Undergraduate Course

BA Creative Producing

(Theatre and Short Film)

BA Creative Producing


The details
Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film)
October 2020
3 years
Southend Campus

BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film) is a full-time course that has been designed to provide a vocationally-centred programme in producing theatre and film. It draws together broad disciplines of the theatre (such as, writing for performance, lighting and sound, directing, dramaturgy, prop and digital set design and creation) with business-focused aspects of the creative arts and the associated industries (including marketing, web-design and arts management). The programme is aimed at entrepreneurial artists with an interest in creating, producing, administrating and promoting theatre and short films.

The course is based at our Southend Campus, affording the opportunity to not only be working alongside students in training across a wide range of acting disciplines but to also have direct access to the state-of-the-art Clifftown Theatre.

Why we're great.
  • Development of business and entrepreneurial skills in a creative environment.
  • Understanding of how to develop artistic projects into viable ventures.
  • Introduction to stage, screen and live event production processes.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Your future

The UK’s creative industries are now worth over £84 billion to the UK economy.

While there has never been a shortage of creative talent to originate work across the digital, live event, music, publishing screen and stage sectors, all of this talent needs to be managed and employment prospects for well-trained graduates in this field are excellent.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

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


IB: 28 points or three Higher Level certificates with 544. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes 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. 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.


Example structure

We offer dynamic and unique course for actors, directors, 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.

Creating Film and Theatre

This module, which builds on and expands the work from the first year, will not have sub-units. But focus solely on screenwriting. It will engage students by adding a further aspect to their progressions in filmmaking. Alongside directing for the camera and the practical aspects of filmmaking, students will now be taught how to frame a narrative and create characters for a variety of purposes. They will focus on traditional narrative, as well as promotional writing and in the third term they will be guided in the popular field of “game writing”.

View Creating Film and Theatre on our Module Directory

Producing and Managing

This module is divided into two units: Producing Skills and Sound & Lights. The Sound and Lights unit will provide a general understanding on two major factors of the technical process in creating theatre. Students will develop both theoretical understanding and the practical skills to support live and recorded performances in these two areas. There will also be an emphasis on how these elements can be manipulated for filmed projects. Producing Skills will introduce the fundamentals of business practice as applied to performance-based projects. The unit will introduce current critical debates, concepts and discourses in producing. This unit will equip you with practical skills and knowledge to develop, record and present business and strategic thinking. Students will also hone their communication and presentational skills.

View Producing and Managing on our Module Directory

Digital Media

Film Making / Digital Editing: Students will be taught how best to capture performance on camera, which may include live performance, rehearsal footage, marketing material, documentary footage, and short films. Introduction to offline editing of video will lead to students editing their own work. Students will learn how to work on a variety of different equipment including smart phones, tablets and handheld recorders. Digital Arts Skills: Students will learn about the evolution of digital media forms, from a technical and design perspective, developing their knowledge of technical and practical considerations relating to various digital media and, with a focus on creative processes, build an understanding around the various uses and applications of digital media. Students will be introduced to approaches to using technology as an artistic tool and develop a variety of digital art skills.

View Digital Media on our Module Directory

Producing and Managing 2

Students will look at more specific details around producing both live events and filmed projects. They will be exploring some of the legal issues surrounding touring a theatre production, employment contracts and copyright law, as well developing strategies for Human Resources Management. Their practical skills will be furthered by sessions on how to make pitches and write proposals.

View Producing and Managing 2 on our Module Directory

Digital Media 2

Film Making / Distribution: This unit will further develop the students’ film making skill set. As it sits alongside screen writing, there will be more of a focus on narrative and the creation of short films. They will explore more advanced editing tools and begin to look into the world of film distribution Digital Set Design: This unit will introduce students to the software and skills that will enable them to design a theatre set through digital means. It will cover the basic principles around design for theatre performance, the principles of dramatic space and how these relate to performance narrative. They will gain experience of working with CAD to experiment with design concepts. Marketing: This unit will cover the basic principles of marketing and how this applies to Arts institutions and projects. Students will develop the necessary skills to be able to research, plan and implement a marketing strategy for a variety of arts related ventures. They will be encouraged to critically analyse existing strategies and engage in dialogue around the ethics and responsibilities connected to marketing.

View Digital Media 2 on our Module Directory


Year 1

In the first year there are modules that build the foundations of knowledge and skills that students will need to progress to more creative modules years 2 and 3. In these units they will learn how to create both objects and scripts for theatre productions; develop the basic skills for producing and develop their understanding of how to turn an artistic endeavour into a feasible, marketable product; they will also work behind the camera to make short videos (that can exist on their own as a narrative or support larger work as marketing material). These largely practical modules are complimented by two further modules that develop requisite research skills and provide a historical and cultural context to theatre making.

Year 2

Throughout this year students develop their new skills by focusing on more specific tasks. Students will also engage in writing for film and theatre and develop their understanding of location management, fundraising, preparing grant proposals, and touring a production, editing for a trailer, and filming live events.

Final year

In the third year students continue to develop their skills through a series of creative modules.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee


Additional costs for materials and field trips of up to approximately £650 per academic year. Equipment lists are reviewed annually.

International fee


Additional costs for materials and field trips of up to approximately £650 per academic year. Equipment lists are reviewed annually.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

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.

If you’re resident in the UK you’ll be able to visit our campus to take part in your interview, where you’ll meet some of our staff.

Our staff travel the world meeting applicants so if you’re not resident in the UK, it’s likely that we’ll be in a location near you at some point. This will be a one-to-one interview.

If you are unable to attend an interview for any reason, a Skype interview can be arranged.

For full details, please see the East 15 website.

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

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