• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


This exciting Technical Theatre programme is taught by practicing theatre professionals with expertise in all areas of technical theatre. You will study the traditional technical theatre disciplines but then go on to explore the integration of new media and emerging technologies in live performance.

During the course you will encounter a range of practices including stage and production management, lighting, sound, projection, set, props, wardrobe and theatre administration. You will be part of the production team for public performances in the main house and studio at Derby Theatre and other venues around the city and further afield. There is also the opportunity to be involved in extra-curricular activity at the Theatre.

You will develop a broad range of skills and be able to follow your particular interests and specialise in related areas. The general pattern of your work during the course moves from class work and focused practical sessions during the first stage to being part of the production crew for public performances during stage two and on to heading up a department and/or engaging in a design role for public performances in the final stage.

The course covers all aspects of technical theatre. You will get to grips with stage and production management, lighting, sound, projection, sets, props, wardrobe and theatre administration.

You will join a production team and help deliver compelling shows and performances locally, nationally and even internationally.

You will have the opportunity to visit other venues such as theatres, theme parks and arenas to find out what happens behind the scenes as well as on stage.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to Lighting, Sound and Video
  • Digital Media
  • Stage and Production Management
  • Set, Props and Costume
  • Contextual Studies (history and theory)
  • Personal Development Planning .
  • Lighting Design, Operation and Production Electrics
  • Sound Design, Operation and Production Sound
  • Stage Management in rehearsal and production
  • Design Realisation and Digital Design Tools
  • Video, Interactivity and New Media for Performance
  • Advanced Contextual Studies
  • Continuing Personal Portfolio Development.
  • Professional Practice in Technical Theatre (Possible work placement)
  • Major Performance Projects
  • Independent Studies
  • Personal and Career Development.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • UCAS points - 120 (up to 16 from AS-levels).
  • GCSE - Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English.
  • Interview - Your interview experience is an exciting opportunity to show teaching staff your passion for the subject. Come prepared to answer questions about your experience, interests and passion for the subject. The University is looking for students who really enjoy their chosen subject and can display some talent for the subject.
  • IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas).
  • PTA: 51
  • Cambridge English Scale: B2 
  • London Tests of English: level 4 for undergraduate courses is accepted.
  • International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
  • International GCSE English or English as a Second Language: Grade C.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11750 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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