An Overview

Production consists of both the BA Production Technology and Management and the BA Production Arts and Design programmes. Production students will work very closely with each other in the classroom and on RCS productions.

This is the only conservatoire-based technical theatre degree in Scotland. Through the programme we aim to produce production technicians, stage managers and lighting designers who can turn their hands to any related role, making them employable in a range of contexts, whilst also being specialists in career pathways, i.e. stage management, stage technology, sound design, sound engineering, lighting technology and lighting design.

We’ll help you to create your own pathway through the programme, focusing on your areas of interest. You will learn to work creatively, as an individual artist, as part of a production team and in collaboration with other students of all disciplines.

RCS is a major public performance venue with world-class facilities. The combination of professional venues, extensive workshops, construction spaces, design studios, and the latest stage and workshop technologies provide a fantastic learning environment.

We work closely with industry to ensure our curriculum is current, competitive, and of the highest professional standard, so you will gain all of the skills and knowledge needed for your future career. We have very close relationships with key Scottish national companies, such as Scottish Opera, the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Ballet as well as companies across Scotland, such as the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, Blue Parrot Production and Events in Edinburgh and Warehouse Sound in Glasgow.

Further afield we have well-established relationships with national and international organisations such as the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), the Association of Stage Pyrotechnicians (ASP) the Production Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA), United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), Cirque du Soleil, TAIT, Just FX and the National Theatre in London.

Our graduates will aspire to become the creative leaders and innovators of the future and will be encouraged to push accepted boundaries and create new standards of practice in the industry at large.

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UK Deadline:

31 January 2024

International Deadline:

31 March 2024

Programme Structure

Your first year will be based on experiential learning and skills acquisition focusing on the context of production through a range of classroom, workshop and venue-based experiences. This culminates in allocated assistant roles in each core area on RCS productions (e.g. Assistant Stage Manager, Assistant Electrician).

You will engage with a broad-based introduction to the production environment and standard practices both in core subjects and other related areas. In Personal and Professional Practice modules you will investigate and analyse the importance of the key issues such as the creative and cultural context, equality and diversity awareness, the importance of health and safety and the RCS requirement for best practice in this area.

You will also investigate the collaborative nature of production and performance and have the opportunity to work with other students from across RCS.

You will be allocated to production roles, with increasing levels of responsibility focusing on your specialist subject area. Advanced teaching in the key areas of your specialism, as well as integral skills such as management and communication, leads to allocation on more senior roles on RCS productions (e.g. Stage Manager, Production Electrician).

You will also engage with Options modules where you can choose from a range of modules on offer from programmes across the institution.

In your final year, you are expected to perform with autonomy, consolidating your learning and applying the specialist skills you have gained in senior roles on RCS productions. Staff support is available on request and through tutorials but we expect you to operate on an almost professional level.

You will negotiate your individual pathway in your final year to take advantage of the available production roles, Options modules and work placement opportunities.

Work is assessed through staff observations of your practice but reflection underpins the approach to assessment. Reflective blogs and summary statements form a key component of assessment in Personal and Professional Development modules.

There is a strong emphasis on the assessment of process and so all paperwork generated in each practical role is also assessed as evidence of your widening understanding of the production process and your role within it.

Additional Staff

  • Sam Burt – Stage Management Tutor
  • Dave Evans – Lighting Tutor
  • Malcolm Stephen – Stage Supervisor (Tutor)
  • Barry McCall – Sound Tutor
Production Arts & Design Lecturers

The BA Production Arts and Design Programme team also deliver a range of sessions on this programme particularly throughout year one. Also led by the Head of Production, the team consists of five dedicated lecturers:

  • Zander Lee Lecturer in Scenery Construction
  • Martin Mallorie Lecturer in Props Construction
  • Christine Murphy Lecturer in Costume Construction
  • Robin Peoples Lecturer in Design
  • Gary Fry Lecturer in Scenic Art
Central Production Unit (CPU)

CPU staff are also tutors who will mentor and supervise students in the production workshops including tuition and tutorial support. There are also three Production Managers in the CPU who will be your line managers on production work and are there to support your learning. The CPU is separate to the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film and supports all RCS productions as required.

