Undergraduate Courses.

Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre

  3 years

Applications open in October 2019 for September 2020 start.

Course Information

Course Begins: 03/10/18
Type: Degree
Duration: 3 years
When: Full-time
Ages: 18+


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This three-year honours degree offers practice based training to students who are interested in a career in professional theatre, TV and film. It provides opportunities in specialist areas within stage management and technical theatre (e.g. sound, lighting and construction), professional placements and a major research project relevant to a student’s choice of specialism. Classes on production management, design (set, lighting, costume and sound) and managing your own freelance business will also be introduced during the final year.



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Applying to the Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre degree is in two stages.

1. Complete the Application Form

2. Book your interview date.


The interview is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your passion, ability and understanding for this training and the type of work it will lead to. No experience necessary.

Entry Requirements click to

The Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre Degree is not part of the CAO point’s race. Students are expected to have achieved the minimum matriculation requirements for Trinity College Dublin courses, however, exceptions may be made based on the demonstration of exception natural talent at auditions and interviews.

Full details of the specific matriculation requirements for the country you're applying from are available on your country's admission page.

No experience is necessary for this course, however we do ask that students are able to demonstrate a passion, creative ability and understanding of the type of work this training leads to.

Please note, acceptance onto the course is at the discretion of The Lir Academy. If The Lir feels for whatever reason that a participant is not suitable for the course, he/she will not be accepted. All decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

Year One click to

First year involves students working on The Lir productions as crew, as well as hands on training and class work. This is designed to give a broad grounding in theatre skills. Through skills-based training, the course will provide students with the proficiency to take a head of department role in a theatre production in their second year.
The Stage Management & Technical Theatre Year one course includes

• Stage management
• Stage electrics
• Scenic construction
• Sound
• Scenic art
• Property making and procurement
• Costume
• Theatre History
• Set design
• Stagecraft
• Career development


• First Aid (students receive a First Aid Certificate)
• Health and safety in the workplace
• CAD drawing
• Music score reading
• Production & Technical management
• Television and film

Year Two click to

The aim of the second year of the course is to enable students to apply skills acquired in their first year to a series of theatre productions, directed and designed by professional theatre practitioners. Students will work on five productions throughout the year in a variety of roles. Two of these roles will be from the stage management options, one from technical options and the other two will be chosen in consultation with the Technical Director. In consultation with the course convenor students will also undertake a 4 to 6 week placement with a professional theatre, organisation, theatre company or practitioner.

Stage Management in Production
Students will be assigned in the role of Stage Manager, Deputy Stage manager, Assistant Stage Manager or Film role in one of the final year productions of the Bachelor in Acting degree. The production will enable students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the first year of the course in a professional environment.

Production electrician
Working closely with a professional lighting designer students will be required to realise a lighting design practically in the studio theatre.

Sound design Coordinator
Working closely with the professional director of one of the final year Bachelor in Acting productions, students will be responsible for researching, collaborating on, and recording a sound design for the theatre.

Assistant Production Manager & Technical stage manager
Students who opt for this option will work with the production manager on the management of an entire production process for one of the final year Bachelor in Acting productions.

Prop Maker/Supervisor
Working closely with the Technical Manager, Stage Manager and Deputy Stage Manager, students will be responsible for designing and making props to a professional standard for use in one of the final year Bachelor in Acting productions.

Costume supervisor
Students will work closely with the professional Costume designer and will be responsible for the oversight of the costume department of a final year academy production.

Scenic Construction Roles
Working alongside the set designer students will realise the construction and fit up of a theatre set on one of the final year Bachelor in Acting productions.

Scenic Artist
Working alongside the set designer students will realise the scenic art of a theatre set on one of the final year Bachelor in Acting productions.

Students will work in a technical capacity in the production of a short film. The process will replicate the working environment of film or television recording.

Specialised Roles
Based around the productions being hosted several other roles may become available to students

Year Three click to

In year three students will undertake work placements with prominent theatre companies, festivals and industry related companies in order to further develop their chosen area of specialism. Research projects will be assigned according to the preferred career choice of each individual student. These projects can be theoretical or practical in nature, for example designing the sound, making the scenic art or making props for a theatre production. Students will be encouraged to keep a journal of reflective practices throughout their final year.

The practical training during the degree course will be complemented with a range of classes including theatre history, principles of stage management and principles of theatre technology. Led by dedicated and experienced theatre technicians and stage managers these classes will reflect best practices in professional theatre.

Fees click to

Students admitted to The Lir Academy will also be admitted to Trinity College Dublin and therefore the fees policy of TCD will apply, as follows:

1. Free Fees
Tuition fees for EU students who have not previously studied at degree level are paid by the Irish Exchequer. The student pays a Student Contribution fee; €3,000, and an additional charge of €191.75.
If a student is awarded a Local Authority grant, the Student Services Fee will be paid by Local Authority. The Sports Centre and USI Levy must be paid by ALL students.
Criteria for determining eligibility for free fees can be found here

2. EU Fees
If an EU student is not eligible for free fees, the total cost is €9,741.75 (2019/2020) per year.

A breakdown of undergraduate EU fees can be found here

3. Non-EU Fees
If you do not satisfy the criteria for Free Fees or EU Fees then you must pay non-EU Fees; €21,976.75 (in 2019/20) per year regardless of nationality or citizenship. Students classified for fee purposes as non-EU will not be permitted to change their fee status following admission.

A breakdown of undergraduate non-EU fees can be found here

Annual Review of Tuition fees and other charges by Trinity College Dublin

Please note, tuition fees and other charges are subject to annual review by Trinity College Dublin which may result in a fee increase each year. All students (Undergraduate and Postgraduate, EU & Non EU) on courses/programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees and other charges (Commencement/graduation fee, Sports Centre Charge and USI levy) may be subject to increase annually. The annual revision is approved by Trinity’s Committee and College Board and typically increase by approximately 3% per annum or more in any given year.

The undergraduate EU rate of tuition and student contribution is set by the Department of Education and Skills.

The Lir Academy Bursary click to

The Lir Academy Student Bursary Fund is open to all EU students who have been offered a place on the Undergraduate Bachelor in Acting, Undergraduate Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre or any of the Postgraduate courses at The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Art, or are already studying here.

Students can apply for the bursary once a place has been offered on the course.

SMTT Course Handbook 2018 - 19 click to

Download the course handbook here

Adam Moore White

"The Lir is a fantastic environment to learn new and further develop pre-existing skills. The atmosphere is welcoming and supportive. I have always been fully encouraged to succeed and take brave steps in new directions that I might not have considered before. I would highly recommend anyone with an interest in working backstage in theatre to consider this course.”

Adam Moore White

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