BA (Hons) Theatre ProductionSouthwark Campus
Setting the stage for the theatre industry of tomorrow
The BA Theatre Production at LSBU offers industry-based training in the heart of London, developing the next generation of skilled ‘industry ready’ creative producers, designers, stage managers, lighting, sound and AV theatre technicians. You will study, learn and train with leading industry professionals in the heart of London’s cultural quarter working in close proximity to, and with, some of the worlds’ most respected theatres and companies.
As a student of the BA Theatre Production you will undertake an intensive training focusing on the development of key technical and production skills together with the ability to apply these in a series of live, industry-style briefs. But we are not just training technicians who know what buttons to press! Of course, you’ll be equipped with all the technical skills you need to work successfully in the industry, but you’ll also be able to think creatively and critically, contribute to the artistic process and create your own theatre and design projects. In addition, as you move through the course you will have more and more opportunities to learn about and work with the very latest digital, performance technologies as they are used in the theatre industry of today – and tomorrow!
Your skills work will be applied to a series of professional-style briefs including small, large-scale and touring productions allowing you to showcase your skills regularly throughout the course. During your training you will be also able to develop your professional skills by working with renowned theatre companies and industry who specialise in developing both new and existing works such as our long-term partners Frantic Assembly and the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
You will be taught by a team of highly skilled, fully trained technical theatre staff with extensive experience of the theatre industry. You will be working in industry standard facilities. The Edric Theatre and Studios is at the heart of our Southwark campus in SE1 and comprises a mainstage and studio theatre together with a suite of fully equipped, dance-drama rehearsal studios.
However, the learning experience won’t stop there. You’ll also benefit from the advantages of learning in a wider University environment allowing you to get the best of both worlds. All our students take part in our extensive enhancement programme which involves guest lectures, industry employment symposia, subsidised theatre visits and access to our Associate Artist Programme where selected students will have the opportunity to work with a professional industry mentor.
For some students there will also be the opportunity to take part in a Study Abroad semester with our partner, Ryerson School of Performance in Toronto, Canada. All of these opportunities combine to deliver a portfolio of professionally based skills and experiences that are unique to you and which help develop your industry profile equipping you with the experience and networks that you’ll need to hit the ground running once you graduate.
Why study Theatre Production at LSBU?
- Enhancement programme - including guest lectures, industry employment symposia, subsidised theatre visits and access to our Associate Artist Programme.
- 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.
- Meet and work with students in other, related disciplines such as Film, Music and Sound Design, Photography and Journalism
In Year 1, you will focus on core skills and technique modules, which provide a foundation for developing your professional practice in technical theatre, design and production in years 2 and 3.
Theatre Production students study weekly lighting and sound technical classes throughout their first year together with a core training in stage-management and touring theatre. You will collaborate with students on the BA Acting and Performance applying your skills to productions and performances. But you’ll be offered further collaborations with students in the Department of Creative Industries at LSBU which will give you a unique opportunity to learn new skills and techniques for the industry of the future
- Introduction to theatre lighting and Sound
This foundation module will introduce you to the basics of light and sound installation and operation and will include practical work with lighting and sound equipment in a studio-based context.
- Introduction to technical and touring theatre
This module functions as an introduction to the production process as a whole with particular focus on staging performances in touring and non-theatrical venues. In addition to introducing a variety of core technical and stage craft skills, students will be taught about production administration including scheduling, producing and budgets.
- Introduction to stage management
This module offers 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 with the opportunity to apply the skills learned to a live production.
- Introduction to construction and making
This module is an introduction to various aspects of construction for theatre. It provides a practical introduction to core skills that will be used and developed throughout the degree. Teaching will be mostly in practice-based workshops where you will produce set and costume pieces for live performance projects or for stock.
- Animation graphics
In this module students will learn how to generate 2D animations and motion graphics used in theatre performance using software packages such as Photoshop and After Effects. You will also learn about the fundamental design principles relevant to the production of engaging animations and graphics, primarily through the analysis of relevant case studies.
- Creative music technologies
Students will learn key principles in shaping the timbre of a sound and how this relates to the process of creating music – particularly for theatre. The emphasis of this module will be on establishing an understanding of signal flow and the use of controller and / or programmable devices to capture sounds and musical ideas. You will learn about sound synthesis, effects processing, and object-oriented programming in order to create your own sound devices.
In your second year you will develop your skills to a more advanced level and begin to apply them to live, industry-style briefs. You will also have the opportunity to learn about and use innovative performance technologies as they are used in contemporary performance settings.
- Professional production
This module forms the core of the work-based learning ‘professional’ season at LSBU and provides an opportunity for all performing arts students to collaborate in the production of a play. All students will become working members of the Student Theatre Company and work with a professional director to realize a full-length production of a play (or play in adaptation) for an external, paying audience.
- Scenic and Costume Design
This module focuses your learning on the design process as it relates to scenography and costume design. You will work on design briefs, creating and presenting a design portfolio using a variety of mediums and presentation styles. The work you produce may form the basis of future projects and will be the beginnings of a design portfolio.
- Sound Design Specialism
This module provides you with an opportunity to choose a specialism, in sound design development where you can explore a variety of sound production roles in either film or theatre.
