BA (Hons) Stage and Production Management

Exciting events from festivals to theatre shows all require specialist stage management skills to ensure their smooth running. BA (Hons) Stage and Production Management at Backstage Academy is dedicated to delivering the next generation of stage and production managers for the live events sector, in areas as diverse as theatre, live music, concert touring, corporate and sporting events. Offering critical insights into the industry, this course focuses on enhancing your employability.

Stage and Production Management

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BA (Hons)

Mode of Study:



3 years


Backstage Academy

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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's a vocationally-orientated course and provides a unique focus on working in the live events industry.

Beginning with an in-depth study of traditional theatre-based stage management techniques, you'll then learn how to apply this knowledge across the breadth of live events. You'll examine how the roles of stage and production managers develop from rehearsal to performance and tour, and study the ways in which your skills can be transferred to working on international events. 

The programme has been designed to give you an edge to succeed in a busy market place and is the first of its kind to be dedicated to the stage and production management of large scale events, concert tours, 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.

  • On the outskirts of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, the Backstage Academy campus is uniquely positioned at the heart of the world-renowned Production Park, Europe’s leading live events destination.
  • 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 Ibiza Rocks Hotel, Le Mans 24 Hour auto-sport race in France and MTV Malta music festival.
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.
Professional recognition

  • 104 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • 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.
  • This course is open to Home students only. Applications from International and EU students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course is not licenced by UKVI to sponsor students. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under the Student Visa Route to study in the UK then, unfortunately, we’ll be unable to consider your application for this course.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

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 teamwork, 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.

On completion of your BA (Hons) Stage Management and Production degree, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a range of postgraduate study options leading to master’s, research and doctoral qualifications. Areas you may consider include events management, creative events management, venue management, international hospitality and exhibition management.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:

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

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
Useful information

This course is open to Home students only. Applications from International and EU students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course is not licenced by UKVI to sponsor students. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under the Student Visa Route to study in the UK then, unfortunately, we’ll be unable to consider your application for this course.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information.

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.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

If you already have a UCAS application for September

If you have an application for September with UCAS and are applying through Clearing please ensure you have received a verbal offer from the University by calling 01204 903030.

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

If you have not yet applied through UCAS

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

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.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

  • Apply online: Backstage Academy BA (Hons) Stage and Production Management-20 September 2021 (Intake not currently accepting international applications)

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The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!

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 modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown 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
  • Event Production Management
  • Production Planning and Realisation
  • Industry Networking
  • Events Logistics
  • Live Events Industry Perspectives
  • Work Related Project
  • Major Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Live Events
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 55%, Practical exams 45%
Level twoCoursework 60%, Practical exams 40%
Level threeCoursework 57%, Practical exams 43%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 75%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 25%
Level twoGuided independent study 70%, Placement/study abroad 10%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%
Level threeGuided independent study 74%, Placement/study abroad 13%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 13%


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. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. 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.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Enquiries Team
Backstage Academy

+44 (0)1977 659880

Lynn Clark
Academic Partnership Manager, University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903234

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