Degree Courses

Stage and Production Management BA (Hons)

Stage & Production Management BA (Hons) at Backstage Academy is dedicated to delivering the next generation of stage and production managers for the live events sector, in areas as diverse as theatre, live music, concert touring, corporate events and sport.

Beginning with an in–depth study of traditional theatre based stage management techniques, you will then learn how to apply this knowledge across the breadth of live events. You will examine how the roles of stage and production managers develop from rehearsal to performance and tour, and study the ways in which your skills can be transferred to working on international events. 

The programme has been designed to give you an edge to succeed in a busy market place and is the first of its kind to be dedicated to the stage and production management of large scale events, concert tours, parades, fashion shows and conferences.

Key Subject Areas
production management; show calling; stage management; ASM; DSM; Prop making; Tour management; production advancing; production planning; scheduling; budgeting; logistics; Festival stage management

The course is regulated by the Office for Students.

  • Why Study This Course?

    The Stage and Production Management BA (Hons) is dedicated to delivering the next generation of Stage and Production 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.

    OurStage and Production Management course is approved by the Stage Management Association.

  • Careers

    As a graduate in stage and production 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 to working on festivals and large-scale events such as opening ceremonies, as well as careers as venue and production technicians.

  • Modules


    This module allows students to develop appropriate academic and research skills for higher educational study and to understand their relevance and application in professional contexts. It allows effective communication skills to be developed and increased awareness of developments and opportunities available in the Live Events Production sector and how students might progress within this industry.

    This module will introduce you to the principles and practices of stage management, as well as the working procedures of UK theatrical establishments. To be a successful stage manager you need to have a clear understanding of the theatrical and live event industry and the governance of that within a wider context. The role of stage manager involves being at the hub of a range of disciplines and roles. The stage management team are normally the first port of call for all those involved in creating and the running of a show. In order to communicate and manage this process in a professional manner you will need to demonstrate a good understanding of the functions and roles involved in the process of creating a show.

    This module introduces students to the technical aspects of any production which are core to the stage manager. Through practical sessions this module teaches a comprehensive range of technical skills which are required in a live event environment and gives students the opportunity to put these into practice.

    This module involves the production of a technical rider (specification) from a given brief and produce a tour itinerary. In doing so, you will develop and apply skills including communication skills, planning and scheduling skills and team-working skills. You will also gain an appreciation for the importance of production pre-planning and the rehearsal phase of the show.

    This module takes you through the process of a production from conception to implementation. To support an event, you will create and collate a show pack containing all relevant documentation and information. An understanding of the procurement process as well as how to market the event will ensure a cohesive production is achieved.

    In tandem with your ‘Show Concept and Design’ module, this module allows you to develop your concept and planning into a realised event. You will conduct production meetings with your teams to ensure your planning is robust and communicated effectively to all parties, internal and external. You will develop an awareness of event infrastructure and the roles and responsibilities that go towards creating a successful show.


    The purpose of this module is to provide you with experience of working in the Events Industry. You will consider your current and future professional development and explore your career choices. Job searching and application skills will be developed to help you secure a placement. You will utilise reflective analysis to assess and develop skills during event operations and practice in a work context.

    This module deals with the managerial aspects of the Stage Manager’s role. You will appraise a range of techniques to help you gain an understanding of management concepts in dealing with teams and individuals. Techniques explored will include motivation, Total Quality Management, pastoral care and conflict resolution. You will also study the wider performance environment to understand the management issues involved in larger scale productions. You will investigate advance technologies related to the live industry and how these challenge the stage manager.

    This module examines the more senior roles within the live model, specifically when looking at international touring. You will identify how these job roles relate to the Stage Manager and outline the career pathways available to you. You will consider the wider performance environment in relation to large scale and international shows including personnel and administrative considerations.

    This module is designed to enhance your academic research skills. You will consider different forms of primary research and the ways in which data can be collected and analysed. You will explore the discipline of academic writing and develop an awareness of secondary research sources and literature searching technique. Ethical considerations such as confidentiality, data protection and unfair means will be taken into account.

    This module allows students to further develop their critical awareness of event management. It will focus upon the infrastructure of events, the legal and financial aspects and key management operations.

    This module allows students to further develop their critical awareness of event planning and technical production. It will focus upon creative production design and delivery through project management and evaluation, collaboration and communication skills, risk management, financial planning and regulatory frameworks.


    In this module you will develop your understanding of the business structure of the live events industry with a particular focus on the live music sector. You will study social and economic benefits related to the industry and investigate the functions and interactions between the various facets of the sector. You will develop a detailed understanding of how individuals and businesses operate within the industry.

    This module offers you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of issues related to logistics and supply chain management in the Live Events Industry. You will develop and consolidate skills in coordinating and controlling activities involved in the management of events. You will also analyse the management of operations and aspects of supply chain management and evaluate how, given the international dynamics of the live events industry, operations can work in a coordinated manner to provide a successful event. You will develop an understanding of the wider issues of event management including legal and governmental issues, documentary requirements, the environmental impacts of events, and how risks can be managed.

    This module is designed to help you develop your prior and concurrent learning into work-related skills. It is further designed to help you develop your own professional skills in terms of time-management and working with others towards a pre-set goal. The module will require you to complete a period of work placement and provide you with practical experience of working in the Live Events Industry. The module will utilise the learning gained in the other modules studied. You will apply your learning to a work related project that you will develop to the potential benefit of an existing live events organisation.

    This module allows you to develop your knowledge and perspective of the live events sector. You will investigate a variety of external factors at play, such as economic, political, technical and environmental factors. You will explore and evaluate current issues within these fields and analyse how they impact on the sector and on particular types of event.

    The Major Project module is a substantial piece of work that will give you the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of your achievement on the degree as a whole. The module will enable you to consolidate the skills and experience gained during the first two years of the course. You will agree a project proposal and a learning agreement with your supervisor. You may work individually or in teams. If you work in a team, the team members will have a common supervisor or supervising team. Your project will build on areas already explored in the other modules in your programme. The module tutor and guide will provide further advice regarding the project, including attendance, supervisory arrangements, assessment criteria and rules regarding teamwork.

  • 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

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

    Or if you do not have 112 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 £9,250 per year for UK/EU students commencing study in 2019.

    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 £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant’s fee of £13 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 wide range of events including live music and festivals, conferences, street parades, sport and corporate events. The course has been developed with and is delivered by industry experts who are still regularly out in the field so you can be assured that the course is directly aimed at your employability.

    The 3-year programme includes periods of work placement, valued by industry and employers. Students are eligible to apply for 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

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  • National Student Survey


    The National Student Survey (NSS) is an annual survey which gives final year higher education students the opportunity to provide feedback about their experience on their course.

    In the survey, students respond to statements using a five-point response scale from ‘definitely disagree’ to ‘definitely agree’. The statements are grouped into the following sections:

    • The teaching on my course
    • Learning opportunities
    • Assessment and feedback
    • Academic support
    • Organisation and management
    • Learning resources
    • Learning community
    • Student voice

    Our NSS score for the Stage Management (BA) Hons course is 81%.

  • Location(s) of Study

    The delivery of this course takes place on the Production Park campus.

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