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Performing & Production Arts (Backstage Arts) Extended Diploma Level 3

Subject Area
Performance & Production
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
2 Years
Level 3

This highly practical course allows students to explore areas such as Stage Management; Set Design & Construction; Sound Design; Lighting Design and Prop Making.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 subjects at grade 4 or above including English and/or Maths. Please note a relevant Level 2 Diploma will also be considered as part of the entry requirement.

What will I study?

A highly practical programme, you will learn by completing a range of projects and assignments based on realistic entertainment productions, activities and demands. All students will explore the following areas before finding a specialism:

  • Stage Management
  • Set Design & Construction
  • Sound Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Prop Making

Method of delivery

You will typically be in College three days per week. All units will be taught in a classroom/workshop environment.

How will I be assessed?

Over the two years of the course you will be assessed on a wide range of projects. The course is split 70% practical work and 30% written work. The course assessments are practical and performance related with an emphasis on personal reflection, analysis and research.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

This course, equivalent to three A Levels, can lead to immediate employment or access into the higher education sector.

Past students’ destinations include:

  • Apprenticeships in major London theatres
  • Programming lighting on cruise ships
  • Stage management with touring theatre companies
  • Set construction at the National Theatre

Higher education destinations include:

  • Bristol Old Vic
  • Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Guildhall
  • Rose Bruford
  • ALRA
  • Backstage Academy
  • SSR - Manchester
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