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The programme

The BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management programme is offered only as a progression opportunity and award to a Level 6 honours degree. This is an opportunity to deepen your specialist knowledge to BA level and further prepare yourself for a highly successful career. This programme is vocational and practice-based, using our state-of-the-art workshops, studios and theatres and making use of opportunities within our public production showcases.

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

Places are available in a number of subject areas:

  • Costume supervision & making
  • Lighting design
  • Production lighting
  • Production management
  • Production sound
  • Property making
  • Scenic art
  • Scenic construction
  • Sound design
  • Stage management
  • Technical management
  • Video projection

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

Assessment

Assessment takes place twice per term. There are two elements to each assessment period: self-assessment and staff assessments.

A student may be assessed on a production role, a personal project or a work placement depending on the course being followed. For each assessment period students receive formal written feedback from tutors and a numerical mark. Placements are not marked but the student must be deemed to have passed that assessment based on a satisfactory report from the employer.

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

Entry requirements

Candidates must:

Resources and support

Our theatres

Our three theatres give you the opportunity to work in industry-standard spaces: the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, a fully flexible theatre with 190 seats; the GBS Theatre, a studio theatre seating up to 80; and the Gielgud Theatre, an intimate studio space seating up to 50.

Library

An important resource for students, with a large collection of rare and out-of-print plays in the English language. Membership also gives access to the following digital resources: Drama Online, Cambridge Journals, Theatre in Video, Digital Theatre Plus and RADA Accents Archive.

Wellbeing and counselling

We have a drop-in and appointment-based service for advice, a chat or a more formal assessment. Counselling support is available throughout the training and for any personal problems. There are also talks on sexual health, nutrition, drugs and alcohol.

Healthcare, injury prevention and response

We have a relationship with a GP practice, access to specialist medical support and osteopathy.

Disabled students’ support

We ensure Learning Agreements are in place, and provide access to dyslexia, dyspraxia and other learning support needs; access to specific support for students with other impairments; and support in applying for Disabled Students' Allowance.

The variety of shows at RADA helped me feel comfortable working in a range of styles. It also gave me the opportunity to research and explore fashions from different historical periods.
Vari Gardner, BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management, 2016

Fees and funding

UK/EU students

Tuition fees for UK/EU students applying for the BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management will be no less than £9,250* per year (*subject to formal parliamentary approval and further increase in subsequent years in line with government policy).

RADA welcomes applications from students who already hold a degree and has a number of places at the UK/EU rate for such students. Second degree students are not eligible for government-sponsored loans or grants. They are eligible for RADA Scholarship support (see below for more information).

Fees are set by the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD). The Conservatoire is a publicly-funded institution. This means that UK and EU students are eligible for government-sponsored loans and grants as well as financial aid provided by the Conservatoire and schools. Applications are direct to the school, not through UCAS, and this does not affect the ability to obtain financial support.

Non-EU students

Non-EU international are students are required to pay the full cost of their fee and living costs and 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. Fees for 2018-9 will be £18,640.

Costs not included in the fees

You will need to purchase some equipment and clothes (including appropriate boots). We estimate the overall costs of materials for the programme to be no more than £400.

Student loans

UK and EU students new to higher education can apply to Student Finance England/Wales/NI, or Student Awards Agency Scotland for a loan to cover their fees and be assessed for a maintenance grant depending on their personal or family income. Students who already have a degree are not eligible for maintenance loans and will need funding from other sources to pay for their living expenses. Graduates may be eligible to apply for a Career Development Loan which is available to all UK/EU students except those on the RADA Foundation Course in Acting. For more alternative sources of funding visit the CDD website.

Scholarships

All RADA undergraduate students who are new to higher education are immediately eligible for financial support through the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama’s scholarship scheme. RADA aims to “top up” these scholarships, which are based on income assessments for people with a family income of under £42,875. Amounts may vary; for the last two years, the amount offered to each eligible student has been a minimum of £3,000 per year (inclusive of the CDD support).

