BA Production Arts

Key information:

Art form:
Production Arts
Application Fee: £36 GBP; Tuition Fees: See Fees section below
Apply by 4.30pm on 31 January 2024 for September 2024 entry (applications open on 29 September 2023)
Level of study:
Mode of study:

About the programme

The Production Arts undergraduate programme equips you with the skills you need to succeed in the professional arts industry, with graduates going on to work in theatre, events, television and film. We strongly believe that your training should be tailored to your individual career aims.

For this reason at, application stage, you will select one of four pathways, each with a different emphasis:

Within each pathway you can study elements of the other three. For example, if you want to learn about props and scenery construction but retain an interest in lighting, or gain experience in sound while focusing mainly on stage management, you can choose accordingly. The programme is flexible enough to allow for a wide range of interests, or a more specialised approach.


Costume students checking actor costumes


Gain a broad based understanding of all aspects of the costume industry and follow the costume process from design to realisation.

scenic artist painting in the workshop

Design Realisation

Design Realisation is about making and painting the scenery and props that have been designed by the set designer, including training in scenic art, scenic construction and prop making.

Stage Managers chatting backstage

Stage Management

Learn about managing rehearsal rooms and performances, props sourcing and show calling, as well as team management and budgeting.

Production arts students working at a lighting desk

Theatre Technology

In Theatre Technology you will learn about design and production in lighting, sound, video and stage technology (automation and technical management).

Programme Structure

Programme Specifications

See the full programme specifications, including module specifications and assessment criteria.

BA Production Arts Programme Specification 2023-24.pdf
Stage Manager wearing headset on stage

Our Facilities

Our professional-standard performance venues with state-of-the-art equipment allow our programmes to keep in line with current practice and new theatre technology. Students use the School’s on-site theatres, rehearsal rooms, workshops and costume department to collaborate on major productions and a range of smaller projects and events.

Costume student carrying costumes to set

Final-year students

Meet our final-year Production Arts students and explore their profiles, from interviews and examples of work to project and production images and videos.

Stage Manager wearing headset and gesturing while actors are on stage


Meet our Production Arts graduates and find out what they've been working on since graduating from Guildhall.

Preparing for work

Career preparation includes lectures, masterclasses and advice on how to apply for work, CV preparation, working as a freelancer, invoicing and self-employment, and interview preparation.

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to collaborate with actors, singers and musicians from other programmes to generate your own projects.

Key development areas which are essential for employment include:

  • Learning to be part of the team of technicians, designers, stage managers, costumiers, actors, singers and musicians, working alongside professional directors, designers and conductors to participate in the creation and public performance of acclaimed dramas and operas 
  • Using information technology in planning and managing productions, developing transferable skills in the latest software and using specialist packages 
  • Gaining detailed knowledge of current industry developments and trends 
  • Developing core transferable skills 

We also offer a BA (Hons) in Digital Design & Production

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Lecturer teaching students at a computer

Your tutors

A particularly high staff-student ratio is one of the strengths of the programme. As you progress, staff will shift from formal teaching roles to empowering and supporting your production work. This allows you freedom to demonstrate and develop your professional standards and skills.

A member of the teaching staff will also be your personal tutor and will follow your progress and act as a mentor for your personal and professional development.

Regardless of their year, all students work together on all productions. Peer learning is an essential element of the programme.