The CPU staff are:

  • Lynfryn Mackenzie – Head of Technical Production
  • Kevin Murray – Production Manager
  • Colin Bell – Production Manager
  • Simon Cook – Workshop Manager
  • Matt Doolan – Scenic Carpentry tutor
  • Danny Main – Scenic Carpentry Tutor
  • Merlin Currie – Prop Tutor
  • Rhonda Barclay – Production Support Assistant
  • Megumi Hari – Scenic Art Tutor
  • Gillian Ferguson – Costume Tutor
  • Lynne McGinley – Costume Tutor
  • Anna Antczak – Costume Tutor
  • Fiona Larkin – Costume Tutor
Venues Team Technicians

The Venues Team provide technical support in RCS venues and offer advice and guidance in production practice. They work independently to the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film and have responsibility for all RCS internal venues. The team is led by:

Kevin Robertson  – Receiving Stage Manager

Visiting Staff and Practitioners

Production students also regularly work closely with freelance designers and directors on RCS productions.

In addition to this the department work with a range of professional practitioners in order to support RCS productions, this includes directors, lighting designers, stage managers, production electricians, sound engineers and technical stage managers.

Recent masterclass guests and visiting professionals:

  • Rick Fisher – Lighting Design
  • Davy Cunningham – Lighting Design
  • Bruno Poet – Lighting Design
  • Simon Wilkinson – Lighting Design
  • Simon Hayes – Lighting Design
  • Paule Constable – Lighting Design
  • Tim Reid – Video Design
  • Matthew Strachan – Technical Director, Scottish Ballet
  • Niall Black – Production Management
  • John Robb – Head of Technical, Edinburgh International Festival
  • Andrew Evans – Theatre Health and Safety Consultant
  • GrandMA – Lighting Console Programming
  • Ambersphere – Lighting Console Programming
  • Vectorworks – Digital Design
  • Martin Professional – Production Lighting
  • ETC – Lighting Console Programming
  • Raymond Short – Fight Direction
  • RC Annie – Stage Blood and Weapons
  • Kai Fischer – Lighting Design
  • George Baker – Encore Special Effects
  • Callum Howie – Production Management EIF
  • Matt Padden – Sound Designer
  • John Riddell – Theatre Projects
  • Zoe Hayward – Stage Manager, Scottish Ballet
  • Emma Geddes – Head of Automation, Cirque du Soleil
  • Eve Kerr – ASM/Book cover – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Rory Boyd – Head of Automation, Cirque du Soleil
  • Andrew McCabe – Head of Automation, Cirque du Soleil
  • Calum Willoughby – Unusual Rigging
  • John Riddell – Theatre Projects
  • Kinesys
Programme Support Administrator

Production and Film production programmes also have dedicated administration support.

Grace Dunn – Programme Support Administrator (Production & Film)

Why Choose Us?

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is consistently ranked in the World Top 10 for performing arts education (QS World Rankings 2023)

  • The only conservatoire-based technical theatre degree in Scotland
  • Industry placement during your studies
  • Award-winning stage management department
  • Small class sizes
  • Regular workshops and masterclasses with distinguished visiting professionals
  • New kit acquisitions include Martin & Robe moving lights, Kinesys stage automation, Yamaha QL5, Kinesys, KV2, Shure Axient and DPA microphones
  • Develop invaluable industry contacts with our unrivalled professional partners including Shure UK, Black Light, the Production Lighting and Sound Association, the Association of Lighting Designers,
  • , Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, Citizens Theatre, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and
  • Work on a diverse range of productions including ballet, opera, contemporary performance, classical drama and musicals
  • Fully equipped proscenium arch theatre with a fly tower and automated flying capabilities, as well as the highest level equipment in both lighting and sound
  • Study abroad opportunities in Europe, Australia, California and Hong Kong

Production Technology and Management at RCS

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Admissions Process

Our admissions processes are designed to be fair, transparent and efficient. The audition/interview approach serves the dual nature of allowing the panel to assess first-hand an applicant’s suitability for their chosen programme and it also affords the applicant the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the nature of that programme and the opportunities offered by the RCS.

In arriving at its recommendation, the audition/interview panel will take account of all aspects of the applicant’s profile i.e.:

  • Performance at audition/interview
  • Commitment to the particular programme
  • Potential to benefit from the programme
  • Academic qualifications
  • Personal statement
  • Performance qualifications
  • Performance/practical experience
  • References
  • Contextualised data
General Academic Entry Requirements
  • Scottish Highers — 3 passes (grade C or above)
  • A Levels — 2 passes
  • International Baccalaureate — minimum score of 24 with 3 subjects at Higher Level
  • Recognised equivalences (EU and International Entry Requirements)

We welcome the Scottish Baccalaureate and will accept combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers.

