About The Course
Have you ever wondered what it takes to design, make, produce and run a show? Our Level Production Arts course is an ideal foundation from which to explore the essential elements that makeup theatre production (and beyond!). On the course, our students create meaning and storytelling through costume, set design, production management and prop development.
This course is highly practical. You will learn through a combination of workshops, practical assignment briefs, rehearsal attendance and regular project/client work. To complement your learning we organise a wide range of trips. You will also create and develop a professional-looking portfolio.
Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and maths. Students with lower than a grade 4 in maths and/or English will resit as part of their study programme. Some previous production work (school or amateur) or a portfolio would be advantageous but is not essential.
Progression onto a Level 3 Production Arts qualification (depending upon overall grade, attendance, skill and English and maths results), or an apprenticeship or entry-level job in the creative industries.
Some example units include:
- Site-specific performance
- Stage and Project Management
- Set Construction
- Costume Making
- Make-Up for Performance and Events
- Set Design
- Prop Making
You will prepare, participate in and stage-manage an element of a production during the year and this may involve evening and weekend rehearsal and performance time. You will work in a variety of production roles across the year.
There is a trips and visits fee payable at enrolment, this covers the initial cost of 3 trips to see a range of theatre/film work or events suited to your studies. You will also visit museums, galleries and theatre spaces.
Uniform: Comfortable and sensible shoes for workshops (boots are best). Overalls, a washable apron and an old oversized shirt is a must for all practicals. Your own dust mask for woodwork too (B&Q do a good range). A warm and rainproof coat is a must. You will need a set of ‘blacks’ for stage management work; black boots, black cargo trousers and a black t-shirt or polo shirt (no brands or logos please).
Stationery: You will need to supply your own personal stationery that includes: notebooks, pens, pencils, sharpeners, set square, protractor etc.
A Level 2 Extended Certificate or Diploma in Performing Arts (Production Pathway)
Coursework is internally assessed. We assess in a variety of ways including written work, portfolio building, Q&As, presentations, rehearsal development, attendance and punctuality and live productions.
You will prepare, participate and stage-manage at least three main productions over the year and this may involve evening and weekend rehearsal and performance time.
Our Level 2 students undertake a week’s industry placement towards the end of the academic year. You will be well-prepared to go out into the world of work and to a destination suited to your individual progression.
You will also get to work on live projects with college departments and external community groups across the year as part of our professional development sessions. We also invite visiting speakers to meet with you and give feedback on your work.