Module code: PROM008

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to technical skills in lighting, sound, video and stagecraft. Students will take part in seminars and practical workshops on key aspects of technical work in the theatre & creative industries that will be encountered in the course of their training and future careers in professional stage and production management.   During this module students will be taught and asked to work responsibly and as far as reasonably practicable towards being more sustainable. As outlined and guided by the Theatre green book, with guidance and support from SIPA ( Sustainability in production alliance)

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 110

Seminar Hours: 21

Practical/Performance Hours: 15

Captured Content: 4

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Introduction to lighting

• Introduction to sound

• Introduction to video/projection

• Stagecraft skills

• Health & Safety inc. Fire safety & first aid

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Technical Task 100

Alternative Assessment

Reflective essay on technical task

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate learning against the module & programme learning outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A reflective group presentation of the work that was produced during the formative practical task.

Formative assessment

• A practical test of technical work including basic LX, sound, video and stage competencies. This will be undertaken in a small group context.


Tutor and peer feedback for the formative assessment will be given during and immediately following the practical session

Informal verbal feedback will be given during practical sessions.

Written feedback for the summative assessment will be provided within 3 weeks of the submission date.

Module aims

  • Introduce students to current technology & working practices in the entertainment industry
  • Increase knowledge, confidence and familiarity with these practices.
  • Embed Health & Safety awareness and knowledge
  • Encourage independent research and study of technical areas

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Confidently rig, test and operate basic technical systems for entertainment KP
002 Demonstrate competence in health and safety processes and practices as related to technical stage work KPT
003 Critically analyse and evaluate current technical working practices in the entertainment industry KC
004 Work effectively in a group, demonstrating teamwork, communication and organisational skills PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide a variety of learning and teaching methods which fit with the overall aims & strategy of the programme and are appropriate to enriching and contextualising the study of professional stage & production management.

There is a balance of individual and group work and of tutor lead and student lead sessions.

The strategy should encourage individual learning, questioning, analysis and reflection as well as enabling students to develop skills in research, communication, planning and negotiation.

The learning and teaching methods include:


Practical workshops

Group technical exercise

Independent study

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.

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 2025/6 academic year.