Programmes

Diploma

Technical and Production Management

Be at the cutting edge of backstage management of people and technology.

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. You also have 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. This includes handling performers and artists, running rehearsals, and managing the stage, set elements, costumes, props, and technical elements like lighting, sound and projection. 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 have 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.

"Working on my very first show in school has given me a sense of satisfaction. The feeling that I am working on a show for real was terrifying, but extremely exciting and fulfilling."
Beverly Liang
Diploma in Technical Production and Management, Class of 2013

Course Details

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Duration

3 years

Mode

Full Time

Modules
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 basic creative processes, as well as 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 the programme.

Production Management 1A (15 CU)
This module introduces you to the roles and basic responsibilities of the Production team, as well as the basic processes and aims of Production Management. Particular emphasis is given to ensuring that you are aware of the hazardous nature of working in theatre and performance venues.

Technical Management 1A (15 CU)
This module comprises a Stage Properties component that will equip you with basic workshop safety and skills, as well as basic techniques in the making of Hand Properties. You will understand how the theatre building and its facilities work in the realisation of a performance. In addition, you will develop practical techniques in manual drafting for properties and scenic elements.

Production Studies 1A (15 CU)
This contextual studies module orientates you in the sphere of artistic aesthetics, creative rationale and performance history. It provides a foundation for you to develop an awareness of the relationship between theory and practice, and establish the relevance of history and theory to contemporary performance and production practices.

Production Projects 1A (15 CU)
This module introduces you to the allied infrastructure of Performance through empirical backstage experience to foster and advance critical enthusiasm in key areas of productions. You will apply techniques and skills in diverse aspects of Theatre Management and Technology, such as stage production and design, lighting, and sound.

Production Management 1B (15 CU)
This module explores the duties and processes of Production Management and Technical Management to understand the decision-making process in the realisation of a production. You will develop skills in stage management, lighting rigging and sound installation.

Technical Management 1B (15 CU)
This module offers a basic understanding of management, handling and maintenance of costumes in the area known as the Theatre Wardrobe and its processes. You will extend your understanding and practical skills in basic theatre technology such as the Fly System, organisation of scenic elements and basic knot tying. You will be introduced to computer-aided design (CAD) and apply these to working drawings for set pieces, properties and lighting plans. As a stage manager in training, you will also study and analysis of melody, harmony and rhythm essential for fluent score-reading.

Production Studies 1B (15 CU)
This module encompasses an overview of western performance from early Greek and Roman theatre, Medieval European theatre, Restoration, Neoclassical, and late 19th century developments through to the birth of modern theatre.

Production Projects 1B (15 CU)
This module introduces you to the allied infrastructure of Performance through empirical backstage experience to foster and advance critical enthusiasm in key areas of productions. Such areas include crewing in Design, Management and Technology. This component focuses upon the importance of collaboration, communication and the creative research which binds the various elements of the curriculum.

Level 2

You will develop your 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.

Production Management 2A (15 CU)
This module plays a key role in the creation of any performance event, working with management and overseeing all the activities that are being readied for ‘production week’ in the theatre – from planning and budgeting to meeting the technical rehearsal and opening of the production. Training in Stage Management is core to all backstage work and prepares you for greater management responsibilities in the future. Principles of lighting design and the differing qualities of varying lamps and their handling are explored via practical lighting plans and hands-on lighting workshops. Building on skills gained in level 1, you will explore the operation of microphones in relation to live performance, as well as examine the basics of sound design.

Technical Management 2A (15 CU)
This component introduces students to the common uses of audio-visual equipment in live events. You will experiment with basic concepts and principles of scenography and how a design may be created. In Stage Carpentry, you are taken into the construction workshop and instructed in workshop safety regulations and the basic construction techniques used in theatre and live events. You will gain further hands-on experience to advance your skills in operating powered and unpowered stage machinery for the movement of set, lighting and sound equipment.

Production Studies 2A (15 CU)
This module surveys Asian art, music and literature. Eastern philosophy and religion are also investigated in relation to the performing arts, with special consideration paid to the relationship between the Western world and traditional Asian cultures. The techniques, symbolism, rituals and cultural sensitivities required for theatrical performances are also explored. Script Analysis component will develop your unique skills to read dramatic scripts and analyse them through various points of view.

