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This course is vocational and practice-based, using our state-of-the-art workshops, studios and theatres, and making use of the extensive opportunities to work on our many public productions and showcases.

Choosing from one or two areas of technical theatre or stage management, you will build on your skills and experience from your foundation degree to gain specialist knowledge and replicate working at high-level industry standards. Alongside our experienced teaching faculty, you will be introduced to practitioners from across the industry who provide additional insights into the variety of careers open to you and the skills and experience your future employers will be looking for.

You will graduate from the course ready to take on a range of roles across theatre, film, television, radio and live events.

You will also benefit from a professional development programme, as well as the RADA Buddy mentoring scheme, which supports your transition from student to professional with graduate ‘buddies’ providing professional advice, feedback and networking opportunities.

Students who successfully complete the FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management at RADA will now automatically be considered for the BA (Hons) progression year. We also welcome applicants with a foundation degree or equivalent from elsewhere to apply for this course.

Places are available in a number of subject areas:

  • Costume supervision
  • Lighting (design and/or production lighting)
  • Production management
  • Sound (design and/or production sound)
  • Property making
  • Scenic art
  • Scenic construction
  • Stage management
  • Technical management
  • Video (design and/or production video)

Combinations of subjects may also be considered, for example:

  • Property making and stage management
  • Technical and production management
  • Scenic construction and technical management
  • Scenic art and property making

Timetable and workload

You will usually work around 45 hours per week, sometimes slightly longer, with some classes, projects and productions including evenings and weekends.

You can find our term dates up to summer 2022 here.

Assessment

Assessment takes place twice per term. For each assessment period, you will receive formal written feedback from tutors and a numerical mark. The staff assessment forms part of the ongoing conversation about your progress.

Alongside the staff process, you will complete your own self-assessment (before seeing the staff’s thoughts) which forms part of your own reflection on your learning.

You may be assessed on a production role, a personal project or a work placement depending on the course being followed. Placements are not marked, but you must be deemed to have passed that assessment based on a satisfactory report from the employer.

The course consists of 120 credits. Students must enter with 240 credits from a foundation degree. Credits from a previous degree are unable to be transferred.

Students will complete six modules in the year, five of which are credit bearing at either 30 or 15 credits. The sixth module does not contribute to the student’s credit, but will be assessed and contribute to their final mark and degree classification so is compulsory. The student must take a minimum of three out of five credit-bearing modules in their chosen area of specialisation.

The remaining non-credit bearing module may be in this specialisation or another area. Students have a minimum and maximum number of production, project and placement options.

Teaching staff

Visit our theatre production staff list to read about our faculty.

RADA felt right from when I first came to interview; I loved the spaces and that you get to learn many different aspects of technical theatre. After three years, I feel like I have grown so much as a person and as a professional.
Danni Haylett, BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management, 2017

Apply by submitting our online application form, which will be followed by an interview. It is free to apply to this course.

Please note: students on RADA's FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management (TTSM) will now be automatically considered for the BA (Hons) progression year. Due to the highly specialist nature of our training, there will be limited places available in some specialisms. RADA still welcomes applicants with a foundation degree or equivalent from elsewhere to apply for this course.

A guide to our online application form

  • Applications are online – you can fill out the form on a desktop, mobile or any other device.
  • If you find that the form doesn't work, try using a different browser. We recommend Chrome or Safari.
  • We ask questions about you including your address, school address, qualifications and household income.
  • We ask for a passport-style photo of you. This can be a selfie or any other photo that clearly shows you from the shoulders up in portrait orientation up to 2MB in size. This is for our records only.
  • Parts of the form will appear/disappear according to your answers – this is so we can collect the correct information for each applicant.
  • The information we collect is confidential. Some of it is shared with our interview panel, but we mark this clearly on the form.
  • You can save your progress and return to it later. If you press save, the form creates a URL which you will need to save or email to yourself. You can then use this link to return to your place in the form and continue filling it in.
  • Once you have pressed 'Submit' on the application form you can no longer edit, so please make sure you have filled out everything correctly.
  • You will receive a confirmation email to say your form has been submitted. This will also include a summary of your answers to the Your Details and Your Qualifications sections, so you have a record of these.

Entry requirements

Candidates must:

Admissions process

Once you have submitted your application, we will get in touch with you to arrange an interview date. Interviews will begin in January 2021 and will take place online. We hope to have completed them by the end of May, although this is dependent on the volume of applications.

In exceptional circumstances a candidate may be asked to take part in a second interview - this could take the form of a set task or group work, but we will never ask any candidate to take a test or exam.

You should come prepared to talk enthusiastically about your passions and your experience. You will be invited to show the panel examples of your work and/or a portfolio during the interview, and we encourage you to share your workings through photographs, notes, sketches etc.

Find more details in our Admissions Procedure Guide (large print format available here).

Information for disabled candidates

We consider diversity to be an enriching and vital part of what makes us one of the world leaders in providing vocational training. We encourage the opportunity for self-development regardless of age, gender, disability, ethnicity, marital status, nationality, sexual orientation, parental status, religion or belief.

