BA (Hons) Technical Theatre

Welcome to Technical Theatre

The BA (Hons) Technical Theatre is a practical course which introduce students to a wide range of backstage crafts and career options within a friendly and supportive environment. Professional placement activity and backstage practice are key features of our programme, as is the capacity for students to develop or shift their particular area of interest; whether that be lighting, sound, stage management or scenic construction, as they progress through the programme.

We are a small and welcoming team who work closely with The Mercury Theatre to ensure your experience at UCC is both engaging and vocationally relevant. Being small we have the advantage of flexibility so whether you already know your particular backstage vocational area of focus or whether you are as yet undecided, our programme will adapt and respond to facilitate your individual learning journey. We are always happy to meet with prospective students so please do get in touch if you have any questions or if you would like to visit us here in Colchester.

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The BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre is a practical course which introduces students to a wide range of backstage crafts and career options through working with a extensive array of performances from dance to classical music, and musical theatre to rock bands.

In collaboration with the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, the degrees in Technical Theatre have been revised and revamped to offer our students practical hands-on learning in a professional venue from their first year.

Throughout your course you will be introduced a wide range of technical and management skills with the emphasis on employability and expanding your knowledge across Technical Theatre.

Our core modules currently include: lighting, sound, stage management, scenic construction, work placements and working on productions, as we feel these provide our students with a solid base to grow and develop from.

In past years we have presented a range of productions and events including Bat Boy, Addams Family, Big Fish, Avenue Q, Spelling Bee, Twelfth Night, Oedipus Rex, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Seagull, The Devil in Drag, Julius Caesar, Cabaret, Seussical, Godspell, Pippin, American Idiot, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Ordinary Days, And the World Goes ‘Round, Secrets Every Smart Traveller Should Know as well as rock music festivals and numerous other music, dance and dramatic arts performances,  all of which have been supported by our Technical Theatre students at venues across Essex.

The degrees are validated by the University of Essex who are recognised across the world as a provider of high quality degrees, one of which will be yours. As a member of Colchester Institute you will have access to not only the main campus but the University of Essex campus and facilities, providing you the best of both worlds.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30 or 15 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Compulsory modules enable you to cover key subject knowledge whilst and optional allow you to develop your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Year One (Level 4) Year Two (Level 5) Year Three (Level 6)

Normal entry will require a minimum of 80 UCAS Points* achieved through A Levels or BTEC Extended Diploma. All applicants may be interviewed and will be required to demonstrate prior experience in at least one aspect of Technical Theatre by providing a portfolio at interview.

*2017-18 UCAS Tariff

The course requires attendance throughout the week, including evenings and weekends. The course is physically and mentally demanding and requires learners who are disciplined and committed.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

BA (Hons) Technical Theatre course is designed to prepare students for work within the industry in employment or self-employment. After your studies there are a range of career options open for you to explore. Our recent graduates have been employed by West End productions including Billy Elliot and Beautiful, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Sadler’s Wells, London Speaker Hire, Newcastle Royal Theatre, French Woods, Pontins, Ministry of Sound, Mercury Theatre, and New Wolsey Theatre to name a few with others pursuing freelance work across the world.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.

Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.

When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

 Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

 

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BA (Hons) Technical Theatre - Full-time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration3 Years
UCAS CodeW441
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £9,250 per year
BA (Hons) Technical Theatre - Part-time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration6 Years
Course CodeZH3FDTTP01
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £4,625 per year
Year One (Level 4)

Title Lighting Installation and Operation 1 (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT09C

What’s it about?

This module is designed to develop the practical and technical skills required for lighting design in a range of performing arts contexts.

What do I learn?

You will be introduced to the safe installation, operation, artistic potential and application of generic and intelligent lanterns and their accessories and control systems.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment is formed of 2 elements. The first is a written assignment, in the form of a portfolio, detailing your understanding of areas covered throughout the module as well as your preparatory work for the practical exercise.

The second assessment element takes the form of a practical exercise demonstrating the effective and safe use of key lighting equipment.

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Title Scenic Construction and Painting (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT10C

What’s it about?

The module will develop the skills necessary for you to construct fundamental items of scenery for theatrical productions and decorate them using industry-standard techniques. 

What do I learn?

You will learn workshop practice, basic carpentry, painting techniques, and introductory scale drawing.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment takes the form of a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating your understanding of areas covered throughout the module, supporting documentation produced in the production of a scenic element, and one complete scenic element produced to a professional standard.

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Title Stage Management (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT06C

What’s it about?

This module is designed to introduce you to the practical working methods of the stage management team as part of the theatre-making process. 

What do I learn?

