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Production Arts Level 3 at Wiltshire College

Course description

This course is an ideal step for anybody with a passion for performing arts and wants to explore the technical aspects of productions further.

A unique partnership programme between Wiltshire College Salisbury and Salisbury Playhouse, this course is delivered both at the Salisbury campus and at Salisbury Playhouse by a professional team of acting, directing and technical practitioners who are experts in their specialist fields.

Course content

As a vocational based programme you will learn many new skills and develop experience. You are expected to have some experience in producing theatre, which can be from engaging in a Youth Theatre, Drama/Dance Club or studying it at school.
You will experience real life skills in Theatre Production including lighting, sounds and stage management.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grades A* to C including Maths or English or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
A good reference
A satisfactory audition and interview


All Level 3 production Arts students will study the following units:
Performance Workshop
Production Arts Workshop
Performing Arts Business
The Historical Context of Performance 
Production Arts Planning
Production for Theatre Performance

Additional units can include:
• Assistant Stage Management
• Deputy Stage Management
• Stage Management
• Technical Stage Operations
• Stage Lighting Operations
• Stage Lighting Design
• Stage Sound Operations
• Stage Sound Design
• Props Making
• Production Management
These units will be discussed and agreed with you to help support you to follow your preferred pathway.

Most units are achieved through practical project based performance work although there is a considerable amount of written research to do as well, which may need to be completed in your own time.
You will have the opportunity to support professional productions at Salisbury Playhouse which will be assessed as part of your programme.

The final qualification will be a BTEC Level 3 90 Credit/Extended Diploma in Production Arts.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course you could progress onto Foundation Degrees, Degrees or Drama Schools to further develop your knowledge, skills and experience.

Students that have studied in the Performing Arts industry at Wiltshire College, in conjunction with Salisbury Playhouse, have gone on to a range of training at LAMDA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Reading University and Bath Spa University.

In addition to a career as a technician or in stage management, you will develop experience and knowledge in the following potential employment areas:

  • Design
  • Arts Administration
  • Public Relations, Promotion and Marketing
  • Theatre in Education
  • Presenting and producing
  • Community Arts work
  • Teaching
  • Events Management

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wiltshire College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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