BA (Hons) Production & Technical Arts Top-Up

BA (Hons) Production & Technical Arts Top-Up

Designed to build on existing experience and knowledge, this course offers intensive production experience and specialist skills in one discipline.

Students who successfully complete the two-year FdA Production & Technical Arts: Stage & Screen at LAMDA at the required level can apply for this additional year of training, after which they will graduate with a BA (Hons) qualification.  

Applicants who have not completed the FdA course at LAMDA, but who have achieved a good pass at Foundation Degree level in a relevant subject elsewhere (normally with a classification of Merit), or can demonstrate equivalent learning in a professional environment, may also apply for this BA (Hons) top-up year.

Students on this course can choose to specialise in one of the following areas: Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, Production Management, Scenic Construction or Screen & Audio.

This full-time, one-year course is validated by the University of Kent and runs from 10 September 2018 - 19 July 2019.

Applications close on 1 May 2018.

Join us for a free Technical Training Open Day on Saturday 17 FebruaryLearn more and book your free place.

Course Overview
Students will specialise in one discipline chosen from Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, Production Management, Scenic Construction or Screen & Audio, and develop advanced production skills in that area. 

They also undertake a senior production role in their chosen specialism on at least one of LAMDA's public productions.

In either the spring or summer term, and with LAMDA’s support, students secure a 10 to 12-week work placement to assist in the development of further professional practice and in making vital connections with the industry.  

Students also complete a self-directed dissertation, honing subject-specific skills in research and presentation, and engaging critically with the latest thinking in their area. 

This course enables graduates to develop as independently-minded practitioners of considerable professional versatility, with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in theatre, film, television and beyond. 

Professional Preparation
Students have access to careers support and guidence thorughout their training.

The 10 to 12-week work placement also forms an important part of their professional preparation.

LAMDA has an outstanding record in helping graduates to secure employment in the industry. Many start work immediately on graduating, helped by the contacts developed through the placements. 2016-17 graduates' roles included Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Lighting Operator and Lighting Programmer in West End and off-West End productions, and Production Assistant for a major BBC production.

The Genesis LAMDA Network will place all graduating students with an industry mentor in their area, to help with the transition into the profession.

Term Dates and Tuition Fees for 2018/19
Autumn Term: 24 September to 14 December 2018
Spring Term: 7 January to 19 July 2018*
*Term dates and breaks are subject to the timing of modules and placements chosen

For UK/EU students: £9,250* per year (*Subject to further increase in subsequent years in line with Government policy)
For Non-UK and EU students: £19,096

Term Dates and Tuition Fees for 2017/18
Autumn Term: 18 September to 15 December 2017
Spring Term: 8 January to 13 April 2018
Summer Term: 23 April to 20 July 2018

For UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
For Non-UK and EU students: £18,540 per year


  1. Fees for each term must be paid in advance and no later than the date specified in the student’s offer letter. Any student who is in arrears with regard to his/her fees will not be able to progress with their training until all outstanding monies owed to LAMDA are paid. Students who have not paid fees in full prior to completing their programme of study will have their degree withheld until such payments are made.
  2. Students, in exceptional circumstances, intending to leave LAMDA must give at least one full term's notice in writing of such intention to the Principal. Students will be liable for fees throughout the notice period (eg. if a student leaves halfway through the autumn term, they are liable for the remainder of the fees for that term and the full fees for the following spring term). This is only relevant to students who are not paying fees through the Student Loans Company.
  3. In the unlikely event that LAMDA is compelled to close due to a force majeure, no fees can be returned nor compensation made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

Additional Course Costs
Students are expected to provide their own basic tool kit and safety boots, details of which are emailed to successful applicants. There is an additional charge of £25 for personal protective equipment and other materials with which students are supplied at the start of the course, for those who do not already have this equipment.

Fund your Training
UK & EU students may be eligible for higher education financial support and/or LAMDA’s Scholarships & Bursaries scheme.

US students should be aware that LAMDA is eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program (School code: G21086).

Other international students should be self-financing. 

Learn more about the support available on our funding webpages.

