Stage and Event Management at Rose Bruford College

What you'll study

The theatre, events and performance industries are dynamic and ever-changing. We think that you are the strongest piece of technology or asset you can take forward in your career, so we focus on you – the individual.

Our established generalist course covers a full range of management skills needed in the stage and events industries. And we treat you as a young professional, part of a supportive community working towards common goals. There is scope throughout modules for you to choose the area of stage and events management you want to work or develop in. By placing you at the heart of the course, you can tailor the fine detail of what you study to your future direction.

Stage and Event Management at Rose Bruford College

Why choose this course?

Expert training

Learn both on and off-campus from specialists and working professionals, tailoring your training and exploration to your area of interest in stage and events management

Facilities and field trips

Fully equipped performance spaces on campus (The Barn, The Rose and Blackbox studios). You use real-world resources from pen/paper to power tools, show calling software and firearms. Backed up with off-campus visits to theatres and introductions to well-known prop or magic shops

Career-focused

Gain hands-on experience while sharpening your creativity and management skills collaborating with students from other courses, delivering a diverse range of professional fully realised productions and events both in College and in London venues

Professional-experience

You will be encouraged and supported to gain as much professional experience as you can while training, either through short work placements or a longer work engagement that could count towards your degree

Learn from working professionals

Visiting professionals supervise productions or run masterclasses on specialist skills like Show Calling or Firearms. This has included Sam Hunter and Julia Whittle, from event/production company Orange Jackets (Olympic Ceremonies since 2004) and Stage & Screen Combat experts from RCAnnie

Collaboration and wider knowledge

Shared learning and projects across the College develop relationships and your understanding of lighting, sound, set construction, costume and prop-making; marketing, admin and finance. Enhancing your ability to use experimentation and creative research in your work

Study abroad

The option to apply to study in the USA for a term during the second year

Stage and Event Management at Rose Bruford College

Course breakdown

Course content is regularly reviewed to keep it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.

Year 1

SEM401 Management in Theory and Practice 1

Classes will introduce you to the roles and functions of management within the theatre, events and performance-related industries.

Complementing your learning in DMT411 The Practitioner in Context,  practical projects and workshops will enable you to explore these roles and functions.

Roles on College projects or productions will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of management and administration, and will enable you to explore a range of models and put these into practice.

Depending on scale and scope of project, possible roles could include, but are not limited to:
1. Assistant Stage Manager
2. Assistant Events Manager
3. Deputy Stage Manager
4. Administrative Assistant
5. Marketing Assistant
6. Assistant Project Manager

These roles will take place on College events or productions or on events or productions at partner institutions.

SEM402 Industry Study and Professional Preparation 1

In class, you will be introduced to the business environments, structures, models and hierarchies that exist within the theatre, events and performance related industries.

You will also be introduced to the requirements of the workplace and encouraged to consider possible goals and career paths in a range of fields.

You are encouraged to see yourselves as small businesses, as sole traders. Using examples and case studies you will consider what this means in terms of marketing and professional responsibility.

SEM403 Practical Skills

In seminars, workshops, field trips and classes, you will be introduced to the core craft and practical skills required in a range of theatre, events and performance-related industries.

You will also work with a range of software platforms to develop skills relevant to a range of functions within the theatre, events and performance-related industries.

You will work with tutors to explore and develop your understanding of complementary fields of practice.

You will then be given the opportunity to demonstrate these developing skills within the context of a College project, production or event.

You will also undertake a series of exercises designed to assess your understanding of and engagement with safe working practices.

Module Options:
Options for study might include, but are not limited to:
1. Lighting and lighting technologies
2. Sound, rigging and operation
3. Costume maintenance and repair
4. Construction and carpentry skills
5. Painting, materials and techniques
6. Upholstery and soft furnishings
7. Design principles and model making
8. Prop making and sourcing
9. Technical drawing and drafting skills
10. The use of Microsoft Office software
11. The use of AutoCAD or other design software
12. The use of QLab or other audio software

Some study may take place with another Rose Bruford course.

DMT411 The Practitioner in Context

The module lays the foundation for your studies throughout your programme. You will be introduced to learning, researching, analysing and investigation techniques. You will develop key skills that will enable you to become an increasingly independent learner and practice researcher. You will learn a range of strategies for analysing different kinds of source material (such as live and recorded media and performance, scripts, visual material, on-line sources, and books) and techniques for documenting and communicating your ideas in written, visual and seminar presentation forms.

You will also undertake your research through practical, supervised projects such as installations, presentations and small-scale laboratory performances, as well as written study, giving you the opportunity to develop your abilities, and diagnose strengths and weaknesses in your skills.

The module focuses particularly on the relationship between the ‘audience’ and the creative work, understanding how a work is ‘read’ and differing aesthetics. You will look particularly at the materials used (including digital content, light and sound) and the production processes involved, and how they shape the audience’s or participant’s experience. You will develop your understanding of how different creative works emerge out of their social and cultural context, and how they can be analysed and understood through a range of conceptual frameworks.

