You are Tomorrow's Stage Manager

Three Year BA (Hons) in Professional Stage Management



Please note: Applications close at 4pm on 31st August 2017.


Our main undergraduate course is for students wishing to gain employment in stage management and technical theatre or who might wish to specialise in their final year in film and TV production.

Year One: is a general introduction to production skills, comprising five compulsory modules. Stage Management, Lighting, Sound, Propmaking and Scenic Construction. Practical classes and projects in these five subject areas lead on to practical experience working on our summer term theatre productions. Within the year you will also have an introduction to screen work, through a visual narrative project and an introduction to radio drama recording.

Year Two: students begin to make choices about their future career direction through taking a range of production roles on our public theatre shows. The main areas of career direction are explored through stage management, scenic and props construction, or technical areas such as lighting and sound. One term is spent in Christchurch Studios, our recorded media centre, learning film/TV production, radio drama and stop-frame animation skills on practical recording projects.

Year Three: at this point in their course, students will have made more specific career choices, and normally by this point will know if they wish to go into a career in theatre or film/TV; they will also have chosen whether they are going for a career in stage management, technical theatre e.g. lighting / sound / automation av, or a scenic construction area. Students will also spend up to five weeks on an industry placement to explore their career choice further. Interviews with industry employers take place in the summer term – there is very high graduate employment from this course, with students finding work across the arts and entertainment industry.

Public theatre productions take place across Bristol, using professional theatre venues such as Bristol Old Vic, the Tobacco Factory, Circomedia, the Wardrobe Theatre, the Redgrave Theatre and in numerous tour venues across the West Country.

The course is highly practical and career focused: teachers all come with substantial professional experience in their specialist area – taught hours are a minimum of thirty-five hours per week.

The course has very strong industry links across a wide range of theatre, film and TV Production companies and technical and event producers. Students benefit from these far ranging links for placement and employment opportunities. Many past students are in senior production and technical positions in leading companies including the National Theatre, the royal Shakespeare Company, Opera and Ballet companies and a range of film and television companies.

The course offers up to twenty places per year.

A Look Inside Technical Training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: Interviews with past and present students from the School talking about their experiences and explaining what happens during the course CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SHORT FILM



Five alumni from the Professional Stage Management course and in Costume for Theatre, Television and Film at BOVTS talk about their careers since leaving the school. click this text to go to the BOVTS Vimeo website in a new tab

The CDD are now able to offer a number of free audition & interview places across the Conservatoire schools. Places are offered on a first come basis and interested applicants must meet specific criteria. Please check the CDD website for further details on this page.

"The course really helped me get on in my first job. I got my first job two weeks after finishing, with Birmingham Royal Ballet, which I wouldn’t have got without the school behind me, and it’s all been pretty consistent since." Tamsin Palmer, Assistant Stage Manager, Birmingham Rep.

See short animated films made by our Technical students click this text to go to the film in a new tab


All applications are made direct to the Theatre School NOT THROUGH UCAS.

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