Foundation Degree in Stage and Production Management - Foundation Degree
Northbrook College Sussex
Littlehampton Road, Goring by Sea, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 6NU
Tel: 0845 155 60 60
Fax: 01903 606073
Head of Department Theatre Arts: Nick Gardner
(This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Northbrook College)
The courses consist of 12* modules delivered over two years. Initially, students start with a general introduction to all areas of theatre production and planning. Then, in the spring term, they follow their chosen Foundation Degree and apply skills practically on productions. The first year will see students take supportive roles on shows and work on approximately 10-15 productions both in the Northbrook Theatre and Brighton venues. Progressing to the 2nd year, students will then take senior production and design positions. Ultimately, they will lead a team and facilitate the requirements of assorted events and productions, working within their own specialised degree area and also alongside those students following other production and performance degrees.
Students cover all aspects of stage and production management. The roles and responsibilities of the SM dept - making up a book, propping, props acquisition, petty cash, budgets, rehearsal calls, rehearsal notes, schedules, mark-outs, score reading - musical theatre, opera and ballet, calling a show, working with comms and cue lights, running a technical rehearsal, prop making.
Production Management students will work with: budgets, orders, schedules, risk assessments and H&S. They will chair production meetings and run the production period. Practical work will include flying - hemp & counterweight, loading, knots, workshop machinery, stage equipment, set building, working with designers, carpentry, fit-ups, strikes and get outs. All students will practise essential skills of communication, working with a team, heading a department and man management.
Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include three or more weeks' work experience.