Theatre Production BA (Hons) - 2018/9

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BA (Hons) Theatre Production

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Theatre Production
DipHE Theatre Production
CertHE Theatre Production

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time URC13018 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits

JACs code

W450, W453, W44

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Dance, Drama and Performance

Other internal and / or external reference points

National Occupational Standards

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Guildford School of Acting

Programme Leader


Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Train and develop production professionals within the definition of Production Arts providing a dynamic and challenging programme of study leading to the formation of reflective, innovative and collaborative practitioners
  • Provide a theoretical understanding and critical awareness of key theatrical, cultural and social contexts
  • Develop intellectual and practical skills to reinforce and articulate self-reflection and critical awareness
  • Develop critical and independent practitioners imbued with a sense of learning as a lifetime pursuit via a commitment to professional and personal development
  • Provide an integrated approach within an academic and vocational creative training environment in pursuit of developing and sustaining a career within the performance and entertainment industries

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Engage in a range of core production skills disciplines, to confidently acquire vocabulary and recognition of processes and components inherent in each
Develop confident motivation for independent study and research underpinning both practical and theoretical work
Undertake a Specialist Subject Pathway allowing for intermediate and advanced study within a single major discipline
Integrate new and emerging skills within the context of public production and critically reflect on their process and practice
Develop critical awareness of industry, specialist sectors and practitioners and create a framework for Professional Development Planning as a continuous commentary to studies at all levels,
Explore innovation, creativity and teamwork within the wider Arts and Entertainment sector
Develop understanding of and contribute to established theatre practice but not be limited by its traditions or processes.
Training and education to a professional standard in skills of: Scenography (Design for Performance inc. Digital Scenography), Scenography Realisation (Scenic Construction, Prop Making, Scenic Painting, Wardrobe), Performance Lighting and Stage Electrics, Sound for Performance, Stage and Production Management, General Resource Managemen, Professional Development Planning.
Histories, forms and traditions of performance, and theoretical explanations of those histories K
Historical and contemporary contexts of production and reception of performance K
Key practitioners and practices; theorists, which may include writers, actors, composers, critics, dancers, performance artists, directors, choreographers, designers and producers; and applied and community theatre practice K
Cultural and/or historical contexts of such practitioners and practices K
Traditional and contemporary critical perspectives on performance, and of relevant theories, issues and debates relating to the subject K
Processes by which performance is created, realised and managed, such as the processes of rehearsal, writing, scoring, devising, scenography, improvisation, choreography, performer training techniques and production arts K
Significant sources and critical awareness of research methodologies used to explore and interrogate the fields of study. K
The impact of past traditions on present practices K
The interplay between practice and theory in the discipline K
The reading of written texts, notations and/or scores, and of how to effect transitions from page to stage K
The reading, analysis, documenting and/or interpreting of performance K
The performance and production skills necessary to communicate to/with an audience K
Group processes in the creation of original work K
The interrelationships within and between different areas and aspects of DDP and production arts K
The interdisciplinary elements of DDP, and how to apply appropriate knowledge, concepts and skills from other disciplines K
Knowledge of forms, practices, traditions and histories of performance and of some theoretical explanations of those histories C
Knowledge of key practitioners and practices and/or theorists and their cultural and/or historical contexts C
Knowledge of the key components of performance and the processes by which it is created and realised C
Understanding of how to read texts, dance notations and/or scores, and how transitions from page to stage may be effected C
Understanding of the interplay between practice and theory within the field of study C
Understanding of appropriate interdisciplinary elements of DDP and how to apply knowledge, practices, concepts and skills from other disciplines. C
able to describe and interpret performance texts, production techniques and disciplines and performance events P
aware of the skills and processes of production, design and rehearsal by which performance is created, and have experience of their realisation and presentation in performance P
able to understand the possibilities for performance implied by a text, dance notation or score and, as appropriate, realise these sources through design and performance P
able to contribute to the creation and/or production of performance through an understanding of appropriate performance vocabularies, techniques, crafts, structures and working methods P
Critical, analytical and practical skills T
Applied creative and imaginative skills T
The capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse and their effects on representation in the arts, media and public life T
Communication in a variety of media T
Reflexive and independent thinking T
Sustaining concentration and focus for extended periods T
Awareness of interdisciplinary approaches to study and the capacity to engage with different theories or paradigms of knowledge T
Developing ideas and constructing arguments and the capacity to present them in appropriate ways T
Producing written work with appropriate scholarly conventions T
Information retrieval skills, involving the ability to gather, sift, synthesise and T
Organise material independently and critically evaluate its significance T
Information and communications technology skills T
Understanding of group dynamics and an ability to implement it in practical contexts T
Handling creative, personal and interpersonal issues T
Negotiation and pursuing goals with others T
Managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines. T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

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