This innovative fast track, two year degree combines the best of University education with the best of Drama School training in order to produce the future generation of theatre technicians who are not only technically competent but alive to the changing creative demands of this fast moving industry.
Why study Technical Theatre (with a Foundation Year)?
This programme's two year structure is unique within St Mary’s University.
The United Kingdom has an International reputation for its innovative work in the theatre and associated Creative Industries.
Across the globe technicians and designers trained in the UK are pioneering new ways to reimagine space, tell stories and solve the logistical problems of managing live performance.
A training in technical theatre will equip you with both the design skills and the technical knowhow to work across a broad range of skills within this exciting and fast moving industry.
Students and staff from the St Mary's Technical Theatre degree spoke to The Stage about choosing a route into the industry. Find out more...
Why St Mary's?
We run an innovative two-year fast-track BA degree programme with students working through the summer months to cover the ground. The work is intense and challenging.
The first year offers a solid introduction into the basics of lighting, sound, costume, set design and construction, stage management, props making and TV production.
These skills are reinforced by ongoing work in service of the Drama Programmes production schedule, facilitating the technical requirements of the broader curriculum, and working alongside visiting companies, as house technicians in the Drama St Mary’s Theatre.
The second year enables you to specialise through option choices, working in smaller groups to deepen your core knowledge. The specialist study enables you to explore in-depth, a niche skill of your choosing. In effect, this is a ‘practical’ dissertation assessed by portfolio and live demonstration.
Large sections of your second year will take place in the industry, and two main modules require independent learning based on placements with shows, companies and organisations. You will set these placements up yourself, so the location is of your choosing, though most students carry these out in London and the local area.
About the Foundation Year
Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.
On successful completion of the Drama Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the two-year undergraduate degree in Technical Theatre.
- Taught by theatre professionals and academics.
- Available as a Single Honours Programme.
- A range of scholarships are available for undergraduate students.
- Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus.