Foundation Degree in Technical Theatre & Stage Management (Technical Theatre & Stage Management I level); optional BA progression year following further application - Foundation Degree
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
62-64 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6ED
Tel: 020 7636 7076
Fax: 020 7323 3865
Director of Technical Training: Neil Fraser
The first year of this two year Foundation Degree incorporates a broad, practical training in the areas that contribute to a theatre production. In the second year students choose to specialise in an area that interests them. They can choose from stage management, lighting, construction, sound, property making, scenic art or costume. The training is almost entirely vocational and practical, with a focus on a career in the industry.
Rich and diverse in its scope and facilities, the course combines in-depth technical instruction with a clear insight into the necessary organisational, managerial and collective skills which also form the core of successful dramatic work.
The training also teaches skills relevant to other areas of the entertainment industry - film, radio, television, conferences, events and other commercial ventures.
From the outset, the training involves work on RADA productions as crew and/or operator. In their second year students take on senior roles such as Stage Manager, Production Electrician, Head of Construction, Scenic Artist, Wardrobe Supervisor or Property Maker on the Academy's public productions. All students work alongside professional directors and designers. Second year roles are chosen by the student in consultation with teaching staff and the Course Director in order to facilitate a clear and well-focused career pathway. Career guidance and professional development sessions are given throughout the course.
The two year foundation degree can be followed by a completion year (following further application) in order to complete the full BA qualification.