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Technical Theatre BA (Hons)

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Overview

The tech behind spellbinding theatre

Our mission is to produce creative theatre professionals capable of being on the forefront of current and future theatre innovations.

We collaborate with leading theatre companies and venues to provide our students with first-hand experience of working in world-leading theatre industries such as the National Theatre and the internationally celebrated theatre company, Complicite.

This unique course combines practical, creative and critical approaches to different aspects of technical theatre, including the latest immersive digital performance technologies. The course is designed to engage students to explore the exciting crossovers between theatre arts and technology through their own creative practice and critical reflection. All modules are taught by industry professionals and academics, and many external practitioners are invited to work with the students throughout the course.

We will help you to extend your technical skills in lighting design, audio-visual technologies applied in the theatrical context, cutting-edge interactive multimedia and live performance tools, set design and construction, and stage management.

Throughout your studies, you will collaborate with drama students working on a number of productions, both with the external professional directors and the internal staff. Your role in these projects is both technical (rigging and operating lights, sound and video, stage management), but also creative (design, devising and directing).

Learning the context of the theatre arts is equally important to help you to develop your critical and analytical thinking, as well as to enable you to write reflective essays and project reports.

Why study Technical Theatre at LSBU?

No. 2 London University for satisfaction with teaching and graduate prospects in Drama (Guardian League Table 2018) and for Academic support (National Student Survey 2017)
LSBU Student Theatre Company: You'll take part in a full season of theatre working exclusively with theatre professionals including directors, performers and theatre companies.
Creative partnership with Frantic Assembly: Known for their high-octane, physical theatre productions Frantic Assembly will deliver workshops and residencies, and share their expertise with you.
The Edric Theatre is a dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity, plus a 30-seat studio and backstage facilities.
Take full advantage of the proximity to London's theatres by attending professional workshops, gaining temporary employment and answering casting calls.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

The course develops your understanding of all the different aspects of theatre making process. We’ll help you to develop high-level technical skills in lighting and sound, audio-visual technologies applied to theatre, cutting-edge interactive multimedia and live performance tools, model and props making (in cooperation with our engineering department), and stage management.

We encourage you to explore the exciting crossovers between theatre arts and technology through your own creative practice and critical reflection.

100% of modules are assessed by coursework; a mixture of written work, presentations and practical creative project work.

Year 1

Year 1 modules introduce you to the fundamentals of technical theatre, such as light and sound design, props design and model making, stage management, elemental video recording, and video editing skills.

  • Introduction to light and sound
    This module introduces you to the fundamentals of technical theatre, with particular focus on theatre lighting and sound technology. In this module you will learn how to implement lighting in the overall stage design. You will learn how to assemble, rig, and focus lights. You will also learn how to make light plans and lighting scenarios. In the final part of the module, in your presentations (small productions), you will be expected to independently operate lights using electronic lighting boards. In the sound section of the module, you will learn how to record, mix and playback basic live sounds using standard theatrical sound equipment. You will also learn about placement of the microphones and other sound recording technology, as well as the position of the loudspeakers in the performance. Running through the scene changes (lighting and sound cues) will be mastered in the final presentation. We'll also develop your understanding of the specific risks associated with theatre production activity and safe-working practices. Assessment: practical project (60%) and portfolio (40%).
  • Stage management
    This module will offer an introduction to the theory and practice of Stage Management in the context of theatrical work, focusing primarily on the roles of the Assistant and Deputy Stage Managers. It will do so partly through lectures, practical sessions, field visits, and the participation of students in industry standard productions of set texts.  Students will take responsibility for those productions as members of the stage management department, and work independently under the supervision of lecturers and technical staff. Across this period, students will execute the role and responsibilities of the stage management team across two separate productions in collaboration with Drama and Performance students.
  • Video in performance
    This module is designed to offer foundation skills in digital video making for performance, from camera recording, editing, simple multimedia programming and projecting. Students will learn how to use different video and multimedia tools, editing software and interactive advanced video servers. The module is designed to sit alongside the Level 4 module Introduction to Light and Sound, focusing on video as an integral part of technical theatre alongside lighting and sound design.
  • Performance histories
    This module introduces you to historical contemporary performance and methods of critical analysis.  Students will be introduced to a range literature from the dramatists of Ancient Greeks to the work of the Renaissance playwrights. You will learn how to form connections and draw distinctions between different historical periods and cultures and explore concepts relevant to the study of drama such as performance space, dramatic language and genre, the place of the stage in society and critical performance analysis.
    You will investigate the relationship between dramatic text and performance through video and stage productions, and become equipped with research and presentation skills – both written and oral.
  • Creative studio
    Running as a follow up of the two practical modules delivered in the semester 1 – Introduction to Light and Sound and Video in Performance – this module enables students to extend the technical knowledge gained in the previous semester and apply it creatively in a practical project. This is a brief-led, project-centred module, based on the collaborative group work, with an emphasis on the three main principles of multimedia theatre production and design: integration, transformation and immersion.
  • Performance lab 1
    This module forms an introduction to the field of performance studies. In the first part of this module you'll be introduced to the work based and created upon the form of ritual, play, games and performance in everyday life. You'll also be guided into the performance art and body art through a brief historical overview of the field.  However, the emphasis of the module will be on the actual live performance, the performer’s body and the relationship with the audience.  We'll introduce you to range of theories (ethnography, philosophy, semiotics etc.), in order that you can analyse this particular relationship. Assessment: 1000-word analysis  (40%) responding to one text chosen from the module core reading list. The Digital Log Book will be submitted as an appendix to the essay. Performance (60%) working in groups you'll choose a topical news story, and track its progress over six weeks. Using the text and the visual material gathered, to develop a 10-minute performance supported by formative assessment of the digital log.

