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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts

  • LEVEL 3

Course Overview

Theatre, film and television production is a growing, thriving world-class industry. One look at the credits of the latest blockbuster film, television show or theatre production demonstrates just that. For every performer on stage or screen there are numerous people behind the scenes helping to make the ‘magic’ happen, so the backbone of every performance is the production team.

If you have ever wondered what it takes to design, make, produce and manage a show or film then our Level 3 Production Arts course is an ideal foundation from which to explore the essential elements that make up theatre and film production (and beyond!). On the course our students create meaning and storytelling through costume, set design, prop development and production management.

You will learn through a combination of workshops, practical/theory sessions, lectures, practical assignment work and regular professional style portfolio building.

Course Code


End Date

Fri, 04 Jul 2025

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and maths.

Some previous production work (school or amateur) or a portfolio would be advantageo...

Course information

Some of the areas you will explore:

-Costume design and making
-Set design and construction
-Stage model making
-Scenic painting
-Set dressing
-Prop design and construction
-Make up for Performance
-Lighting and sound
-Production arts planning
-Stage management

2 Years
(There is also the option to study for a 1 year diploma qualification)

You will learn through a combination of workshops, practical/theory sessions, seminars lectures, trips and visits, practical assignment work and regular professional style portfolio building.

This course is highly practical. Coursework is currently internally assessed. We assess in a variety of ways including sketchbook work, annotations, portfolio building, Q&As, presentations, video work, practical outcomes, rehearsal attendance and production observation.

-UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Year 1)
-UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Year 2)

Our Level 3 students undertake 3 weeks of industry placement across the two years.

You will be well-prepared to go out into the world of work through seminar exploration and skills development sessions and to a destination suited to your individual progression. You will also get to work on live projects with cross-college departments and local theatre and arts clients as part of our professional development sessions.

We also invite visiting speakers to meet with you, run specialist workshops and give feedback on your work.

Progress to higher education, employment or apprenticeship.

What careers can this course lead onto:

-Costume & Wardrobe
-Theatre or Film Set Designer
-Film/TV Production
-Production Runner
-Props Makers
-Makeup Artist
-Set Dresser
-Special Effects
-Stage Management

Level 3

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.


Comfortable and sensible shoes for workshops (boots are best). Dungarees, a washable apron and an old oversized shirt are essential 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).


You will need to supply your own personal stationery that includes: notebooks, pens, pencils, sharpeners, set square, protractor etc.

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