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Technical Theatre BA (Hons)

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Overview

This unique course combines practical, creative and critical approaches to all aspects of technical theatre including the latest digital performance technologies. Working in collaboration with Drama and Performance BA (Hons), Visual Effects (VFX) BA (Hons) and Special Effects Design BSc (Hons) students we create an exciting interdisciplinary environment in which you can develop your skills.

You'll be taught and assessed by experienced industry professionals and the Theatre Technical Team, including theatre technicians and the Theatre Manager.  The course includes a work placement in the creative industries, in a theatre or a creative digital company depending on your interests and you will also be part of the creative technical team for our resident LSBU Theatre company.

6 reasons to study here

The technology of contemporary theatre: Develop high-level technical skills in lighting and sound design and operation, stage management, image and video production and projection mapping.
On-site theatre: The Edric Theatre is a dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity, plus a 30-seat studio and backstage facilities.
Work placement: During your course you will undertake a placement in a theatre company where you will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in an industry setting.
LSBU Student Theatre Company: You'll provide technical support for full season of student theatre allowing you to learn and experiment in a semi-professional environment.
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.
Multi-million pound Elephant Studios: Arri Cameras, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound studios and cinemas, grading suites, news room and games design centre, digital design suites, and industry-ready film and photographic studios.

This degree course covers...

  • 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)
  • Stage management (developing thorough understanding of all the different aspects of theatre making process)

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Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

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
    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. Sessions include working with professional stage managers, field visits and participation in industry standard productions of set texts. You’ll take responsibility for productions as Assistant Stage Managers and work independently under the supervision of a professional freelance director, producer (LSBU staff) and production manager (LSBU staff).  Assessment: a practical production - rehearsing and staging a piece for performance as stage manager (70%); and a portfolio of materials for continuous assessment in response to your  specific practical production scenario (30%).
  • 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.
  • The creative industries
    A lecture series with accompanying seminars on the topic of The Creative Industries, and visits to TechCity UK and other centres of artistic practice. Assessment: a 1,500-word essay (100%). You'll be given a small range of suggested topics, but you'll also be able to pick a topic of your own choosing, assisted by your seminar group leader.
  • 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

This innovative course is designed to give you the full range of skills needed to make a career in professional technical theatre and the wider creative industries.

You'll work as part of the resident LSBU Student Theatre Company throughout the course, applying your skills, knowledge and understanding in a semi-professional environment working to the standards of the industry with a professional production manager, professional directors, performers and theatre companies. 

You'll also be taught by a team of skilled academics, professional industry practitioners and our industry trained theatre technicians to ensure that you're genuinely ‘industry ready’ by the time you leave LSBU.

There will be many opportunities to work across disciplines with students studying related disciplines.

The course prepares you for such careers as:

  • Theatre producer
  • Digital effects designer
  • Runner
  • Effects technical director
  • Deputy stage manager
  • Lighing or sound designer

LSBU Employability Service

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

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

During your second year you'll spend a semester on a placement in industry. Your work placement will enable you to apply your skills in the context of a professional theatre environment. This will also help you to build a professional network of contacts while still studying at university. Theatre staff have a wide range of professional links, which will provide you with an existing network of contacts when finalising your placement choice.

Staff

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.


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.


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

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%

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

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – 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 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 4400Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £37500

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

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. 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 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

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.

Case studies

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Prepare to start

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Applicant Open Days

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Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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