Production Arts

Qualification: Extended Diploma
Level 3

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About the course

Entertainment is one of the largest UK industries spanning across theatre, dance, TV, film, music, festivals  and many more.

This highly practical course is designed to give you the experience required to enter the industry in a variety of roles including technical theatre (lighting, sound and AV) and production arts (stage and event management, set design and prop design). It is designed to appeal to students of all ages and abilities - we just ask you have a passion for the industry.

You will be taught by industry professionals and gain hands on experience in our state-of-the-art hub theatre and external venues.

You will also work alongside Performing Arts students, designing, making, organising and creating live productions right from the start of the course, giving you detailed knowledge and hands-on experience of working in production arts.

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 A*-C/9-4 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

Production Arts  Production Arts

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. 

Year 1
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

Year 2
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

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

100% Coursework/practical

Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs grades A*-C/9-4 (including English and maths), OR
  • Relevant level 2 qualification (with GCSE English and maths grade A*-C/9-4)
  • 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
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
03/09/18 2 years Main
What next?
  • 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
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Local theatres, production companies and trade shows
  • 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.