Note: In the unlikely event that LAMDA is compelled to close due to a force majeure, no fees can be returned nor compensation made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

Entry Criteria
The minimum entry age for this course is 18. There is no upper age limit. Applicants are required to have achieved at least a Merit classification in a Foundation Degree (or equivalent qualification) in Stage Management or Technical Theatre, or be able to demonstrate equivalent learning in a professional environment. Entrance to the course is determined via an interview. Applicants should be fluent English speakers or, in the case of non-native speakers, be able to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven. 

Interviews take place in London. Skype interviews may be available for iInternational applicants; please contact the Admissions Team for further information.

LAMDA does not make conditional offers, or adjust entry requirements according to non-academic criteria.

How to Apply
You can apply online, directly through this course page via our online application system. Applications open on 2 October 2017 and close on 1 May 2018.

Online application fee for an audition in the UK or EU: £54 by credit or debit card.

The purpose of this course is to develop a student’s professional expertise in Production and Technical Arts through in-depth training in technical and managerial competencies.

On successfully completing the course a student will:

  • Be equipped with the necessary skills and experience to be able to gain employment at the relevant technical level in the entertainment industry
  • Have thorough knowledge of and feel comfortable with working as part of a professional theatre production or professional theatre organisation
  • Be able to apply successfully research and presentation skills that enhance an individual’s professional practice.

The course is made up of 120 credits in total, and all the modules contribute to the final degree mark. All modules are compulsory, as follows:

Production Skills (30 Credits); Placement Learning (30 Credits); Disseration (60 Credits).

All modules are compulsory.  This includes the placement module, carrying 30 credits out of a total of 120 for the year.

Teaching Staff
All teaching staff are experienced and active industry professionals.  In addition, many key staff (including Heads of Department) hold or are working towards Fellowship of the HE Academy.

Location & Timetables
All teaching takes place at LAMDA's main campus in West London. Some final year productions may go out on tour to locations in the UK and overseas.

Outline timetables are produced one month before each term starts, so that students are informed of their time commitments.  Detailed timetables, including the specific rooms, are produced at the end of the week preceding delivery.

Overview of types of classes/teaching to expect
The nature of training at LAMDA is strongly vocational. Classes are practical and provide an experiential learning environment.  Students will learn skills that will prepare and support them in a professional work environment.  Practical experience in realistic environments allows students to gain the confidence needed by a self-reflective practitioner who has acquired a basis for furthering his/her own professional development.

Training in academic practice for project/dissertation work is delivered in very small class sizes of no more than eight, in which research skills are developed through reflective and analytical engagement with the work.

Academic support and resources
The Sackler Library and study centre holds a growing stock of books, scripts and other material for background research, and also provides access to a wide range of appropriate on-line material, including journals, videos and audio resources.

Student Guide
Students train for a minimum of 35 hours per week and all classes are compulsory.

Learning Support Services
LAMDA's Academic Services team provides access to a full range of appropriate academic support, including study skills, support for learners with dyslexia/dyspraxia, and other physical equipment or software needed to support students' learning.  Academic Services also arrange access to any specialist help needed to support students' physical or mental wellbeing, such as physiotherapy, vocal health or counselling. Find more information for applicants with disabilities.

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

In exceptional circumstances, arrangements are in place to condone or compensate for failure, if students have experienced severe personal difficulties, such as ill health.

Class Sizes
This course has a maximum intake of 10. Most tuition will take place in groups of 5 or under, and some will be one-to-one.

Academic Misconduct & Consequences
LAMDA's regulations include provision for cases of academic misconduct, such as plagiarism or cheating, and set out the penalties applicable.

Continuous formative assessment takes place during all classes and projects. Summative assessment is based on a range of detailed criteria appropriate for the type of work being undertaken.

Marks & Feedback
Marks are made available at the end of every term. Detailed written feedback is provided at the end of each term, and at the end of each public performance or project.

The University of Kent have approved all of LAMDA's HE provision until academic year 2021-22.  This course was validated during 2016-17.

Accommodation costs in London can vary widely, but typical student accommodation is available for around £150 - £200 per week. You should allow a further £80 per week for travel and general living expenses.

Bursaries, Scholarships etc.
See our Funding pages for more information.

Eligibility for a Student Loan
See our Funding pages to find all information on student loans.

LAMDA's terms and conditions and our admissions policy are all set out on our Policies & Procedures page.

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