You will explore the roles and responsibilities of members of the stage management team and develop relevant practical, administrative, and organisational skills.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment is formed of 2 parts. The first is a practical exercise where you will undertake a stage management role as part of a production. The second assessment element will take the form of a portfolio which will consist of documentation produced in the build-up to and delivery of your stage management role on a production(s) and a 2,000-word reflective account of the role undertaken.

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Title Sound Design and Operation 1 (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT05C

What’s it about?

This module provides the background understanding and skills for managing the creation, installation, and operation of sound within theatrical performance.

What do I learn?

You will explore basic principles of sound and sound reproduction, system design and operation, as well as the role and purpose of sound within theatrical performance including interpretation of text, creating atmosphere, and enhancing clarity and balance.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment is formed of 2 elements. The first is a written assignment, in the form of a portfolio, which will consist of a complete set of designs, diagrams and prompt copies for two selected performances in specified theatrical venues. The second assessment element takes the form of a practical exercise which will include planning, installing, and operating sound for a mock live event.

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Title Study Skills for Technical Theatre (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT13C

What’s it about?

This module will introduce you to the higher education learning environment and the relevant research and academic skills required to succeed throughout your studies.

What do I learn?

You will develop skills in essay and report writing, presentation, Harvard Referencing, portfolio compilation, action planning and reflective practice.

What’s the assignment?

You will complete a portfolio of supporting documents which will consist of academic assignments and processes completed as part of the on-going study throughout this module.

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Title Industrial Placement (30 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT12C

What’s it about?

You will engage in workplace learning at a professional venue where you will observe and practice technical skills in a professional context.

What do I learn?

You will learn skills and practices across the technical disciplines of theatre including: Stage Management, Lighting, Sound, and Scenic Construction.

What’s the assignment?

You will complete a reflective log for each placement session detailing skills, learning, and practical work completed. You will include and refer to photographic documentation collated during the placement and your work will be underpinned by the referencing of industry-relevant publications.

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Title Introduction to Technical Theatre Processes (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT08C

What’s it about?

This module is designed to provide a broad overview of the basic skills required to practice successfully and safely in the world of technical theatre. 

What do I learn?

You will learn skills and knowledge across the technical disciplines of theatre including the use of access equipment, knot-tying, equipment testing, and key Health & Safety legislation associated with technical theatre practice.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment is formed of 2 elements. The first is a practical exercise demonstrating the effective and safe use of key technical equipment. The second element is a written assignment, in the form of a portfolio, detailing your understanding of areas covered throughout the module.

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Year Two (Level 5)

Title Lighting Design 2 (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT08I 

What’s it about?

This module is primarily concerned with the application of the principles of design through the realisation of lighting for performance.

What do I learn?

You will explore the role of lantern choice, focus and lighting angle, emotion heightening, and theatrical punctuation in narrative development.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment is formed of 2 elements. The first takes the form of a practical exercise which you will use to demonstrate your technical and design skills employed in response to a given text. The second assessment element will take the form of a written assignment, in the form of a portfolio, detailing the preparatory work undertaken in support of the practical exercise and a 2,500-word reflective account of your exercise including how it relates to the broader professional context.

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Title Scenic Design (30 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE: BATT10I

What’s it about?

This module is designed to provide you with fundamental performance design skills and knowledge of their theoretical and historical contexts. 

What do I learn?

Using practical exercises, theatre visits, and model-making & construction we will explore the design disciplines of performance from the page to the stage. 

What’s the assignment?

You will develop a digital portfolio which will document your design experimentation and the relationship of your practice to historical and/or contemporary practitioners and theory. Using a play-text, selected from a supplied list, you will develop a range of materials which will demonstrate the skills necessary to bring the page to the stage.

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Title Sound Design 2 (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT03I 

What’s it about?

This module is designed to develop the skills necessary for the installation and operation of a variety of sound systems. 

What do I learn?

You will develop practical and administrative skills and knowledge in sound design for drama, musical theatre, and music performance.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment is formed of 2 elements. The first takes the form of a practical exercise which you will use to demonstrate your technical and design skills employed in response to a given brief. The second assessment element will take the form of a written assignment, in the form of a portfolio, detailing 3 sound designs and their supporting documentation.

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Title Technical Theatre in Practice (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT06I

What’s it about?

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to put into practice and further develop your technical theatre skills, with some focus given to your developing specialism/ career pathway. 

What do I learn?

Using UCC/Colchester Institute productions, you will identify a role(s) that offers a rich opportunity for you to apply and develop your skills that relate to your developing career pathway. Roles likely to be undertaken include: DSM, Sound Design, LX Design and Scenic and Prop construction.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment is formed of two parts. The first will take the form of a practical exercise involving the fulfilling of a technical role through all stages of production. The second element of assessment will take the form of a portfolio incorporating all documentation developed during the role undertaken and a 3,000-word reflective report critically evaluating your experiences and learning undertaken throughout the production process and underpinned by the referencing of industry-relevant publications.

