General information about applying for our undergraduate courses and the interview process.
My time at Central taught me how to work with a wide range of people and disciplines and opened my mind to the full spectrum of theatre genres. It was there that I was able to transition into working on real live projects. It was an amazing opportunity to explore the areas that I enjoyed, and those that I didn’t, to set the foundations for an exciting career working in technical theatre. Working on projects within Central with fellow students and later with the freedom to develop my own work and contacts outside, gave me opportunities that shaped my future development.
Graduated 2002, established Gary Beestone Events & Theatre providing production and project management for clients such as Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions, as well as worldwide Technical Director for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.
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3 years full-time, October 2021 start
Institution code: C35; Course code: W491
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Theatre Practice
As a Stage Management and Technical Theatre student, you will learn hands-on skills and techniques that will prepare you for a career in theatre production; whether you are aspiring to become a multi-skilled theatre maker, or build specialist abilities such as rigging, prop sourcing, technical drawing or show-calling. Building on core knowledge of stage management, stage technologies, lighting, and sound, the flexible course structure then enables you to tailor your learning experiences to suit your ambitions.
Throughout the course, you will expand your contextual and critical understanding of performance making, through examining and challenging ideas, theories and issues within the contemporary society and creative industries.
In the final year, you have opportunity to undertake placements to further build your network of contacts, as well as exploring and understanding up-to-the-minute challenges, projects and developments in the sector.
You will be encouraged to make strong connections within the industry, which will expand your learning and support your transition from education to full-time employment. Throughout the course you will engage with professional networks and our alumni community. This will help you focus your learning towards the areas of the entertainment industry that interest you.
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Starting the course, you will begin expanding your knowledge of different job roles in professional theatre-making and how they relate to each other. This will include learning core technical theatre skills such as risk management, lighting, sound, construction, text analysis, technical drawings and prop sourcing. At different points in the year you will be working on projects with your immediate peers on the course and at other times with your wider year group of students across the BA Theatre Practice programme. This presents you with the opportunity to begin exploring and honing your communication skills with a diverse range of practitioners; experimenting with problem solving techniques in different situations to help you manage the professional challenges you will encounter.
Your second year will be designed as a bespoke year in consultation with your tutor. This enables you a more in depth exploration of the areas of theatre making you are interested in, alongside developing further technical skills: pyrotechnics and stage weaponry, for example. There are options to undertake positions on Central’s broad range of public productions and collaborative projects; in a role such as Assistant Stage Manager or Head of Stage. Alternatively, an in-depth specialist skill-building project could be undertaken in areas that include event rigging, digital technologies, and construction processes.
The third year focuses on professional development and preparation for you to enter the industry. During the year, you will have opportunity to undertake a senior role on one of Central’s public productions. In this role you will work with a diverse team of fellow students and visiting professional practitioners. In addition, you will be able to undertake industry placements, in an area that compliments your interests and supports your personal goals and ambitions. Over the year, you will develop a career plan, setting out the next steps in your professional life, advised by leading industry figures, who will offer suggestions to support your chosen path into the industry.
Our standard academic entry requirements range between 120 and 64 UCAS tariff points. You can see how many tariff points your qualifications would gain on the UCAS Tariff Calculator. International qualifications and others not covered within the UCAS tariff can also be accepted. Please email us if you need further clarification.
Please note that we make lower offers (including unconditional) to exceptional candidates and those who have alternative or prior experience to offer. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio. Interview and portfolio are key factors in determining which applicants are accepted on to the course.
For information on alternative entry requirements please see www.ucas.com.
We particularly encourage applications from groups currently under-represented in higher education, such as students with disabilities and members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Find out more information on Central’s commitment to equality and diversity.
Find out more about the interview process for this course.
Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates.
Graduates of BA Theatre Practice have progressed into a wide variety of professional careers in the creative industries; such as stage management at all scales of performance, technical and production management, pyrotechnics, technical drawing, automation engineering and producing.
Students have undertaken a variety of placements in many areas of the performing arts industry. London theatre companies include the National Theatre, English National Opera, the Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre, Kiln Theatre and Unicorn Theatre, as well as receiving houses such as Sadler’s Wells, Hackney Empire, the Pleasance Theatre and many West End theatres. Touring theatre companies include Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, English Touring Opera, Kneehigh Theatre, Ambassador theatre Group, dreamthinkspeak, Shunt, Goat and Monkey, Walk the Plank, The World Famous and Emergency Exit Arts.
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