Production & Technical Arts: Stage & Screen





Subject to re-validation by the University of Kent.

Have you been looking at our Stage Management & Technical Theatre course? Don't worry, you're still in the right place! Read more about our course name change here

This sector-leading practical course equips students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to develop successful and long-lasting careers in TV, film, theatre and beyond.

Our stage management and technical theatre alumni have excellent employment records; those who actively seek work find relevant jobs within weeks of graduation. If you train at LAMDA, you will be following in the footsteps of Sir Howard Panter (Joint Chief Executive and Creative Director of Ambassador Theatre Group), Kevin Fitzmaurice (RSC producer and former Executive Director of the Young Vic), Luke Rittner (Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Dance), Olivier Award-winning lighting designer Natasha Chivers and David Grindrod (theatre and television casting director).

Applicants for the BA (Hons) Top Up courses will be expected to have achieved a good pass at Foundation Degree level in a relevant subject (normally with a classification of Merit), or be able to demonstrate equivalent learning in a professional environment. We have added several new options to this one-year BA (Hons) top-up: BA (Hons) Production & Technical Arts: Lighting OR Sound OR Stage Management OR Production Management OR Scenic Construction OR Screen & Audio.


Course Content

Year One

Students are given a thorough grounding in four core disciplines – stage management, scenic construction, lighting and sound – through classes in stage management, production management, prop making, lighting (including design), rigging, sound, set design, scenic construction, health and safety, first aid, fire safety, WYSIWYG and AutoCAD. These classes introduce essential technical disciplines and provide students with an understanding of the elements involved in stage and screen production.

Alongside training in these disciplines, students receive an introduction to related areas within television and radio, including the roles of First AD, Second AD and Location Manager. During the second and third terms, students work on LAMDA’s productions – spending approximately six weeks gaining practical experience in junior roles in the stage management, construction, lighting and sound departments. These productions play in repertoire in LAMDA’s state-of-the-art theatres.

Year Two

In the second year, students undertake four senior production roles on LAMDA shows, enabling them to strengthen their leadership skills. They may have the opportunity to transfer productions to theatres elsewhere in the UK and overseas. Previous transfers have included venues in Bowness-on-Windermere, Bury St Edmunds, Paris, Moscow and New York. As optional modules, senior roles are available on LAMDA film and radio projects, which are shot, recorded and edited by industry professionals.

BA (Hons) Production & Technical Arts Year Three (optional top-up year)

Applicants for the BA (Hons) Top Up courses will be expected to have achieved a good pass at Foundation Degree level in a relevant subject (normally with a classification of Merit), or be able to demonstrate equivalent learning in a professional environment. This course enables students to specialise in one discipline and develop advanced production skills in that area. Students may choose from the following specialism options: Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, Production Management, Scenic Construction or Screen & Audio. Content includes 10 to 12 weeks of work-based learning, a senior production role on a number of public LAMDA productions and a self-directed project.

Professional Preparation

In their second year all students complete two six-week work placements within the entertainment industry, offering professional experience in an area of the student’s choice. LAMDA is currently the only UK drama school to offer two placements as standard. Many students go on to secure employment with their placement companies after graduation.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to network with current industry practitioners. They receive classes in taxation, interview technique and creating a professional portfolio. They also participate in mock interviews with visiting professionals, who provide valuable feedback.

Minimum entry age is 18 and admission is by interview. All interviews take place in London. There are no academic pre-requisites, but applicants must have some backstage experience – amateur or professional. Applicants should be fluent English speakers. 

Click here to read more about our interview process


Applications open on 30 September 2016 and close on 1 May 2017. We cannot accept any application submitted after this deadline.

Online Application

Online application fee for a London interview: £54 by credit or debit card.

Please note that applicants are only able to audition in London.


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.


UK & EU students 

You may be eligible for higher education financial support and/or LAMDA’s Scholarships & Bursaries scheme. Click here for further information. 

For US students

LAMDA is eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program (School code: G21086). Click here for more information.

Non-US International Students

Students should be self-financing. Click here for more information on funding your training.


LAMDA does not have its own student housing. We include advice on finding accommodation in the information pack sent to students on enrolment. Click here for some useful links.


It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for entry to the UK. Click here for more information.


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

LAMDA reserves the right to alter the advertised courses and course content.  


“I came to LAMDA due to the good reputation it holds within the theatre industry for stage managers and technicians. The atmosphere is great, everyone is really welcoming. LAMDA has done so much for me.”

Hannah Harte
LAMDA student