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Title Computer Aided Design (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT09I 

What’s it about?

You will develop Computer Aided Design (CAD) software skills for technical theatre practice.

What do I learn?

This module will equip you with the relevant 2D and 3D computer-aided design skills to produce accurate and relevant plans for theatre productions using an industry-relevant drawing platform.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment takes the form of a portfolio of 2D and 3D drawings.

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Title Industrial Placement 2 (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT04l

What’s it about?

You will engage in workplace learning at a professional venue where you will observe and practice technical skills in a professional context in an area specific to your chosen specialism/career pathway. 

What do I learn?

You will identify key areas of focus during the initial stages of the module and, in response, design and agree on a placement that responds to your key points of interest and learning needs.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment is formed of two parts. The first will take the form of an action plan which you will complete during the preparatory stages of your industrial placement. The second element of assessment will take the form of a 15-minute presentation, with a supporting reflective log, which you will deliver to your peers, sharing key areas of learning achieved during the placement.

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Year Three (Level 6)

Title Multimedia Project (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT05H

What’s it about?

This module will develop your skills and understanding of technical theatre practices into a new media environment, exploring contemporary processes and technology for capturing, manipulating and displaying audio/visual and interactive content within a theatrical context.

What do I learn?

You will be introduced to new media techniques, processes and software, translating existing skills into new competencies. Learners’ knowledge of performance design disciplines will be augmented by new techniques, enabling them to develop an understanding of how audio/visual and interactive media can be used to enhance and enrich cultural experience

What’s the assignment?

Multimedia Project with supporting Digital Portfolio (100%)

You will develop and document a series of creative projects that explores thematic meaning-making through a digital medium of your choice. You will maintain a digital blog/portfolio throughout and your work will culminate in a project which you will present in a setting appropriate to the project.

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Title Research Project (30 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT10H 

What’s it about?

This module supports the realisation of a self-directed project, demonstrating independent study and research appropriate to Level 6 study. 

What do I learn?

You will be introduced to quantitative and qualitative research methodologies which you will apply as part of a project that relates to your career pathway.

What’s the assignment?

Multimedia Project with supporting Digital Portfolio (100%)

The assessment for this module is formed of three parts. The first element is a research proposal outlining your research question, proposed primary and secondary research sources, and your key research methodologies. The second assessment element takes the form of a Research Portfolio incorporating your key research activities, analysis, and conclusion. The final element of assessment is a 15-minute Viva Voce which will provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your project experience in a discussion led by the examiner.

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Title Specialist Technical Theatre in Practice (30 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT09H

What’s it about?

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to put into practice and further develop technical theatre skills that relate to your specialism / career pathway. 

What do I learn?

Using UCC/Colchester Institute productions, you will identify a lead role(s) that offers a rich opportunity for you to apply and develop your skills that relate to your career pathway. Roles likely to be undertaken include: DSM, Sound Design, LX Design, and Scenic and Prop construction.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment is formed of two parts. The first will take the form of a practical exercise involving the fulfilling of a technical role through all stages of production. The second element of assessment will take the form of a portfolio incorporating all documentation developed during the role undertaken and a 3,000-word reflective report critically evaluating your experiences and learning undertaken throughout the production process and underpinned by the referencing of industry-relevant publications.

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Title Career Development (15 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT08H

What’s it about?

This module is designed to enhance your employability in the highly competitive field of technical theatre and backstage work in the creative arts. 

What do I learn?

You will learn how to effectively engage with job specifications and descriptions, improve your interview technique, and develop strategies for self-employment as well as further develop your CV and letter composition. In addition, throughout the module you will work towards finessing your professional portfolio which you will use in support of a mock job application process.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment is formed of two parts. The first will take the form of a mock interview which will be conducted with a panel and in response to a real world job description that you have identified as a genuine professional opportunity. The second element of assessment will take the form of a portfolio incorporating documentation that relates to your career development including a SWOT analysis, development plans, CVs, personal statements and a 2,000-word written analysis of your skills and of your plans for future development.

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Title Industrial Placement 3 (30 CREDITS)

MODULE CODE:  BATT07H 

What’s it about?

You will identify and secure a placement at a professional venue where you will observe and practice technical skills in a professional context in an area specific to your chosen specialism/career pathway. 

What do I learn?

You will identify key areas of focus during the initial stages of the module and, in response, design and agree a placement that responds to your key points of interest and learning needs. As such, what you learn will be defined by yourself.

What’s the assignment?

The assessment is formed of two parts. The first will take the form of an action plan which you will complete during the preparatory stages of your industrial placement. The second element of assessment will take the form of a 3,000-word reflective report or 30-minute presentation outlining the relationship between your action plan and the actual reality of the placement, key moments of learning and strategies for development, making reference to industry-relevant publications throughout.

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