You will be asked to be increasingly independent in your work, taking greater responsibility for identifying sources of information and selecting the most appropriate means to communicate your findings and argument.

You will also be introduced to the basic principles of health and safety regulations and practice, including the obligations you have to yourself and to others, and how to undertake risk assessments and draw up method statements.

Year 2

SEM501 Management in Theory and Practice 2

In class, you will investigate management theories, thinking, styles and techniques. Building on your experiences at level 4, and complementing your learning in DMT511 The Sustainable Practitioner, this module will support you in developing your own style and approach as a manager.

You will study a range of conceptual models for various aspects of management, and consider how you can use these in your own practice as it develops. You will go on to apply these ideas working on one or more realised projects or productions, either within the College, with a partner organisation, or in industry.

Your exploration of management theory in this module will help you to translate your existing knowledge, skills and experience into practice.

Indicative Roles:

Depending on scale and scope of project, possible roles could include, but are not limited to:
1. Project Manager or Assistant
2. Events Manager or Assistant
3. Stage Manager, Deputy or Assistant
4. Assistant Producer
5. Assistant Production Manager
6. Assistant Company Manager
7. Props Manager or Assistant
8. Workshop Manager or Assistant
9. Administrator
10. Marketing assistant

These roles might take place on College events or productions, on events or productions at partner institutions, or with an outside company. They might alternatively take place with a partner international institution or industry organization.

You will discuss role options with your programme tutors. You will be expected to take the lead in determining which will be the most appropriate, but the final decision rests with the College.

SEM502 Industry Study and Professional Preparation 2

In class, having considered possible goals and career paths in a range of fields, you will go on to further consider relevant business models and environments.

Taking three of the optional modular units pertinent to your skillsets and ambitions will allow you to focus on particular areas of your chosen industry, conducting research and field work in order to better understand the context in which it exists.

You will have the opportunity to explore an area or areas of your chosen industry by engaging in a short placement or internship, thereby gaining first-hand experience of that environment

Module Options:

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:
1. Principles of business
2. Principles of marketing
3. Principles of fundraising
4. Principles of strategic planning
5. Budgeting and financial principles
6. Cultural and international practice
7. Regulatory frameworks
8. Understanding change management
9. Gameplay and social interaction
10. Understanding social and cultural value
11. Audience experience and management

Study may take place in College, at a partner institution or with an outside company. It might alternatively take place with a partner international institution or industry organization.

You will discuss these options with the module leader and your programme tutors. You will be expected to take the lead in determining which will be the most appropriate, but the final decision rests with the College.

SEM503 Applied Technologies

In seminars, workshops, field trips and classes, you will be introduced to a broad range of technologies used in theatre, events and performance related industries.

You will study the roles, processes and techniques within a variety of digital and technical specialisms.

You will be encouraged to further develop your software skills, by engaging with a variety of platforms used across the theatre and events industries.

Case studies will allow you to investigate particular applications and how the choice of technologies and their use can shape artistic and business outcomes.

DMT511 The Sustainable Practitioner

Following on from DMT411 The Practitioner in Context, this module moves the focus of study away from the perspective of the audience to examine performance-making from the perspective of the practitioner. The module emphasises research as a key component in developing new work and new ways of working.

The module will outline current practices and establish a place for you to develop yourself within these practices or innovate new methods of practicing. The notion of establishing yourself as an entrepreneur opens the prospect of initiating your own projects, as well as being recruited into existing projects or organisations. This module will equip you with the thinking and skills to enter the creative industries with confidence as a sustainable and flexible practitioner.

You will explore the issues of sustainability and the environment in relation to the performance industries, and learn to draw up a basic environmental impact report. This will be supported by industry methods and processes, such as those from the Sustainability in Performance Alliance initiative, Julie’s Bicycle and Entertaining Sustainability. The report generated will help you apply new innovations in the methods of working for both your career and the College’s environmental policy.

The module also develops your ability to apply conceptual frameworks and methodologies to different cultural practices with an emphasis on how theoretical and critical approaches can inform your own practice: ‘how you think informs what you do’.

In the later part of the module, you will undertake a significant amount of self-directed research in forming a proposal around a chosen topic for your level 6 Independent Research Project (DMT621/DMT622). Both the intellectual skills you develop and the material you study in DMT511 will be useful to you as you begin to build and research the proposed topic of your Independent Research Project.

The nature of your research topic will determine which type of Independent Research Project you undertake, either DMT621 (practice research) or DMT622 (dissertation) according to your interest in self-inquiry or external inquiry. DMT621 enables you to interrogate and contextualise your own practice, DMT622 enables you to interrogate the practice of others against an appropriate contextual framing. This should be the fundamental driver behind your DMT511 proposal.

Year 3

SEM601 Management in Theory and Practice 3

Classes will enable you to develop your understanding of leadership and management.

You will be briefed on College protocols and encouraged to consider these in terms of industry models and practices.

You will work on one or more realised projects or productions, either within the College, with a partner organisation, or in industry. Here you will apply your skills, further extending and broadening your knowledge and understanding of leadership and management roles, relationships and structures in a variety of contexts.

Complementing your learning in SEM502 Industry Study and Professional Preparation, reflecting upon your developing skills as a leader and as a manager will allow you to contextualise your practice within the requirements and expectations of your chosen industries.

Indicative Roles:

Depending on scale and scope of project, possible roles could include, but are not limited to:
1. Producer or Assistant Producer
2. Project Manager
3. Production Manager
4. Events Manager
5. Stage Manager or Deputy
6. Company Manager
7. Company Administrator
8. Assistant Director
9. Technical Manager
10. Tour Manager
11. Venue Manager
12. Site Manager
13. Administrator

These roles might take place on College productions, on partner college productions or with an outside company. They might alternatively take place with a partner international institution or industry organization.

You will discuss role options with your programme tutors. You will be expected to take the lead in determining which will be the most appropriate, but the final decision rests with the College.

SEM602 Industry Study and Professional Preparation 3

With tutorial support, you will further consider business models and environments relevant to your chosen field or fields.

Taking two of the optional modular units pertinent to your skillset and ambitions will allow you to focus on a particular area of your chosen industry, conducting research and field work in order to better understand the context in which it exists.

You will have the opportunity to explore an area of your chosen industry by engaging in a placement or internship, thereby further developing your understanding of the environment in which it operates.

Module Options:

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:
1. Strategy, analysis and implementation
2. Fundraising, marketing and public relations
3. Cultural and international strategy
4. Legislation and regulation
5. Change, crisis and sustainability
6. Administration and Business Management
7. Producing and Cultural Entrepreneurship
8. Assessing Impact
9. Creating social and cultural value
10. Leadership in the Arts and Cultural Industries
11. Group dynamics, crowd and audience management

Study might also take place in College, at a partner institution or with an outside company. It might alternatively take place with a partner international institution or industry organization.

You will discuss these options with the module leader and your programme tutors. You will be expected to take the lead in determining which will be the most appropriate, but the final decision rests with the College.

You will choose DMT621 or DMT622.

DMT621 Independent Research Project (Practice Research)

DMT622 Independent Research Project (Dissertation)

Teaching and assessment methods

In your first year, you will complete around 200 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 1000 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios

In your second year, you will complete around 90 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 1110 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios

In your third year, you will complete around 40 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 1160 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios

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Your future career

European Theatre Art at Rose Bruford College
Stage and Event Management at Rose Bruford College

We aim to put you in front of and amongst the profession. This includes the opportunity to network and undertake a placement as well as introducing your work to the industry at our graduate exhibition in London.

Alumni success

Chloe Brown

Event Producer, Premier Events

Roshni Savjani

General Manager, Birmingham Stage Company

Matt Simmonds

Crew Chief, Pirate Crew

Jack Conway

Stage Manager, Blue Man Group International Tour

Georgia Bird

Stage Manager, The Jungle International

Dan Smith

Stage Manager, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Careers options

Studying an Arts related subject gives you a wide range of skills that can be put to use in many careers. Recent graduates have gone on to become:

  • Stage and events managers
  • Venue and site managers
  • Exhibition, multimedia designers
  • Production managers and directors in manufacturing
  • Set designers
  • Business and financial project managers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Photographers, audio-visual and broadcast equipment operators
  • Arts officers, producers and directors

Meet the staff

Rose Bruford College Subject Leader Stage & Events Management Adam Legah
Adam Legah

Subject Leader Stage & Events Management.

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Rose Bruford College Stage and Events Manager teacher Joanna Rawlinson
Joanna Rawlinson

Lecturer in Stage Management

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How to join

UK/Republic of Ireland and international applicants

For 2023 entry, please apply via UCAS by the UCAS deadline on 25th January 2023 to guarantee an interview.

Institution code: R51

Course code: W450

64 UCAS points*

This is equivalent to two Cs at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent.

*We offer places based upon your future potential. We may offer you a place based on lower UCAS points than shown here, or an offer that is not linked to UCAS points if we have evidence of your potential from your application or portfolio review.

Portfolio

Our Portfolio page gives an overview of what we will ask you to provide once we receive your application.

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Course Summary

Duration

3 years

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

September 2023

Course Type

Undergraduate Course

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Course Fees (2022 Entry)

Fees for 2023 entry have not been published yet.

UK/Republic of Ireland students (Fee per year)

£9250

International students (Fee per year)

£18900

Funding and Support Additional Costs

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