About the course
This course is an exciting starting point if you aspire to be a performer or work behind the scenes in stage production. Learn from industry professionals in our 240 seat state-of-the-art hub theatre where you will acquire a combination of contemporary performance skills and technical production skills.
On completion of this course so can choose to specialise in performing or production arts at level 3.
Take a look at our Centre for Contemporary Arts Guide
What you will learn
- Historical context and classical theatre
- Performance skills and techniques
- Voice-over skills
- Contemporary theatre
- Audition skills and techniques
- Developing production skills and techniques
- Lighting operation for stage
- Design for performance
- Professional 240 seat state-of-the-art theatre that can be adapted in size based on performances
- Rehearsal and dance studios complete with bars and mirrors
- Recording studio voice acting
- State-of-the-art TV studio for screen acting
- Fully equipped sound and lighting studio
- Stage weapons for combat training
- Costume and props room
- Links with local theatres and entertainment businesses
- 4 GCSEs grades A*-D/9-3 (including English), or
- Level 1 in Performing Arts (with Level 1 English)
You will be required to attend an interview and group workshop at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.
Dates, times & fees
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- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing or Production Arts
Trips, visits & activities
- Tour of theatres
- Experience productions
- Trip to a drama school fair
- Work experience
- Industry week activities
Shaun Hobbs & Ashton Partridge
A duo of City College alumni are now working as technicians in one of the region’s leading theatres.
Shaun Hobbs and Ashton Partridge, who both studied BTEC national diploma in technical theatre and event management at City College, now work as theatre technicians at The Point in Eastleigh.
Shaun, 24, from Southampton, and Ashton, 21, from Eastleigh, both chose a career in the arts industry due to their strong passion for theatre and interest in what goes on behind-the-scenes of a live show.
Shaun said: “Without the hard working teams behind the scenes of a production, there would only be a performer in the middle of a dark, unlit stage.”
Both Shaun and Ashton are responsible for the day-to-day running of the theatre, assisting its technical manager, Tim Slater. Their job role is varied and their responsibilities include initial liaisons with visiting theatre companies, strategically planning all technical requirements, and fully designing and rigging both the lighting and sound for the productions.
The pair both worked on an outdoor summer show of 'Wind in the Willows', in the grounds of IBM, in Hursley, and have built up a large portfolio, providing technical support for productions including 'Treasure Island', at The Point, 'Eastleigh Unwrapped' festival and 'James and the Giant Peach' at The Berry Theatre, Hedge End.
Shaun believes that his success so far was helped greatly by his time at City College and their fantastic industry-standard facilities. He said: “My tutors were invaluable to me through their teaching and mentorship. In the future I’d hope to progress to working on larger-scale touring productions and venues, allowing me more design opportunities.”
Ashton added: “I too hope to gain more creative opportunities, with a long-term ambition of becoming a technical manager in a venue.”