BA (Hons) Production & Technical Arts: Stage & Screen

Industry-supported training for successful careers in theatre, film, television, and live events.
LAMDA Production & Technical Arts graduate James Smith standing in The Sainsbury Theatre


Tuition fees
Tuition fees for 2024/25 entry are pending. Fees are reviewed annually.

2024/25 entry:
UK students: £9,000 per year
International students: TBC

Previous 2023/24 entry:
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,005 per year

How to apply

Application fee
There is no additional application fee for Production & Technical Arts courses.

Application deadline
​​​​​​1 July 2024

Application process
Application form and interview. Interviews will be held from November 2023 onwards. We encourage early applications.

Apply now via UCAS

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 three-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 Vectorworks.

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 four senior production roles on LAMDA shows staged in one of our three performance spaces.

Senior roles will also be available on our screen and audio 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.

In your final year you will undertake three more senior production roles including at least one as Head of Department. You will have the opportunity to specialise in one department, though this is not essential.

You will also undertake another period of work-based learning within the industry and do an Independent Project related to your preferred discipline as well as creating a Professional Portfolio. 

Students on training at LAMDA

Funding your training

There are two scholarships available for incoming Production & Technical students from The Portal Trust, ​​​​​​in addition to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship who meet the eligibility criteria.

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship is designed to support an incoming student with Tuition fees only on the BA (Hons) Production and Technical Arts: Stage & Screen course.
  • The Portal Trust Scholarships are designed to support two incoming students from the LAMDA Pathways Programme with a full bursary towards living costs for the duration of their Production and Technical Arts: Stage and Screen course.

Find out more about how to fund your training and the Production & Technical Arts scholarships that you may be eligible for.

Key Information & FAQs

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.

The equipment list is reviewed annually and is subject to change for the next academic year. Ahead of beginning your course, you will receive more information about the equipment required.

Lockers, deposits and money

You will be allocated a locker for your three years, to keep your valuables safe.

A fee of £55.00 is required to cover various items that you will require during your training. Please bring the £55 with you on the first morning.​​​​​​

  • £20 of this is a deposit for your swipe card and keys
  • £5 of this money will cover the purchase of a USB Memory stick required in your training.
  • £30 is to pay for your Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) which consists of a hard hat, hi-vis vest, earplugs, safety goggles and dust mask.

Assuming no loss or breakages, then £20 will be returned to when you leave the course. The USB Stick and PPE remain your property.

Equipment required

Work clothes while working in a production role on shows

  • You will be required to wear 'Show Blacks' when working on productions.
  • Tops must have long sleeves and be long enough to not reveal any skin when bending over.
  • Trousers should not be faded, or ripped, but could be jeans, cargo trousers or similar.
  • Black leggings are not appropriate, nor are v-neck tops.
  • You will also require black shoes/trainers.

For set construction, painting, fit ups, get outs etc

  • You must provide overalls or old clothes.
  • Avoid clothing that is too loose and if you have long hair provide the means to tie it back.

Appropriate footwear

  • Appropriate footwear must be worn during production periods and when working in hazardous environments  for your own safety e.g. Workshop or onstage when building/striking.
  • Ensure that you have a pair of black safety boots with a steel or composite toe-cap. It is vital to have good ankle support when selecting your steel toe-capped shoes, so boots are preferable.
  • Details of other Personal Protective Clothing and equipment will be provided as required.

Tools and equipment

A tool and equipment list is provided below.

You must have all the items listed by the time you come to LAMDA. The kit list can seem quite daunting at first glance. Break it down, and start getting all the required items once you have accepted your offer from LAMDA.

These items represent only the basic ‘starter’ kit. A lot of students quickly discover that the basic list is very limiting, and many start to purchase a whole range of additional items in order to supplement the things we request; Leatherman multi-tools, cordless drills, laptop/computers etc.

The list below is a basic tool kit. If you wish to expand it further recommendations can be made. Please remember that your tools will be used intensively, therefore cheap tools can be a false economy. However, many shops offer reasonably priced starter toolkits that will contain many of the items listed, and represent excellent value if you are working to a tight budget.

Given that so many of you will be starting with identical kit, it is vital that you uniquely mark/label everything that belongs to you, either by etching, painting, colour coding with tape.

Stationary Equipment


  • Wristwatch (Analogue, digital or smart)
  • LED Torch/Flashlight
  • Metric scale ruler (with 1:25, 1:50 & 1:100 scales)
  • Large lever arch folder for A4 paper.


  • 2 pairs of scissors (one for tough fabric and one for general purpose)
  • Selection of pens and pencils (to include HB)
  • Sharpies
  • Highlighters
  • Post-It Notes

Important note

On your first day you'll be required to show your tutors your toolkits in one of your classes. We will want to see your toolkits, work boots and any other equipment.

If you are struggling to obtain everything on the list – don’t panic!  We will help you prioritise what to get next, when you arrive. Please note that LAMDA's insurance does not cover students' personal belongings, please source your own insurance for personal belongings.

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.

Tuition fees
Tuition fees for 2024/25 entry are pending. Fees are reviewed annually.

2024/25 entry:
UK students: £9,000 per year
International students: TBC

Previous 2023/24 entry:
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,005 per year

Application fee
There is no additional application fee for Production & Technical Arts courses.

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.

Placements and practical modules involving work on live productions will be assessed continuously and also through a final assessment and tutorial at the end of each module.  Portfolio and project work will be supervised through tutorials and assessed through the submission of artefacts (eg sound files, visuals, models etc) and through written work.

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:

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

The course is practical. You’ll be expected to train for a minimum of 35 hours per week of contact hours and all classes are compulsory. During production periods the weekly hours are likely to increase significantly.

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.

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