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The course

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 from September 2021. 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 2021 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

How to apply

Apply by submitting our online application form, which will be followed by an interview.

Interviews are held in London, Bristol, Glasgow and Manchester. You should indicate on the application form where you would prefer to attend an interview.

Please note: students on RADA's FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management (TTSM) will be automatically considered for the BA (Hons) progression year from September 2021. Due to the highly specialist nature of our training, there will still be limited places available in some specialisms. RADA still welcomes applicants with a foundation degree or equivalent from elsewhere to apply for this course.

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 2020 and we hope to have completed the process by April, although this is dependent on the volume of applications.

You should come prepared to talk enthusiastically about your passions and your theatre experience. If you have a portfolio of work, please bring it with you. A good portfolio should display your process as well as your finished result.

We may, in exceptional circumstances, offer an interview via Skype to candidates who are not based in the UK. We may also invite some candidates to visit the Academy for a tour and/or second interview if their first interview was not at RADA.

Find more detail about what to prepare for the interview process in our Admissions Procedure guide.

For entry in 2020-21, RADA does not charge an application fee for the FdA or BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management.

Interview dates

  • London
    Interviews Jan-May 2020 (applications close 22 Feb)
  • Glasgow
    Interviews Monday 3 February (applications close 13 Jan)
  • Manchester
    Interviews Friday 28 February (applications close 13 Jan)
  • Bristol
    Interviews Friday 13 March (applications close 13 Jan)

Travel bursaries

All UK/EU students new to higher education who meet one of the following criteria will be considered for a travel bursary for interview for the FdA/BA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management. The criteria are:

You attended a state school; and one or more of the following:

  • your family income is below £25,000
  • your family income is less than £43,000 and your home address is in a neighbourhood with low participation (in accordance with the POLAR4 Postcode Check). You must be in a POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2 neighbourhood for this to apply
  • you will be considered to be a care leaver when you begin your training (care leavers can receive travel bursaries for all rounds of audition).

Please make sure that you have indicated your family income in the box on the application form to be considered.

You will need to provide evidence of income to be eligible for a travel bursary. We do not set a specific amount paid for travel bursaries as it will depend on the distance travelled and mode of transport. We will only pay travel bursaries for travel within the UK.

Information for disabled applicants

We consider diversity to be enriching and a 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 applicants and encourage them to disclose relevant information regarding any disability when completing their application form, to enable us to provide additional support during the interview process. If you are a disabled student and would like further advice or guidance, please contact the admissions team directly.

Read more in our Admissions Procedure guide.

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
  • Foundation Course in Acting

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

Costs and funding

Tuition fees

Undergraduate fees for the academic year 2020-21

Home students (UK and EU)
£9,000*

International
£20,450

Your course is one year in length, so for Home students the total tuition will be £9,000. For international students, the total tuition will be £20,450.

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

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

Please note that fees for Home UK/EU students starting in 2020-21 are regulated by the Office for Students. The fees are unlikely to be less than £9,000 unless government policy changes and new levels are set. RADA may seek to apply a higher fee of £9,250 subject to us receiving an independent teaching excellence rating. We will update this information as soon as possible.

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

*The UK government has guaranteed that all EU undergraduates starting in 2020-21 will have the same tuition fee levels and status as Home (UK) students. Visit www.gov.uk for more details.

UK, EU or International student?

There are strict regulations regarding residency which must be met in order to qualify for Home Student status. All EU students who are offered a place at RADA are required to verify their EU status prior to the offer of the place being confirmed.

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.

EU student

You will be classed as a Home (EU) student if, on the first day of the first academic year of your course:

  • You are an EU national, or the relevant family member of a non-UK EU national, who is in the UK as a self-sufficient person or as a student, or the relevant family member of a UK national.
  • You must have been ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area and/or Switzerland and/or the overseas territories for the three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course.
  • You must not have been resident wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education.