We have a small number of scholarships available for UK/EU students who have a prior degree qualification. These can cover fees and, in some cases, living costs. Our priority is supporting students on undergraduate degrees (BA Acting, FdA/BA Technical Theatre and Stage Management), although we will consider applications from students on the MA Theatre Lab and the PgDip Theatre Costume in exceptional circumstances. Please note, we do not usually offer scholarships to students from outside the UK or EU.

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

Home student status

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. Please contact the Student Finance Services European Team on: EU_Team@slc.co.uk or +44 (0)141 243 3570.

Fees policy

Please read our fees policy.

How to apply

Application is by written application and interview. Interviews are held between from December and May in London, Manchester and Plymouth.

Application fee, fee waivers and travel bursaries

Application fees


We charge an application fee for all courses. Our admissions process is not automated and may involve significant contact with an individual applicant. We do not refund application fees.

Application fee waivers


We offer application fee waivers for UK students who are coming to higher education for the first time, with a family income of less than £25,000 may be eligible for an application fee waiver and for financial support with travelling to later-stage auditions or interviews.

You will need to submit a fee waiver application at the same time as your course application to be considered. This is based on your household income, and we will ask you to provide evidence of that income.

This is in addition to fee waivers offered by the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, which you may use at RADA or at another CDD school. Details can be found on the CDD website. RADA fee waivers are only available for applicants applying to RADA.

Travel bursaries


All UK/EU students new to HE students who meet one of the following criteria may be considered for a travel bursary at third or fourth round of the BA (Hons) Acting or an interview for our theatre production. The criteria are:

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

  • Your family income is less than £43,000 and your home address is in a neighbourhood with low participation (in accordance with the HEFCE Polar4 Postcode Check)
  • Your family income is below £25,000
  • You will be considered to be a care leaver when you begin your training

Please make sure that you have indicated your family income in the box on the application form to be considered. We will require evidence of need. 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.

Terms and conditions

Admissions procedure

Once you have submitted your application, we will get in touch with you to arrange an interview date. We interview applicants between December and May.

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.

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. There is more information for disabled applicants on the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama website.

Admissions procedure: more detail

Find more detail about what to prepare for each stage of the audition process in our admissions procedure document.

Admissions policy

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

Admissions, appeals and complaints

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

BA (Hons) in Acting
FdA Technical Theatre and Stage Management
BA (Hons) Technical Theatre and Stage Management (completion)
PgDip Theatre Costume
MA Theatre Lab
Foundation Course in Acting

FAQs

    Do I apply through UCAS?

    RADA does not use the UCAS service for applications and we have an independent admissions process. You can download our application form from our website.

    Does RADA hold interviews outside of London?

    Yes. We interview in both Manchester and Plymouth. Interview dates are stated on the application form. Please make sure you note the different closing dates if you would like to interview outside of London – please be aware that we will contact you as soon as possible after the closing date in order for you to arrange transport.

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

    If you have not heard from us within two weeks of sending your application, please contact admissions@rada.ac.uk

    What if I cannot afford the application fee?

    RADA has application fee waivers and travel bursaries available for lower-income applicants. Please see the relevant section under 'How to apply'.

    The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama also offer a number of free interview places across the Conservatoire schools. Places are offered on a first-come-first-served basis and interested applicants must meet specific criteria. Please check the CDD website for further details.

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

    If you are ill on the day, please email admissions@rada.ac.uk. While we will try to provide an alternative date, this may not be possible and is dependent on where we are in the interview 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 do I pay for the tuition fees?

    If you are from the UK/EU and are new to higher education, you may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan through the Student Loans Company.

    Students who have a prior higher education qualification, or are from a non-UK/EU country, will need to pay their fees themselves.

    How long do I need to have lived in the UK/EU to qualify for UK/EU tuition rates?

    You should have lived in the UK/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 20 years, you would be liable to pay the international rate.

    Is there any accommodation/housing provided?

    RADA does not have its own student housing. We include advice on finding accommodation in the information pack we send students offered a place on our full-time courses.