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OP 10

Rank 78

Course information set

  • Prepares you to work as a production manager, lighting and sound designer, or theatre technician for ballet, dance, opera, concerts, conferences and large public events.
  • Study lighting, sound, stage and production management.
  • Opportunities to work on theatre productions, fashion parades, music and dance performances and film shoots as part of your course.
  • Gain experience through internships and industry placements at music festivals, state and local theatre, opera and dance companies, entertainment venues and touring shows.
QTAC course code421932
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2019 February

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 056185A
  • Lighting Designer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Sound Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Officer
  • Theatre Lighting
  • Theatre Professionals


With the global arts and entertainment industries expanding rapidly, expertise in all elements of live production is highly sought after across all types of live performance. This course provides you with fundamental skills in stage management, lighting, sound, multimedia production, costume, props, stage mechanics, scenery installation and theatre design. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of live production and access to industry-based learning and placements.

Why choose this course?

This intensive three-year program provides the opportunity to work across a range of events including theatre, dance and music productions, featuring students from other creative industries courses. 

Our industry-experienced teaching staff can provide expert knowledge and opportunities to access workplace internships and placements at a wide range of companies, productions and events including festivals, state and local theatre companies, major performing arts venues, dance, opera, musical theatre companies and touring stage productions.

Career outcomes

Graduates work for companies and shows all over the world as stage managers, production managers, lighting, sound and scenic designers, technical programmers and operators, tour managers, technical directors and in the areas of props, costumes and stage mechanics, theatrical flying and automation.

They work across all types of live production and performance including classical and contemporary music, theatre, dance, circus, ballet, festivals, opera, corporate theatre, sports production including opening and closing ceremonies, and large public performance events.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production)

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Technical Production major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). The Situated Creative Practice Extension comprises KYB301 Situated Creative Practice 1; plus 24 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Options list (a maximum of one elective can be chosen from this list).
Year 1
  • develop an understanding of the disciplines involved in live production
  • study technical lighting, sound and multimedia production, and practicalities of set, props and costume
  • explore stage management for different genres–dance, music, orchestras, circus, opera, musical theatre
  • apply your knowledge on real QUT productions
  • progress from introductory to more senior roles
  • scenography—history, techniques and applications of theatre design
Year 2
  • explore advanced production concepts and technologies
  • investigate and apply design skills for lighting, sound, multimedia and all aspects of production
  • advance your knowledge in management
  • learn about live productions and performance industries—production and tour management, festival site and logistics management, and technical direction
  • develop further experience across four QUT productions
  • apply your skills in the technical, management and design areas
Year 3
  • work on several QUT productions
  • gain senior experience as production stage manager, designer or head of department in sound, set, vision or lighting
  • lead first and second-year students as your production crew
  • option to focus on one particular area
  • work alongside industry professionals
  • industry placements are available
  • apply previous learning in professional contexts
  • lay the foundations for transition into the profession

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 10

Rank 78

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.



2019: CSP $6,700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

Additional costs

You'll need to pay some costs on top of your course fees.

Additional course costs

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

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You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. See the Entry requirements tab for due dates for submitting additional entry requirements.

  4. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  5. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course 421932 because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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