Please look at our FAQs for information about the implications of Brexit on EU students. We will update this regularly as information is shared with us.

All EU students offered a provisional place at RADA are required to verify their EU status prior to the offer of the place being confirmed. Please contact the Student Finance Services European Team on EU_Team@slc.co.uk or +44 (0)141 243 3570.

You will need to complete and return an application to the EU team to be assessed for financial support.

International student

If you do not fall under the Home (UK) or Home (EU) definitions, then 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 Tier 4 (General) 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 Tier 4 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 (or a grant in some EU countries) for your tuition fees and living costs (maintenance) if you are:

  • a Home (UK/EU) 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 EU/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/EU 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/EU 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

For students defined as ‘international’ (neither a UK nor EU student - see 'Costs and funding' for more details), 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. There are also financial requirements associated with the allocation of a Tier 4 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 or EU.

Means-tested scholarships

For UK/EU student, new to higher education, starting an undergraduate course in September 2020, 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/EU students on undergraduate courses.

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

Life at RADA

We are a close-knit, welcoming arts community where our students are individually supported throughout their training and beyond. Our students and staff come from many different backgrounds and from all over the world; we are united by our shared passion and commitment to theatre-making and storytelling.

We are based in Bloomsbury in Central London, near to University College London, Birkbeck, SOAS, the British Library, British Museum and a short walk to Covent Garden, the Southbank (National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe) and West End theatres. We are well-served by transport links, with mainline railway stations (King’s Cross, Euston, St Pancras) and a number of underground lines and buses within easy reach. Our location means we remain easily accessible for members of the industry and profession.

Classes and rehearsals are based in our buildings on Gower Street and Chenies Street. Gower Street, with its familiar façade, has been RADA’s home since 1905 and combines our history and heritage with contemporary theatre facilities that replicate today’s industry standards.

Facilities

Our theatres

Our three theatres give you the opportunity to work in industry-standard spaces: the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, a fully flexible theatre with 194 seats; the GBS Theatre, a studio theatre seating up to 70; and the Gielgud Theatre, an intimate studio space seating up to 50. All our acting and theatre production students will work in at least one of these theatres during their time at RADA.

Studios and workshops

We have a range of studios and workshop spaces across our buildings on Gower Street and Chenies Street. These include teaching and rehearsal studios for actors; dedicated metalwork, carpentry, scenic art, video and props workshops; extensive props and costume stores; a costume-making workroom; a CAD suite; state-of-the-art sound studios; and equipment for filming on and off-site.

Library

Our library houses a large collection of rare and out-of-print plays in the English language, as well as a good stock of books on many other aspects of theatre. You will also have access to a number of digital resources.

Refectory and RADA Bar

The Refectory offers subsidised meals for students (for example a salad bowl is £1.50) with hot and cold food daily. You may also heat up your own food to eat in the Refectory. The RADA Bar and café is open to staff, students and the public during the day (and in the evening during public productions), and offers a discount for RADA students.

Student services and support

We have a dedicated Student and Academic Services (SAS) department who are here to support you during your time at RADA from before you arrive until after you leave. You can drop in and see us if you need letters confirming student status, if you have queries about fees or student finance, or need assistance in applying for student finance. We aim to get to know all students at RADA so we can help with your particular needs. You can find out who we are on the staff page.

Student wellbeing

The Student Wellbeing Service is located in our Chenies Street building and includes pastoral care and access to counselling at a time that suits our students’ busy schedules. Students can drop in or make an appointment to see someone, free of charge.

Healthcare

RADA has a relationship with a local GP (Ridgmount Practice), which is open to students living in designated postcodes. We can advise you on areas which will give access to this practice, especially if you have ongoing health needs. RADA offers students free access to physiotherapy on referral.

Chaplaincy and faith services

We have students from all faiths at RADA and our Student and Academic Services team can put you in touch with someone from a particular faith to support you at RADA. We do not have prayer rooms on-site at RADA.