Year 2

In Years 2 and 3 you’ll learn more advanced technical skills in the use of creative technologies for theatre production and theatre making, and be able to focus on your own particular areas of interest through practical projects.

  • Theatre, performance and technology: critical frameworks
    This module looks critically the intersections between theatre, performance and technology. We'll introduce critical approaches and issues that are relevant to practices of performance and technology, such as: liveness, intermediality, interactivity and participation. The critical frameworks offered will be contextualised in an overview of developments in new media technologies in the 20th and 21st century, and key theories in media studies. You'll be introduced to the environmental contexts of relevant developments, and learn to examine the social, political and economic influences of technological experimentation in the arts. Through this module we'll interrogate different practices and applications in areas such as: theatre architecture, theatre scenography, automation and robotics, video and image making, and interactive environments. Assessment: 10-minute presentation (20%) and a  3,000-word essay (80%).
  • Collaborative production
    The module will involve a large number of students participating in an industry-standard production of a set text. You'll be expected to demonstrate your ability to work to the highest standards of personal and professional discipline and to work collaboratively to stage a full-length production of a selected text or texts. You'll develop your skills to a high level building.  This module is designed to reflect the way in which a production might be mounted in the theatre industry. Assessment:  100%  tutor assessment of performance and creative contribution.
  • Working in the creative industries (placement)
    This module gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in theatres and other relevant cultural organisations. You'll complete 252 hours (the equivalent of 36 x 7-hour working days) of work in a theatre or other cultural organisation. The placement arrangements will take place prior to the commencement of the module. Placements will be organized by the module coordinator (we are in conversations with the Old Vic, Young Vic, Lyric Hammersmith and British Youth Opera to secure a number of placements for LSBU students) but students will be encouraged to display initiative and approach organisations directly when appropriate. You'll be encouraged to relate the practical experience gained through your work placement to the theories and concepts covered in other Level 4 and 5 Modules, such as 'Introduction to Light and Sound', 'Stage Management', and 'Theatre Technology Collaborations'. Assessment: 3,000-word placement journal.
  • Shared film performance
    Students on the SFX, VFX, and Theatre Technologies courses work together to stage a fantasy scene, to film the live action, and to then add post-production. You'll work across the complete process from start to finish, and become involved in every aspect of the creative work and its realisation. Genres can range (but not be limited to) SciFi, Horror, fantasy, hyper-realism and so on. It'll be important for you to consider the live action (sets, costume, script, lighting, props, special effects), as well as the post-production (simple CGI and Compositing). The cross-disciplinary nature of the module fosters an understanding of the range of techniques that are being used creatively in the entertainment industry. Assessment:  practical project (80%) and reflective journal (20%).
  • Professional practice and new business models in the creative industries
    This module introducing current concepts, debates and practices in the field of arts management and entrepreneurship. We'll explore current ideas, theories and practices in creative entrepreneurship, and core literature from the field of arts management. We'll combine theoretical and critical approaches, practical skills, and application through the development of your own art management or creative enterprise project in response to an identified problem or opportunity. And we'll use case-studies of creative entrepreneurship both at institutional and grass-roots levels, combining corporate, governmental (policy) and creative approaches to the subject. Assessment:  applied creative enterprise project (50%) , and a 2,000-word essay (50%).

Year 3

  • Research project
    This module allows you to undertake detailed research into a specific area of theatre history, theory or practice. You'll select an area for in-depth study and be assigned a tutor who will help you plan, research and structure your work. The Research Project will enable you to acquire a wide range of research and analytical skills. Assessment:  presentation (25%) written report (75%).
  • Interactive technologies
    This module provides a practice-based environment to explore and practice the use of interactive technologies for performance and installation art, grounded in critical reflection on the roles of technology in culture. Production and extends these with elementary programming techniques in the award-winning interactive media presentation tool Isadora. You'll learn to control digital audio and video with a range of pre-made sensors.Assessment: practical project (50%) and a 2,000-word essay (50%).
  • Portfolio (shared)
    At the beginning of the third year it is important you focus on your professional ambitions for life after graduation. In this module, students from three programs will come together to form interdisciplinary collaborations. Together you'll be guided through an interdisciplinary creative process in order to plan and create a collaborative piece of work in which your own practice can be developed, informed and enriched by the experience of working across disciplines. Assessment: practical project 80% and reflective journal (20%).
  • Independent practical project
    A 60 credit creative practice module. Your final project will be developed over several months with the support of the teaching staff and will be showcased to the industry at the end of your degree. The final performance will need to demonstrate a high level of performance confidence and technique and is expected to reveal a fully engaged artistic and creative process.  The work should further articulate an original and innovative approach within the performance conventions explored.  You'll work under the supervision of a tutor throughout the module but are expected to be entirely responsible for the development and realisation of the project. Assessment: creative project (100%).

