongside the professionals at Derby Theatre. You might find yourself helping to construct the set, rigging lights or organizing props.
Real world learning is at the core of the Technical Theatre programme. Your work will be grounded in the professional activities of Derby Theatre and you will find yourself involved in production activities from a very early stage. We also work with other theatres and entertainment venues (such as theme parks) to give you exposure to practices in a variety of contexts. As well as professional productions you will work alongside students on a number of programmes and develop valuable skills in collaborating across a number of disciplines.
You’ll benefit from honing your skills in Derby Theatre. We are one of the only UK universities to own and run a professional producing theatre and your course is delivered as part of the innovative Learning Theatre initiative, funded by Arts Council England, which enables you to gain valuable industry experience.
The vision for the Learning Theatre is to develop the next generation of theatre makers while creating a highly successful regional producing theatre and a city-wide community education programme.
It means you’ll be involved in the day-to-day operations of Derby Theatre. You’ll become part of the production team for public performances in the main house and studio as well as other city venues, schools and community settings. There is also the opportunity to become involved in extra-curricular activities at the Theatre.
Such has been the success of the Learning Theatre project that it won the prize for ‘Excellence and Innovation in the Arts’ in the Times Higher Education Awards. It has also become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).
People you will meet
You’ll be taught by practicing professionals with expertise in their own specialist areas of technical theatre.
Kit Lane (Program Leader) – Over 25 years’ professional theatre experience. Production Manager for over 100 productions in the UK, West End and internationally. Video Designer with dozens of professional designs nationally and internationally.
Rebecca Emery (Lecturer) – 20 plus years of professional experience in Stage Management and Production Management nationally and internationally. Board member and former Chair of the Stage Management Association.
Alexandra Stafford-Marshall – Associate Lecturer and freelance lighting designer with 25 year’s professional experience. Formerly Chief Electrician of Derby Playhouse.
Adam McCready – Guest Lecturer and Freelance Sound Designer with over a decade of experience and numerous design credits.
Tim Heywood – Head of Wardrobe at Derby Theatre and accomplished designer of set and costumes for theatre, TV and film.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Our graduates have a great employability track record in many areas of the live event industry, including lighting design, project management, stage management, technical support and theatre technician roles.
Throughout the Technical Theatre course, you’ll discover countless opportunities to showcase your work to a wider audience, make contacts across the industry, and join professional agencies and support networks to help launch your career. We’ll help you to structure an impressive CV and portfolio to plot your course through the complex terrain of the creative industries.
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