FdA Production & Technical Arts: Stage & Screen
2 year course
The course runs for two years from September 2022. At the end of the two years, you have the option to apply for the top up course to turn your diploma into a degree awarded by LAMDA.
You'll work across a number of specialisms before selecting one in Year 2. You'll undertake a 6-week industry placement. You'll cover the following topics: stage management, scenic construction, lighting and sound. Work alongside industry professionals and students from the BA and MFA Professional Acting courses in Senior production roles to put on public productions throughout the year.
Who's the course for?
Minimum age 18.
No academic requirement, but practical experience is necessary.
This course will prepare you for the a career in theatre, film, television and beyond.
Applications now closed for 2022/23 entry.
Academic year 2022/23:
UK applicants: £9,250 per year
International applicants: £21,910 per year
Tuition fees are reviewed annually
17 May 2022 [Applications now closed]
Application and interview, find out more on our How to apply page.
There isn't an application fee for Production & Technical Arts courses.
About the course
This comprehensive vocational training will qualify you to be the best in the industry: capable, creative and highly sought-after by employers.
In this industry-leading two-year course you’ll develop the skills, knowledge and experience you need to have a successful and long-lasting career in theatre, film, television and beyond.
Exploring the capabilities of LAMDA’s three professional theatre spaces and our range of workshop and studio facilities, you’ll work side-by-side with experienced industry professionals to create and run LAMDA’s productions.
In your first year of this technical theatre course, you’ll develop a firm grounding in production and technical arts. You’ll explore four core disciplines: stage management, scenic construction, lighting and sound, and you will be introduced to the elements involved in stage, screen and audio production.
Throughout the year, you’ll develop your management skills, learn prop making, health and safety, first aid, fire safety and AutoCAD and WYSIWYG.
You’ll also get to know the different roles within theatre, television and radio, and will quickly gain practical experience on LAMDA’s productions, working with other students to collaborate on innovative and creative work.
In your second year, you’ll take it a step further as you undertake senior production roles on LAMDA shows staged in one of our three performance spaces.
Senior roles will also be available on our film and radio projects, which are shot, recorded and edited by industry professionals.
You can choose either to specialise in one area or keep your options open and work across a broader range of roles. The range of modules include options in Stage Management; Lighting; Production Sound; Scenic Construction; Production Management; LX Design; Sound Design; Screen & Audio.
You’ll also undertake a six-week placement. Your placement will give you the chance to put the skills you have learnt into practice in a professional environment. This will be an invaluable opportunity for you to expand on your skillset and make important industry contacts.
If you’re looking to explore the backstage professional world, and develop your expertise in stage management, production and technical theatre through in-depth training in technical and managerial competencies, this course is for you.
You’ll need to be a creative, independent minded individual with a passion for the dramatic arts, with a flexible, dedicated and hands-on approach to work.
Teaching takes place at LAMDA in Barons Court, west London and our scenic workshops in Bermondsey, though course components may be offered either by blended learning (a mix of online and onsite delivery) or entirely online.
Once you've completed the course you will:
- Be equipped with the necessary skills and experience to kickstart a rewarding career in the entertainment industry
- Have worked within a busy theatre and on professional productions
- Know how to research and deliver the ideas presented by directors and designers
- Have experience of managing a budget
- Have experience of working with state-of-the-art technology
There are no academic requirements for this course but you must demonstrate a determination to learn, and have some experience of working backstage on a production, whether that’s through school or in an amateur or professional production setting. Entrance to the course is determined via an interview.
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 auditions and 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.
Academic year 2022/23
UK applicants: £9,250 per year
International applicants: £21,910 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: £15
How will I be assessed?
You’ll be assessed continuously during all your classes and projects. There will also be a summative (final) assessment which takes place at the end of each module.
In every module, you will be assessed in two areas: technical skills and common skills.
Technical skills (45% of the mark) are those that make up the nature of the work, e.g. rigging and focussing for electrics. Some particular elements within technical skills assessments are pass or fail only. These include elements where safety legislation must be complied with.
Common skills (55% of the mark) are those that apply to any work you do and are what the industry will be looking for in a potential employee.
Credits: 240 credits in total (each year is 120 credits)
Year one (30% of your final degree mark)
You will undertake four of these five modules (all modules are 30 credits):
Year two (70% of your final degree mark)
Compulsory Module: Placement (20 Credits)
Optional Modules (all are 25 Credits) you will choose four production roles from areas such as:
You’ll be expected to train for a minimum of 35 hours per week and all classes are compulsory. During production periods the weekly hours are likely to increase significantly.
This course has a maximum intake of only 28. Group sizes are small and are normally only six or seven students so you’ll be working closely with the teacher and will receive constant, personalised feedback and support.
Your future career
The nature of this vocational course means that you will be preparing every day for a professional career within the entertainment and events industry. We focus on developing your practical skills alongside principles.
During your first term you’ll begin to put the skills you’ve learnt into practice by staging a small production. From this point on you will continue to receive classes but will also start to get involved in LAMDA’s productions – either workshops or performances.
You’ll also undertake a professional work placement to gain experience in an area of your choice.
In addition, you will have opportunities to network with current industry practitioners, to ensure you’re prepared both for full-time employment and for freelancing.