Lighting // Sound // Video // Automation
In Theatre Technology you will learn about design and production in lighting, sound, video and stage technology, with opportunities to specialise in your final year. Theatre technicians need to be good team players and have a proven interest in an area of theatre technology. As you develop your skills, you will progress from learning about technology and software, to programming and show operation, to finally managing and designing productions.
Find out more from our students and staff by watching the video above!
"Guildhall has provided so many opportunities that I didn't expect when I applied. We are taken to see a huge amount of theatre, invited to work on some really interesting external creative projects, as well as having the chance to both be a part of and lead a team of people. The mentor programme has also been hugely valuable to me - I can contact my industry professional mentor with any questions and I will receive an insight into how the industry operates."
Andrew McDonald – Theatre Technology pathway
What you will study
Along with all other students in the programme, the Theatre Technology students take classes in a broad range of core subjects. These include: Theatre History, Period Style, Contemporary Theatre, Health & Safety and Stagecraft & Production Process. Classes are usually project based and wherever possible have a hands-on, practical approach. For example when studying trends in contemporary theatre we’ll take you to see some shows, and when we’re looking at period styles we’ll take you to galleries and museums to look at examples.
In this year you will also take a core module called Associated Studies, which allows you to take three short courses in other areas of technical theatre such as Prop Making, Stage Management, Scenic Construction, Costume Supervision, Scenic Art etc.
Besides the core subjects you’ll be spending a lot of time in classes and working on projects to develop your knowledge of rigging, electrics, flying and stage automation as well as lighting, sound and video design. These classes and exercises give a preparation for the responsibilities to come; throughout the year you'll be helping to rig everything for Guildhall productions.
Your second year is entirely practical. You will spend the bulk of your time operating the lights, sound, projection, flying system and effects for the School's drama and opera productions. You will also spend half a term working in one of the areas you studied in Year One Associated Studies.
Third Year students spend two terms in leading production roles. You will be given the opportunity to design Lighting, Sound, Video or Automation or act as Production Electrician, Production Sound Engineer, Sound Number One, Technical Stage Manager or Production Manager. You will lead teams of second year students and take responsibility for productions from the earliest design through to the final performance.
You will also undertake a six-week work placement and complete a Graduation Project.
What our students say
"The training given at Guildhall ensures that hands on processes become second nature; working with industry professionals was excellent grounding for the work that I have been doing since leaving. The Technical Theatre at Guildhall was instrumental in building my self-confidence - since leaving Guildhall, I have worked on various projects such as 'The X Factor' and the 'Shard Christmas Lights' installation, and have other upcoming projects to look forward to."
- Gwilym Huws, Theatre Technology 2014
"Electrics at Guildhall is very impressive as the amount and quality of equipment is amazing. I've just been on The Sound of Music UK tour as number 3 LX. Guildhall helped me both in my personal qualities (management, time keeping) and also my technical knowledge."
- Nick Woolley, Technical Theatre 2009
What our LD's say
"I thought I would just take a moment to say that out in the industry Guildhall is considered the best technical theatre course in Europe and coming back to be a part of it again really shows why. Keep up the good work."
- Tim Lutkin, Lighting Designer
"I have no hesitation in recommending the calibre of the production and technical BA degree courses offered by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a freelance Lighting Designer I have lit 4 musicals, 2 operas and a play for Guildhall so I have had the opportunity to work closely with 1st, 2nd and 3rd BA students and to see the development of students as they progress through the different years. The standard of teaching and tutor support along with the facilities available are exemplary. I think this one of the few courses that provides regular opportunities for students to experience making drama, opera and musical production. The final result makes the students employable in the finest drama, opera and ballet companies as I often find when I work elsewhere.
If asked where an aspiring student should go to study I would recommend Guildhall without hesitation."
- Mark Jonathan, Freelance Lighting Designer and Deputy Chair, Association of Lighting Designers
Find out more
You may wish to watch videos about the course, find out more about our facilities, see what our students have been up to lately on our Theatre Technology blog or look into how to apply. You can also contact us if you have any questions.