About this course
Entertainment is one of the largest UK industries spanning across theatre, dance, TV, film, music, festivals and many more.
If you want a career working back stage in this exciting industry and like the thought of working in technical theatre (sound, lighting and AV) or creative theatre (set design, stage management, prop making) this course is for you. By working with the performance students, you will design, create and organise live productions giving you real hands-on experience.
You will be taught by industry professionals and gain hands on experience in our state-of-the-art hub theatre and external venues. This course is designed to appeal to students of all ages and abilities - we just ask you have a passion for the industry.
This two year course has led many of our students to progress to work as professionals in the production arts industry including working for major cruise lines, high profile/local theatres, crew companies (e.g. festivals and concerts) and setting up their own production companies. Many have also progressed to drama schools and universities and then into employment. It is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and successful completion will provide you with the same UCAS points to enter drama schools and universities.
Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:
- The main subject qualification
- Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
- English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
- Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.
Earn up to 168 UCAS points#
#168 UCAS points based on Distinction grades
Take a look at our Centre for Contemporary Arts Guide
What you will learn
Over the two years you will be creatively involved in the production of a variety of performances including the annual pantomime, a contemporary arts showcase and final major production. You will also have the opportunity to participate as venue technicians for the college's in-house professional venue. This includes the oscar style annual awards ceremony.
This course also provides you with a number of trips to experience the production arts industry first hand. This has included trips to cruise ships, theatres, trade shows and entertainment venues. You will also have the chance to interact with a variety of guest lecturers and industry professionals.
In year 1 you will learn the skills to operate a variety of kit and equipment including light, rigging, AV and sound. You will also learn about set design and the basics of event management including how to successfully produce a show.
- Lighting skills – rigging and operation
- Sound skills – operation and EQ
- Stage management
- Set construction and scenic painting
- Prop making
- Roles within a production team
- Health and safety within events industry
- Legal aspects of public performance
In year 2 you will focus your creative ideas and skills learnt in year 1 to work towards more senior roles and responsibilities within production arts. This includes production management, stage management, lighting, sound, AV, set design and flying.
- Producing a range of professional shows
- Large scale lighting and sound for concerts
- Specialist assignment
- Production of final major performance
- Final major production
If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 3 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.
- Professional state-of-the-art theatre with the latest equipment
- Recording studio for voice overs productions
- State-of-the-art TV studio for AV production
- Set and prop construction workshop
- Fully equipped sound and lighting studio
- Links with local theatres and entertainment businesses
- 5 GCSEs grades 9-4/A*-C (including English and maths), OR
- Relevant level 2 qualification (with GCSE English and maths grade 9-4/A*-C)
- Mature students considered depending on experience
- Portfolio of work
You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.
Dates, times & fees
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- Work as in technical theatre (lighting, sound and AV)
- Work in production arts (stage and event management, set design and prop design)
- Set up your own production business
- Degree at drama school or university
- HNC in Technical Theatre and Stage Management at City College
Trips, visits & activities
- Local theatres, production companies and trade shows
- Harry Potter Studio tour
- Cruise ship visit
- Guest speakers
- Work experience
- Industry week activities
If you will be 19 before the start of the second year of this course, you will be liable to pay a fee for that year. Please contact us for more information.
At City College
Level 3 Extended Diploma Production Arts
Stage & Production Manager at Royal Caribbean Cruises
Marc FaircloughProduction Arts Tutor
Marc has been a production manager for the past 15 years and has worked in theatre for over 30 years. He has undertaken roles including Set Builder, Sound and Lighting Designer, Event Manager and Freelance Theatre Consultant. Marc is an award winning director for shows across the South directing plays and musical theatre.