Stage and Production Management MA - 2023/4

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MA Stage and Production Management

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Stage and Production Management
PGCert Stage and Production Management

Professional recognition

Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT)
Accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET).

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PRC63025 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Dance, Drama and Performance

Other internal and / or external reference points


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 stage and production managers to have a deep experiential appreciation and understanding of management and communication within creative facilitation of production, and a high level of practical skills in a broad range of artistic situations.
  • Provide a theoretical understanding and critical awareness of key theatrical and cultural contexts.
  • Develop intellectual and practical skills to encourage a high level of self-reflection and critical awareness.
  • Develop critical and independent practitioners imbued with a sense of learning as a lifetime pursuit, as well as a commitment to professional and personal development.
  • Provide an integrated approach within an academic and vocational creative training environment, aimed at developing and sustaining a career within the performance and entertainment industries.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
An experiential and theoretical knowledge of key practical stage and production management methodologies K PGCert, PGDip, MA
A comprehensive understanding of current industry practice K PGCert, PGDip, MA
An advanced understanding of the application of stage and production management skills to professional practice in the entertainment industry. K MA
Knowledge of a wide variety of theatre and entertainment genres and contexts K PGDip, MA
Knowledge of entertainment industry structures and systems both in the UK and globally K PGCert, PGDip, MA
An ability to critically analyse and reflect on their own and others¿ practice C PGCert, PGDip, MA
Develop and articulate a personal methodology of reflective practice C PGDip, MA
An ability to source, evaluate and synsethize information to complete independent research C MA
Evaluate and analyse complex ideas and challenges in order to find appropriate creative solutions. C PGDip, MA
Display an advanced awareness of the skills and processes of production, design and rehearsal by which performance is created, and gain experience of their realisation and presentation in performance P PGCert, PGDip, MA
Apply current industry practice in stage management for the entertainment industry P PGDip, MA
Apply current industry practice in production management for the entertainment industry P PGDip, MA
Develop a range of technical and procedural skills in support of management practices P PGDip, MA
Communicate effectively at an advanced level in both verbal and written form T PGCert, PGDip, MA
Lead and manage a team to successfully deliver a production project T PGDip, MA
Demonstrate an advanced level of ability in time and resource management T PGDip, MA
Support and facilitate creative processes T PGCert, PGDip, MA
Present as a self-motivated and professional practitioner T PGDip, MA

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits and are either semester based or year-long. GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 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) Y Short term placements are available within some modules.
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.