Degree Courses

Stage Management BA (Hons)

The Stage Management BA (Hons) degree is the first of its kind dedicated to delivering the next generation of Stage Managers for Live Events, including: theatre, touring, corporate, sporting, and live outdoor events and festivals. There are an exciting range of events that require specialist stage management skills to ensure their smooth running and it is with this course we give a unique insight into managing everything from theatre stages to TV location work, and sporting events to festivals.

Students learn through practical sessions and visiting professionals to gain a complete understanding of the role of a Stage Manager and the progression pathways. During the course you will develop the knowledge and skills to successfully gain employment in a variety of exciting and demanding roles both nationally and internationally.

Part of Production Park in Wakefield, the complete pre-production and live events centre for the UK, Backstage Academy is surrounded by companies serving some of the biggest names in live events. With stage design, manufacturing, and touring production facilities, clients include Muse, Coldplay, Kylie and Rihanna, together with brands such as Jaguar, Aston Martin and Monster Energy.

  • Why Study This Course?

    The Stage Management BA (Hons) is dedicated to delivering the next generation of Stage Managers for Live Events, including: theatre, touring, corporate, sporting, live outdoor events and festivals. Starting with an in–depth study of traditional theatre based stage management techniques, you will then learn how to apply this knowledge across a range of sectors. You will learn how the role of the stage manager develops from rehearsal to performance and tour, and study ways in which your skills can be transferred to working on international events. This course will provide an understanding of the progression routes into employment in the stage management industry, whilst ensuring a broad range of practical and work based training.

  • Careers

    As a graduate in Stage Management you will have a range of career options to pursue within the live events industry, including live music, conference and corporate events, theatre, fashion shows, parties and weddings, and international events. The unique work experience embedded into the second and third years of the programme will ensure you have a competitive advantage over others graduating from similar programmes of study. It is a developing industry and opportunities are available to graduates with real life vocational experience underpinned by theoretical academic study. In recent years graduates from Backstage Academy have gone on to a wide range of roles in industry, from touring with major acts such as Avenged Sevenfold and The Specials, to working on festivals and the large scale events such as opening ceremonies, to following careers as venue and production technicians.

  • Modules

    Year 1:

    • Academic and Professional Skills for the Events Industries
    • Backstage Technical Skills
    • Production Pre-planning and Rehearsal
    • Production Realisation
    • Events and Festival Stage Management
    • Film and Television Location Work

    Year 2:

    • Work Placement
    • Event Production Management
    • Production Planning and Realisation
    • Applied Stage Management Techniques
    • Research Methods for Events Studies
    • Career Development and Employability

    Year 3:

    • The Integrated Music and Live Events Production Business
    • Showtime Strategic Project Management
    • Events Logistics
    • Stage Management Work Related Project
    • Major Project
  • Assessment

    As well as traditional lectures, seminars and tutorials your learning will be enhanced with visits from guest speakers and masterclass seminars from industry experts, international case studies, workshops and more importantly opportunities to work on live projects as part of both practical modules and work placement; giving you unique insights and a thorough understanding of stage management, operating in international markets and in a range of sectors. Assessment is via a range of methods, from developing a portfolio of your work and skills, to practical assessment and research projects.

  • Admissions Criteria

    For 2017 entry

    You would normally have five GCSE’s at Grade C and above, to include passes in English Language, Maths and Science. 
In addition you would:

    Either have 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels in any subject, or  a BTEC National qualification.

    Or if you do not have 104 UCAS points, but have a minimum of two years relevant industry based experience then we may still be able to offer you a place subject to you completing a diagnostic assessment and attending an interview.

    If English is not your first language you will need IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

  • Fees

    Tuition Fees for this course are currently £9,000 per year for UK/EU students commencing study in 2017.

    Click here for information on finance and living costs.

  • How to Apply

    Applicants are advised to carefully read all the important information about applying for a place at Backstage Academy before applying and accepting any offer. This may be found on our partner University’s website by clicking here – www.bolton.ac.uk/Admissions

    Applications are normally made via UCAS. When completing your UCAS application, please give special consideration to your personal statement, as this is the primary basis upon which we select applicants. Special consideration will be given to those without the necessary academic qualifications, but who are able to demonstrate relevant practical experience. We may additionally invite you to attend for an interview. Our interview process is relaxed and informal; it’s your chance to tell us all about your experiences, ask any questions and for us to make sure the course is right for you. We try to make sure that current students are on hand to discuss their experience of the course with you.

    Applications for this year

    Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for October entry.

    The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

    You can apply for up to five courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £23. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant’s fee of £12 is applicable.

    You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

    • Institution Code Name: BOLTN
    • Institution Code Number: B44
    • Course Codes: BA – W450

    Applications for next year onwards
    Please register your interest and we can send you information about open days, updates on the course and information about how and when to apply.

  • FAQ'S

    What topics will I study on the course?

    From street parades to film & TV location work, product launches to political conferences and music festivals – there’s an exciting range of events that require specialist Stage Management skills to ensure their smooth running. Starting with an in – depth look at traditional theatre based stage management techniques you will also study basic lighting, sound, staging and video. You will look at stage management across a range of sectors (including music festivals), how the role of the stage manager develops from rehearsal to performance and tour, and will study ways in which your skills can be transferred to working on international events.

    The course combines the best of practical experience, learning and development. You will receive a high level of academic and pastoral support. The learning resources to support your study are rated as excellent and include internet and virtual learning environment sources, text books, journals, DVDs and learning packs. Also other specialist resources include state of the art industry facilities such as a live music performance venue, rehearsal spaces and access to the latest in performance technology.

    In addition, our highly experienced programme staff are keen to make the time you spend with them as academically stimulating and rewarding as possible. Our programme staff enjoy a well deserved reputation for being approachable and interested in their students’ progress, therefore as a student on the Stage Management degree programme, you are assured individual support and guidance at every stage.

    What skills will I develop on the course?

    Students studying on this course will develop a range of skills – from intellectual skills such as research and problem solving, practical skills that enhance your employability (such as work based skills like dealing with artists, engaging with clients, freelance working techniques), to gaining a critical insight into the Stage Management industry operating within a local, regional, national & international arena.

    Why is this course different/better than similar courses at other universities?

    This course is unique in that it focuses on equipping you to Stage Manage a range of live music and festival events, conferences, street parades, corporate events, parties and other similar events The course has been developed in by industry experts who stage manage these types of events on a daily basis, so you can be assured that the course is directly aimed at your employability.

    It offers excellent, individual tutor support.

    The facilities, equipment provision and industry linkages are unique within the European Union. The range of teaching and learning methods ensures students develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their own style and creativity.

    The 3 year programme includes periods of work placement, valued by industry and employers. Students are eligible to apply for Backstage Academy Crew paid and voluntary work placements throughout their period of study to provide for experiential learning, developing and substantiating their career enhancement .

    How will this help me in my career?

    This degree will provide an understanding of the progression routes into employment in the Stage Management Industry, whilst ensuring a broad range of practical and work based training. Access to industrial professionals is common place. It is a developing industry and opportunities are available to graduates with real life vocational experience underpinned by theoretical academic study.

    In recent years graduates from Backstage Academy programmes of study have gone on to a wide range of roles in industry, from touring with major acts such as Jay Z, to working on festivals and the large scale events such as opening ceremonies, to following careers as venue and production technicians.

  • Detailed Course Information

    For more detailed course information please CLICK HERE.