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5 Reasons to Study at Backstage Academy

With just one more day to go for most applicants to decide on where to go to university, we asked our students why they chose to study at Backstage and what makes this a unique place to be.

1. Small & specialist

We’re proud that our community is on a first-name basis across the park, where names are known, and not just student numbers. You’ll find that everyone here has one shared love of creating live events and incredible experiences.

I choose to study at Backstage Academy because of the number of people on campus. It feels more friendly and with fewer people with shared interests, you soon get to meet everyone! The university itself gives an amazing opportunity to students with or without experience, and then allows you room to grow in whatever path you find interest in.

TJ, BA (Hons) Live Events Production

2. Where live industry lives & learns

On-campus you’ll find a melting pot of students, staff & industry professionals, working alongside each other at the world-renowned Production Park. From day one, our students are immersed in industry, learning and working in spaces like Studio 001, the first purpose-built production rehearsal facility in Europe!

I think Backstage Academy is a really unique place to study, there is no other university like it! The location in the heart of Production Park is a great place, not only to learn, but also to get a real experience of what the live events industry is like. The staff are friendly and eager to help which makes it a really special place to learn.

Alysia, BA (Hons) Stage & Production Management

3. Unique courses

Our courses offer a distinctive learning environment and experience. Using best-in-class technology and equipment, we aim to provide our students with a broad range of understanding and knowledge from lighting, sound and staging, to production management, logistics and business acumen.

I chose Backstage Academy because it offers courses and experiences, unlike any university I’ve ever seen before! I’ve always wanted to do stage management but every course I found was completely theatre-based. Backstage was the only place where I found something that offered such a great balance of learning, from stage management for theatre but also for concerts and festivals!

Hollie-Mai, BA (Hons) Stage & Production Managment

4. Practical, industry-led experiences

At Backstage, our courses are designed to catapult your career. We offer distinct practical, project-based teaching to prepare you for the real working world, using cutting edge industry equipment and software.

I chose Backstage over a lot of other universities, because of how much experience you gain being there, you get the same degree wherever you attend but the difference with Backstage is all the hands-on experience you gain within the industry. As well as great teaching from the amazingly experienced tutors who have already worked, first-hand out in the world of live events!

Jess, BA (Hons) Stage & Production Management

5. Unrivalled work opportunities

Ever thought you could work at a festival or arena tour for your university work experience? At Backstage Academy, we give you the skills, experience and network you need to facilitate your future in the live events industry. Industry opportunities have included some of the world's largest music festivals, live music tours, theatre productions and sporting events including Glastonbury, Leeds & Reading Festivals, Beyoncé & Jay-Z's OTR II tour, Take That, Matilda stage production and 24 Hour of Le Mans car race.

The use of industry-standard equipment and the industry professionals in and around Backstage Academy makes it very unique in comparison to other universities in the UK. At Backstage, there are a lot of industry partners with us which also makes it a great place to gain work experience with the likes of Ibiza Rocks, Radio One’s Big Weekend and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

James, BA (Hons) Live Events Production

So if you’re ready to be where the action is, behind the scenes at some of the worlds best live events and entertainment productions, then this could be the place for you!

For even more student insights into studying at Backstage, chat to our ambassadors online. 

If you do decide to study with us at Backstage Academy, get in touch with us over social media by tagging @backstageacad or using the hashtag #BelongBackstage

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