Technical Theatre and Stage Management
The first year of this two year Foundation Degree incorporates a broad, practical training in the areas that contribute to a theatre production. In the second year students choose to specialise in an area that interests them. They can choose from stage management, lighting, construction, sound, property making or costume. The training is almost entirely vocational and practical, with a focus on a career in the industry.
Rich and diverse in its scope and facilities, the course combines in-depth technical instruction with a clear insight into the necessary organisational, managerial and collective skills which also form the core of successful dramatic work.
The training also teaches skills relevant to other areas of the entertainment industry – film, radio, television, conferences, events and other commercial ventures.
From the outset, the training involves work on RADA productions as crew and/or operator. In their second year students take on senior roles such as Stage Manager, Production Electrician, Head of Construction, Wardrobe Supervisor or Property Maker on the Academy’s public productions. All students work alongside professional directors and designers. Second year roles are chosen by the student in consultation with teaching staff and the Course Director in order to facilitate a clear and well focused career pathway. Career guidance and professional development sessions are given throughout the course.
THE FOUNDATION DEGREE TRAINING INCLUDES:
- Stage management
- Stage electrics/lighting design
- Scenic art
- Scenic construction
- Property making and procurement
- Set design
- Production management
- Technical and creative film roles eg Script Supervisor, First Assistant Director, Location Manager
- Professional secondment/work placement: up to six weeks with a theatre company, organisation or practitioner
Other Areas Covered Include:
- First Aid (students receive a First Aid Certificate)
- Health and safety in the workplace
- Technical drawing
- Music score reading
- History of theatre
- Company management
- Career development
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BA Completion Year in Technical Theatre and Stage Management
Subject to suitability, students may wish to study a third year to achieve a BA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management(completion award). This can be taken in a number of individual areas: Stage Management; Stage Lighting; Property Making; Scenic Art; Costume; Technical Management; Production Management; Stage Sound. Combinations of subjects may also be considered, dependent on the applicant persuading the interview panel of the personal and vocational relevance of their choice.
To be accepted onto this third year training the student must have gained a high award on completion of the RADA Technical Theatre and Stage Management Foundation Degree or similar level qualification, be successful in interview and pass other specific criteria. Very few places are awarded in each area per year, but this does allow students to enjoy a very high level of individual focus on their programmes.
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