We welcome applications from disabled candidates and encourage them to disclose relevant information regarding any disability when completing their application form, to enable us to provide additional support during the admissions process. If you are a disabled candidate and would like further advice or guidance, please contact the admissions team directly on admissions@rada.ac.uk.

Read more in our Admissions Procedure Guide (large print format available here).

Admissions, appeals and complaints

For information about RADA’s admissions, appeals and complaints procedures for higher education courses, please download and read our Admissions, Appeals and Complaints document. Please note that this process covers the following courses:

  • BA (Hons) in Acting
  • FdA Technical Theatre and Stage Management
  • BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management (progression year)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Costume
  • MA Theatre Lab

Policies, terms and conditions

If you would like to know more about RADA’s admissions policies for higher education courses, please download and read our Admissions Policy.

Please download the RADA Fees Policy for more information about fee levels and increases, deposits and payment.

Please see our Student Protection Plan for information about how we protect your rights.

You can read our terms and conditions for students here.

In my opinion, there’s no other course that can prepare you the way that RADA does for the industry. RADA also offers financial support when you need it.
Jai Morjaria, BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management, 2016

Tuition fees

Undergraduate fees for the academic year 2021-21

Home (UK) students
£9,250

International students
£20,675

Your course is one year in length, so for Home (UK) students the total tuition will be £9,250. For international students, the total tuition will be £20,675.

See below for information on whether you are classed as a Home (UK) or International student. This also affects the financial support available.

For Home (UK) students, please note that our fees are regulated by the Office for Students.

Please see the fees policy for more information about how RADA calculates tuition fee increases for each year of a course.

UK or International student?

There are strict regulations regarding residency which must be met in order to qualify for Home (UK) student status. Please note: EU students who started a course in September 2020 or earlier are eligible to pay Home fees for the duration of their course; any EU student (except Irish nationals) starting a course from September 2021 onwards will have International student status.

Home (UK) student
In order to be classed as a Home (UK) student you normally need to meet all of the following criteria on the first day of the first academic year of the course:

  • You are settled in the UK (this means there is no immigration restriction on the length of your stay).
  • You are ordinarily resident in the UK, and have been for the full three years before the first day of the academic year (ordinarily resident means that your main home is in the UK, and you are choosing to live in the UK).
  • The main reason for you being in the UK was not to receive full-time education.

International student
If you do not fall under the Home (UK) definition, you will be classed as an international student.

International students coming to RADA on a full-time course of more than six months will require a Student visa before coming to the UK to start your course. Without the visa you will not be allowed to enter the UK. Please download our guide for more information.

The definitions on this page are only a very brief summary and there are a number of exceptions to the conditions listed. For more detailed information, please refer to the UK Council for International Student Affairs guide.

Other costs

Almost all materials and resources you require for your courses, including travel for any trips, are included in your tuition fees.

Other materials costs: £300

The things not covered include protective footwear, practice clothes, play texts and stationery. International students will have costs associated with the Student visa.

Funding your training

It is important that you understand when you accept a place at RADA that you know how you will pay for it and whether you will need financial assistance. We do not take account of financial need when offering places, but we do reasonably assume that if you are applying to come to RADA, you will be able to pay the fees and support yourself.

Although applications are made directly to RADA, not through UCAS, RADA is a Registered Provider with the Office for Students. This means that our courses are eligible for student financial support.

RADA also offers a number of scholarships, the majority of which are awarded on the basis of income to undergraduate students studying in higher education for the first time.

Student loans

You can apply for a student loan for your tuition fees and living costs (maintenance) if you are:

  • a Home (UK) student
  • have not already completed a course at the same level (for example another BA degree)

Tuition fee loans are not means tested and this means that you do not have to pay any fees upfront for your course.

Depending on your home/residency country, you will also be able to take out a maintenance loan to support you in your studies. These loans are means tested and will depend on whether you are living at home or independently. Information about how much you can borrow and a student finance calculator are available on the student finance website.

Support for UK undergraduates taking a second degree

Second-degree students are not eligible for government-sponsored loans for a degree at the same or lower level.

RADA welcomes applications from UK students who already hold a degree from another institution or in a different subject and we hold a small number of places at the UK fee rate for such students.

You will need to finance yourself for both fees and living expenses. We have a very limited number of scholarships, which include full-fee and/or full-maintenance scholarships for students who are not eligible for student finance. Please read our scholarship section below for more information.

It is in your interest to provide us with information about how you intend to pay for your fees and support yourself through training, if you are not eligible for government-sponsored student finance. We will prioritise students from low-income backgrounds and from groups under-represented in the profession in allocating financial support.

International students are required to pay the full cost of their fees and living costs and are made an offer on the basis of paying privately. However, all funding issues are discussed individually with each student once an offer has been made.

Support for international students

International students are required to pay the full cost of fees and living expenses. Your offer is made on the basis that you can meet these expenses from your own funds. There are also financial requirements associated with the allocation of a Student visa.

RADA is not, at present, eligible for US Federal Loans.

Scholarships

RADA offers a number of scholarships. The majority of our scholarships will be awarded on the basis of income to undergraduate students studying in higher education for the first time.