Production Projects 2A (15 CU)
This module requires you to be involved in at least two productions in an assigned role relevant to your completed course work, such as lighting, set installation and assistant stage management roles. You will assume full responsibility for that role and will work collaboratively with the rest of the creative and production team to realise the production, under the supervision of an industry professional.

Production Management 2B (15 CU)
This module enables you to practise hazard assessment as well as health and safety protocols from a leadership perspective. You will focus on the Stage Management team in the venue. Practice in ‘calling’ a show, marking out the floor, production week duties and performance paperwork are explored. You will also establish principles of sound sourcing and sound-scape construction in hands-on workshops.

Technical Management 2B (15 CU)
This module incudes a Costume Coordination component that builds on your understanding of Costuming. You will be equipped with concepts of interpretation and design. In Scenic Act component, you will be exposed to concepts in producing scenic painting, such as scale, perspective, reproduction, texture, painting and colour mixing. In Stage Mechanics 2, special focus is given to flying systems, scaffold structures and hazard evaluation.

Production Studies 2B (15 CU)
This module includes a Asian Theatre component that will introduce you to a range of traditional Asian theatre art forms, from their respective historical and cultural contexts to the staging and performance practices that these theatrical traditions entail. The distinctive demands of major Asian performance forms are studied, such as Noh, Kabuki and Chinese Opera, Kathakali, Wayang Kulit and Asian Theatre of Singapore.

Production Projects 2B (15 CU)
This module provides you with the ability to put what has been learnt into practice. This is best done in the context of an actual production. This module holds you to the highest professional standards and will culminate in a project or production in performance.

Level 3

You will undertake modules that may include self-devised/directed studies or projects. Industry placements with an industry professional or company will assist you to gain an accurate understanding of the performing industries. They will 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. You will identify community problems and issues of social concern, and use the skill sets and research methods you have learnt to creatively and effectively propose solutions.

Production Management 3A (15 CU)
This module continues to cover the management of personnel, resources and rehearsals in a wide range of skill-based components. The details of the roles become more sophisticated, with accounting, reporting and recording becoming new skills

Technical Management 3A (15 CU)
This module advances your knowledge and confidence in this growing area through creative project(s) in groups that may include collaboration with students from Diploma in Broadcast Media. You will be exposed to methods of creating a basic set from a designer’s plans and concepts. You will be taught directly on the stage machinery in the LASALLE theatres and may have field trips to other theatres.

Production Studies 3A (15 CU)
This module comprises contextual studies that surround the practical work, with knowledge of the performing arts in Singapore and the region, feeding directly into career preparation and contextualising the local performing arts industry. You will be introduced community and commercial events, and given an opportunity to engage with allied industries.

Production Projects 3A (15 CU)
This module is critical in refining of skills and knowledge through repeated practice in the workplace. This is best done in the context of actual productions. Training in key responsible managerial roles on professional productions and in industry placements provides a professional environment best suited to refining an apprenticeship.

Production Management 3B (15 CU)
This module sees you continuing to cover the management of personnel, resources and rehearsals in a wide range of skill-based components. The roles most closely associated with the role of the Production Manager, and those working directly with the Stage Manager in the running of a performance, continue to be experienced in classes and productions throughout this level.

Technical Management 3B (15 CU)
This module further exposes you to other performance genres. In Stage Carpentry and Scenic Art components, you will continue practical workshop experience to gain and polish your skills in construction and planning, as well as health and safety. You will deepen your understanding and practice is given to flying systems, scaffold structures and hazard evaluation within the Stage Mechanics 3 component.

Production Studies 3B (15 CU)
This module exposes you to a wider festival context of events and leads you to conceptualise and plan your own event. You will be placed in professional standard productions under professional practitioners and work with Degree students or graduates in the Singapore Performing Arts industry.

Production Projects 3B (15 CU)
This module provides training in key responsible managerial roles on professional productions, while industry placements provide a professional environment best suited to refining an apprenticeship. This module holds you to the highest professional standards on a series of productions and performance projects. In the Theatre Placement 3 component, you will integrate and apply the practical knowledge and learned skills acquired to fulfil or assist your assigned role throughout the rehearsal and performance process.

