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MA Stage Management & Technical Theatre Production

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    APR-22

  • Duration

    18 months

Course summary

This MA is the only postgraduate course of its kind in Scotland. We designed the course as a conversion degree, and we welcome applicants from non-arts related subjects.

This course is ideal if you want to add a vocational stage management emphasis to your undergraduate degree, or if you have significant workplace experience and would like to gain a formal qualification.

Why QMU?

  • This is the only postgraduate course of its kind in Scotland, and it is both practical and critically reflective.
  • You’ll enjoy being part of a small cohort of students, working closely and collaboratively with staff who will get to know your strengths and areas for development.
  • Run in partnership with the Edinburgh Stage Management School, which combines a well-established industry focus with successful graduate employment.
  • Draw from the hard-won experience of a range of guest lecturers from key cultural organisations and associated industries.

Course overview

This course has been developed in response to this need and is rooted in a belief that effective stage managers need training that is both practical and critically reflective. It will develop your knowledge of the contemporary issues affecting the management of entertainment and live events while equipping you with the practical skills that are essential for developing a career in the field. The course is run in partnership with the Edinburgh Stage Management School, which specialises in postgraduate vocational training and combines a well-established industry focus with successful graduate employment. It combines the best aspects of the vocational, practical and academic models.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. You will also undertake professional practice. Your performance on the course will be assessed by essays, reports, a reflective blog, a portfolio, presentations and a dissertation or project.

Placements

The course involves a series of placements, both on University productions and within the industry. Each placement on a University production commences on the first day of rehearsal and runs until the the final performance. Industry placements typically run from first rehearsal to opening night. Placements are assessed in the Professional Practice modules 1 and 2.

Careers

You will be qualified for a broad range of stage management positions within a wide spectrum of live entertainment and live events industries. Many career opportunities are open to you. Previous graduates (Edinburgh Stage Management School) have gone on to work in theatres, performing arts organisations, festivals, corporate events and ceremonies. In addition, many now tour within the UK, Europe and internationally. Potential careers might include producing, fundraising, marketing, programming or audience development, as well as many other roles across the cultural industries and all professions requiring skills in effective management.

Exit awards

MA (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

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University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • University League Table

    75th

  • Campus address

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland

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