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. The course is practical and career focused. It 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.
There is a maximum of two students accepted on to this course (although normally only one). When working on productions, students will work with other groups of students from across the School.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.
Course summary document can be found here – MA Theatre Production Management Course Key Facts
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School – Operating on three specialist teaching sites (Downside Road, Sheene Road Workshops and Christchurch Studios) and performing in the major producing theatre venues in Bristol.
University of the West of England (UWE)
Students who complete the course successfully will receive a degree from the University of the West of England (UWE). The agreement between the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the University of the West of England is reviewed every five years for developmental purposes and was last renewed in 2016.
Full time course: 23rd September – 10 July 2020
Applicants would normally be expected to have an honours degree in a related subject area such as technical theatre. However applicants with extensive relevant professional experience will also be considered.
Applicants should also be able to provide evidence of at least some of the essential skills required to carry out theatre production management.
If English is not your first language, you will be expected to meet UWE Bristol’s minimum English Language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS).
All applicants will be interviewed by two members of staff, including the Head of Theatre Production.
There is a maximum of two students accepted on to this course (although normally only one)
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits: All modules are compulsory, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests.
Each module 45 credits at level M. Total 180 credits
Interim Award: There are no interim awards under this award scheme.
Award: MA Theatre Production Management
Each module takes between 7 and 11 weeks each to complete.
The programme is practical and career focused.
It 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 and work is realised for professional standard performances.
The learning is immersive and singular in its focus on high level specialist professional employability as a main learning outcome.
There is a maximum of two students accepted to this course.
Workload including number of contact hours with School staff and expected self-study: The learning is immersive with students taught/supervised by teaching staff at least 35 hours per week across the 38 weeks of the programme.
Students will normally be in class Monday – Friday between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm although during production periods, there will also be evening and weekend work.
As part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD), the School is committed to selecting, training and supporting students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion.
Applicants to CDD schools are chosen solely on the basis of their talent and potential to develop the skills required for their chosen profession. The School does, however, judge applicants on their suitability for a course and their potential to successfully complete the training, as the work is rigorous and requires high levels of energy and commitment.
Student Support on the programmes at the School covers a variety of areas such as support for disabled students, academic support, student finance and health and welfare.
Julia Heeley, Student Support Manager, is able to answer queries about support available for disabled applicants/students. Her email address is [email protected] and she can also be reached by telephone on 0117 980 9247.
Our Academic and Student Support services team provides help in the following areas:
Support for students with disabilities including specific learning difficulties In our admissions process, we are committed to supporting students with disabilities.
Disabled students are encouraged to disclose their support requirements so that we can endeavour to meet them during the audition process and subsequent training.
The School welcomes all students regardless of disability. It is our aim to provide appropriate support so that all students are able to achieve their full potential.
Students with a disability will be provided with advice and support from the Student Support Manager. If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty we recommend you contact her either prior to starting your course or during your first few weeks at the School to discuss any support requirements you may have.
This may include support resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment, learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia or mental health difficulties.
We recognise that everyone is an individual and we will work with students to identify potential barriers to training and do what we can to remove those barriers. We will also make any necessary reasonable adjustments, to ensure that disabled students can train at the School.
At the School we put a great deal of emphasis on supporting students during their time with us.
We are aware that nationally there is a very high proportion of students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia, in institutions which specialise in art, design or the performing arts.
During your first week, the School encourages all students to take a short questionnaire known as QuickScan which has proved to be a useful piece of screening software for students and staff across the CDD Schools. It takes the form of an on-line, easy to navigate, questionnaire which will help to identify your learning style and specific areas of learning strengths and weaknesses. It is used in conjunction with other indicators, including student disclosure (as part of the interview and registration process), tutor feedback on practical and written work, and students expressing their concerns and any support requirements which may become apparent during their studies.
Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)
UK students with disabilities (including Specific Learning Difficulties and long-term Mental Health conditions) can apply for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).
DSA usually provides support for students with the specialist equipment and tools necessary to support you with your studies, including software, hardware and study skills support. Unlike a student loan, DSA does not have to be repaid. However, it is rarely awarded in the form of financial support.
Applications are made through, Student Finance England (SFE), Student Finance Wales (SFW), or Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
In order to apply for DSA, Student Finance will require evidence of any impairment or disability. This may take the form of a doctor’s or specialist’s letter or, more often, a report from an Educational Psychologist (Diagnostic Assessment Report).
