Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Production Arts (Stage) Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of the West of England, Bristol


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The FdA course is an intensive two-year programme for students who already have some knowledge of Stage Management/technical theatre or students that have already gained a degree.

The course provides students with advanced level skills and knowledge in Stage Management and technical theatre so that they can be employed directly on completion of the course in professional theatre companies and other related industries.

In the first two terms the course provides a grounding in all core production skills needed to work as a professional.

Within this, they learn theoretical and practical aspects of stage management, lighting, sound, prop-making and scenic construction.

They also learn a range of common skills: communication, problem solving, time management and leadership. In the following four terms, the students are treated as professionals, with support and mentoring from tutors.
They work in Stage Management, prop-making, construction and technical teams on public productions and work closely with other production departments.

Students will spend up to three weeks on placement with a professional organisation. This is an integral part of this second year enabling students to match their career aspirations to the practical reality of a professional environment.

Students are also offered a series of 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.

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 year one, but there are optional modules in year two 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 Stage Management

Credit requirements: 120 from the above 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)
Plus either: Module Number: UAMA95-30-2 Module Name: Departmental Management B (30 credits) or Module Number: UAMAL7-30-2 Module Name: Preparing for Employment (30 credits)

Award: Foundation Degree (FdA) PRODUCTION ARTS (STAGE)

Credit requirements 240 from the above specific Level 1 and Level 2 modules.

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 code W450
Institution code B64
Campus name Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further 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


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £19,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

BOVTS is proud to announce 8 new bursaries for the first 8 successful applicants to the FdA Production Arts (Stage) course starting in September 2018. These new bursaries are for £5,000 per year (£10,000 for the whole of the two year course). By applying for the course applicants are automatically entered into the bursary application system.

Provider information

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
2 Downside Road

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0117 9733535

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Additional information

BA (Hons) Production Arts (Stage and Screen), FDA Production Arts (Stage)

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