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. With this course we give a unique insight into managing everything from theatre stages to TV location work, and sporting events to festivals.
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 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. The programme is the first of its kind to be dedicated to the stage management of festival stages, large scale events, parades, fashion shows and conferences, and is designed to give you an edge to succeed in a busy market place. Seminars, lectures and practical workshops will deliver course content, whilst assessment methods include practical assignments, written reports and reflective portfolios. Work experience modules are embedded into the second and third years of the programme so that all students become fully integrated in the live events industry by the end of their time at Backstage Academy.
The course is regulated by the Office for Students.
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.
Our stage management course is approved by the Stage Management Association.
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 to working on festivals and large-scale events such as opening ceremonies, as well as careers as venue and production technicians.
- 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
- Work Placement
- Event Production Management
- Production Planning and Realisation
- Applied Stage Management Techniques
- Research Methods for Events Studies
- Career Development and Employability
- The Integrated Music and Live Events Production Business
- Events Logistics
- Showtime Strategic Project Management
- Stage Management Work Related Project
- Major Project
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.
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 (2018 entry) or 112 UCAS points (2019 entry) from at least two A levels in any subject, or a BTEC National qualification.
Or if you do not have 104 UCAS points (2018 entry) or 112 UCAS points (2019 entry), 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.
Tuition Fees for this course are currently £9,250 per year for UK/EU students commencing study in 2018 and 2019.
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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
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
For more detailed course information please CLICK HERE.
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.