BA (Hons) Production & Technical Arts Top-Up

Stand out from the rest with our exceptional and rewarding BA (Hons) Top-Up degree.


Minimum age

Academic requirements
Foundation Degree in relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience

Course length
One year

Tuition fees
For academic year 2021/22:
UK: £9,250 per year
International students: £20,870 per year

Applications for 2021/22 entry have now closed. Applications for 2022/23 will open in the autumn.

Application deadline
31 May 2021

Admission process
Application and interview

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Is this course for me?

You’ll have to be dedicated and determined to succeed and demonstrate how you can apply your passion for your chosen career in production and technical arts. You’ll also need to be able to work under your own initiative and collaboratively, and have the creative spark to bring a new way of thinking to your chosen field in production and technical arts.

This production course is designed to build on your existing experience and knowledge. On this course, you'll choose one of the following specialisms:

  • Lighting  
  • Sound  
  • Stage Management  
  • Production Management  
  • Scenic Construction  
  • Screen & Audio

Key information

You will need to have a Merit at Foundation Degree level in a relevant subject, or be able to demonstrate equivalent learning in a professional environment.  

You need to be a fluent English speaker. Non-native speakers do not need to provide an English language test report when they apply as we assess English at the interviews. However, you’ll need to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven if you’re offered a place. We can only accept IELTS for UKVI.

Autumn Term
Monday 13 September 2021 - Friday 17 December 2021 

Spring Term
Monday 10 January 2022 - Thursday 14 April 2022 (Some students will finish production a week later) 

Summer Term
Tuesday 3 May 2022 - Friday 8 July 2022 

Tuition fees
For academic year 2021/22:
UK: £9,250 per year
International students: £20,870 per year

Course fees confirmed in an offer letter may be increased in further years of study by an inflationary amount determined in accordance with measures set by government.

Application and interview fees
First round interview fee: £12

A LAMDA Production & Technical Arts student working on a lighting rig

All about the course

During this one-year technical arts course, you’ll undertake a production role, which you will have selected, in your chosen specialism on one of our productions or short films.

With our support, you’ll undertake a significant work placement project where you’ll develop further professional practice and make vital connections within the industry.

The third requirement is a dissertation module, where, with our help, you will choose, define, research and complete a project of your own. You can either produce a 12,000-14,000 word dissertation, or a 6,000-7,000 word dissertation alongside a practical project and a 1,000 word report.

If you are a current or prospective student for 2021/22, then your experience at LAMDA may differ from some of the information you will find on this page. LAMDA will be following the government’s guidance and measures as they evolve, in order to keep students, staff and visitors healthy and safe. This means the teaching, learning and assessment of our courses may alter, though at time of writing (May 2021) we are happy to say that we have been enjoying being back in our building for in-person classes since the end of March.

If we are required to make changes, we will update you about these changes on our dedicated page here.

When we receive your application, our admissions team will send you up-to-date information about what you can expect from the process. If you have any questions, you can reach the team on [email protected].   

This page features a breakdown of all the course modules for this course. You may also find it helpful to read LAMDA’s COVID-19 Amended Delivery Overview. This document contains more information about our commitment to the students attending LAMDA in 2021/22, their experience and the way we intend to deliver courses. We hope it will help you make an informed choice about your studies.

We expect to be using blended learning methods in 2021/22, and we may need to update the specific nature of delivery as guidance from UK and local government evolves. By accepting an offer and enrolling on to a course in 2021/22 you are agreeing to the changes we make to course delivery for the sake of Covid-19 security. You can find further information about this on our FAQ page.

Current students should note that alongside the website, LAMDA will use email and our intranet, LAMDA World, to let you know about changes to the content, syllabus, mode of delivery, term dates and timetable, in line with our terms and conditions.

What will I get out of the course?

Once you've completed the course you will: 

  • Be equipped with all the necessary skills and experience for a rewarding career at the relevant technical level in the entertainment industry
  • Gain a thorough knowledge of the performing arts industry and feel comfortable working as part of a professional theatre company or film production team
  • Be able to apply research and presentation skills successfully in order to enhance your professional practice

This course normally has an intake of around ten. Most tuition will take place in small groups, so you’ll be working closely with the teacher , but you’ll also have plenty of time to get personalised one-on-one training and some sessions will involve the whole group.

All teaching staff are experienced and active industry professionals. In addition, many key staff hold, or are working towards, Fellowship or Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE).

Teaching takes place at LAMDA in Barons Court, west London, and our scenic workshops in Bermondsey, although course components may be offered either by blended learning (a mix of online and onsite delivery) or entirely online.

An outline timetable will be shared with you before you course starts, so that you can start planning your time. There are three terms per year, starting in September, January and April.

Our student and academic services team provides access to a full range of appropriate academic support, including study skills, support for learners with dyslexia or dyspraxia, and other physical equipment or software needed to support you.

Student and academic services also arrange access to any specialist help needed to support your physical or mental wellbeing, such as physiotherapy, vocal health or counselling. You’ll also have free online support with our digital health and wellbeing platform - Togetherall.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed continuously throughout all your classes and projects. There will also be a summative (final) assessment which takes place at the end of each module.

Credits: 120 Credits in total  

Final degree outcomes are calculated on the basis of marks from the year, weighted according to the credit value of each module. 

LAMDA has been granted the right to award degrees, with effect from 1 August 2021.  All students beginning courses after that date will be working towards qualifications awarded by LAMDA.  All continuing students enrolled on degree courses starting before 1 August 2021 will be given a choice between graduating with a LAMDA qualification or a qualification from our current validating body, the University of Kent.

We're here to help

At LAMDA, we’re a family. We’ll make sure you get all the support you need to feel at home. Read on for more information about accommodation, visas, healthcare, housing, insurance and student support.

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Your future career

Your work placement may be a useful opportunity for gaining professional experience in the area of your choice. And you’ll have other opportunities to network with current industry practitioners (this may be online, onsite or a combination of the two), and we will ensure you’re prepared both for interviews with employers and self-employment.

You’ll also have access to the Genesis LAMDA Network when you graduate which provides mentoring and a bridge into the industry.

Applications for 2021/22 entry to BA (Hons) Production & Technical Arts Top-Up have now closed. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in the autumn.