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Stage and Production Management MA

University of Surrey
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
February 2021

October 2021

Program description

Stage and Production Management MA

On our practice-based Stage and Production Management MA course, you’ll work closely with fellow GSA students to deliver stellar productions.

Through intensive seminars and workshops, you’ll be introduced to stage management and technical disciplines and begin your professional development planning.

You’ll then work on a wide variety of production projects across performance spaces within the University and at external venues. There will also be opportunities to take on senior production-critical roles as deputy stage manager, stage manager or production manager on our public productions, under the guidance of our experienced and industry-connected staff.

You’ll also have the chance to complete an industry placement and your professional development planning will culminate in presenting your work through a graduate showcase event.

Admission requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

Applicants also require evidence of previous engagement with theatre and performance or the wider entertainment industry. To be assessed via application documents (CV, personal statement) and interview.

Applicants who can demonstrate an extensive amount of previous experience in theatre and performance or the wider entertainment industry and can satisfy the interview panel of their ability to complete the course may also be considered.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programs, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Introduction to Stage and Production Management
  • Production 2/Placement
  • Production and Project Management
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Technical Skills & Stagecraft

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

February 2021


  • Tuition fee UK/EU students: £10,300
  • Tuition fee Overseas students: £18,000

October 2021


  • Tuition fee UK students: £10,600
  • Tuition fee Overseas students: £18,600


Credits and ECTS Credits: 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

Learning outcomes

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

Career opportunities

Most graduates move on to freelance careers in the theatre and entertainment industry, as stage or production managers. Recent employers include:

  • New Adventures
  • Watermill Theatre
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Balich Worldwide Events
  • Shanghai Opera
  • Guildford Shakespeare Company.

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University of Surrey

University of Surrey

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University of Surrey

388 Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford, Surrey

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