Undergraduate Course

BA Stage and Production Management

BA Stage and Production Management


The details
Stage and Production Management
October 2023
3 years
East15 (Loughton) Campus

East 15 Acting School’s BA Stage and Production Management course is a practical-based professional training that prepares you for careers in a range of production and technical roles in theatre, events and related creative industries.

We emphasise learning through practice and you are part of a creative production team from early in the course. Based at our picturesque Loughton Campus, our proximity to London means you will be able to keep up-to-date with the latest technical innovations in one of the world’s greatest theatre capitals. Our specially equipped Unit Four building is complete with workshops, an IT suite and seminar rooms – the perfect environment for learning your craft!

View more undergraduate courses from East 15 Acting School, including our Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film) vocational training program.

Why we're great.
  • Professional industry placement during study.
  • Immersion in full production work from year one.
  • Introduction to sound, lights and costume skills.

Our expert staff

Our training is by professionals and for professionals, allowing our graduates to work successfully across the globe.

Our international, outstanding teaching faculty is made up of professionals from all areas of live and recorded performance.

Learn more about our staff here.

Specialist facilities

Our Loughton Campus is perfectly located, providing access to both the rich, cultural diversity of London and an attractive and peaceful setting in which to study.

We are just a five-minute walk from London Underground station, Debden, where you can travel in only thirty minutes to Central London, West End theatres and mainline train stations including the Eurostar.

We have three sites at our Loughton Campus – Hatfields, Roding House and Unit Four. Hatfields is a beautiful Georgian dower house, set in five acres of lawns with orchards, flowerbeds and a small lake, providing an idyllic atmosphere for study and relaxation.

Just a short walk from Hatfields is Roding House, a £1.3 million facility containing 10 rehearsal rooms, a green room/café, a sound recording studio and a video editing suite, and our costume department.

Next to Roding House, Unit Four is a £1.5 million facility which is home to the Stage & Production Management department. The Unit contains a large workshop, paint shop, prop shop, prop storage facilities and teaching spaces.

Our on-site Corbett Theatre is named in honour of Harry H Corbett, a key member of Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and early benefactor of East 15. It is used extensively for student productions and is a practical training hub for our BA Stage and Production Management students.

The building is a medieval tithe barn that was dismantled and transported to Hatfields in the 1960s. These unusual origins create a unique performance space with a special atmosphere. Renovated to include full technical facilities, tiered seating for 130 people and fitted dressing rooms, the theatre provides an excellent resource for public productions, while the adjacent Bar and Café provides a social meeting point for students and staff.

Your future

In addition to the widespread opportunities offered in the stage, film and television industry, there is huge demand across the events sector for production staff at festivals, concerts, exhibitions, sporting events and large scale outdoor events. Students often gain employment through successful work placements. Alumni have previously worked in production and technical roles at leading British performance venues such as The National, RSC, and Northern Ballet. We also have graduates working at the BBC, on Game of Thrones and international theatres in Dubai and China as well as international tours and theme parks.

“The opportunities to get involved with not only our personal shows, but other shows around the campus and beyond is a constant flow, and the tools and equipment give you the chance to try something new, and experiment with different ways of producing certain props.”

"I have become a much more rounded person, due to being able to get a little bit of knowledge in all technical areas, and this has led to me being asked to work in Soho, London as a lighting technician, which I wouldn’t have even contemplated before the course."

Caroline Sheard, BA Stage and Production Management

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Successful interview, plus
A-levels: CDD, or the equivalent in UCAS tariff points, to include 2 full A Levels


T-levels: Pass with C in core

IB: 25 points or three Higher Level certificates with 433.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programme Courses (formerly certificates) at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for.
We can also consider combinations with BTECs or other qualifications in the Career-related programme – the acceptability of BTECs and other qualifications depends on the subject studied, advice on acceptability can be provided. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If you do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK then we will assess your English language proficiency/ability at your interview or audition.

If your first language is not English and you are an international student that requires a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK then you will need IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.

Please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English course that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.


Course structure

We offer dynamic and unique courses for actors, directors, producers, technical theatre specialists and students of theatre practice. Training at East 15 draws upon 50 years of tradition combined with a keen sense of the world of stage and screen today.

Our carefully selected modules will give you the chance to explore and develop your specialist training.

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we’ll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.


Year 1

In your first year you acquire a range of core stage management and technical theatre related skills whilst working as part of East 15’s production crew on professional productions at our in-house theatre. Our professionally experienced staff help you to develop practical experience and expertise across a range of areas, including:

  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Set design
  • Costume
  • Prop making
  • Construction
  • Stagecraft
  • Stage and Event Management
  • Training in specialist software pertaining to technical theatre roles

Students also undertake a design project to support and enhance their own working with professional directors and designers.

Year 2

Your second year enables you take on increasing responsibility for productions, with a combined emphasis on managerial and organisational abilities alongside your broader stage and technical theatre skills.

This includes being responsible for production budgets and collaboration with professional directors and designers.

Year 3

By your final year you work at a fully professional level, with the skills, experience and confidence to take responsibility for the organisational and financial aspects of a range of public productions across different venues both on Campus and in central London.

You also undertake an industry-based work placement – a perfect preparation for professional life after you graduate.

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee


Additional costs for materials and field trips of up to approximately £430. Equipment lists are reviewed annually.

International fee


Additional costs for materials and field trips of up to approximately £430. Equipment lists are reviewed annually.

What's next


Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.

Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.

The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.

For full details, please see the East 15 website.

Apply now


Applicants to this course will need to book an interview. If you apply to us through UCAS we will send you information on how to do this. Alternatively, you can apply to East 15 directly. During your interview you’re encouraged to share your passion and enthusiasm for the theatre industry.

Offers for these courses will only be made after a successful interview.

For full details, please see the East 15 website.

Hatfields, Loughton Campus

Visit Loughton Campus

You’ll be in intensive training at one of the most prestigious and internationally respected conservatoires in the country, gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the performing arts. But fear not! It’s not all work and no play at East 15 Acting School in Loughton.

Open Days

We don’t currently offer Open Days for this course but if you would like more information, then please email us at east15@essex.ac.uk.

View from Square 2 outside the Rab Butler Building looking towards Square 3


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