BA (Hons) Production Arts (Stage and Screen)

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of the West of England, Bristol
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Course summary

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The BA Hons Production Arts (Stage and Screen) provides a broad-based training, combining theatre, TV/film and radio drama production skills. In the first three terms the course provides a grounding in all the core production disciplines needed to work as a professional. Within this, students learn theoretical and practical aspects of stage management, lighting, sound, prop-making and scenic construction. Students also learn a range of common skills: communication, problem solving, time management and leadership. In the second year, BA Hons students then broaden their training by being involved in a range of theatre productions and film/radio drama recordings, including one 11-week term based at our Christchurch Studios in Clifton village. Students work on location film shoots, stop-motion animation and audio recordings. In their final year, students specialise in their chosen discipline and continue training in either theatre production or in film and TV. Students will spend up to five weeks on placement with a professional production company or organisation. This is an integral part of the final year enabling students to match their career aspirations to the practical reality of a work environment. Students are also offered interviews with professionals from the relevant industry. Our success in graduate employment is excellent. Graduates go on to have careers in a wide range of jobs including in stage management, lighting, sound, automation and construction working with companies such as the RSC, The Globe, The Royal National Theatre, Cameron MacIntosh, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Royal ballet etc and numerous other UK regional rep companies and international theatre and production companies. Students specialising in Film and TV find employment on Feature Films, TV location filming and post production, Animation and a wide range of independent film production. Please note: All applicants must be aged 18 or over at the start of the course. Applications - further details We will only accept one application per applicant, per year. We will not accept applications if you have previously applied in four or more consecutive years.

Course details


This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: All modules are compulsory in years one and two but there are optional modules in year three, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. Year 1 Module Number: UAMPC3-40-1 Module Name: Stage Management (40 credits) Module Number: UAMNAR-40-1 Module Name: Scenic Crafts (40 credits) Module Number: UAMPC6-20-1 Module Name: Principles and Practice of Performance Lighting (20 credits) Module Number: UAMPC7-20-1 Module Name: Principles and Practice of Sound Production (20 credits) Optional Modules: There are no optional modules for this stage of this award. Interim Award: Cert HE Professional Stage Management Credit requirements: 120 from these specific level 1 modules. Year 2 Module Number: UAMPC8-30-2 Module Name: Stage and Technical Management in Performance (30 credits) Module Number: UAMPC9-30-2 Module Name: Departmental Management (30 credits) Module Number: UAMPD3-30-2 Module Name: Stage and Technical Operation (30 credits) Module Number: UAMPD4-30-2 Module Name: Recorded Media (30 credits) Optional Modules: There are no optional modules for this stage of this award Interim Award: Dip HE Professional Stage Management Credit requirements: 240 from these specific Level 1 and Level 2 modules. Year 3 Compulsory Modules: Module Number: UAMPD5-40-3 Module Name: Head of Department – A (40 credits) Module Number: UAMA96-40-3 Module Name: Employment Focus (40 credits) Optional Modules: Module Number: UAMPF5-40-3 Module Name: Head of Department – B (40 credits) or Module Number: UAMPD6-40-3 Module Name: Recording Project (40 credits) Award: BA Hons PRODUCTION ARTS (STAGE AND SCREEN) Credit requirements: BA Hons - 360 credits.

Assessment method

Students are assessed on their professional practice on a pass or fail basis. Judgements about students’ performance are made against the relevant professional standards. UWE qualifications are awarded as nonclassified/non-differentiated. Each module has one element of assessment and students are assessed on basic competencies in each module and ability to work to the project brief.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW45A
Institution code B64
Campus nameBristol Old Vic Theatre School
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information

For an Honours degree course you normally need two A-levels or the equivalent, such as a BTECDiploma or Extended Diploma; IB (International Baccalaureate); or Access to Higher Education Diploma. For foundation courses, you normally need one A-level, or equivalent. Students who achieve the UCAS Tariff points required (and have passed an English Language qualification) almost always have gained qualifications which meet our minimum entry requirements.

Additional entry requirements


Our interview is a time for candidates to be able to visit the department and the school. The option to choose an online interview will be available to all those who wish to do so. You should make the most of the interview to obtain further information about the course (including teaching methods) and the school and to determine whether it is suitable for you. Also, use the interview to communicate important information about yourself and to expand on areas that you have covered in the personal statement section of your UCAS application form. Please note that as all decisions are communicated to applicants via UCAS.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £22050 Year 1
EU £22050 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

John Pitt Stage Management Scholarship - £3,000 per annum in each year of training towards tuition fees based on talent.

BA (Hons) Production Arts (Stage and Screen) at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School - UCAS