Theatre Production Management MA Advanced skills in theatre production management.


Theatre Production Management MA

Key Information
  • Award

    MA Theatre Production Management

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding body

    University of the West of England (UWE)

  • Duration

    1 year – 38 weeks (full-time)

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Course Overview

This Masters level course provides students with advanced level skills and knowledge in theatre production management such that they can be employed directly on completion of the course as freelancers in the theatre.


Course summary document can be found here – MA Theatre Production Management Course Key Facts


A Practical Career Focused Course

The course is integrated with the School’s other courses during productions as well as within the professional environment, as some performances take place in local professional theatres.

The learning is immersive and singular in its focus on high level professional employability as a main learning outcome.

The training for this senior management position in theatre develops a student’s skills to an advanced level in leadership, problem-solving and project management.

Students learn to take a high level of responsibility in a creative industry and gain experience in a professional context.

The course begins with a series of case studies and practical classes in the roles, technologies, financial control, scheduling, planning and health and safety of theatre production. Students will then work as assistant, progressing to production manager, on public productions.

The course includes a period of secondment working with a professional production company.

Students also work in professional theatre venues in Bristol and on placement in professional theatre organisations.

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Students are based in the Theatre Production office at the Downside Road site, with regular visits to venues and the Scenic Workshop at Sheene Road.


  • “Your influence on the students will resonate throughout their careers – thank you.”

    Mike Badley (BA SM Course Alumnus) - Director Luminous Show Technology
  • “I can hand on heart say that 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.”

    Emily Woolley (nee Burt) (BA SM Course Alumna) - Production Manager for TV
  • “I feel that I was taught amazingly transferable skills on all sorts of different levels, through a very realistic, hands on approach to finding work and then dealing with life within the theatre/film/tv industry. Happy Days!”

    Laura Treen (BA SM Course Alumna) – Freelance Scenic Artist
  • “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
  • “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
I find it immensely satisfying passing on the baton and continuing the culture of generosity of the many people who taught me. It’s a privilege and pleasure to nurture and teach so many talented young people and see them flourish in their career. Cathy Stewart, Head of Scenic Art