We have a limited number of scholarships for second degree students. We do not usually offer scholarships to international students from outside the UK.

Means-tested scholarships

For UK student, new to higher education, starting an undergraduate course in September 2021, we offer the following awards:

Income under £25,000
Minimum award of £2,000 for each year of study

Income £25,001 - £43,000
Award between £500 and £1,999 for each year of study

Care leavers

In accordance with our 2020-21 – 2024-25 Access and Participation Plan, RADA offers an additional scholarship to care leavers (for living costs) of £3,000 per year for each year of study. This is for UK students on undergraduate courses.

Students are invited to apply for scholarship support once the offer of a place is made.

Graduates from RADA’s BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management can be found practising their professional skills across the industry.

For more information on recent graduate destinations, visit the Careers section of the FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management.



Right: Tank created by RADA graduate Kate Jewitt for Il Trovatore at the Royal Opera House, designed by Patrick Bannwart.

    I am under 18, can I apply to RADA?

    Candidates must be at least 18 on 1 September 2021. We offer other opportunities for young people under 18 including Access and Participation projects and Short Courses.

    Is there an upper age limit to apply to RADA?

    There is no upper age limit and all candidates who apply will be offered an interview.

    Do I apply through UCAS?

    RADA does not use the UCAS service for applications and we have an independent admissions process. Apply via the online application form at the top of this page.

    Where can I get a prospectus?

    We no longer produce a physical prospectus. All information on full-time courses can be found on the RADA website, including course content, costs and funding, graduate destinations, the application process, welfare support and where to live.

    You can also download a RADA careers poster to display in your school, theatre or organisation here.

    Does RADA hold open days for the Technical Theatre and Stage Management courses?

    Due to the restrictions in place in response to Covid-19, we are not able to hold in-person open days this year. Details of digital events will be announced soon; sign up to our mailing list here to receive information.

    After I’ve sent in my application, how long will it take to hear back from you?

    You will receive an automated email confirming receipt of your application when you have submitted it. We will then contact you with a date for your interview. Interviews are likely to start in January 2021.

    What if I am ill on the day of my interview?

    If you are ill on the day, please email admissions@rada.ac.uk in advance of your interview time.

    We will try to provide an alternative date, but this may not be possible as it is dependent on where we are in the admissions process.

    Can I defer entry?

    No. You should apply for a place in the year before the September you wish to begin your training.

    How many students are accepted each year?

    There is an intake of around 20 students each year.

    I am from outside the UK. How does this affect my fees and my funding options?

    There are different fees for UK and international students. You must have lived in the UK for three consecutive years prior to starting the course in order to qualify for UK level tuition fees.

    For example, if you were born in the UK but then moved to Australia for twenty years, you would be liable to pay the international rate.

    Please read the 'Costs and funding' section above to know if you are an UK or international student.

    If you are a UK student new to higher education, you can apply for a student loan for your tuition fees and living costs. If you are an international student, you are required to pay the full cost of your fees and living expenses. Your offer is made on the basis that you can meet these expenses from your own funds.

    We do not usually offer scholarships to international students from outside the UK.

    RADA eligible for the Federal Loan Scheme?

    RADA is not, at present, eligible for US Federal Loans.

    I am an EU student. How does Brexit affect my application or my fees/funding?

    The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and is now in a transition period. In June 2020, the UK government announced that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status or financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year. This does not apply to Irish nationals, or anyone who benefits from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement.

    You can read the full government announcement here. Please see www.gov.uk for more details.

    What are the term dates?

    You can find our term dates up to summer 2022 here.

    Is it possible to transfer course, to or within RADA?

    Generally, we do not accept student transfers into our higher education courses. For our higher education Theatre Production courses (FdA Technical Theatre and Stage Management, one-year BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management top up award and PgDip Theatre Costume), we are unlikely to accept students part-way through the course. We take students from other institutions into the BA (Hons) TTSM top-up award, but not part-way through the year and they must apply and be interviewed as with all applicants.

    We are not able to support students transferring between courses at RADA, particularly between acting and theatre production degrees as these are very different and vocational pathways. A student wishing to change direction would need to be interviewed or auditioned to join one of the other courses.

    You can download our policy statement on transferring courses here.

    How have you adapted your admissions process and teaching in response to Covid-19?

    Due to the restrictions in place in response to Covid-19, all interviews will now take place online. We are planning to hold digital events so you can get an insight into our facilities and find out more about what it is like to come to RADA; sign up to our mailing list here to receive information.

    Current RADA students are continuing their courses with a combination of in-person and online training. We will continue to adapt our training in light of changing government protocols and advice, but please note courses in September 2021 may encompass some elements of online training.

    RADA is currently closed to the public and to visitors. Please read more about our Covid-19 protocols here.

    Will I have the time to work while studying at RADA?

    Course hours will regularly include evenings and Saturdays, especially during production weeks so there would be little opportunity to work during term time.

    It is important that students have a balance of study and rest throughout their time at RADA to enable them to complete their training satisfactorily.

Read our regulations and policies relating to admissions and current students here.