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BA (Hons) Theatre & Performance Technology Course Overview BA (Hons) Theatre & Performance Technology  Course Overview

This highly practical course enables you to develop and hone your skills as a creative technician, stage manager or designer. 

By working on our extensive programme of public performances, you become a versatile practitioner, who feels equally at home working on theatre, film and TV, dance, music and site-specific performances. Our approach allows you to create your own pathway and curate a compelling CV and portfolio that matches your ambitions.

Accreditated By:

Accredited by Federation of Drama Schools

What You Will

Study

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Student

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    "The industry connections LIPA gave me have been invaluable and links with local theatres allowed me to work alongside professionals and gain some incredible contacts while still studying."

    Kate Condon - Production coordinator for visual effects and animation studio at DNEG (Graduated 2018)

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  • Student

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    "The teaching at LIPA was done in such a way that going into the real world felt like a natural step. We were allowed to learn and make mistakes in a controlled environment whilst having experienced lecturers to hand to help when needed."

    Aimee Woods - Assistant Stage Manager, Phantom of the Opera, West End (Graduated 2016)

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  • Student

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    "Thinking about your project like a business and making sure you've really thought it through before you make your application for funding is vital. Public engagement, target audience, what the final performance will be like? We covered all of this at LIPA."

    Tracey Gibbs - Lighting and video designer. Lead Artist for Arts Council England funded R&D project HOYO (Graduated 2019)

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    "The hands-on experience working on so many shows allowed me to learn practically and taught me so many vital skills. The staff were so supportive and the overall environment was just great.  "

    Liam Aston - Lighting assistant/technician, Amazon Prime Video Sport, BT Sport, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat UK & Ireland Tour (Graduated 2021)

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How You Will

Study

  • Workshops
    Workshops
  • Practical Productions
    Practical Productions
  • Lectures
    Lectures
  • Tutorials
    Tutorials
  • Seminars
    Seminars
  • Group Work
    Group Work
  • Independent study
    Independent study
  • Masterclass
    Masterclass

How You Will Be

Assessed

You are continually assessed on your practical work and contributions to projects. Written evaluations of your practical work and debriefs once a project has been completed are also part your assessment, along with portfolio projects and practical observations. You also produce a research project exploring an area of your choice.

Practical/written work ratio

80% practical work / 20% written assignments

Validated By:

Liverpool John Moores University

What Our

Graduates Do

Our graduates work in theatre, musicals, live music, large-scale events and television in a variety of roles, including lighting technicians and programmers, lighting designers, sound designers and operators, stage managers, production managers, producers, riggers, scenic carpenters and props makers. Their career achievements have included:

Tracey Gibbs (2019)

Lighting and video designer. Lead Artist for Arts Council England funded R&D project HOYO

Kate Condon (2018)

Production coordinator for visual effects and animation studio at DNEG

Alice Barry (2017)

Project and event coordinator at Brandfuel Ltd, brand experience agency with clients such as Google.

Joshua Clague (2016)

Assistant production manager at Eventim Apollo. He also co-founded two companies and was co-director of documentary film Road of Giants, released on Amazon Prime.

Rebecca Gee (2016)

Assistant stage manager on shows including Little Shop of Horrors at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and The Ferryman, 9 to 5 the Musical and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, all West End.

Johanna Jenson (2015)

Stage manager at Hålogaland Theatre in Tromsø, Norway.

Javier Pando (2015)

Sound operator for shows including Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake tour and Girl from the North Country, West End. He was formerly sound no. 2 for National Theatre.

Dave Baxter (2014)

Freelance lighting technician. He recently worked on Britney Spears’ Piece of Me tour around the USA and Europe. Other work includes Drake’s world tour and comedian Bill Bailey.

Jonathan Sims (2012)

Director, Events Design Company Limited. Its credits include UEFA Champions Legue Final 2021, UEFA Euros 2020, Liverpool Giants 2018.

Marec Joyce (2007)

Technical operations manager for the Pleasance Theatre Trust in Edinburgh. Responsible for the organisation’s technical operations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Entry

Requirements

64

UCAS tariff points required from level 3 qualifications

For example:

  • Two A Levels at grade C or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: MPP  
  • BTEC Diploma: MM
  • T level: P (D or E)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: Pass including 64 points from Higher Level subjects

You also need 5 GCSEs grade 4/C or above including English and Maths or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): if you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

5.5

IELTS or above

You need to meet our English language requirement - a minimum of IELTS 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). We also accept other English language examination equivalents. You can find out more about English Language requirements here 

You also need academic qualifications at the same level as UK applicants. You can find out more about qualifications from specific countries here

Mature applicants (aged 21+). If you do not hold the academic qualifications but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply.

Educational qualifications are important but limited in what they can tell us about you.

Your natural ability, your fit with what and how we teach, your growth and your potential are also key factors in our admission process. We can’t evaluate these solely on your educational achievements, so no matter which course you are applying for, we look for the following attributes on your application and at the interview stage.

Key

Attributes

1

Knowledge, Ability and Experience

We’d like you to have some experience of working in one or more areas of backstage production so tell us about this. This may include set construction, helping with lighting design or video projection during performance, stage or production management, or assisting with mixing live sound for a music gig or theatre show.

2

Commitment

We’re keen to hear about any experience you have outside your school qualifications. Tell us about any extra-curricular projects at school or college or if you have volunteered to work with a youth theatre group or in a theatre, arts centre or music venue or have gained some work experience. We’d also like you to tell us about your interest in seeing live performance. We understand that distance or cost may have made this difficult, so telling us how you’ve shown commitment and enterprise in gaining experience or going to see live performance helps.

3

Ability To Work Effectively with Others

While you’re with us (and in your professional work) you’ll work with a range of people – students, teachers and industry professionals, so it’s essential that you can work well with others. We’d like to see that you can take direction and feedback well, listen to others and offer support and constructive feedback.

4

Broad Interest and Engagement

We look for evidence that you are curious about the world around you and want to engage with all aspects of the course you’re applying for and the wide range of opportunities we offer.

5

Self-Awareness

We’d like to know why you’re applying to us and how you think the course you’re applying for will help you to grow and achieve your career aspirations. We’d like to see that you understand your strengths and weaknesses and how we can support you.

6

A Spirit of Enterprise

We want you to be able to work on your own initiative and see that you’re interested in creating your own opportunities. You may have been involved in creative projects which weren’t part of your regular school/college curriculum, or if you haven’t had the chance to do this, you might have ideas and ambitions which you can tell us about.

  • "I’ve worked with LIPA students and graduates. One of them has even joined our team. She has proved beyond doubt that LIPA can deliver.  "

    Patrick Woodroffe
    Lighting designer, awarded OBE and Royal Designer for the industry

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Statement

This course will be subject to revalidation for 2023 entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our course changes information