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Learning methods

Attend lectures, critiques, workshops, seminars, tutorials and field trips. Studio work and group and solo projects will also become part of your student life. As part of industry-based learning, you will be involved in either a live industry-related project or in an industry placement.

Assessment and course materials

Assessment is an integral part of the learning process and will be formative and diagnostic, as well as summative and evaluative. Feedback to students is provided, wherever appropriate.

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Programme completion criteria

Students need to accumulate 360 credits from Levels 1, 2 and 3.   

Career paths

Make an impact as:
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 or Dresser.

Or make your mark in a related career: 
Events Manager, Venue Manager, Theatrical Fly man, Public Installation Practitioner, Scenic Designer, Scenic Builder, Props Maker, Lighting Designer or Sound Designer.

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Tap into the illustrious minds of our faculty members who are movers and shakers in their own disciplines. They will impart, challenge and encourage, as they share their invaluable expertise and experiences with you.

Dean, Faculty of Performing Arts
Head, School of Dance & Theatre
Programme Leader, Diploma in Technical and Production Management
Lecturer, Diploma in Technical and Production Management
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Admission Information

Important Dates

  • Apply by: 15 February 2019
  • Application outcome will be announced by: 29 March 2019
  • Start of Semester: AY2019/2020
Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Singapore
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • China (PRC)
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • ROC, Taiwan
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • United Arab of Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam
Qualifications Remarks
Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Aggregate score of 25 points or better in 4 GCE O-Level subjects, excluding English. A pass in English at Grade C6 or better
GCSE/IGCSE 5 subject passes, including English, at Grade A to C
Higher NITEC/NITEC Certificate -
Singapore Integrated Programme Completed IP Year 4

 


Alternative English Language Qualification

Entry Into IELTS TOEFL
Diploma 5.5 PBT IBT
525 71

ADMISSIONS TESTS/PORTFOLIO AND INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

This programme seeks imaginative, enthusiastic and inventive people who love theatre and live performance – but don’t want to be in front of the audience. We want to know your ideas and your ambitions, what you enjoy in the Performing Arts, and what areas you are most interested in exploring. To help us get to know you and your ideas, you are invited to submit a project that manifests as many aspects as you wish, related to a story or play that you know well.

Project

Choose from either a folk story, a legend or a fairy tale. For example, Chang Er, Puteri Gunung Ledang or Cinderella. It should have a story (the narrative or plot), some characters (the roles played by actors) and some meaning (theme or ‘content’). Think about how you would like to see your version of this onstage, and start to collect some ‘show and tell’ items, e.g. notes, pictures and music. 

Your collection (or portfolio) might be a series of scrap books, a sketchbook, notes and lists, extracts from review and articles, powerpoint presentations, drawings, paintings, photocopies, newspaper/magazine tear-sheets, and/or DVD, sound bites, computerised graphics, etc.

Here are some ideas and examples of what you might like to include in your project:

  • Draw, paint or collect some images that show the different settings or scenery. Perhaps, show how these ‘scenes’ might appear with different lighting, with different atmospheres, in daylight or at midnight – whatever the story needs.
  • Go through the story and make lists of any furniture and props that the scenes might need. Then draw or copy or cut out images of the most important props or special machinery and special effects.
  • Consider all the characters in the story and select some of the most important ones. Make some notes about their main qualities, age, ambitions, etc. Draw, collect photographs, cut out magazines of what you think the story will look like. Perhaps you might like also to cast some of these roles with actors you know.
  • Think about the meaning of the story. What is the story about? What ‘message’ might the story contain? For example, is it about responsibility to self, to love, to family, to country? Is Cinderella about rivalry among sisters? Or is it about goodness being rewarded? Does your story still have meaning today? Write some statements about what you would like to convey to an audience.
  • If you have a special interest, see the story through what you love. For example, if you love sound effects, what noises or music can you showcase? Can you surround the audience with speakers? If you love lighting, then imagine the colours, moving lights and special effects. If you are the Stage Manager, imagine controlling the rehearsal schedules for all the actors, dancers, singers and costume changes, and calling the cues and controlling all the effects yourself. You may want to make all the costumes, or design the sets or props. You can explore your own passion in this project and perhaps focus on what you love best.

