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Level 3 Diploma in Production Arts (Technical Theatre)

This course is for people who are interested in working within the performing arts and creative industries in the technical and design areas
Course description: 

You will become a working member of Platform Productions, which is a theatre company based here at college. You will become the backbone of the theatre company through the creative design and smooth operation of shows which are open to the public. To view recent productions check CCN Platform YouTube.

Units available on the course include:

  • Production workshop
  • Performing arts business
  • The historical context of performance
  • Production arts planning
  • Production for theatre performance
  • Theatre front of house operations
  • Arts administration
  • Assistant stage management
  • Deputy stage management
  • Stage management
  • Stage technology installation
  • Stage technology operations
  • Stage lighting operations
  • Stage sound operations
  • Live sound for the stage
  • Working freelance in the performing and production arts
  • Legal aspects in performing and production arts

On this course, you learn by completing projects and some written assignments that are completed only while working on realistic workplace situations, to enable you to gain the experience needed to pursue a career in the production industries.

You will spend approximately eighteen hours a week either at college or at The Garage having taught sessions by your tutors. You will be expected to match this time with their own preparation, research and homework per week. During production periods you will be expected to spend more time at the College, including evenings and weekends in order to undertake and keep to rehearsal and planning schedules.

The college's state of the art facilities include a 200 seated theatre with an excellent lighting and sound system and rehearsal space.

It is essential production students see as much theatre as they can. Therefore we arrange regular trips to the theatres across the county to see a variety of work produced. Termly outings include a range of theatre shows, professional workshops and workplace related activities. 

In addition, we organise annual trips for students. Past trips have included New York, Italy, Paris and London.

You are like to get involved with:

  • Responsibility for both the artistic and technical sides of the theatre and its productions
  • Design of lights, sound and set
  • Management of technical teams
  • Make and source props
  • Operation of sound and lighting equipment
  • Crew live performances
  • Cue shows
  • Ensure all elements of production are operational
  • Work closely with performers and directors to ensure artistic vision
  • Compliance with strict health and safety guidelines
  • Managing the day to day running of the theatre, including front of house duties
Entry requirements: 

Applicants should have four GCSEs at grades A* - C (including English and Maths) or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a related subject in addition to English & Maths GCSEs.

You will also be expected to attend an interview workshop day, where they will be required to participate in practical activities, prepare and perform a short presentation and undertake a short interview.


This is a vocational, work-related course.


All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is then awarded.

Assessment is on-going throughout the course, and requires students to complete projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations. 

Assessment activities that students may undertake include: participating in practical workshops, rehearsals, performances, writing essays, giving presentations, discussing work.

Academic progression: 

Successful completion of this one-year Level 3 Diploma will provide direct entry onto the one year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts (Technical Theatre).  The Level 3 Diploma qualification achieved will be equivalent to 3 AS levels (and 3 A Levels overall if the Level 3 Extended Diploma is subsequently completed) and the recognised equivalent UCAS points for progression to Higher Education. 

UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas are valued by colleges, vocational schools and universities.

This course could lead on to higher education at either university, college, drama school, or completing an apprenticeship.

Course options range from sound engineering, lighting design and control, costume design, scenic construction, stage and production management, arts administration, puppetry and props. For those with the Production bug, there is really no looking back!

Career progression: 

UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas are valued by employers. For those students wishing to go straight into employment there are a variety of production job roles are available. These may include; as crew for theatres, music venues or any live events venue - the opportunities in the industry are truly endless!

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Course: Performing and Creative Arts
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