Technical Theatre and Production Arts HND

UCAS code 044W
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

The new Technical Theatre HND programme is an exciting course aimed at individuals seeking a practical qualification with training in lighting and sound systems, stage management and set construction.

The HND builds on the HNC Technical Theatre in the first year which provides a skills base which is very vocational. You will have the opportunity to work with local theatre companies and on in-house performances and conferences. The HND year also has work placement opportunities with local venues and both years of students benefit from site visits in a variety of venues.

Special features

  • Use of an on-campus in-house performance theatre
  • Opportunity to work with local theatres
  • Well equipped facilities
  • Expert practitioner staff
  • A great blend of taught units
  • Good local venues and events opportunities

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above Or
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above.
  • Prospective students will also have an interview and complete a short aptitude test
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Advanced entry to year 2 may be possible with the HNC Technical Theatre

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units include:

  • Stage Management
  • Technical Theatre: Graded Unit 1
  • Stage Lighting: Rigging, Focusing and Operation
  • Technical Theatre: Sound
  • Technical Theatre: Set Construction and Painting

Optional units may include:

  • Technical Theatre: Lighting Design and Performance
  • Technical Theatre: Sound Production Practice
  • Technical Theatre: Audio Visual Technologies for Performance

Year 2 - HND

Units may include:

  • Stage Management: Advanced
  • Stage Lighting and Technology
  • Stage Sound and Technology
  • Portfolio Presentation
  • Scenic Art and Construction
  • Technical Theatre: Research techniques
  • Technical Theatre: Professional Development
  • Technical Theatre: Lighting design for performance
  • Technical Theatre: Work Placement

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures, discussion groups and practical hands-on activities in the theatre and in workshops and online study through the university's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year
£1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Assistant stage manager/stage manager
  • Lighting technician
  • Sound technician
  • Technical assistant
  • Stage sound designer
  • Design assistant
  • Assistant scenic artist
  • Assistant carpenter

The course is designed to provide students with a broad technical skill set and is not limited to traditional theatre and may provide a pathway into festivals, festival theatres and film and television and other types of creative events or installations.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Technical Theatre HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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