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BA single honours Theatre Technology and Production 2019/20

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Our Theatre Technology and Production degree aims to prepare you for a fulfilling career in those areas dedicated to the support of live performance practice.

You will:

  • construct and operate lighting rigs
  • run live sound PA systems
  • explore theatrical design concepts
  • create video projection elements
  • develop skills in stage and production management

At the heart of our Theatre Technology and Production degree lies an employability focus with the structure, delivery and content of the programme modules defined with an industry relevant skillset in mind.

We have linked with local partners to make sure that the course content is practical and current to the needs of a constantly developing live arts sector. You will have the opportunity to work with local venues and organisations as part of our study placement module with a view to building personal networks to support future employment opportunities.

"I have put all the modules taught at CCCU to good use, especially as I'm not in the theatre all the time. All of the skills that I developed helped me adapt to my new job incredibly quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed my course not just for the classes but also for the extra curricular activities available to production students"

Clarrise Guirau Lighting Staff, Royal Caribbean Cruises

Technical support and event management work can be incredibly varied, so we have balanced the development of functional skills with opportunities to create performance elements such as soundscape, lighting choreography, interactive installation systems, and video projection mapping to enable you to explore your creative side.

The programme balances those practical technical, management and design areas with critical and theoretical thinking, whilst promoting group work and collaborative practice. You will work alongside musicians, actors, dancers and singers to support a wide range of performance events happening across the university, offering a constantly engaging and exciting experience.

In year 1 you will engage with those crucial building block skills relating to sound, lighting, theatre design and stage management within modules such as Introduction to Performance Lighting, Assistant Stage Management and Introduction to Performance Sound.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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Year 2 sees you develop those skills looking at more complex production areas with modules such as Contemporary Performance Lighting, Live Performance Visuals (projection mapping and the use of live projection techniques) and Creative Sound Design.

Year 3 offers a much more project based experience with you taking the management of lager scale technical productions and completing a work placement module which links with local industry partners in preparation for employment once you graduate.

Year One

Core Modules

Introduction to Performance Lighting (20 credits)

This module aims to embed foundation concepts and techniques relating to performance lighting. You will explore design methods relating to Drama and look at the lighting hardware and control methods typically associated with theatre.

Introduction to Performance Sound (20 credits)

This module gives you the training you need to work with live sound public address systems and the amplification of sound for performance. The module focuses on setting up the hardware and then looks at techniques relating to good practice in operation.

Theatre Design 1 (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to offer an introduction to the practical and conceptual principles of design for performance events. You will begin to understand the role of the designer as part of a creative team and the possibilities around creating and enhancing performance through scenic elements.

Digital Audio Recording & Editing (20 credits)

This module offers a range of skills related to the development of sound effects and soundscape for live performance. It covers techniques relating to audio recording as well as the manipulation and development of digital sound through production software.

Assistant Stage Management (20 credits)

This is the start of a Stage Management thread that runs through all three years and explores the crucial role of the ASM within a live performance context.

Event Portfolio 1 (20 credits)

This module sees you develop a portfolio of evidence as you support a range of live performance events utilising those skills developed throughout the year.

Year Two

Core Modules

Live Sound (20 credits)

This module builds on the module in year 1 and sees you take control of much larger PA systems for events such as rock shows and musicals.

Contemporary Lighting Techniques (20 credits)

This module builds on the lighting work completed in year 1 and again sees you working with more complex lighting equipment such as intelligent moving fixtures for a range of events including rock shows and musicals.

Live Performance Visuals (20 credits)

This module seeks to introduce students to the rapidly developing field of performance visuals used for a range of live events. Frequently referred to as ‘projection mapping’ the module will examine the use of current software and develop those skills needed to create engaging digital imagery that can act as a performance in their own right or as part of a wider performance technology support.

Creative Sound Design (20 credits)

This module allows you to really explore your creative side and develop advanced skills in digital audio editing and soundscape production.

Event Portfolio 2 (20 credits)

As with year 1 this module gives you the opportunity to support a range of performance events and apply all of those skills developed throughout the year.

Likely Optional Modules

Deputy Stage Management (20 credits)

This module is designed to introduce you to the concepts and processes relating to stage-managing live performance events. You will explore the very specific roles relating to managing performance for large-scale events together with examples of how those roles conflate to a more all-encompassing single management role for small performance companies.

Theatre Design 2

This module sees you undertake a significant piece of individual work in response to a given brief in collaboration with other partners in a creative process of designing for production up to and including presenting a finished model, set of costume drawings and working drawings to a director for a given space. 

