FdA Stage Management & Technical Theatre - Foundation Degree
155 Talgarth Road, London, W14 9DA
Tel: 020 8834 0500
Fax: 020 8834 0501
Principal: Joanna Read
Stage Management and Technical Theatre Course Director: Rob Young
This sector-leading practical course equips students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to develop successful and long-lasting careers in TV, film, theatre and beyond.
Our stage management and technical theatre alumni have excellent employment records; those who actively seek work find relevant jobs within weeks of graduation. If you train at LAMDA, you will be following in the footsteps of Sir Howard Panter (Joint Chief Executive and Creative Director of Ambassador Theatre Group), Kevin Fitzmaurice (RSC producer and former Executive Director of the Young Vic), Luke Rittner (Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Dance), Olivier Award-winning lighting designer Natasha Chivers and David Grindrod (theatre and television casting director). Students who complete the Foundation Degree at the required level may progress to the one-year top-up BA (Hons) Production & Technical Arts. We have added several new options to this one-year BA (Hons) top-up: BA (Hons) Production & Technical Arts: Lighting OR Sound OR Stage Management OR Production Management OR Scenic Construction OR Screen & Audio.
Course Content Year One Students are given a thorough grounding in four core disciplines - stage management, scenic construction, lighting and sound - through classes in stage management, production management, prop making, lighting (including design), rigging, sound, set design, scenic construction, health and safety, first aid, fire safety, WYSIWYG and AutoCAD. These classes introduce essential technical disciplines and provide students with an understanding of the elements involved in stage and screen production. Alongside training in these disciplines, students receive an introduction to related areas within television and radio, including the roles of First AD, Second AD and Location Manager. During the second and third terms, students work on LAMDA's productions - spending approximately six weeks gaining practical experience in junior roles in the stage management, construction, lighting and sound departments. These productions play in repertoire in LAMDA's state-of-the-art theatres.
Year Two In the second year, students undertake four senior production roles on LAMDA shows, enabling them to strengthen their leadership skills. They may have the opportunity to transfer productions to theatres elsewhere in the UK and overseas. Previous transfers have included venues in Bowness-on-Windermere, Bury St Edmunds, Paris, Moscow and New York. As optional modules, senior roles are available on LAMDA film and radio projects, which are shot, recorded and edited by industry professionals.
BA (Hons) Production & Technical Arts Year Three (optional top-up year) Students who successfully complete our FdA at the required level may apply to progress to the one-year top-up BA (Hons) qualification. This course enables students to specialise in one discipline and develop advanced production skills in that area. Students may choose from the following specialism options: Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, Production Management, Scenic Construction or Screen & Audio. Content includes 10 to 12 weeks of work-based learning, a senior production role on a number of public LAMDA productions and a self-directed project.
Professional Preparation In their second year all students complete two six-week work placements within the entertainment industry, offering professional experience in an area of the student's choice. LAMDA is currently the only UK drama school to offer two placements as standard. Many students go on to secure employment with their placement companies after graduation. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to network with current industry practitioners. They receive classes in taxation, interview technique and creating a professional portfolio. They also participate in mock interviews with visiting professionals, who provide valuable feedback.