- Audiences of the Future
This module gives you opportunity to better understand contemporary media production and distribution practices and the resulting network effects driven by social media. The module will look at a combination of emerging formats such as VR and AR, emerging technologies and infrastructure such as 5G, and consider the impact this will have on online audiences in the future.
- Multimedia Performance
Through lecture and practice this module examines the impact of new technologies on live and mediated performances. You will explore the way in which technology has become an integral part of many contemporary theatre productions. You will explore the practical application of mediated aspects of performance and how technical devices can be used as an integral part of a theatre performance.
- The Creative Producer
This module runs alongside productions being staged at Level 5 and 6 during semester 2. It will be delivered in part as skills workshops and seminars delivered by industry professionals. Alongside this, you will work to support production projects in a variety of roles across three pathways: Producing, Technical and Designing and Building.
- Work Placement
Crucial to any industry-facing degree is the opportunity to take part in an industry-based work placement. Previous placement opportunities have included the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and Southwark Playhouse.
- Sound Design Specialism II
This module will be offered to those students for whom sound design is a potential career ambition and who have already gained some experience in this area.
In your final year of study you will focus on developing a professional portfolio and preparing to enter the world of the creative industries.
- Professional toolkit
This core module equips you with the practical, employability skills you will need to enter the professional world on graduating. It provides you with a personal ‘toolkit’ for a working life in the creative industries.
- Live brief
This is an employability focused module which builds on the skills you have gained in the Work Placement module. You will be equipped with the practical professional skills you’ll need after graduating. These may include a range of technical and creative producing roles together with event management, marketing, pitching, fundraising, marketing and budgeting. The students will be able to work on any Live Brief from any course within the School of Arts and Creative Industries and encourages you to work collaboratively with students on courses such as Film, Photography, Acting and Performance and Music and Sound Design.
- Interactive technologies
This module provides a practice-based environment to explore and practice the use of interactive technologies for performance and installation art, reflecting on the role of technology in culture. Extend your skills by developing elementary programming techniques in the award-winning interactive media presentation tool Isadora and learn to control digital audio and video with a range of pre-made sensors.
Your final semester will be focused entirely on developing your showcase project in designing, producing, technical sound and lighting and stage management. You may also choose to focus on a collaborative project applying interactive technologies to a creative brief. This project will be supervised by a member of the academic team with their own industry practice and will allow you to prepare a significant piece of work to launch you into the industry on graduation.
Students have gone on to work in films, TV and theatre as well as producing, directing, stage-managing, writing and performing their own work.
A significant number of students have established their own theatre companies on graduation and used their final showcase to tour to small-scale theatre venues and festivals such as Latitude or the Edinburgh Fringe working as theatre technicians, AV technicians, assistant producers or stage managers in a range of employment venues.
Graduates have worked at:
- The Royal National Theatre
- Soho Theatre – London
- Netflix TV
- The Trafalgar Studios, London
- Mary Portas Productions
- The Vaults Festival
- The Brighton Fringe Festival
- The MAC – Belfast
- The Bush Theatre, London
Graduates from the programme also choose to do further study or training in theatre producing (Mountview), Directing (Mountview) or technical theatre training.
Others have progressed to further training as teachers and arts managers
We also offer an MA in Creative Performance Practice at LSBU for students interested in continuing their theatre-making training in partnership with The Lyric Hammersmith.
We are ranked in the Top 20 in the UK for Graduate Prospects in Drama, Dance and Cinematics in the Complete University Guide 2021.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
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.
We have ongoing partnerships with a range of theatre companies including
- The Lyric Hammersmith
- Southwark Playhouse
- The New York Theatre Workshop
- Frantic Assembly
- Au Brana, France
- Camden People’s Theatre
- Ryerson School of Performance, Toronto
- The International Youth Arts Festival
- Transforming Arts Institute, Madrid.
- Little Bulb Theatre
- Fast Familiar Theatre
Recent guest lectures include:
- Award-winning theatre maker, Tim Crouch
- Artistic Director Hackney Empire, Yamin Choudhury
- Neil Darlison. Director of Theatre Arts Council UK
- Tarek Iskancer Artistic Director Battersea Arts Centre
We are also proud to have David Oyelewo OBE (Selma, Les Miserables, A United Kingdom) as our honorary doctor and Associate Artist.
Work-based learning opportunities in level 5 working on artistic intensives with professional theatre directors and companies such as Frantic Assembly.
Teaching and learning
All lecturers have worked and trained in the theatre industry and bring a huge wealth of professional expertise and experience to their teaching on the course. This is underpinned by a strong commitment to the quality of teaching delivery led by Professor Gill Foster who was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2018.
Students are taught in studio-based practice sessions, technical skills classes, large and small-scale rehearsals and productions, in our theatre, rehearsal studios and film studio.
This course is entirely assessed by practical skills assessments and coursework.
A successful interview is required for entry to this course. In addition, students will be expected to have achieved 112 UCAS points at A-level, BTEC (or equivalent) including at least one arts related subject e.g. Drama, Theatre, Production or Media Arts, Art & Design or Acting qualification.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Blood Wedding - International Theatre Project
In May-June 2018, LSBU Drama and Performance BA students collaborated with those from TAI on a cultural, artistic and social exchange, resulting in a performance of Blood Wedding.