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


 If you’re interested in working behind the scenes in the theatre and entertainment industries, our Foundation Degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre is the course for you.

The programme will introduce and develop the theory, skills and techniques required for entry into the theatre industry. You will study vocational modules in sound, lighting, stage and production management in addition to developing your personal skills. Throughout the academic year you will further develop these skills by working on productions in our on-campus theatre and studio theatre as well as venues around the city.

The Performance Academy is one of the most comprehensive training environments in the UK. Our main performance space, the Peter Sarah Theatre, is a fully equipped and adaptable space with a full height fly tower, counterweight flying system and tension wire grid. In all of our venues you will work and train on industry standard equipment.

Our teaching staff have many years of industry experience and are still current in their respective fields. You will also have the opportunity to work with outside professionals through workshops, tours and guest lecturers and you are encouraged to attend trips to broaden your knowledge of theatre.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will be given the opportunity to undertake external professional placements with local venues and companies, such as Northern Stage, The Sage Gateshead, R&B Group and Dance City.

Who the course is for

This Foundation Degree in Stage Management & Technical Theatre is aimed at those wishing to follow practical training in stage management and technical elements of theatre production.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Stage Management & Technical Theatre.

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

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

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


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

 Year 1
• Stage Management
This module looks at the stage management and focus on the role of Assistant Stage Manager and their responsibilities.
• Introduction to Lighting
This module introduces the basic principles and elements of lighting within theatre.
• Lighting Practice
This module aims to put into practice the skills learnt in Introduction to Lighting.
• Introduction to Sound
In this module you will develop knowledge of basic principles and techniques of theatre sound.
• Sound Practice
This module aims to develop practical sound skills through operation in a theatre setting.
• Practice Enrichment
This module introduces vocational skills and techniques such as staging and use of the flying system.
• Work Related Learning
This module is a summation of skills developed through other modules
• Contextual Studies 1
In this module you will investigate the background of theatre and consider aspects of live shows.
• Academic Skills
This module is to support your learning through the developing of academic writing, research and evaluation.
• Personal Development/Recognition of Prior Learning
In this module you will create a personal development plan through diagnosis, action planning, action and reflection.


Year 2
• Production Management
This module develops the practical and theoretical aspects of Production Management and Deputy Stage Management.
• Lighting Design
This module introduces the basic principles, techniques and processes of lighting design.
• Sound Design
This module introduces the development and use of sound design as a medium for supporting, enhancing and describing a narrative.
• Contextual Studies 2
In this module you will investigate current issues within theatre and consider their effect on the industry.
• Pre-production Lighting*
• Applied Lighting*
These optional modules allow you to apply the skills of a Lighting Designer in the rehearsal and production environments.
• Pre-production Sound*
• Applied sound*
These optional modules allow you to apply the skills of a Sound Designer in the rehearsal and production environments.
• Alternative Techniques
This module aims to develop skills and techniques not covered in other areas, such as media.
• Work-Based Learning
In this module you will utilise skills learnt on the course to create a company.
• Professional Development
This module will help prepare you for industry by identifying areas for development and progression.



Learning Methods

 You will learn in a variety of ways including via work-based learning and e-learning. You will develop relevant practical skills underpinned with theoretical knowledge in order to prepare you for the rapidly evolving technical theatre industry. Learning takes place in classrooms, studio theatre, workshops and the on-campus Peter Sarah Theatre. You will also participate in productions, group work, student-led projects and self-directed study.

The programme is taught through practical assessments, work-based projects and productions but is also academic, with learning and assessments through written work and presentations.



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

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre will provide you with a solid foundation on which to progress onto a top up year of your choice such as one of our suite of BA Hons (Creative Enterprise) programmes.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre
will give you the skills and techniques required to gain employment within the industry.
Career paths range from lighting, sound and scenic designers, lighting & sound operators, venue technicians through to stage management roles, production management and stage crew. It can also be seen as a good grounding for those interested in live music production and events management.
Opportunities for employment exist through regional theatres and venues, professional contacts made through external placements as well as with national and international companies. Previous graduates have progressed to work as designers, lighting operators, sound technicians, stage managers and in a variety of fields such as theatre, live music, cruises and live events.


Entry Requirements

 A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) .

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.

Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.



Further Information

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

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong 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). 

Course Costs

 As part of the course you will be expected to own your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and some tools (a suggested kit list is supplied on request) as well as partly fund some trips to the theatre.


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.