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
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
Duration6 Years
Course CodeZH3FDTTP01
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £4,625 per year

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