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Technical Theatre
Level 3

Production Arts Practice


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2023




Production Arts

Designed to kickstart your career in technical theatre, this course will cover all elements of successful backstage production needed for theatre, film or television. Covering lighting, sound technologies, stage management and prop design you'll gain the skills you'll need to produce high quality live performance.

You'll learn at our Broadway Theatre, a working theatre in the centre of Barking, giving you unparalleled hands-on experience, putting your skills into practice with opportunity for paid and volunteer technical production roles.

Successful completion of this course will give you the knowledge and practical experience needed for an exciting career, in technical theatre and production arts.

On this course, you will learn not only about the technologies required to produce successful productions, but have the opportunity to build your collaboration and creative skills.

The three main learning modules include:

  • Production Arts Skills: developing your understanding of the creative, technical and teamwork skills and knowledge needed in a successful backstage team
  • Production Arts Industry: learning about the wider industry with the opportunity for you to carry out an individual research project
  • Personal Production Arts Profile: you will develop an individual project, such as a portfolio, show, or event, related to your personal interests and self-promotion
  • Collaborative Production Arts Project: working collaboratively to explore roles that form part of the industry, and working together to produce a final product

Your final project can be adapted to suit different specialisms, interests or community, and local needs, and will act as a final showcase.

You will be assessed through a combination of presentations, group work, coursework and a portfolio.

You will need to have GCSE Maths, English Language and two additional subjects at grade 4 (C) or above.

As part of the application process you will also be asked to explain why you want to study this course, so that we can ensure any course offer made aligns to your career goals.

Or you will have successfully completed an appropriate Level 2 qualification. You will also need to provide a portfolio of work, as well as a reference. You will need to show a passion for Production Arts and experience in Music, Drama, Acting, Technology for stage and film is essential. You may be requested to attend an interview with the curriculum team as part of the application process.

On completion of the National Foundation Diploma (1 year), you will be able to progress to the National Extended Diploma (2nd years).

Successful completion of this course will enable you to continue your studies in technical theatre at higher education level, or to enter the workplace in a variety of roles relating to theatre, TV or film production.

Where it can lead to
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.