Diploma in Technical & Production Management
This programme equips you for employment in the fast-growing backstage management of people and technology in the Performing Arts Industry. You are given hands-on practice in LASALLE’s drama, dance, musical theatre and music productions, which are staged in the College’s three theatre venues, and are given opportunities to contribute to films, videos, and other forms of displays, exhibitions, and events. The programme develops your professional skills in managing all aspects of productions and events.
Most importantly, you are trained to project-manage productions: handle performers and artists; run rehearsals; manage the stage, set elements, costumes, props, and technical elements, lighting, sound, and projection from concept to public performance. The programme includes classes and workshops on the use of state-of-the-art technical equipment and safe practices in performance venues, as well as academic studies in reading and responding to performance texts. You will learn to manage people, time and budgets, and are empowered to work independently and as part of a team. By collaborating on projects and productions with other programmes in the College, you will learn to work with actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists and other technicians in planning and managing complex artistic and communication aspects.
You are taught and mentored by local and international theatre professionals, practitioners, and experts in the industry, plus well-established and well-known artists. Through attachments to productions as well as industry placement, where you are responsible for fulfilling a specialised role, you will gain invaluable skills, knowledge, and strengths leading to a sustainable career in the arts. Graduates from the programme are skilled, professional and collaborative – a valued member of any production team.
In Level 1, you will share some common modules across the Diplomas in the School of Contemporary Music and the School of Dance & Theatre. These shared modules aim to provide you with a comprehensive basic knowledge and grounding in the basic creative processes, technical and academic skills essential for progressing to Levels 2 and 3. The modules also allow for diagnostic and formative teaching to ensure you have made the appropriate choice in Diploma in Technical and Production Management.
In Level 2, you will be developed in skills, knowledge, problem-solving and in work methods. You will be placed in professionally structured projects and productions reflecting industry practice. Skills and knowledge are continually applied in projects and productions.
In Level 3, you will undertake modules that may include self-devised/directed studies or projects. Industry placements will assist you to gain an accurate understanding of the performing industries through personal involvement in a preferred field with an industry professional or company. These placements allow you to apply your studio and academic, understandings and achievements to the diverse expectations of a vital and demanding industry. In the Community Engagement module, you will learn from non-profit organisations or community-interest-led projects where you will identify community problems and issues of social concern of your chosen area of study could address and/or change. Using the skill sets and research methods learned, you will be asked to be creative and effective in proposing solutions to such problems and issues.
Career Paths: Production Manager, Technical Officer, Technical Manager, Stage Manager, Production Assistant, Stage Crew, Stage Mechanist, Lighting Technician, Sound Technician, Assistant to Set Designer, Assistant to Wardrobe Designer, Dresser
Related Careers: Events Manager, Venue Manager, Theatrical Flyman, Public Installation Practitioner, Scenic Designer, Scenic Builder, Props Maker, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer