Birmingham City University

Stage Management Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Turn your interest in stage management into authentic industry experience and develop the vital skills needed in each role of a stage management team.

Our three-year degree course, which is part of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, will help you to develop an understanding of the core skills needed in technical theatre and design, widening your knowledge and ability to work in the fast-paced, demanding environment of stage management and further afield. Taking on the essential duties of Assistant Stage Manager in your first year of study, Deputy Stage Manager in your second year, and Stage Manager in your final year, you’ll learn through experience, framed by academic study. During your degree you’ll explore all areas of theatrical performance production. Concentrating on the technical and logistical aspects of stage management, your studies will investigate lighting and sound, wardrobe, set design, prop sourcing, maintenance, and the management and organisation of touring theatre. You’ll also widen your skills base, developing an awareness of the administration and funding of events and small theatre companies as well as the context of theatre today. You’ll be expected to engage in a variety of professionally focused roles which will challenge you to grow as a creative practitioner. Through a series of practical and theoretical lectures, seminars and workshops you’ll discover the disciplines needed to confidently and successfully bring scripts from page to stage.

Your final year includes a six to eight week placement, where you experience the rigours and responsibilities of a busy stage management job. Recent placements have included the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Opera Company and the Birmingham REP. Working in a variety of professional venues across the city, you are constantly building your industry network as you train. We encourage you to take part in as many placements as
you can so that you can engage with ideas and theories in a practical setting, whilst developing your communication skills and working in an authentic environment. Previous graduates of the course have found employment on West End theatre shows, national and international tours, cruise ships and many other exciting productions.

The course guides you in developing your ability to prepare scripts for the stage that meet the requests of the director, whilst balancing your responsibilities as part of the production team, and supporting the cast effectively. Through intensive and challenging study you’ll experience the entire production process from start to finish and contribute to the sense of achievement that comes with staging a successful production as part of a close-knit team.

This course scored 92% for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.

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 B25
Campus name Parkside Building Campus
Campus code C

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points A range of GCSEs are normally required. Must have GCSE English Language at Grade 4 or above.
Normally have to hold GCSEs at point of application. Will consider applications where applicant is re-taking GCSE in some circumstances.
A level CCC Must include Drama or related subject.
A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. The remainding 15 credits can be taken at either level 2 or 3.
Must include Drama or related subject.
GCSE English language at grade C or above or equivalent qualifications must be offered.
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 96 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CCCDD) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
AS AA - EE A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with either two A-levels, two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for. Must be offered along with either two A-levels, two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A range of GCSEs are normally required. Must have GCSE English Language at Grade 4 or above.
Normally have to hold GCSEs at point of application. Will consider applications where applicant is re-taking GCSE in some circumstances.
HNC (BTEC) P Must include Drama or related subject
Will be considered for entry into year 1 only.
HND (BTEC) P Must include Drama or related subject
Will be considered for entry into year 1 only.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Group B - Grade 5  from the IB will be accepted. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 12 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 96 UCAS Tariff Points.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 96 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD Must include Drama or related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate 96 Tariff Points in total to include other qualifications
Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM Must include Drama or related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma 96 Tariff Points in total to include other qualifications
Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 96 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 96 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with A levels, BTEC or OCR Level 3 qualifications equivalent to at least one full A level totalling at least 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 96 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 96 Tariff Points in total to include other qualifications
Must include Drama or related subject
Must be offered along with either two A-levels (grades C and C, two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Admission to this course is via interview


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with no subtest below 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 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

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Birmingham City University
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