BA (Hons) Stage and Production Management

Interested in a career in Stage Management and Production? Exciting events from festivals to theatre shows all require specialist stage management skills to ensure their smooth running. This course is an opportunity to improve your employability by getting a critical insight into the stage management and production industry from a local, regional, national and international perspective.

BA (Hons) Stage and Production Management

Course details

This BA (Hons) Stage Management and Production course is designed to give you the opportunity to be successful in a competitive market place. It is a vocationally-orientated course and provides a unique focus into working in the live events Industry. The programme is the first of its kind dedicated to the stage management and production of festival stages, large scale events, parades, fashion shows and conferences.

At the University of Bolton our courses are designed to address the current and future needs of employers nationally and globally, and to enhance your lifelong career prospects. On this exciting course you’ll be given a challenging academic environment, focused on developing your full potential. The University and Backstage Academy both have longstanding links with industry professionals and employers, providing the opportunity for you to learn exactly what you need to know.

Our highly qualified and experienced programme staff are keen to make the time you spend with them as academically stimulating and rewarding as possible. The staff team enjoy a well-deserved reputation for being approachable and interested in your progress. As teaching often takes place in small groups, you’ll have individual support and guidance at every stage.

Backstage Academy does not have a Tier 4 licence and is therefore unable to accept international students.

  • UCAS points: 104
  • Location: Backstage Academy
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • UCAS code: W460
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • Our Drama, Dance and Cinematics courses, including courses taught at Backstage Academy, are ranked top in the North West and top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2018.
  • Backstage Academy is based at the largest production rehearsal studio facility in Europe, LS-Live. In the last 12 months many renowned artists and bands have kept the studios busy, including Ollie Murs and Arctic Monkeys.
  • You’ll have the chance to gain hands-on experience by learning in live venues and at international events, providing a learning environment focused on developing your full potential.
  • We offer fantastic learning resources to support your study, including internet and virtual learning environment sources, text books, journals, DVDs and learning packs.
  • You may have the chance to participate in international events that in the past have included the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, a prestigious festival for theatrical and event scenographers in Europe.

Key features:

  • This course is highly distinctive as it focuses on equipping you with the skills and knowledge to stage manage a wide range of live music and festival events, conferences, street parades, corporate events, and parties.
  • It’s directly aimed at your employability, and has been developed with industry experts who stage manage these types of events on a daily basis.
  • You’ll start with an in-depth look at traditional theatre-based stage management techniques and also study basic lighting, sound, staging and video. You’ll look at stage management across a wide range of events.
  • As well as traditional lectures, seminars, examinations and tutors your learning will be enhanced with visits from a variety of experienced guest speakers. Master class seminars will be provided by industry professionals.
  • Resources at Backstage Academy allow you to gain first-hand experience of a live working environment at the centre of the events sector, and provide access to the latest computing systems, software and technology.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain the personal and professional skills needed to work successfully in the industry worldwide. The facilities, equipment provision and industry linkages are unique within Europe.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 104
  • Location: Backstage Academy
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • UCAS code: W460
  • Duration: 3 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include a relevant subject; for instance, A-level Drama and Theatre or BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics.

We’ll be happy to consider your application if you have alternative qualifications and/or a proven employment record in the stage management and production industry. Please contact the programme leader.

You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

This course is open to UK and EU students. Applications from International students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course does not have a Tier 4 licence. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under Tier 4 (i.e. a Tier 4 international student visa to study in the UK) then unfortunately we’ll be unable to consider your application for this course.

Career opportunities

A stage manager controls everything surrounding a stage production. You could be involved in planning the rehearsal and creating a safe environment for actors and stage crew, as well as coordinating the efforts of the designers, technicians, choreographer, and director. In short, stage managers make sure it all comes together flawlessly during performance time.

Stage managers should be good planners and organisers, with a knack for multi-tasking, prioritising and keeping calm under pressure and in a crisis. Some of the key transferable skills you’ll possess as a graduate include team work, interpersonal and communication skills, planning and time management, project management, critical awareness, negotiation and pursuing goals.

What can I do with this qualification?

As a graduate holding BA (Hons) Stage Management and Production, you'll have a range of career options to pursue within the live events industry, including live music, conference and corporate events, fashions shows, parties and weddings and private events on an international basis. In recent years, graduates from Backstage Academy courses have gone on to a wide range of roles in industry, from touring with major acts such as Jay Z, to working on festivals and large scale events such as opening ceremonies, to following careers as venue and production technicians.

Upon completion of your BA (Hons) Stage Management and Production degree, you’ll have the opportunity to progress your studies further to range of postgraduate study options, leading to master’s, research and doctoral qualifications, some of which include events management, creative events management, venue management, international hospitality, and exhibition management.

Alternative career options

  • Production
  • Technician
  • Lighting design
  • Agent
  • Teaching and education
  • Journalism
  • Corporate event management
  • Venue management
  • Theatre consultancy
  • Film making
  • Music video direction
  • Public relations
  • Advertising

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
2020/21 -£9,250£9,250£9,250£27,750

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
Useful information

Backstage Academy does not have a Tier 4 licence and is therefore unable to accept international students.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Academic and Professional Skills for the Event Industries
  • Understanding The Industry
  • Technical Skills
  • Working Practices
  • Show Concept and Design
  • Show Practical
  • Touring Production and Tour Management
  • Applied Stage Management Techniques
  • Research Methods for Events Studies
  • Work Placement
  • Event Production Management
  • Production Planning and Realisation
  • Events Logistics
  • Live Events Industry Perspectives
  • Work Related Project
  • Major Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Live Events

Teaching, learning and assessment

A variety of teaching and learning strategies are used to develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills and achievement of the stated learning outcomes. Some of these will be experienced during formally timetabled classes with a local tutor; others may be adopted personally to facilitate your own learning. It’s important to realise that the time spent with a local tutor during formally scheduled learning and teaching activities is only a small part of the learning time identified for a module.

In addition to this, you’ll need to spend a significant amount of time on guided independent study. This independent study time should be spent, for example, engaging in general background reading, preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments, and/or completing voluntary work placements. Undertaking voluntary work placement allow you to gain a wide and varied amount of experience within the live events industry, which is valued by event industry employers. Personal development planning (PDP) logs all the voluntary and paid work experience activities you complete, while the development of employability and information literacy skills is also explored.

As well as traditional lectures, seminars, practical sessions and tutorials your learning will be enhanced with visits and guest speakers, including master class seminars provided by industry professionals, international case studies, workshops and, more importantly, opportunities to work on live projects as part of both practical and work placement modules. This offers to give you unique insights and a thorough understanding of the stage management industry operating in international markets and across many sectors.

Assessment is via a range of methods, from developing portfolios of your work and skills to practical assessment, staging gigs and undertaking research projects.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (55%), Practical exams (45%)
Level Two Coursework (60%), Practical exams (40%)
Level Three Coursework (57%), Practical exams (43%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (75%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (25%)
Level Two Guided independent study (70%), Placement/study abroad (10%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (20%)
Level Three Guided independent study (74%), Placement/study abroad (13%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (13%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
  • Course type:
  • Location:
    Backstage Academy
  • Award:
    BA (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Enquiries Team
Backstage Academy
Telephone: +44 (0)1977 659880

Yusuf Giga
Academic Partnership Manager, University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903211