(This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Northbrook College)


UCAS code: W450

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The Course Stage & Production Managment

Developed and delivered by industry professionals, this vibrant and practical course focuses on Stage and Production Management for the entertainment industry.


The excellent facilities and training in The Northbrook Theatre support the acquisition of specialist skills and prepare students for entry to employment.


The course offers the opportunity to work across Musical Theatre, Dance and Drama productions as well as live music events and tours.


Why this course at the MET?


  • Northbrook Theatre - Professional 180 seat space with extensive technical equipment & fly tower (see web-site for full tech spec)
  • External examiners report 2017 "Academic & Industry currency is maintained through staff expertise and specialist interests, external work placements,industry links and contacts."
  • Working with multi-discipline cohort (dance, music, musical theatre, drama)
  • Excellent fully equipped rehearsal studios
  • Award winning Alumni (SMA)
  • Tutors with both professional industry experience and Teacher training qualifications
  • Opportunities for students to head departments and manage resources independently
  • Outstanding industry links including: Brighton Festival, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal National Theatre
  • EV report 2017 "The performances are strong and demonstrate the rigor & tenacity to withstand the pressures of the professional environment. In particular, the 'Transformers' project lead by Production students with ' jobbing actors ' in support.
  • EV report 2017 "The strong employability and entrepreneurial skills fostered throughout the programme."


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Course Content

The course provides practical hands on experience for students of Stage and Production Management. Spread over 2 years students will start with the basics, working on productions in junior roles and supporting the creative and technical heads of department. Initially working in class and in the theatre on project based modules students progress towards working on college shows by the end of the first term.

Skills such as blocking, cue-ing, flying, rigging (motors, lighting and sound), working to scale, budgeting and Health & Safety are delivered to prepare for working on productions. In addition the key "soft" skills of communication, time management, prioritising, working under pressure & working professionally are explored in class and applied in practice.

As students progress through the course the second year gives you the opportunity to become "Head of Department" working on productions, leading teams, running their own budgets and seeing the production through from the first production meeting, to the first night, last performance and finally the get-out.


Course units:


● Introduction to Discipline Practice
● Contextual Studies
● Discipline based skills
● Applied Discipline based skills
● Inter-Discipline Practice
● Discipline based skills development
● Specialist based skills development
● Applied Specialist Discipline skills
● Collaborative Practice
● Applied academic practice
● Industry practice
● Negotiated project


Programme Specification


Work experience

Our Theatre department is well known across the Industry. Many of our Alumni now offer work experience opportunities as well as employment to students. All students will have the opportunity to undertake a minimum of 2 weeks of work experience, which will provide invaluable links with local and/or national employers. These include Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, Brighton Festival, Kinky Boots, Aladdin, Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Hamilton, Royal Albert Hall, Worthing Theatres and Eastbourne Theatres to name just a few.



On successful completion of this Foundation Degree you may wish to continue your studies at the MET and move on to the BA (Hons) Theatre Arts.



Our Alumni is extensive with progression to industry across all areas. Employers of note would be Royal National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Chichester Festival Theatre, Glyndebourne Festival, Queen Mary 2, P&O Azura, Royal Albert Hall & productions include: Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Wicked, Sound of Music, Annie (International & National Tour).


Andy Hunt


Andy Hunt After graduating, Andy started freelancing at Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT). He joined the national tour of 'Enron' as Assistant Stage Manager, before moving on to a role as Assistant Production Manager at The National Theatre.


Andy then returned to Chichester and worked on 'Sweeney Todd' , transferring with the production to the West End. On his return, he took up a role as Production Manager on the multi-award winning production 'Gypsy' which opened at Chichester and once again transferred to the West End.


He continues to freelance as a Production Manager.

Andy says, "Northbrook gave me the skills and expertise I needed to get my career in stage and production management off to a fantastic start. I had come from a performance background and getting skills in DSM-ing and being a Production Manager meant I was able to step straight into industry.


"As the course covered the basics across all production departments I actually got my first 'tecchie' job as a follow-spot operator at Chichester Festival Theatre. That got my foot in the door, after which I was able to apply other skills learnt at the College - not just practical things like flying or rigging, but also professional skills such as communication, punctuality and positivity. These all helped me to move further in my career.


"The staff and the facilities at Northbrook were great and I would definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to train for work in Theatre."


Aimee Tither


Aimee Tither "After leaving Northbrook, I worked on a few independent Arts Council shows and pantos, before leaving for life at sea, working on the Queen Mary 2 as Stage Manager/ Automation and travelling the world.


After a few years away, I returned home to work on 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (West End), 'Kinky Boots' and Dream Girls'. I'm very excited to say my next position will be working at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 'Hamilton'.


Northbrook was the perfect setting and environment to grow into a competent Technical Theatre BA (Hons) graduate. Important lessons were taught at Northbrook about respect and a work ethic which I take with me into all working situations. These lessons were key in getting me to where I am today.


The facilities and setting were perfect for learning the 'ins and outs' of each pathway - from grassroots rigging to DSM bookmaking and lighting desk programming.


Working closely with all departments on projects, helped to instil the importance of good communication and the fact that not all productions work in the same way. The tutors were supportive and used their industry experience to a teaching advantage.


Northbrook gave me a brilliant head start and insight into the theatrical world and I would recommend any budding theatre technicians to apply."

Student Testimonials

Pippa Lowen Pippa Lowen

"The course at Northbrook (Met) provides you with a full set of skills in all areas of Theatre Production, with a chance to specialise in two areas of particular interest.


The hands on approach is great and gives you the confidence to fulfil roles in your chosen pathways."







Victoria Rousell Victoria Rousell

Victoria Rousell was an FdA student in stage and production management and has been Deputy Stage Manager on the Lion King for some time.


"A great course with approachable, experienced tutors who support and guide you, while encouraging you to think for yourself."


"A hands-on learning environment which provides practical experience for a career in technical theatre"








Entry Requirements

Individual offers may vary.


Interview and portfolio
(please bring a portfolio that evidences your experience. This could be previous courses undertaken or work done outside of your education).




Minimum UCAS points:

- Old system: 160

- New system: 64

from one of the following:


  • BTEC or UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma with merit profile in theatre based study or equivalent
  • A Levels with at least 56 points (or 140 in the old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview.


Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

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Jo Loader - Course Leader

  • Stage and Production Management
  • Theatre process & practices, Work experience, Score reading
  • BA (Stage Management & Technical Theatre), HE Fellowship (Teaching & Learning in Higher Education) City & Guilds level 3 (Teacher training)
  • @nbtbackstage, NBTbackstage (Facebook)
  • Professional SM & PM working nationally & internationally specialising in Opera
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