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Production Arts BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

This course provides practical training for those seeking to prepare for a career working backstage. Production arts/technical theatre includes stage lighting and sound, video projection, stage management, set construction and painting, technical maintenance and electrical installation. Our students frequently work on productions, building their portfolios for the next stage of their professional careers. The department works closely with local theatres and the course will be delivered in association with Leeds Grand Theatre and The City Varieties Music Hall giving students amazing professional contact.

This course is equivalent to one A level.

Course content


You will gain knowledge of backstage roles in the production process as well as first-hand experience of a fit-up, focussing, plotting, and managing technical and dress rehearsals. You will also develop essential basic skills to work safely in a theatre environment during pressurised situations. To develop your understanding of the mechanics of operating lighting and sound designs during rehearsals and performances, you will work on live theatre projects. You will be responsible for implementing a designer's work and realising their ideas in an actual stage performance. We will teach you how to operate our lighting and sound desks, as well as giving you specific training about manual rigging of equipment in the theatre.


In year 2 you will focus on the role of the designer and specialise in lighting and sound design. You will be involved from the early planning stages to the successful realisation of a full scale theatre performance. As part of this process, you will be expected to produce and maintain documentation relevant to the production management of a show, and will keep a designer's portfolio of work. You will be required to supervise a team of technicians in the operation of your design during a live performance.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English is needed. It is not a requirement to have studied performing arts at GCSE but if you have, a grade 4 or merit in an intermediate/level 2 course is expected. We recognise that students may have gained experience of theatre and performance in other ways through private training, drama schools or amateur companies. A level 2 IT qualification is preferred. Please speak to us at enrolment or contact the department if you have any queries about your suitability for this course.

Financial information

There are no costs associated with this course.

Future opportunities

This course is designed to give you a grounding in preparing for a career in production or events industry, with a specialist focus on developing your skillset for further training at university or accredited drama school. BTEC Level 3 Production Arts will also equip you with a wide variety of transferable skills recognised by lots of universities.

Further information

The course is delivered in association with Leeds Grand Theatre and the City Varieties Music Hall giving students the chance to make professional connections for the future.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 January 2018
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