We offer a flexible approach to students taking Higher over more than one academic year and/or who achieve their qualifications in more than one sitting.

Language of Study

The language of study is English. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Level 6.5 (with no component below 5.5) is required.

Direct Entry

Applications for direct entry beyond Year 1 will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with the Royal Conservatoire’s Recognition of Prior (Experiential) Learning policy. If you wish to apply for direct entry, please mark the point of entry on UCAS Conservatoires application as 2 or 3.

Non-Standard Entry

We welcome applications from individuals whose academic qualifications or English language qualifications do not match (in terms of equivalence) or fall short of the normal entrance requirements, where specified*. Having satisfied the Audition Panel that they meet the selection criteria and demonstrated that they have the capacity to pursue the proposed course of study, such applicants will be considered through examination of contextualised data provided in accordance with the Non-Standard Entry Policy. The appropriate Head of Department/ Programme will make a case in support of the applicant for consideration by the Directors of the Schools and Convener of the Quality and Standards Committee.

*Note that UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) imposes minimum English Language qualifications in respect of international (non-EU) applicants who require a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK.

Mature Students

RCS welcomes applications from mature students, i.e. students over the age of 21 at entry to the programme. Whilst the selection procedures will still be applied, consideration will be given to appropriate artistic experience not normally expected in school leavers, which is deemed to compensate for any lack of traditional entrance qualifications. Successful mature applicants, as for all other applicants, must convince auditioning panels that they have the ability and potential to cope with the demands of the programme. Their progress, especially in the early stages of the programme, will be closely monitored and appropriate advice and support given.


Apply via UCAS Conservatoires

Applications are made through UCAS Conservatoires website. The UCAS Conservatoires application system is separate from the main UCAS undergraduate application system. If you wish to apply to conservatoires and universities within UCAS, you will need to register for both services.

There is a UCAS application fee of £27.50 to register to use UCAS Conservatoires.

To begin a new UCAS Conservatoires application, you will need to register. You can read the UCAS Conservatoires’ advice on completing the UCAS Conservatoires application.

If you need assistance with your application, you can contact UCAS Conservatoires team by telephoning (Monday to Friday, 8.30 — 18.00). Phone 0371 468 0470 from within the UK or +44 330 3330 232 if you are calling from overseas.

Application deadline date

The closing date for all on time undergraduate applications is 31 January 2024. If you submit your application after this date, we cannot guarantee that you will be invited to audition.

If you do want to submit a late application, please contact in the first instance to check we are accepting late applications. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

We do not offer deferred entry. If you wish to commence in 2025, you must apply next year.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland institution code is R58. You will also require the following programme code to apply:

BA Production Technology and Management: 204F 

Application Fee

There is a UCAS Conservatoires application fee of £27.50. In addition to the application fee, each conservatoire charges an audition/interview assessment administration fee. For RCS, the audition/interview assessment administration fee is £35 per programme applied for. Fees are not refundable. The fees are paid via the UCAS Conservatoires website and not directly to RCS.

Audition/Interview Assessment Administration fee

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland charges an audition/interview assessment administration fee of £35 per course.

We recognise that auditioning and interviewing for conservatoires, drama and ballet schools can be costly. The audition assessment administration fee charge allows us to offer a thorough and positive experience to all applicants and we encourage you to get in touch to ask the panel questions and find out more about the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to see if it is the best place for you.

We are committed to ensuring fair access to a conservatoire education for students who have the talent and potential to benefit from it, regardless of their background. In support of this, audition fee waivers are offered to applicants whom financial hardship may be a barrier to auditioning. Please see the audition fee waivers document for more information


It is your responsibility to ask two separate referees to write references and ensure that these are sent to RCS.

The references must be written by two different people and we will not accept references from family, other relatives or close friends.

You can submit your UCAS Conservatoires application form and send your references at a later date, but they must be received prior to your audition date.

UCAS Conservatoires provides reference forms for you to download and send to your referees for completion.

The Interview

Applicants who apply on time by 31 January 2024 are invited to an interview by email, approximately three weeks before. All interviews will take place online, with individual requests for in-person interviews considered.

Please note that RCS is only obliged to offer one audition/interview date per application. Alternative dates will only be provided (subject to availability) in exceptional circumstances. If you are unable to make your allocated interview date, you should email us immediately stating the reason.

BA Production Technology and Management interviews will take place from January to March.

The Interview Format 

You will be required to identify your chosen specialist subject pathway at the point of application and your