This two year course offers broad, practical training in all the areas that contribute to a theatre production, with the opportunity to specialise in your second year.
Graduates pursue successful careers in stage management, and in the varied and fascinating technical career options: lighting, sound, props, scenic art, construction, video, costume, technical and production management.
Our students learn by doing. Your training will be vocational and practical, focusing on preparing you for work in the industry. Career guidance and professional development sessions are given throughout the course.
After a broad-based first year of training, your second year allows you the opportunity to specialise in the vocational area that interests you, choosing from stage management, lighting, construction, technical management, sound, property making, production management, video, scenic art or costume.
From the outset, you will work on RADA public productions – we stage around 15 shows a year – as crew and/or operator. These productions are directed by professionals and usually involve professional designers. In your second year you will work in more senior roles, for example: stage manager, deputy stage manager, assistant stage manager, production electrician, head of construction, wardrobe supervisor, scenic artist, production manager or property maker.
You will also undertake a professional placement in your second year for up to six weeks with a theatre company, organisation or practitioner. Recent student placements have taken place on shows including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Secret Cinema, and at venues such as the Young Vic, Glyndebourne Opera, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Royal Court and English National Opera.
Rich and diverse in its scope and facilities, the course combines in-depth technical instruction with insight into the organisational, management and collaborative skills that form the core of successful work in theatre and other areas of the entertainment industry, for example film, radio, television, conferences, events and other commercial ventures.
We encourage personal development, considered reflective practice and strong individual growth because these are the skills that will support you through a complex, high-pressured and rewarding career.
RADA also regularly hosts guest speakers, comprising leading figures from a wide range of industries and walks of life – from politics and arts, to photography, neuroscience and religion.
Although the Foundation degree is intended as a complete vocational training in itself, students who successfully complete the FdA will now automatically be considered for the BA (Hons) progression year from September 2021 - enabling students to deepen their specialist knowledge further in one or two areas of technical theatre or stage management.
This course is vocational and practice-based, using our state-of-the-art workshops, studios and theatres, and making use of the extensive opportunities to work on our many public productions and showcases.
Choosing from one or two areas of technical theatre or stage management, you will build on your skills and experience from your foundation degree to gain specialist knowledge and replicate working at high-level industry standards. Alongside our experienced teaching faculty, you will be introduced to practitioners from across the industry who provide additional insights into the variety of careers open to you and the skills and experience your future employers will be looking for.
You will graduate from the course ready to take on a range of roles across theatre, film, television, radio and live events.
You will also benefit from a professional development programme, as well as the RADA Buddy mentoring scheme, which supports your transition from student to professional with graduate ‘buddies’ providing professional advice, feedback and networking opportunities.
Students who successfully complete the FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management at RADA will now automatically be considered for the BA (Hons) progression year from September 2021. We also welcome applicants with a foundation degree or equivalent from elsewhere to apply for this course.
This course provides thorough training to be a professional actor. Over three years you learn and develop skills in acting, voice, movement, singing, research and personal/professional development, to sustain you in a professional career in theatre, television, film and radio.
We audition everyone who applies. As well as student loans, each year over 50% of our students receive further financial support from RADA, from free applications and contributions towards living costs to full scholarships.
Our BA (Hons) in Acting develops the talent and potential you bring with you to RADA, giving you techniques and approaches that will confidently equip you for a successful and long-term career in the industry.
You will start by building foundation skills through class work, before putting these into practice in sharings and open classes to small groups within RADA, and finally through public performances and film-making in your final year.
The course will help you to develop a spirit of curiosity and discovery that will enrich your personal and professional development.
It is designed to help you reach your full potential through vocal, physical and imaginative techniques, and provide you with the ability to continue learning and developing beyond these three years and throughout your professional life.
This course is aimed at both costume-making and costume supervising.
We teach costume-making from first principles, from basic sewing skills, pattern-cutting and grading, through to the finished product. The basic sewing skills are organised in five levels:
Hand sewing, seams, hems, fastening
Pattern matching, tucks, cording, pleats and gathering, buttonholes, eyelets, false lacing
Openings, bias rouleaux and piping, facings and using bias
Fastenings (zips and fly opening)
Although some time is given to completing all levels, you will be expected to work on them outside teaching hours.
All these skills, as well as other maintenance and alterations, are practised throughout the course by working on all the RADA public productions as assistants. This improves work speed and gives you experience in working with different fabrics and vintage costumes from our store, as well as working with professional designers.
The forms of pattern-cutting we teach are flat (block), cutting on the stand, and draping – although investigation into further forms is also encouraged, such as going straight to fabric, sizing up from a grid, and taking a pattern from an existing garment. You will also learn pattern manipulation and grading throughout the course.
Some garments are taken through to completion as class projects, including corsetry, ruffs, period shirt tailoring and millinery. Others form personal projects and are supervised, although you will be expected to work semi-independently.
Costume supervising is taught in the classroom with script analysis, budget skills and communication and management skills. It is also practised, firstly with the second year BA (Hons) Acting students as part of a short Shakespeare project, which is toured around schools in the London area. You will then have the opportunity to supervise two or three RADA professional performances, or a film project.
We also provide experience of other elements of a wardrobe department. You will have introductory classes in hair and make-up, wig knotting, history of costume, fabric treatments and props skills.
Exploring techniques applicable to both interpretative and original work, the MA Theatre Lab expands your ability to work collaboratively and independently in various contexts. Working rigorously with expert practitioners, you will experiment with a range of practices empowering you to play a revitalising role in today’s theatre-making landscape.
The MA Theatre Lab is a four-term course, running from September to September each year. The course is ideally for applicants who already have strong experience in performance, extending existing training with rigorous experimentation. Instead of replicating RADA's three-year training in one year, it aims to build on applicants’ experience, giving them the tools to further both their independence and their ability to collaborate in the creative process.
Each term, learning and assessment will be focused on practical exploration, followed by written assignments reflecting on your experience.
In your final fourth term, over the summer, you will work as an ensemble (in one group or more where appropriate) alongside a professional director to create a piece of work for public performance. The rehearsal process, performance and accompanying reflective document will together constitute your MA dissertation project.
Throughout the year there will be further opportunities to share your work and receive extensive feedback from staff and visiting professionals.
The MA Theatre Lab has been undergoing a review and any changes to the course are subject to final approval by King’s College London.
The course is built around four compulsory strands:
Methodology and creative practice
Contextual studies and theatre history
Voice and movement
Public performance lab