Year Three

Core Modules

Work Placement Portfolio (20 credits)

This module is designed to connect you more fully with industry professionals and established working practices within the live event community. It provides a framework for you to experience a commercial workplace, with a view to engaging fully with the day-to-day operations of the professional environment.

Live Event Production Management (20 credits)

This module aims to develop those skills that relate to the logistics, organisation and delivery of a large-scale event, or series of events from, a production perspective. It offers a framework that will provide opportunities for you to work closely with other members of the creative team during the preparation of live events and subsequently the opportunity to manage a team of production specialists in the provision of their supporting work.

Digital Performance Environments (20 credits)

This module is designed to explore the rapidly emerging and diversifying field of multimedia performance and interactive performance installation. Contemporary performance practice seeks to embrace new performative literacies and makes efforts to engage with current technologies in order to redefine the performance setting and the means by which performance is delivered.

Individual Project (Practice as Research) (40 credits)

This module aims to provide the opportunity for you to draw together with other students and apply the skills and knowledge acquired through the programme to realise a practical-led research project under supervision. The module will encourage you, as semi-autonomous practitioners, to formulate well-defined research questions about your creative practice and to explore these in a workshop environment using practical skills gained on the programme.

Likely Optional Modules

Company Stage Management (20 credits)

You will focus on company stage management and the logistics of stage management in a professional context. Emphasis will be placed on professional development and employability, and you will build a portfolio of practical experience to evidence engagement with the professional process. 

As a successful graduate you could find yourself working within a theatre technical department, technical support for cruise ships, school and college technical support, sound engineering, video design, stage management, company management, theatre design. Some graduates have elected to continue their education by progressing on to Masters’ degree qualifications and others have decided to train to teach in schools or further education.

“The production modules at CCCU allowed me discover such a variety of technical skills within the theatrical world and helped me find out what I wanted to do in the future. Without having any previous experience in performance production I am now a full-time employee in the West End.”

Lilly Sjösvärd Stage Crew for the Lion King

Fees

Tuition Fees for 2019/20 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
 General

Kit It is important for all production students to have access to personal protection equipment which in the first instance means safety shoes or boots. A basic toolkit will also be of use. As part of the degree programme we hope to offer International Powered Access Federation training (IPAF) and there may be a students costs associated with that course. Work placement modules may incur travel costs. The University does offer a reimbursement scheme by application for such eventualities.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Teaching

The Theatre Technology and Production degree is taught in two semesters each year, separated by a two¬ week assessment period in January.

You will take 60 credits (3 modules) in each semester. Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select. Typically, a 20 credit module has around 50 contact hours, but there are variations in the case of some modules, particularly where a module might be delivered predominantly by individual tutorials or mentoring supervision for instance.

You will learn through a variety of approaches depending on the module content including lectures, seminars, practical workshops, one-to-one tuition, independent learning, case studies, group work and presentations. Independent learning When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves working on performance or production projects, reading, practicing with technical equipment, rehearsing and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops or seminars. Your module tutor will direct you towards specific activities to complete before class.

For the Independent Project in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 12-14 contact hours. You will undertake additional hours independent learning and assessment activity. In addition, there will be other, extra-curricular theatre activities to attend that will support and enhance your learning.

For every 20-credit module there is 50 hours of contact time but there are variations in the case of some modules, particularly where a module might be delivered predominantly by individual tutorials for instance. It is expected that there will be 150 hours of additional study time to undertake directed tasks, practice, research and assignments.

Academic Input

The staff team consists of highly qualified academics and practitioners who have a range of expertise and experience. The staff teaching on the Theatre Technology and Production degree will typically include Senior Lecturers, Associate Lecturers and visiting professionals.

The balance of assessment type depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose, but you will be assessed by a range of methods including practical work (such as recordings, lighting visualisations, performance support work work), written work (such as commentaries and essays), and presentations. There are no exams. Feedback You will receive feedback on all assessments. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within and 15 working days of hand-in or performance date.

Our new £12m arts facility in Canterbury is scheduled to open in February 2019 The building will be equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our arts and humanities students. Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new arts building has to offer.

We have close links with local industry partners that will help you build networks for future employment. These include the Quarterhouse in Folkestone, Dreamland in Margate, The Malthouse Theatre (King's School) and a number of freelance professionals.

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For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000 (0)1227 928000

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UCAS course code

  • W372 Theatre Technology and Production

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

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