The tech behind the spellbinding theatre
Our mission is to produce creative theatre professionals capable of being on the forefront of current and future theatre innovations.
We collaborate with leading theatre companies and venues to provide our students with the first-hand experience of working in world-leading theatre industries such as the National Theatre and the internationally celebrated theatre company, Complicite.
This unique course combines practical, creative and critical approaches to different aspects of technical theatre, including the latest immersive digital performance technologies. The course is designed to engage students to explore the exciting crossovers between theatre arts and technology through their own creative practice and critical reflection. All modules are taught by industry professionals and academics, and many external practitioners are invited to work with the students throughout the course.
Why study Technical Theatre at LSBU?
- No. 2 London University for satisfaction with teaching and graduate prospects in Drama (Guardian League Table 2018) and for Academic support (National Student Survey 2017).
- LSBU Student Theatre Company: You'll take part in a full season of theatre working exclusively with theatre professionals including directors, performers, and theatre companies.
- Creative partnership with Frantic Assembly: Known for their high-octane, physical theatre productions Frantic Assembly will deliver workshops and residencies, and share their expertise with you.
- The Edric Theatre is a dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity, plus a 30-seat studio and backstage facilities.
- Take full advantage of the proximity to London's theatres by attending professional workshops, gaining temporary employment and answering casting calls.
Key course information - ordered by mode
The course develops your understanding of all the different aspects of the theatre-making process. We’ll help you to develop high-level technical skills in lighting and sound, audio-visual technologies applied to theatre, cutting-edge interactive multimedia and live performance tools, model and props making (in cooperation with our engineering department), and stage management.
We encourage you to explore the exciting crossovers between theatre arts and technology through your own creative practice and critical reflection.
100% of modules are assessed by coursework; a mixture of written work, presentations and practical creative project work.
Year 1 modules introduce you to the fundamentals of technical theatres, such as light and sound design, props design and model making, stage management, elemental video recording, and video editing skills.
- Introduction to light and sound
- Stage management
- Video in performance
- Performance histories
- Creative studio
- Performance lab 1
In Years 2 and 3 you’ll learn more advanced technical skills in the use of creative technologies for theatre production and theatre-making, and be able to focus on your own particular areas of interest through practical projects.
- Theatre, performance, and technology: critical frameworks
- Collaborative production
- Working in the creative industries (placement)
- Shared film performance
- Professional practice and new business models in the creative industries
- Research project
- Interactive technologies
- Portfolio (shared)
- Independent practical project
With a teaching team of skilled academics, professional industry practitioners and industry-trained theatre technicians, the very latest facilities and a central London location, you’ll leave us with future-proof skills that will ensure that you’re genuinely industry-ready.
This course will leave you equipped for a career as a lighting or sound designer, digital effects designer, technical director, deputy stage manager, creative digital artist or practitioner.
Throughout your studies, you will collaborate with drama students working on a number of productions, both with the external professional directors and the internal staff. Your role in these projects is both technical (rigging and operating lights, sound and video, stage management), but also creative (design, devising and directing).
You’ll also undertake a placement in a theatre company where you will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in an industry setting.
We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
A dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity that can be set up in numerous configurations. The main auditorium, 30-seat studio and backstage facilities are used by drama, performance and technical theatre students. Facilities are available for commercial hire.
The seven Editing Suites are ideal for editing video, sound and recording quick voice-overs. All suites are networked with ultra-fast 10Gb/s network, making it possible to edit and grade, whilst sharing production files at speed.
The Sound Studio features a control and living room, ideal for post-production work, mixing and recording small bands. Both rooms are acoustically treated and isolated.
The Elephant Studios at LSBU Mac Lab is fitted with Quad-Core and Dual GPU MacPros, available for digital media workshops and unsupervised student work.
Film Studio and Soundstage
The Film Studio is a double-height room with a lighting grid, DMX lighting control, green screen backdrop, air conditioning, green room (for make-up and wardrobe) and sound isolation for use as a soundstage.
This 36 seat cinema features a 4K projector and 5.1 sound playback and is ideal to preview production work before it goes out to the public.
Teaching and learning
Your Lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant. Inspiring guest speakers from renowned theatres and production houses will give you further industry insight and build your professional connections.
Your practical work will be supported by a team of Technical Demonstrators and you’ll have access to cutting-edge facilities.
Each semester follows a similar pattern of production and skills-based modules and a contextual module with additional support and tutorials. Each module is typically taught in four-hour sessions consisting of production workshops, seminars, and presentations.
As an undergraduate Arts and Creative Industries student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will help you get the most out of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional meetings or support by email.
- A Level BCC or
- BTEC National Diploma DMM or
- Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions 36 Merits or
- Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points.
- Level 3 qualifications must include a drama or performing arts subject or you must have demonstrable relevant experience.
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
- We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.
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