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

Subject Area
Performance & Production
Start Date
September 2022
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 or 5 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

Additional costs
There is a student contribution of £65 which goes towards some trips, visiting speakers, workshops and additional equipment during the course.

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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