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Study mode

Full time


15 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Events Management Acting

Course type


Course Summary

Course Overview

  • For students wishing to specialise in stage management for the theatre and live events
  • Taught elements starting in September and running full time until Easter of the following year with a flexible 12-month period to complete the first component
  • Tuition and supervision from a team of established industry practitioners
  • Masterclasses and seminars from leading industry experts
  • Training in the full range of skills required to be a professional stage manager or event manager
  • Core skills module covering job roles, budgets, health and safety, essential lighting and sound, scheduling and CAD
  • Management in Context module covering planning, problem-solving, management theory, logistics, team working and career planning
  • Up to four six-week placements on productions/events, up to two of these with professional companies
  • Option to undertake a work placement in the College’s venue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • Final component involving the completion of a Professional Practice Portfolio based on your professional employment, with support and mentoring from College tutors


In these modules students can work on a variety of live performances, often external to the College as a professional work placement. These placements are carefully tailored to the individual career needs of the student. Students may also select to undertake a placement within the College network in order to develop and expand their skills.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

The programme is suitable for graduates of any discipline who want to work within stage and event management in the technical theatre industry and/or the live events industry. The College also considers applications from people who seek formal training after working in the theatre or related entertainment and event industries. All applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate significant practical experience and a good understanding of the stage management profession.