Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

MA Theatre Production Management (Taught) Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Degree level: Postgraduate Awarded by: University of the West of England, Bristol


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Course summary

This Masters level course provides students with advanced level skills and knowledge in theatre production management such that they can be employed directly on completion of the course as freelancers in the theatre.

The course is practical and career focused.

It is integrated with the School’s other courses during productions as well as within the professional environment, as some performances take place in local professional theatres.

The learning is immersive and singular in its focus on high level professional employability as a main learning outcome.

There is a maximum of two students accepted on to this course (although normally only one)

The training for this senior management position in theatre develops a student’s skills to an advanced level in leadership, problem-solving and project management.

Students learn to take a high level of responsibility in a creative industry and gain experience in a professional context.

The course begins with a series of case studies and practical classes in the roles, technologies, financial control, scheduling, planning and health and safety of theatre production. Students will then work as assistant, progressing to production manager, on public productions.

The course includes a period of secondment working with a professional production company.

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, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests.

Year 1

Module number: UAMN8U-45-M Module name: Production Management - People, Procedures and Control
Module number: UAMN8V-45-M Module name: Production Management - Practical Theatre Application
Module number: UAMN8W-45-M Module name: Production Management - Theatre Industry Context
Module number: UAMN8X-45-M Module name: Production Management - Further Practical Theatre Application
Each module 45 credits at level M. Total 180 credits

Interim Award: There are no interim awards under this award scheme.

Award: MA Theatre Production Management

Each module takes between 7 and 11 weeks each to complete.

Assessment method

Learning is assessed at the end of each theoretical/practical project work module.

Emphasis is placed on production roles undertaken and judged against professional industry standards.

Feedback on the students work is sought from a range of departments with which the students has been involved as well as the students’ own self-critical evaluation of their performance

Entry requirements

Normally, successful candidates will have a first degree in technical theatre or have equivalent professional experience.

They should have a good command of the English language and some understanding of the skills required of, and the role of, a theatre production manager.

They should also be able to produce evidence of at least some of the essential skills required to carry out theatre production management.

Applicants will be interviewed by two members of staff, including the Head of Theatre Production.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £10,800 Year 1
EU £10,800 Year 1
International £24,000 Whole course
England £10,800 Year 1
Northern Ireland £10,800 Year 1
Scotland £10,800 Year 1
Wales £10,800 Year 1

Additional fee information

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

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
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