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Production Arts (Stage)

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

UCAS Code: W450 | Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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Full-time | 2022


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Stage Management, Lighting & Electrics, Sound & Scenic Crafts.

The FdA course is an intensive two-year programme for students who already have some knowledge of Stage Management/technical theatre or students that have already gained a degree.

The course provides students with advanced level skills and knowledge in Stage Management and technical theatre so that they can be employed directly on completion of the course in professional theatre companies and other related industries.

In the first two terms the course provides a grounding in all core production skills needed to work as a professional.
During this first year they learn theoretical and practical aspects of stage management, lighting, sound, prop-making and scenic construction.

They also learn a range of common skills: communication, problem solving, time management and leadership.

In the following four terms, the students are treated as professionals, with support and mentoring from tutors.

They work in Stage Management, prop-making, construction and technical teams on public productions and work closely with other production departments.

In line with Government regulations teaching and learning in the last two academic years at BOVTS was delivered in part online, in part as blended learning
and in part face to face prompting a lot of innovative practice. In line with current Government regulations, it is anticipated that teaching and learning in 2021-22 will be a blend of online virtual learning (retaining the innovative practice developed in the last two years) and face to face learning. The exact mix will be
kept under review as Government regulations change and communicated to you in advance.
Scheduled learning includes lectures, small group seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and workshops, fieldwork,
external visits, work-based learning, supervised time in studio/workshop. Scheduled sessions may vary slightly depending on the module.
Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion etc.

Average class size: The annual cohort size is usually 22-24 students. Classes are mainly taught in groups of 5 or 6, with occasional group session of up to 12
Placement learning: The Course includes a placement element. Students will normally spend three weeks on placement with a professional production
company or organisation. The placement is arranged by negotiation between the student, the Course Tutor and the placement organisation with due regard
to the student’s profile and other Course commitments.
Placements can be anywhere in the UK.
Reasonable accommodation and travel expenses incurred whilst on placement will be reimbursed by the School.

The Course is immersive with an average of 25 hours contact time and 10 independent study hours per week.
When not on placement students would normally be in class or rehearsal Monday – Friday, 0930 -1730. During Production weeks these hours might
be extended to include evenings and some weekends.

Please note: All applicants must be aged 18 or over at the start of the course.

Applications - further details
As part of the selection process, you may be asked to submit a portfolio. Applicants showing the greatest potential are invited to Bristol for an interview, where selections are made.
Your personal statement and portfolio should demonstrate a passion for live performance and an understanding of what working backstage involves, with its excitement and pressure. You may also have an interest in recorded media and an interest to progress from live theatre to recording studio and location work.

We will not accept applications if you have previously applied in four or more consecutive years.


Module Map
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits: All modules are compulsory in year one, but there are optional modules in year two enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests.

Year 1

Module Number: UAMB3F-20-1 Module Name: Stage Management (20 credits)
Module Number: UAMB3G-20-1 Module Name: Scenic Crafts (20 credits)
Module Number: UAMB3K-20-1 Module Name: Performance Lighting (20 credits)
Module Number: UAMB3P-20-1 Module Name: Sound Production (20 credits)
Module Number: UAMB3H-40-1 Module Name: The Production Department (40 credits)
Optional Modules: There are no optional modules for this stage of this award.

Interim Award: CertHE Production Arts (Stage)

Credit requirements: 120 from the above specific level 1 modules.

Year 2

Module Number: UAMB3J-40-2 Module Name: Stage and Technical Management in Performance (40 credits)
Module Number: UAMMPC-30-2 Module Name: Departmental Management (30 credits)
Module Number: UAMB3L-20-2 Module Name: Stage and Technical Operation (20 credits)
Module Number: UAMAL7-30-2 Module Name: Preparing for Employment (30 credits)
Award: Foundation Degree (FdA) PRODUCTION ARTS (STAGE)

Credit requirements 240 from the above specific Level 1 and Level 2 modules.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed on their professional practice on a pass or fail basis.

Judgements about students’ performance are made against the relevant industry standards.

UWE qualifications are awarded as nonclassified/non-differentiated.

Each module has one element of assessment and students are assessed on basic competencies in each module and ability to work to the project brief.

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