Stage Management and Technical Theatre - FdA (Full-Time)

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Music

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W450


This course is designed by working professionals for the next generation theatre/venue practitioners.

The programme is a training course for aspiring production artists that will comprehensively develop those skills and techniques that are required by the profession.

These skills have been identified by a panel industry experts who represent all aspects of the production arts industry and thus are uniquely placed to devise and define a curriculum that will provide the graduates with the abilities to gain employment in this area.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: January 2017. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email

Start Date: September 2016. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is ideal suited to those who wish to follow a practical training in stage management and theatre production

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will receive a Foundation Degree in Stage Management and Theatre Production

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector

Junior Level Role

Team Assistant-£11,000

Middle Level Role

Assistant Stage Manager-£16,000 and £17,000

Senior Level Role

Deputy Stage Manager-£20,000

How to Apply

If you are applying for a January 2017 start please email and a member of our team will be in touch to progress your application.


You can only apply electronically using the web-based on-line application system

When you apply, you will need the UCAS code for your chosen course (see the course listing in the prospectus). You will also need Newcastle College’s institution name and code.

The institution name is NCAST.
The institution code is N23.

If you have any problems with the online application, contact UCAS by phone: 0870 11 222 11 or email:

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Course Content

You will develop skills in core areas of sound and lighting with practical project work. The main areas covered within this course are; Sound, Lighting, Stage Management and Production Management

Year One:

  • Project Management 1 (Stage Management)
  • Introduction to Lighting Principles
  • Lighting Practice
  • Introduction to Sound
  • Sound Practice
  • Practice Enrichment
  • Work-Based Learning 1
  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Personal and Professional Development 1

Year Two:

  • Project Management 2 (Production Management)
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Pre-production Lighting
  • Applied Lighting
  • Pre-production Sound
  • Applied sound
  • Work-Based Learning 2

A variety of work placements opportunities are available in the north east with organisations such as R&B Group, Northern Stage and Stage Electrics and the Theatre Royal.

Learning Methods

Much of this course is rooted in practical experience and skill development taught within a practical environment.

You will learn through practical classes, workshops, seminars, formal lectures, classroom activities and self-directed training and study. You will spend a great deal of time in the theatre and other performance spaces operating shows.

You will learn through a variety of different methods including:

  • Real Working Environment based training
  • Classroom activity
  • Practical workshops
  • Formal lectures and seminars
  • Master classes
  • Professional workshops
  • Theatre visits

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through a broad range of methods to challenge both your practical and theoretical understanding.

Assessment methods include; practical demonstration and application of skills, practical and creative tasks, reflective diaries, research projects, academic essays, reports and creative and academic portfolios.

Progression Opportunities

You may be given the opportunity to continue your studies via our BA Hons Events Management programme or BA Hons Creative Practice programme, or you may choose to pursue a level 6 qualification at another establishment.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Stage Management and Theatre Production
will give you the skills and techniques required to gain employment within the production arts industry.

Past students have gone onto work in the industry.

Entry Requirements

You should have achieved:

1. A minimum of 160 UCAS points from the following qualifications:

i) All full level 3 qualifications including
(A2/AVCE/National Diploma/Certificate)


ii) A minimum pass in an Access to Higher
Education qualification.

2. In addition candidates must evidence attainment at Level 2 in literacy, numeracy and IT.

3. And satisfy vocational tutors at interview/audition of their suitability and potential.

These are mandatory parts of the application process.

Mature applicants (aged over 21 years) without formal qualifications but without appropriate relevant vocational experience are also welcome to apply.

If English is not your first language, you will also need a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or higher

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Rye Hill House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Service and the telephone enquiry service is open:

During College term time:
8.30am–5.15pm Monday - Thursday,
8.30am–4.30pm Friday.

During College holidays:
8.30am–5.00pm Monday - Thursday,
8.30am–4.30pm Friday.

You can contact us:

In person: Student Services, Rye Hill House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.

By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304

By e-mail:

By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp).


Newcastle College welcomes diversity in its student population – valuing differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, class and age. We actively oppose discrimination, aim to remove all conditions that put people at a disadvantage, strive to improve access and to provide outstanding support.

We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment. We have produced a Valuing Diversity policy, a Race Equality statement, a Disability Equality Scheme and a Gender Equality Scheme which set out our response to statutory obligations and our approach to the active promotion of equality and diversity. Please discuss your support needs with us and we will make every effort to make adjustments to help you succeed.

The information published is intended for guidance purposes only. The availability of courses may change and be limited by timetable, staffing and/or available places on a course. The College reserves the right to cancel courses and to move the location of courses without notice. Course information should only be used as a guide.

Course Costs

Approximate additional costs for this course are as follows:

  • £80.00 on scripts and books
  • £15.00 student Equity membership
  • £60.00 theatre visits.
  • You need to have loose clothing and indoor shoes suitable for movement and physical theatre.

Course costs may be subject to change.

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

International learners

Newcastle College offers competitive tuition fees to learners who are resident of countries outside of the EU. For friendly advice please call our International team on +44 (0) 191 226 6323 for more information.

International Students: Additional start dates may be available for International Students, please contact
+44 191 226 6323 or email