A fast track to work in the production arts industry, based at Tobacco Factory Theatres.



Duration: 2 years full time* 

Start date: September 2024

Location: Tobacco Factory Theatres

  • Capped at 12 students so you work as a real production team in a working theatre.
  • Intensive training in stage management, lighting design, sound design and theatre technology.
  • Collaborate with teams of designers, performers, technicians and artists.
  • Career preparation for work in theatre, with extensive transferable skills for the live events industry.

*course subject to validation

This new fast track degree, taught by industry professionals, gives you a two year route into the theatre production industry whether in stage management, lighting, sound or AV; in theatre, festivals or events. Based at Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol, you are at the heart of a working theatre, experiencing life as a technical theatre artist from day one.

It is limited to just 12 students so as to re-create a professional working environment and culture from day 1. There is a national shortage of skilled technical staff in the theatre and live events industries. Technical Theatre Arts Graduates are in high demand and BSA’s strong industry networks can help open doors to a rewarding career.

BA Technical Theatre Arts is an intensive, accelerated degree taught over two years, with 40 weeks of teaching per year. You receive the same number of teaching weeks as you would on a three-year course, but save at least £5,000 in tuition fees plus a year of living costs.

To celebrate the launch of Technical Theatre Arts, we are offering a bursary to two exceptional students who might otherwise be unable to meet the course costs. The bursary will contribute £4,000 towards each student’s living costs in their first year.

After you apply, we will invite you to visit Tobacco Factory Theatres during a BSA production week to experience a working environment like those you would be a part of while on the Technical Theatre Arts degree course.


The course offers a comprehensive training in technical theatre arts and the opportunity to work with professional teams on BSA shows to put that training into practice. The practical elements of the course range from lighting, sound and stage management, to more recent and emerging technologies such as Augmented Reality, projection design and immersive technologies that are increasingly incorporated into live performance. You develop stage and production management skills to give you an understanding of the entire production process and your place in one of Bristol’s professional theatres gives you access to networks and contacts with which to build your career.



You are introduced to technical and production skills in a range of disciplines, including lighting, sound and stage management techniques whilst exploring the context of current theatre practice, how it could develop in the future and the part that technical theatre arts could play in that development.

You develop your practical and design skills, including: use of professional control systems, including 3D CAD and lighting visualisation software; sound effect production and digital mixing; contemporary stage rigging and construction techniques. You also work with projection, digital audio and video editing as well as post-production techniques.

You take supporting production roles on BSA productions and at the end of the year take a placement module in a theatre or events space in or around Bristol.


You explore design conceptualisation and innovation in lighting, sound and projection, developing creative design briefs to professional standards. Alongside this, you nurture advanced skills in design tools such as 3D CAD modelling and multimedia manipulation.

Engaging with other creative disciplines, you’ll collaborate to make a piece of performance work, exploring new perspectives and techniques and undertake a research project that identifies potential opportunities and new directions for technical theatre innovation.

A major part of the year is spent in production roles on BA Acting for Stage and Screen productions working with professional set, lighting sound and AV designers.


The degree is delivered in partnership with Plymouth Marjon University. To apply, you will need to register with UCAS by visiting and apply using the course details below.

On UCAS, you’ll need to search for Plymouth Marjon University rather than Bristol School of Acting. 

All applicants are invited to an interview (see below for details about the interview process).

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities. If you are doing or have done an Extended Diploma in production arts to please bring a portfolio of work to the interview. The portfolio could be photographs of a made up DSM Book, rehearsal notes, photographs of model boxes, props or lighting that you’ve designed or sound effects you’ve created. It could also be a journal you’ve had to keep as part of your course.

UCAS course code: TTA1

Institution code: P63

Campus name: Bristol School of Acting

Campus code: A


Entry onto the course is by interview. You will be interviewed by the Head of BSA, Stuart Wood and the Technical Theatre Arts Programme Leader, Becky Vowles.

The interview will be in person however we can make alternative arrangements if travelling to Bristol will be difficult.

You can book your interview by clicking Apply Now.


Applicants are considered on an individual basis, taking into account any skills and experience that may not be reflected in A-Level scores. The most important consideration is for applicants to have the qualities and potential to succeed.

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-Levels – overall grades CCC-CDD
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – at least Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP) accepted in a related subject
  • GCSE English at grade 4 or above

Continuous assessment, practical skills assessment, written assessment and self-assessment.


​£11,100 tuition fee per year (subject to annual inflationary increases). For more information, click here.

TERM DATES 2024/2025
    • 9 September – 13 December 2024
    • 6 January – 11 April 2025
    • 5 May – 18 July 2025
    *Please note, you will be notified individually of half-term and reading weeks, which will be scheduled around your production commitments

    If you’d like to talk to us or ask any questions about the course you can email us at