Employability

With a teaching team of skilled academics, professional industry practitioners and industry-trained theatre technicians, the very latest facilities and a central London location, you’ll leave us with future-proof skills that will ensure that you’re genuinely industry-ready.

This course will leave you equipped for a career as a lighting or sound designer, digital effects designer, technical director, deputy stage manager, creative digital artist or practitioner.

Throughout your studies, you will collaborate with drama students working on a number of productions, both with the external professional directors and the internal staff. Your role in these projects is both technical (rigging and operating lights, sound and video, stage management), but also creative (design, devising and directing).

You’ll also undertake a placement in a theatre company where you will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in an industry setting.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Dan Barnard

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dan Barnard specialises in teaching acting technique, especially the Stanislavski System, and devising contemporary performance. He researches interactive performance, and performance and ecology.


Dr Maria Chatzichristodoulou

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Director of External Development and Enterprise, Head of Creative Industries

Dr Chatzichristodoulou studies the intersections between performance and new technologies, investigating innovative performance paradigms. She is also interested in issues of curation, social engagement, public policy, and funding in relation to live art and media art practices.


Gill Foster

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Head of Arts and Performance; Course Director, BA Drama and Performance

Gill's research interests are in the exploration of inter-cultural performing arts practice in education and, in particular, developing new methodologies for delivering language and cultural education through drama and movement practices.


Dawn Ingleson

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Lecturer, Drama and Performance

Dawn has directed, produced and project-managed extensively in Britain and internationally. Her interests lie in participatory theatre, the relationship between the audience and the performer, performative story telling for young audiences, and Theatre-In-Education.


Dan Jones

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries /
Job title: Theatre Manager

Dan Jones specialises in technical theatre and production, with particular interests in lighting and sound for theatre and live entertainment.


Dr Elena Marchevska

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performance

Elena's interests are in screen and feminist performance practice, focusing on contemporary multimedia performance practices. She is particularly interested in the relationships between performance, the female body and digital writing.


Alan Power

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media; Arts and Performance; Creative Technologies
Job title: Theatre Technician

Alan’s interests are in stagecraft and multimedia performance practice, focusing on interactive and visual technologies as well as stage lighting and sound. He wrote a multi-award winning short film, 'They Call Me The Kid'.


Dr Fahrudin Salihbegovic

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performance; Course Director, BA Theatre Technologies

Fahrudin Salihbegovic is the Course Director of the BA Theatre Technologies. His research interests include Integrated Theatrical Design, Digital Performance and Directing.


Facilities

  • Edric Theatre

    Edric Theatre

    A dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity that can be set up in numerous configurations. The main auditorium, 30-seat studio and backstage facilities are used by drama, performance and technical theatre students. Facilities are available for commercial hire.

  • Editing Suites

    Editing Suites

    The seven Editing Suites are ideal for editing video, sound and recording quick voice-overs. All suites are networked with ultra-fast 10Gb/s network, making it possible to edit and grade, whilst sharing production files at speed.

  • Sound Studio

    Sound Studio

    The Sound Studio features a control and live room, ideal for post-production work, mixing and recording small bands. Both rooms are acoustically treated and isolated.

  • Mac Lab

    Mac Lab

    The Elephant Studios at LSBU Mac Lab is fitted with Quad-Core and Dual GPU MacPros, available for digital media workshops and unsupervised student work.

  • Film Studio and Soundstage

    Film Studio and Soundstage

    The Film Studio is a double-height room with a lighting grid, DMX lighting control, green screen backdrop, air conditioning, green room (for make-up and wardrobe) and sound isolation for use as a soundstage.

  • Screening Cinema

    Screening Cinema

    This 36 seat cinema features a 4K projector and 5.1 sound playback, and is ideal to preview production work before it goes out to the public.

Teaching and learning

Your Lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant. Inspiring guest speakers from renowned theatres and production houses will give you further industry insight and build your professional connections.

Your practical work will be supported by a team of Technical Demonstrators and you’ll have access to cutting-edge facilities.

Each semester follows a similar pattern of production and skills based modules, and a contextual module with additional support and tutorials. Each module is typically taught in four-hour sessions consisting of production workshops, seminars and presentations.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
  Lectures and seminars Self-directed learning
Year 1 27% 73%
Year 2 29% 71%
Year 3 22% 78%

Personal Tutoring

As an undergraduate Arts and Creative Industries student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will help you get the most out of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.  

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester throughout your course.  You can contact your tutor for additional meetings or support by email.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BCC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions 36 Merits or;
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include a drama or performing arts subject or you must have demonstrable relevant experience.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
W453
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

International students can either apply through UCAS or directly to LSBU. See the international how to apply page for details.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

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Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5297Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £39375

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

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