BA Production Arts

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The BA Production Arts programme at SPAA is training tomorrow's theatre and event professionals. They will understand the importance of collaboration in the creative and cultural industries and are able to work across multiple platforms.

In Production Arts, we understand that to study and work in the Production Arts is a privilege and a joy, and one that all of the staff and students within the Academy thrive on. To work backstage or as part of a creative team in the theatre requires imagination, enthusiasm and invention. We’re looking for students who love theatre, live performance and events. Theatre and events are always pushing at the boundaries of what’s possible and at SPAA we aim to give you the tools to be at the cutting edge of the industry, technologically and creatively . So if you have a passion for all things Production Arts then this could be the programme for you.

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Step into Production Arts

The first year of all BA programmes at SPAA is collaborative and interdisciplinary, with students working together learning about all aspects of the industry.

The BA in Production Arts consists of three strands and underpinning these are the key skills that make the best Stage Managers, Technicians and Designers of today’s industry. They consist of:

  • Technical: Lighting, Sound and Video
  • Stage Management: Stage, Event & Production Management
  • Design Realisation: Scenic Construction, Scenic Art and Costume Construction & Maintenance.

By the final year students will be working on Academy productions and an external professional placement, providing the opportunity for practical, hands-on experience ensuring a smooth transition into the industry upon graduation.

Why study with us?

  • Situated within the 'Cultural Capital' of the Arab World
  • Epicentre of inspiration, creativity and innovation
  • Exclusive masterclasses with international artists
  • Become the next generation of leaders and change-makers of the performing arts world

SPAA is an institution built upon a foundation of passionate people who teach with the utmost quality, empathy and understanding. The standards of education and academia are unmatched, with a holistic learning model that would benefit any production artist or performer wanting to refine their skill set.

BA Production Arts


Programme Information

Start Date: September 2023

Programme Length: 4 years full-time

Contact Hours: 30 hours per week

Find out more about your Programme Leader - Jacqui George.

For BA - Production Arts Programme Content, Structure, Course Descriptors and Credit Values, click here

For all Academy programmes, students must be proficient in English. A minimum standard is required in one of the following:

      • EmSAT English score of 1100 
      • IELTS Academic score of 5.5
      • TOEFL score of 500 (173 CBT and 61 IBT)
Admissions Requirements

General entry requirements are set out in SPAA's Academic Regulations, and are as follows:

  1. All undergraduate applicants are expected to have successfully completed Grade 12 or equivalent high school credentials.
  2. Applicants are expected to be a minimum of 17 years of age on August 31 of the year that they start the programme of study.
  3. Teaching, assessment and student support takes place in English; therefore, applicants must be proficient in English. A minimum standard of proficiency is required in one of the following:
      • EmSAT English score of 1100 
      • IELTS General score of 5.5
      • TOEFL score of 500 (173 CBT and 61 IBT)
  4. Students with prior education from an International Curriculum need to provide SPAA with an Equivalency Letter of their education issued by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
How to Apply?

To be considered for the BA Production Arts programme, all applicants must register their details by completing the following form.

A member of our Admissions Team will be in touch shortly (please allow 3-4 working days).

All applicants will be required to attend an online or in-person interview with the Programme Leader or a Faculty panel.

Optional: You may also showcase your portfolio of work experience in theatre or the performing arts to the panel during your interview and also submit a statement outlining your interest in joining the Production Arts Programme if you wish to do so. 

For any urgent admissions-related enquiries, feel free to contact us via the following methods:
Phone: +971 (0) 6 502 9999 (7.30 AM - 4.30 PM or 8 AM - 1 PM during Term Holidays)

Programme Fees

AED 60,000 per year:

      • AED 5,000 (deposit upon accepting your place here at SPAA)
      • AED 30,000 (due by the first day of each academic year)
      • AED 25,000 (due by the start of February each academic year)


Full and Part Scholarships:
Eligible full-time undergraduate students may apply for a SPAA scholarship upon acceptance into their chosen discipline.

For more information, email

Meet Your Faculty

Programme Leader: Jacqui George 

Production Manager: Andreas Ehrenberger 

Lead Tutor - Design Realisation/Scenic Art: Candeta Bishop 

Lead Tutor - Costume: Andrea Forde 

Lead Tutor - Technical Theatre - Lighting: Nick Wheeler 

Lead Tutor - Sound: John Parkhouse 

Costume Assistant: Kathrine Liu 

General Technician: Sibin Babu 

General Technician: Sooraj Nair 

Video Technician: Jackson Lopez  

Sound Technician: Febin Thomas 

Deputy Carpenter: Junaid Chaudhary 

Assistant Carpenter: Rafaqat Ishaque Khan 

English Tutor: Mona Said 

Associate Programme Leader - Fundatemental Years: Matt Ball 

Let us lead you

Our team consists of some of the very best educators, professionals, directors, choreographers, designers, stage managers and theatre technicians from around the world.