The course begins by providing an introduction to the different roles found in theatre. This practical year provides you with multiple opportunities to try out different skills you have learnt such as stage management fundamentals, sound operation, lighting, marketing and presentations in multiple formats. You also work with others in the Department of Performing Arts if you take a performing arts module. Throughout the course you explore more specific elements of theatre production in, where you apply skills learnt in different contexts, such as stage management, sound and light, marketing and management. Wherever possible, projects relate to real companies and venues so you match your work to what is expected in the professional theatre industry. Towards the end of your studies you will be provided with the opportunity to implement focused individual study and work on production projects. Employability is a focus at the this point in the degree, to allow you to be well prepared for working in the industry when you graduate. Staff and student productions take place, with some touring. Professional companies also perform on campus, giving you the opportunity to learn and gain experience from specialists in the field. There are also plenty of opportunities to see performances in Winchester, Southampton, Basingstoke and London. Facilities The University offers excellent facilities for both performance and rehearsal. There are two fully equipped, flexible studio theatres on campus as well as the Performing Arts Studios which provide rehearsal and production preparation spaces. In addition, the programme uses other facilities including The Vault (in the Student Union) as well as off campus theatres such as the Theatre Royal Winchester and The Point in nearby Eastleigh.