Theatre production in the UK is currently undergoing an unprecedented period of growth with stage managers and theatre technicians in high demand. The theatre, events, festivals, and music industries, as well as the new National Theatre of Scotland, provide an ever-increasing variety of career options.

This practical, hands-on course offers the opportunity to continue your studies in technical theatre in all production areas, and to work as a first deputy in first year, and then as a head of department in stage management, lighting and sound, scenic art, and construction in second year on public performances in the College’s purpose-built theatre as well as other Fife theatre venues.

In year 2 you, will also undertake a two-week professional industrial placement which forms the bridge between the college experience and the profession.

This course is offered as a one year HNC or two year HND:

  • HNC/HND year 1 – one year full-time
  • HND year 2 – one year full-time following successful completion of HND year 1

Year 1

  • Lighting rigging, focusing and operation
  • Stage management
  • Set construction and painting
  • Sound design and operation
  • Costume design and construction
  • Set design and construction
  • Lighting design
  • Props making

Year 2

  • Advanced stage management
  • Lighting technology
  • Sound technology
  • Scenic art and construction
  • Professional development
  • Research techniques
  • Special effects
  • Stage technology and stage flying
  • Work placement

Year 1

One of the following:

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above, including English or Drama plus three National 5s at Grade C or above, preferably with English and Maths
  • National Certificate: Technical Theatre SCQF Level 6
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

Year 2

  • HNC: Technical Theatre SCQF Level 7
  • Fife College has defined articulation routes in place for this course
  • BA Technical and Production Arts, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • BA Digital Film and Television, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • BA Technical Theatre at Accredited Drama Schools throughout UK
  • BA Stage Management
  • BA Costume Design and Construction
  • BA Lighting and Sound Design

As a graduate, you will start your career in the roles noted below, but could progress to managerial roles with relevant professional experience:

  • Assistant stage manager
  • Assistant lighting technician
  • Assistant sound technician
  • Events management assistant
  • Wardrobe assistant
  • Scenic artist