FDA Production Arts (Stage) – Stage Management, Lighting & Electrics, Sound & Scenic Crafts Stage Management, Lighting & Electrics, Sound & Scenic Crafts


FDA Production Arts (Stage) – Stage Management, Lighting & Electrics, Sound & Scenic Crafts

Key Information
  • Award

    Foundation Degree (FdA) Production Arts (Stage)

  • UCAS Code


  • Duration

    2 years (full-time)

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Course Overview

**BOVTS is proud to announce 8 new bursaries for the first 8 successful applicants to the FdA Production Arts (Stage) course starting in September 2018.

These new bursaries are for £5,000 per year (£10,000 for the whole of the two year course).

By applying for the course applicants are automatically entered into the bursary application system.**



The FdA course is an intensive two-year programme for students who already have some knowledge of Stage Management/technical theatre or students that have already gained a degree.

The course provides students with advanced level skills and knowledge in Stage Management and technical theatre so that they can be employed directly on completion of the course in professional theatre companies and other related industries.

Course summary document can be found here – FdA Production Arts (Stage) Course Key Facts

In the first two terms the course provides a grounding in all core production skills needed to work as a professional.

During this first year they learn theoretical and practical aspects of stage management, lighting, sound, prop-making and scenic construction.

They also learn a range of common skills: communication, problem solving, time management and leadership.

In the following four terms, the students are treated as professionals, with support and mentoring from tutors.

They work in Stage Management, prop-making, construction and technical teams on public productions and work closely with other production departments.

Students will spend up to three weeks on placement with a professional organisation.

This is an integral part of this second year enabling students to match their career aspirations to the practical reality of a professional environment.

Students are also offered a series of interviews with professionals from the relevant industry.

Our success in graduate employment is excellent.

Graduates go on to have careers in a wide range of jobs including in stage management, lighting, sound, automation and construction working with companies such as the RSC, The Globe, The Royal National Theatre, Cameron MacIntosh, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Royal ballet etc and numerous other UK regional rep companies and international theatre and production companies.

A copy of the rules and regulations governing the course is available consult the BOVTS policies and procedures page.


  • “Without a doubt the BOVTS all round tech and SM course set up for my life as a production manager and technical director.”

    Tom Attenborough (BA SM Course Alumnus) - MD and founder, Imagine Believe Global
  • “BOVTS training stood out because it was practical, disciplined and relevant. The skills I learnt and perfected there, from working professionals, enabled me to go directly into employment, secured before I even graduated. The name and the standards proceed themselves, no more needed to be said on my CV. I have since transferred my skills into live events so still to this day my training is in practise daily.”

    Laura Carus (BA SM Course Alumna) - Event Operations Director
  • “My life wouldn’t have been even half as amazing and fullfilling if I hadn’t been accepted on the Stage management degree at BOVTS. I was never out of work and every single interview I attended people were impressed by my BOVTS degree.”

    Emily Woolley (nee Burt) (BA SM Course Alumna) - Production Manager for TV
  • “Your influence on the students will resonate throughout their careers – thank you.”

    Mike Badley (BA SM Course Alumus) – Owner/Director Luminous Show Technology
I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice