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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

BA Production Technology and Management

UCAS Code: 204F

Bachelor of Arts - BA

Entry requirements


Passes in two subjects at GCSE Advanced level

Passes in three subjects at Higher level

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Drama

This is the only conservatoire-based technical theatre degree in Scotland. Through the programme we aim to produce production technicians, stage managers and lighting designers who can turn their hands to any related role, making them employable in a range of contexts, whilst also being specialists in career pathways, i.e. stage management, stage technology, sound technology, lighting technology and lighting design.

We’ll help you to create your own pathway through the programme, focusing on your areas of interest. You will learn to work creatively, as an individual artist, as part of a production team and in collaboration with other students of all disciplines.

RCS is a major public performance venue with world-class facilities. The combination of professional venues, extensive workshops, construction spaces, design studios, and the latest stage and workshop technologies provide a fantastic learning environment.

We work closely with industry to ensure our curriculum is current, competitive, and of the highest professional standard, so you will gain all of the skills and knowledge needed for your future career. We have very close relationships with the key Scottish national companies, such as Scottish Opera, the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Ballet as well as the majority of regional theatres such as the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

Further afield in the UK we have well established relationships with national organisations such as the Association of British Theatre Technician (ABTT), the Association of Stage Pyrotechnicians (ASP) the Production Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA), and companies such as Stage Technologies, Just FX and the National Theatre in London.

Our graduates will aspire to become the creative leaders and innovators of the future and will be encouraged to push accepted boundaries and create new standards of practice in the industry at large.

Modules

Students on this programme are interviewed and accepted based on their profile in one or several areas of study taken from the four core subjects on offer (stage management, lighting, sound and stage technology). All of these disciplines are studied in year 1 and into year 2 before specialist pathways are followed. At this point Lighting Design becomes part of the core provision and a specialist pathway in its own right alongside Production lighting.

Year 1

Your first year will be based on experiential learning and skills acquisition focusing on the context of production through a range of classroom, workshop and venue-based experiences. This culminates in allocated assistant roles in each core area on RCS productions (e.g. Assistant Stage Manager, Assistant Electrician). You will engage with a broad-based introduction to the production environment and standard practices both in core subject areas and more broadly in related production arts and design subjects. In Professional Practice modules you will investigate and analyze the importance of personal development and the broader creative context as well as being introduced to the importance of health and safety and the RCS requirement for best practice in this area. You will also investigate the collaborative nature of production and performance and work with other students from across RCS.

Year 2

Year 2 aims to consolidate fundamental skills and knowledge and to introduce more advanced approaches and techniques including management and self-promotion. You will be allocated to production roles, with increasing levels of responsibility and will choose a specialist subject to focus on. Advanced teaching in the key areas of your specialism, as well as integral skills such as management and communication, then leads to allocation on more senior roles on RCS productions (e.g. Stage Manager, Production Electrician). From this position you can begin to develop leadership skills whilst at the same time consolidating your practical capabilities. Term 2 brings a return to the ‘ classroom’ and a menu of both compulsory and elective studies through which you will equip yourself to continue your personal development journey and ultimately undertake more complex, senior roles. Professional practice at Level Two focuses on the development of the individual practitioner, looking at more advance health and safety practices, practical management techniques such as budgeting and scheduling, personal development and promotional tools such as CVs and websites as well as a mock interview with an industry partner. You will also engage with options modules where you can choose from a range of modules on offer from programmes across the institution or undertake a negotiated project.

Year 3

In your final year, you are expected to perform with full autonomy, consolidating your learning and applying the specialist skills you have gained on senior roles on RCS productions. You will begin by working collaboratively with year 2 students offering the opportunity to explore more complex operational roles rather than solely leading a team. This will enable your skills base to develop to the highest possible standards as well as providing an opportunity to reflect on leadership strategies by observing other students in management roles. Staff support is available on request and through tutorials but we expect you to operate on an almost professional level. You will negotiate your individual pathway in your final year to take advantage of the available production roles, options modules and secondment opportunities along with a final managerial role. Professional practice at Level 3 builds on previous modules but focuses on the company rather than the individual introducing broader management techniques, H&S management and the development of entrepreneurial and business skills. You will also be offered the opportunity to visit at least one major trade show or association conference during your final year.

Assessment methods

Most work is assessed through staff observations of your practice but reflection underpins the approach to assessment. Reflective blogs and summary statements form a key component of assessment in all modules. There is a strong emphasis on the assessment of process and so all paperwork generated in each practical role is also assessed as evidence of your widening understanding of the production process and your role within it.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£16,827
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/scholarships/.

The Uni


Course location:

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Department:

School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Drama

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
10%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

71%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Design occupations
6%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Drama

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

£13k

£16k

£16k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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