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Overview

The BA (Hons) Technical Theatre & Production course offers an intersection of the notion of art, technology and performance. It will help you identify and refine your specialist strands within the subject.

This is the only undergraduate honours course currently available in Scotland offering a comprehensive range of subjects in Technical Theatre.

You will be introduced to academic research skills for practice-led and practice-based research. And you will be critically engaged with interdisciplinary concepts around stagecraft, scenography and education.

The course invites the students to a range of masterclasses led by leading industry professionals and scholars, as well as 'Theatre Lab', weekly collaborative sessions where students stage a new performance every week at the Gaiety Theatre.

 

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / DipHE: Technical Theatre; Performance; Art; Design; Music/Sound; or relevant discipline.

English Language Requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

IELTS Score Exceptions

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

The course invites you to a range of masterclasses led by industry professionals and scholars. And Theatre Lab provides bi-weekly collaborative sessions where students stage a new performance at the Gaiety Theatre. 


In addition, you can participate in a number of collaborative projects with other higher education (HE) institutions, arts and cultural organisations across Scotland. This course is ideal for designers, artists and educators in a performance and performative context. 


Successful completion of this course aims to create career opportunities in theatre, film, television, visual art and education, as well as preparing you to pursue avenues of postgraduate study.

Year 3

Research Engaged Learning: All our modules discuss research from a range of interdisciplinary concepts and critical theories related to performance, art, design, craft, technology and culture. Students are encouraged to critically contextualise their specialist subjects and to identify a specific research topic prior to their 4th year study. 


Practice-Based Learning: In collaboration with BA(Hons) Performance, BA(Hons) Digital Art and Design, students will participate in a number of performance and exhibition projects. These include theatre (musical, play, devising theatre) and non-theatre (cross-media, digital performance). 

Students lead the bi-weekly Theatre Lab programme and undertake various roles in other productions at the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr. You have an option to undertake an art education module to develop a specialism in technical theatre education.

Year 4 (Honours)

Autonomous Learning: You will be asked to propose and undertake a research dissertation, and a creative project during the 4th year study. With guidance from your supervisors, you will carry out research and creative projects to contextualise, investigate, experiment and disseminate your ideas. 


Industry-Based Learning: Through a number of masterclasses and tutorials led by industry professionals and subject matter experts, you will develop specialist skills within your chosen practices, and critically reflect on their existing level of practices. Students will also expand their understanding of relevant fields and build their own professional network.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Learn a Language (optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

Career prospects

Jobs

The programme aims to create career opportunities in theatre, film, television, visual art and education. It will also prepare students to pursue avenues of postgraduate study.

Further study

Through continued personal development, BA (Hons) Technical Theatre offers students the chance to develop their own route, with employability as its key aim. Through the degree, graduates will attain specific knowledge in technical theatre and will gain a range of additional skills that employers value. These include communication, numeracy, teamwork, computing, critical thinking and working independently. Many technical theatre graduates enter the industry immediately after graduation or during their studies. The range of generic skills embedded in the degree provides graduates with a wide variety of options.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses


The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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