Undergraduate Course

BA Stage and Production Management

BA Stage and Production Management


The details
Stage and Production Management
September 2019
3 years
East15 (Loughton) Campus

BA Stage and Production Management is a practically-based professional training that prepares you for careers in a range of production roles in theatre and related creative industries.

We emphasise learning through practice and you are part of a creative production team from early in the course. You are based at our specially equipped Unit Four building, complete with workshops, IT suite and seminars room.

In addition, our proximity to London means you’ll be able to keep up to date with the latest technical innovations in one of the world’s greatest theatre capitals.

Why we're great.
  • Professional industry placement during study.
  • Immersion in full production work from year one onward.
  • Introduction to sound, lights and costume skills.

“The opportunities to get involved with not only our personal shows, but other shows around the campus and beyond is a constant flow, and the tools and equipment give you the chance to try something new, and experiment with different ways of producing certain props.”

"I have become a much more rounded person, due to being able to get a little bit of knowledge in all technical areas, and this has led to me being asked to work in Soho, London as a lighting technician, which I wouldn’t have even contemplated before the course."

Caroline Sheard, BA Stage and Production Management

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Successful audition, plus
A-levels: CDD, or the equivalent in UCAS tariff points, to include 2 full A Levels

BTEC Extended Diploma: MMP (in relevant subject)

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.


Example structure

We offer dynamic and unique course for actors, directors, technical theatre specialists and students of theatre practice. Training at East 15 draws upon 50 years of tradition combined with a keen sense of the world of stage and screen today.

Our carefully selected modules will give you the chance to explore and develop your specialist training.


Year 1

In your first year you acquire key stage management skills by working on a series of public productions. Our professionally experienced staff help you to develop expertise across a range of areas, including:

  • Construction and design
  • Lighting and sound
  • Costume and prop making
  • Budget management
  • Event management and health and safety
  • Specialist software and stagecraft
Year 2

Your second year enables you take on increasing responsibility for productions, with a combined emphasis on managerial and organisational abilities alongside your broader stage and production management skills.

This includes being fully responsible for production budgets and collaboration with professional directors and designers.

Final year

By your third year you work at a fully professional level, with the skills, experience and confidence to take responsibility for the organisational and financial aspects of a range of public productions across different venues.

You also undertake an industry-based work placement – a perfect preparation for professional life after you graduate.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee


Additional costs for materials and field trips of up to approximately £430. Equipment lists are reviewed annually.

International fee


Additional costs for materials and field trips of up to approximately £430. Equipment lists are reviewed annually.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home and EU fee information

International fee information

What's next

Open Days

We don’t currently offer Open Days for this course but if you would like more information, then please email us at east15@essex.ac.uk.


Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.

Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.

The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.

You also need to complete and send us a completed East 15 application form, including a copy of your audition payment receipt so that we can arrange your audition.

For full details, please see the East 15 website.

Apply now


Applicants to this course will need to book an interview. If you apply to us through UCAS we will send you information on how to do this. Alternatively, you can apply to East 15 directly. During your interview you’re encouraged to share your passion and enthusiasm for the theatre industry. You’ll also take part in a technical aptitude workshop so we can assess your existing knowledge and experience.

Offers for these courses will only be made after a successful interview.

For full details, please see the East 15 website.

Loughton Campus

Visit Loughton Campus

You’ll be in intensive training at one of the most prestigious and internationally respected conservatoires in the country gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the performing arts. But fear not! It’s not all work and no play at East 15 Acting School in Loughton.


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