Support for disabled students

We support students as individuals at RADA, and we will work with you to make appropriate adjustments and ensure that you can obtain additional support. We encourage potential students to disclose any disabilities early in the application process so we can make reasonable adjustments for you.

You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) to cover some of the extra costs that you might have because of a mental health problem, long-term illness or other disability. These allowances are additional to your other student finance and you won’t need to repay them. Find out more information about DSA here.

Once you have a place at RADA, we can assist in identifying whether you are eligible for support. You will likely require a ‘needs assessment’ to determine what adjustments and financial assistance is necessary. We have a relationship with the North London Regional Access Centre (run by Middlesex University) and direct students to this service.

In keeping with our personalised training, you may be able to receive additional support for any condition or impairment directly from RADA. We will determine this with you as you progress through your course.

Where to live

RADA does not currently have its own student accommodation. This means that our students live in one of the following:

  • local halls of residence, including those run privately
  • with other students in private houses and flats
  • lodging with another person

Find out more

Once you have accepted your place at RADA, we will provide information about local accommodation contacts. We aim to connect incoming students with one another, which can help you to look for accommodation together. Our current students will also be looking for people to share with, and we also help you to make those connections.

For low-income students (i.e. those from a background of under £25,000), please talk to us once you have your place if you might struggle with a deposit for a flat or house.

Some students will carry on living at home whilst at RADA and others live across London. We advise that you balance out both the time and cost of a commute with spaces that might seem more expensive, but are closer to the Academy – you will spend a lot of time here.

Our students pay an average of around £650 per month (based on a 12-month contract) for a room in a shared house. Some private halls can be considerably more expensive. If you have specific access needs, please speak to someone in our Student and Academic Services team for assistance in finding an appropriate place to live.

Careers

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.

FAQs

    I am under 18, can I apply to RADA?

    Candidates must be at least 18 on 1 September 2020. We offer other opportunities for young people under 18 including the RADA Youth Company 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?

    All our 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.

    If you are working with young people and would like printed information, we are also producing a leaflet with key information about our Theatre Production training. These are available to pick up at RADA, or can be obtained by emailing enquiries@rada.ac.uk.

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

    Does RADA hold open days for the BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management course?

    Yes, we hold open days for our Technical Theatre and Stage Management courses, currently scheduled for 27 and 28 November. Keep an eye on the What's On section of the website for further details and booking, coming soon.

    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 as soon as it has been processed. We will then contact you with a date for your interview.

    Please note the admissions office can get incredibly busy at peak times while we process applications and schedule interviews and auditions. We’ll try to get back to you as promptly as possible. If you haven’t heard from us after one month of sending your application, please contact admissions@rada.ac.uk so we can confirm whether we have received your application, or update you on when we anticipate having an interview date for you.

    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, EU and international students. You must have lived in the UK or EU for three consecutive years prior to starting the course in order to qualify for UK/EU level tuition fees.

    If, for example, 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, EU or international student.

    If you are a UK/EU student new to higher education, you can apply for a student loan (or a grant in some EU countries) 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.

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

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

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

    We accept applications from students from all over the world.

    The UK government has guaranteed that all EU undergraduates starting in 2020-21 will have the same tuition fee levels and status as Home (UK) students. Visit www.gov.uk for more details.

    If you are coming in 2020-21 to take RADA’s FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management, please note that you will be able to complete the two-year foundation degree. However, if you intend to continue on to the BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management, this will be treated as starting a new course, so we do not yet know the arrangements for government-regulated fees and financial support for that third year (i.e. in 2022-23).

    We are yet to receive information about arrangements in England for academic years after 2020-21 where students are starting a new course, but will update our guidance as we have it.

    If you are at all concerned, please contact admissions@rada.ac.uk.

    What are the term dates?

    You can find our term dates up to summer 2021 here.

Regulations and policies

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