SCQF Level 8
Performing Arts

Course Overview

Technical Theatre is a creative and innovative course that will teach you the 'behind the scenes' of the theatre.

Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) has a range of exceptional professional facilities including the Pass studio theatre as well as dance, acting and aerial studios.

Technical Theatre students will have access to professional studios where they will bring their set/lighting designs to life as well as learn skills in stage lighting, sound, stage management, props and set construction. Upon completion you will be qualified for further study at a university level or direct entry into the industry. 

Explore your creative potential and discover backstage theatre disciplines such as; management, props sourcing, scenic painting, stage sound, stage lighting and operation. In your first year, you will complete a practical work placement which will be made available through PASS industry connections. You will gain essential experience in working environments and make crucial connections with theatre professionals. 

Advancing onto your second year you will discover dynamic skills in advanced stage management, advanced lighting, lighting rigging and operation, advanced sound, professional development, special effects and prop making. You will manage the technical departments during PASS theatre shows and mentor the year one students on productions. A qualification in Technical Theatre and Production Arts opens the doors to many different career opportunities within the theatre, events as well as related industries such as film and television. Please see interview information below. This task must be completed as part of the selection process.

What You Will Learn

Year one:

  • Live Performance practical assessments
  • Stage Lighting: Rigging, Focusing and Operation
  • Stage Management
  • Set Construction and Painting
  • Sound
  • Work Placement

Year two:

  • Live Performance practical assessments
  • Props for Theatre Production
  • Research Techniques
  • Scenic Art and Construction
  • Special Effects for Theatre
  • Stage Lighting and Technology
  • Stage Management: Advanced
  • Professional Development
  • Stage Sound and Technology
  • Stage Design
  • Lighting for Design and Performance
Placement Information
  • You will be given the opportunity to get additional work experience during your course

Entry Requirements
  • Two Highers or equivalent SQA qualifications, or a relevant NC programme such as dramatic arts or technical theatre or perhaps a relevant NPA
  • Relevant theatre experience
  • Mature applicants with appropriate experience will be considered on their merits
  • Final selection is by interview
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Assessment will take place throughout the course, with regular feedback from lecturers and your tutor

  • Some assessments will take the form of short written pieces and checklists however the main bulk of assessment is based on your performance in practical performance situations
    Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

    You will be required to upload your portfolio of any previous work. This evidence could include stage management documentation, lighting designs plans, folio of artwork, sample images of a stage property or technical drawing etc. 

    Please also upload a technical review of the last theatre show you saw. This can be a review of a video or online performance due to the current restrictions due to COVID-19 restrictions. A pro–forma document is included below to help you with this. 

    Please upload ALL information to:


    We shall be trying to assess your suitability for a demanding, theoretical and ‘hands on’ course to measure your interest in working in technical theatre and your understanding of what that entails.  

    All applicants should also upload copies of relevant certificates to interview including information of Core Skills achieved to date. 


    All international students already in the country and invited for an interview must show proof of a valid passport or visa to allow them to study in the UK. It will not be possible to process your application any further without it.  

    Please see below for Pro forma for your review of a show.



    STUDENT’S NAME………………………………………………………. 


    SHOW TITLE……………………………………………………………… 



























    Privacy Notice for Performing Arts and Photography Selection


    Progression And Articulation Routes


    • BA Production Arts and Design and BA Production Technology and Management at Royal Conservatoire


    Bristol Old Vic Theatre School:

    • Production Arts (Stage and Screen) BA (Hons)
    • Production Arts (Stage) FdA
    • Theatre Production Management MA
    • Scenic Art MA
    • Performance Design MA


    Guildhall School of Music and Drama:

    • BA Honours in Production Arts - 4 pathways: Stage Management, Costume, Theatre Technology, Design Realisation


    Royal Central School of Speech & Drama:

    • Production Lighting BA
    • Prop Making BA
    • Scenic Painting for Stage and Screen BA
    • Set Construction for Stage and Screen BA
    • Stage Management BA
    • Technical and Production Management BA
    • Theatre Sound BA





      Career Opportunities
      • Several positions in technical theatre at various levels

      Number Of Days Per Week
      • 3 to 4 days per week 
      • You will be expected to work out with College class hours
      Course Cost And Funding Options
      Student Stories

      Kenneth MacLeod – Freelance theatre maker

      “As a theatre designer, understanding the entire production process and the ins and outs of collaboration is essential, and the Technical Theatre course at Edinburgh College equipped me with all the technical skills and knowledge to later be accepted into the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The curriculum, productions and constant mentorship from the brilliant tutors gave me brilliant experience that I'm still drawing on today as a freelance theatre-maker."

      James Gow – Projects manager

      “Leaving school at the age of 15, I knew I would have to work hard to get the degree I was aiming for. The Technical Theatre course at Edinburgh College was the perfect steppingstone for me between school and university. The variety of productions, as well as the variety of hands-on experience and knowledge in all fields you get, is extremely valuable to anybody working within the industry. After the course, I got onto a BA Course in production arts management, followed by two years self-employed. I am now a full-time Project Manager in the industry.”

      Alice Barry

      “Studying at Edinburgh college in the technical theatre course was the best thing I could have ever done. Having left school and not having the foggiest idea what I wanted to do, all I knew is I wanted something creative but using my organisation skills. This is where Technical Theatre and Stage Management came in. Our lecturers were fantastic at recognising my potential skills and showcasing them on both practical and theory projects to allow me to grow.

      The course gave me an all-round view of technical theatre and led me on to study a BA (Hons) course at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, where I specialised in Stage Management (and a bit of puppetry!) where I graduated with a first class degree - something I never thought I would ever achieve when I was in school, but Edinburgh College helped me get there.

      I now work full time as an Event Coordinator in London, channelling my technical theatre skills towards organising live events for the likes of Google and Snapchat to name a few.  I cannot exaggerate enough how transferable the skills are to different areas of work and there really is no limit of possibilities after completing the course at Edinburgh College. It gave me the groundwork I needed to figure out what I love doing and I will be forever grateful for that.”</

      Course Delivery
      GRANTON x x x x x
      MIDLOTHIAN x x x x x
      MILTON RD x x x x x
      SIGHTHILL x x x x x
      OUTREACH x x x x x

      Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

      Our Campuses
      Performing Arts

      Edinburgh College is home to the Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS), one of the country's largest and most respected centres for training in the performing arts.  

      We are delighted to have renowned actress Karen Gillan as our Patron.

      Student Image
      Previously Viewed
      An infrographic containing information about the course

      apply text here
      cannot apply text here
      To apply please download an SCP application form and contact your guidance teacher who will support you through your application.

      For further information please contact the College t: 0131 669 4400 | Terms of use and disclaimer
      Text Size + - Background Colour Text Colour
      Inverted Grey Simple Soft Red Blue Green Yellow Violet Default
      Black Grey White Soft Red Blue Green Yellow Violet Default