Interview

To help yourself in the interview, you might like to prepare some notes for yourself – to read from, or as talking points. If you have drawings, photos or programmes from your previous productions do bring these materials to the interview. Bring your project to the interview and share all your ideas with us – as if we are producers or sponsors that you want to persuade to invest money in your ‘show’.

During the interview, we will ask you some questions about your project, as well as your interest in the technical and managerial aspects of production, and what areas of work attract you.

You can ask us any questions about the programme and its subjects, or about the Theatre School or the College. Don’t be nervous. We are here to know you better. Try to enjoy yourself. After all, it’s fun sharing ideas about theatre.

We might offer you a place immediately. We might ask you to prepare more material, or set you a specific task. Whatever we do, it will be an attempt to understand and help you.

Fees
Components

Tuition Fees

DIPLOMA TUITION FEES FOR AUGUST 2019 INTAKE (PER ANNUM FEES)

Funded (Subsidised Fees) Non-Funded (Full Fees)
Singaporeans Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR International
S$5,280 S$6,930* S$9,780* S$19,000 S$21,150 S$23,800
Note for Diploma Fees:

* SPRs and International students who choose to take up the Tuition Grant (TG) will need to make an online application and then sign the TG Deed with the Government of Singapore. Under the terms of the Tuition Grant Deed, you will be required to work for a Singapore entity for a period of three years upon graduation. For more information, visit tgonline.moe.gov.sg.

  • Funded/Subsidised fees for Singaporeans and Singapore PR qualify for GST Subsidy from MOE, all other fees include 7% GST.
  • Fees are due on the first day of each semester.
  • Fees are subject to change.
  • Correct as at August 2018.
 

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of 7% GST) is chargeable per application. Application is only complete upon receipt of your application fee and all necessary documents. Please ensure your application fee is paid and documents are submitted within seven working days from the submission date of your online application.  LASALLE reserves the right to withdraw the applicant if the application fee remains unpaid and documents are not received by the due date.

Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident Applicants International Applicants
S$60.00 S$120.00
 

Additional Costs

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

As a developing artist, you are required to have certain items that are personal to you and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support you through your three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Our lecturers can provide you with affordable suggestions.

You are also encouraged to have your own laptop for education. If you do not own one, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for you to undertake your work.

There may be opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance your overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs.

 

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Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ fees in the event a Private Education Institution (PEI) is unable to continue operations due to insolvency and/or regulatory closure. The FPS also protects students when the PEI fails to pay penalties or refund fees to the students arising from judgements made against it by the Singapore courts.

In seeking to be an EduTrust-certified PEI, LASALLE is required to adopt the FPS to ensure full protection to all fees paid by their students. Therefore, the FPS is compulsory for students who are taking BA(Hons), MA and Certificate programmes at LASALLE.

Diploma programmes offered by LASALLE are exempted from FPS under the EduTrust requirements of the Committee for Private Education (CPE).

More information on the Committee for Private Education

Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS)

All full-time students of LASALLE are required to be covered under the Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS). The annual coverage of S$20,000 includes school-related activities throughout the programme duration.

The current premium rate of S$18.20 is payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer.

Accepted Modes of Payment

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollars. 

Our accepted payment modes include:

  • DBS Online Banking and ATM Transfer
  • GIRO
  • Cheque/ Bank Draft/ Cashier's Order/ Demand Draft
  • NETS
  • Cash
  • Master/ Visa/ China UnionPay
  • Wired Transfer/ Telegraphic Transfer (Only for International students) 
Scholarships & Financial Support

SCHOLARSHIPS

In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, leadership potential, and a passion for creativity and innovation, LASALLE offers a variety of scholarships to new and current students. 

Applications for scholarships open from March to May for new students. Other externally sponsored scholarships are also available to students. Enquiries and applications may be directed to the respective organisations. 

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

We are committed to providing a quality education for all our students, and believe that no deserving student should be denied admission because of financial difficulty. 

A range of financial assistance schemes, grants and loans are made available to help meet a portion of the educational expenses of students.

Applications for financial assistance open from March to May for new students.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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