FdA Production & Technical Arts: Stage & Screen

Industry-supported training for successful careers in theatre, film, television, and live events.
Train at LAMDA on the Production & Technical Arts: Stage & Screen course

Overview

Minimum age
18

Academic requirements
N​​​​​​one, but practical experience necessary

Course length
T​​wo years

Course cost
UK/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £19,669 per year

Applications now open
The closing date for applications is 1 May 2020

Admission process
Application and interview

Degree awarded by
University of Kent

Open days
7 Dec and 7 March

Is this course for me?

If you’re looking to explore the backstage professional world, and develop your expertise in stage management, production and technical theatre through in-depth training in technical and managerial competencies, this course is for you. 

You’ll need to be a creative, independently-minded individual with a passion for the dramatic arts, with a flexible, dedicated and hands-on approach to work.

Key information

There are no academic requirements for this course but you must demonstrate a determination to learn, and have some experience of working backstage on a production, whether that’s through school or in an amateur or professional production setting. Entrance to the course is determined via an interview. 

You need to be a fluent English speaker. Non-native speakers do not need to provide an English language test report when they apply as we assess English at the auditions and interviews. However, you’ll need to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven if you’re offered a place. 

We are currently reviewing our course teaching timetable and will be publishing term dates from 2020-21 in the next few weeks.

Course fees

UK/EU: £9,250 per year

International: £19,669 per year

Application and interview fees

First round interview fee: £12

You’ll be expected to provide your own basic tool kit and safety boots, details of which will be emailed to you. There is also an additional charge of £25 for personal protective equipment and other materials which you’ll be supplied with at the start of the course.

LAMDA Production & Technical Arts students gathering around a tutor during a technical workshop

All about the course

This comprehensive vocational training will qualify you to be the best in the industry: capable, creative and highly sought-after by employers.  

In this industry-leading two-year course you’ll develop the skills, knowledge and experience you need to have a successful and long-lasting career in theatre, film, television and beyond.  

Exploring the capabilities of LAMDA’s three professional theatre spaces and our range of workshop and studio facilities, you’ll work side-by-side with experienced industry professionals to create and run all of LAMDA’s public productions. 

In your first year of this technical theatre course, you’ll develop a firm grounding in production and technical arts. You’ll explore four core disciplines: stage management, scenic construction, lighting and sound, and you will be introduced to the elements involved in stage, screen and audio production.  

Throughout the year, you’ll develop your management skills, learn prop making, health and safety, first aid, fire safety and AutoCAD and WYSIWYG.   

You’ll also get to know the different roles within theatre, television and radio, and will quickly gain practical experience on LAMDA’s productions, working with other students to collaborate on innovative and creative work.

In your second year, you’ll take it a step further as you undertake senior production roles on LAMDA shows staged for key industry figures and members of the public in our three performance spaces.  

Senior roles will also be available on our film and radio projects, which are shot, recorded and edited by industry professionals.  

You can choose either to specialise in one area or keep your options open and work across a broader range of roles. The range of modules include options in Stage Management; Lighting; Production Sound; Scenic Construction; Production Management; LX Design; Screen & Audio. 

You’ll also undertake a six-week placement. Your placement will give you the chance to put the skills you have learnt into practice in a professional environment. This will be an invaluable opportunity for you to expand on your skillset and make important industry contacts.

What will I get out of the course?

Once you've completed the course you will: 

  • Be equipped with the necessary skills and experience to kickstart a rewarding career in the entertainment industry
  • Have worked within a busy theatre and on professional productions
  • Know how to research and deliver the ideas presented by directors and designers 
  • Have experience of managing a budget  
  • Have experience of working with state-of-the-art technology

This course has a maximum intake of only 30. Group sizes are small and are normally only 7 or 8 students so you’ll be working closely with the teacher and will receive constant, personalised feedback and support. 

All teaching takes place at our campus in Barons Court, west London and our scenic workshop in Bermondsey.

Detailed timetables, including the specific rooms, are produced at the end of the week preceding delivery. 

You’ll be expected to train for a minimum of 35 hours per week and all classes are compulsory.  During production periods the weekly hours are likely to increase significantly.  

We are currently reviewing our course teaching timetable for our 2020-21 intake, so the timetable and course content may change after you have applied for a course. You’ll be consulted first before any significant changes.

Our Academic Services team provides access to a full range of appropriate academic support, including study skills, support for learners with dyslexia or dyspraxia, and other physical equipment or software needed to support you.

Academic Services also arrange access to any specialist help needed to support your physical or mental wellbeing, such as physiotherapy, vocal health or counselling. You’ll also have free online support with our digital health and wellbeing platform - Big White Wall.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed continuously during all your classes and projects. There will also be a summative (final) assessment which takes place at the end of each module.

In every module, you will be assessed in two areas: technical skills and common skills. 

Technical skills (45% of your final mark) are those that make up the nature of the work, e.g. rigging and focussing for electrics. Some particular elements within technical skills assessments are pass / fail only; these include those elements where safety legislation must be complied with.

Common skills (55% of your final mark) are those that apply to any work you do and are what the industry will be looking for in a potential employee.  

The reason that the weighting is higher for common rather than technical skills is that we believe we can teach you the technical skills that you will need to follow the job path you choose.  

Credits: 240 Credits in total (each year is 120 Credits)  

Year one (30% of your final degree mark)

You will undertake four of these five modules (all modules are 30 credits):

  • Electrics & Lighting
  • Sound
  • Scenic Workshop
  • Stage Management
  • Technical Stage Management  

Year two (70% of your final degree mark)

Compulsory Module: Placement (20 Credits)

Optional Modules (all are 25 Credits) you will choose four production roles from areas such as:

  • Stage Management
  • Lighting
  • Production Sound
  • Scenic Construction
  • Production Management
  • LX Design
  • Screen & Audio
  • Sound Design

LAMDA’s Higher Education qualifications are all currently awarded by the University of Kent. However, we’re undergoing a process which may result in our being able to award our own degrees. If this is the case, we’ll let you know, and if you’re already enrolled you’ll be able to choose whether you would prefer to receive your award from the University of Kent or from LAMDA directly.

Our Higher Education qualifications are all currently awarded by the University of Kent. However, we’re undergoing a process which may result in our being able to award our own degrees. If this is the case, we’ll let you know, and if you’re already enrolled with us you’ll be able to choose whether you would prefer to receive your award from the University of Kent or from LAMDA directly.

Join us for an open day

Join us on 7 December or 7 March for an informal open day to find out more about kick-starting a career in production and the technical arts.

Two LAMDA Production & Technical Arts students working on lights in the Sainsbury Theatre

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At LAMDA, we’re a family. We’ll make sure you get all the support you need to feel at home. Read on for more information about accommodation, visas, healthcare, housing, insurance and student support.

Three LAMDA students sitting in a car, taken from short film The Club

Your future career

The nature of this vocational course means that you will be preparing every day for a professional career within the entertainment and events industry. The best way to learn how, is to put the skills you learn in the classroom into practice. That’s why the classes you receive are a mix of sit down work and practical experience. 

Half way through your first term you’ll begin to put the skills you’ve learnt into practice by staging a small production; from this point on you will continue to receive classes but will also start to get involved in LAMDA’s productions – either workshops or full public performances. 

You’ll also undertake a professional work placement to gain experience in an area of your choice.

In addition, you will have many other opportunities to network with current industry practitioners, and the topics covered in professional preparation classes will ensure you’re prepared both for full-time employment and for freelancing, including access to the Genesis LAMDA Network when you graduate which provides mentoring and a bridge into the industry.

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