If you require a Diagnostic Assessment from an Educational Psychologist, the Student Support Manager can arrange this for you and can guide you through the process.
Personal Academic Support
Various staff members at the School can help in different ways if you need academic support. If you need help with the content of classes or assessment work, you can ask the relevant head of course, tutor or your pastoral care tutor for an appointment or you can ask the Student Support Manager to arrange a tutorial with the relevant member of staff on your behalf. If you make an appointment, you can prepare for the meeting and discuss your concerns away from class. Heads of courses, modules leaders and individual tutors can all help you with understanding aspects of your training and can offer overall guidance or advice about your programme of study.
Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
Study skills support is usually arranged for students who have been awarded support through Disabled Student Allowance (DSA). However, the Student Support Manager will be happy to arrange one to one study skills support for you if deemed appropriate and necessary.
Mental Health And Wellbeing
Schools within the CDD recognise the challenges faced by students entering higher education and that training in a conservatoire institution can place great demands on a student both physically and emotionally. The CDD has published a leaflet aimed to help students identify signs of mental distress and where to go for support: click this text to go to the CDD website in a new tab
The School has a student therapy and counselling service,¬¬ which is organised and staffed by accredited, registered psychotherapists and counsellors and is there to help with any more deep-seated personal problems on which pastoral tutors are not qualified to advise. If students wish to have an initial assessment with a therapist or counsellor, they should contact the School’s Student Support Manager. A strict professional code of confidentiality is always maintained.
Student welfare and pastoral care
We actively encourage students to develop a pro-active and positive approach to their own ‘wellness’. We are preparing professionals to enter physically and mentally challenging professions and we work to enable students to sustain a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle.
Every student is assigned a pastoral tutor who monitors they progress throughout the year in addition to having access to the Student Support Manager. All students have tutorials with their head of course, head of year or allocated pastoral care tutor in which non-teaching issues can be discussed. A confidential tutorial can be requested of any member of the full-time teaching staff on your course.
In addition, BOVTS students have access to UWE’s Student Wellbeing Service, details of which can be found at:
click this text to go to the UWE Wellbeing website in a new tab UWE Wellbeing Service, 3F Reception, UWE, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY Tel: +44 (0)117 32 86268 E-mail: [email protected]
For further information on support which the School offers, please see the Guide to Student Support which can be found at: click this text to go to the guide in a new tab
You can also find additional information for disabled applicants and students at all Conservatoire for Dance and Drama affiliated Schools here: click this text to go to the CDD website in a new tab
A copy of the rules and regulations governing the course is available on the Policies and Procedures page.
Students work closely with the School’s Head of Theatre Production, Jon Sherwood.
They also interact with other production departments, in particular, Design, Costume, Lighting, Sound, Scenic Construction and Scenic Art across the School’s sites. Theatre production learning and experience takes place in professional theatre venues in Bristol and on placement in professional theatre organisations.
You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.
Please note: the named teaching team is correct at the time of writing but may be subject to change.
Learning is assessed at the end of each theoretical/practical project work module.
Emphasis is placed on production roles undertaken and judged against professional industry standards.
Feedback on the students work is sought from a range of departments with which the students has been involved as well as the students’ own self-critical evaluation of their performance.
Students are assessed on their professional practice on a pass or fail basis.
Judgements about students’ performance are made against the relevant professional standards.
The UWE qualifications are awarded as non-classified/nondifferentiated.
MA Theatre Production Management
Duration: 1 year (full-time)
(Full-time route only)
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as these are dependent on Teaching Excellence Framework outcomes, but the maximum increase in each year will not exceed the rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
Five week work placement – accommodation and travel expenses will be covered.
Accommodation and living costs not included in the fees
Info and advice regarding potential accommodation and living costs can be found in the General Student Information Handbook
Sources of financial support
If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits.
Details can be obtained from our Student Fees home page available here Please see the BOVTS fees page.
Bursaries, scholarships and prizes
Please see the BOVTS Fees and Financial Support page for details of Bursaries and Scholarships: Please click here.
The University also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, which you may be eligible to apply for. Some of these are available to students on any course (such as Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD) scholarships, Hardship Fund and bursaries offered by charitable trusts)
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The Admissions Office deals with enquiries and applications for all undergraduate programmes.
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.
Students also work in professional theatre venues in Bristol and on placement in professional theatre organisations.
“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