About The Course
Theatre 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 there are eight 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 then our Level 3 Production Arts course is an ideal foundation from which to explore the essential elements that make up theatre production (and beyond!). On the course our students create meaning and storytelling through costume, set design, production management and prop development.
You will learn through a combination of workshops, practical/theory sessions, lectures, online sessions, practical assignment work and regular professional style portfolio building.
Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and maths. Some previous production work (school or amateur) or a portfolio would be advantageous but is not essential.
Progress to higher education, employment or apprenticeship.
Some example units include:
- Site-specific performance
- Costume design and making
- Set design and construction
- Stage model making
- Prop design and construction
- Make up for performance and events
- Production arts planning
- Stage management
You will prepare, participate in and stage-manage an element of at least three live productions over 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 three trips to see a range of theatre/film work or events suited to your studies. You will also visit museums, galleries, installations 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 logo’s please).
Stationery: You will need to supply your own personal stationery that includes: notebooks, pens, pencils, sharpeners, set square, protractor etc.
- A UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Year 1)
- A UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Year 2)
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.
Our Level 3 students undertake industry placement each year. 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. Each year we work with Norden Farm Theatre and Arts Centre on a live project to design and construct an interactive story den alongside their Christmas show. 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.