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Technical Theatre Diploma Level 3 at Rotherham College

Course description

That new, edgy band topping the charts. That Oscar-winning performance on the big screen. The award-winning director taking home all the gongs. They all had to start somewhere. Whether you’re looking to experience the buzz and adrenaline of opening night as the lights go up, or playing a roof-raising concert of live music to a sold-out audience, Rotherham College is the perfect place to start a creative career in music or acting. Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, the Performing Arts department will provide you with some of the finest equipment in the industry to develop your skills to the maximum.

For music students, you’ll learn in the Roland Academy; one of only 13 in the country. You’ll immerse yourself in all forms of popular music and gain the hands-on experience you need to go on to further study or find a job in the music industry. For acting students, you’ll develop your skills in the College Studio Theatre and outdoor Amphitheatre. You’ll explore a range of acting techniques and audition for roles, big or small, to provide you with the experience you need to progress in the acting industry. Previous students have gone on to act on the West End, in film and become part of the UK’s most successful modern metal acts, Bring Me the Horizon.

Course content

Your career in stage management, set design or as a technician starts at Rotherham Academy for Performing Arts. You will be at the very heart of performances, ensuring that productions run smoothly. During the course, you will learn how to build sets, manage what goes on behind the scenes and how to work sound and lighting systems. Most of our students go on to find employment in theatres, working on productions. This course is one to two years long.

What will I study?

• Stage design

• Scenic painting

• Developing costume design

• Scenic construction

•Theatre visits


What added value will I receive?

You will gain vital work experience from working with theatres to create sets, costumes and props. 

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade C or above including English or a performing arts related Level 2 qualification with a Merit grade and GCSE English grade C or above.


Public performances. Written evaluations. Research projects. Practical presentations. Regular tutor feedback.

Financial information

16-18 year olds do not need to pay course fees. Depending on your circumstances you may not need to pay fees. Contact the Enquiries on the details below for advice and guidance on:

T: 01709 722777


Future opportunities

When you have completed this course, you will be able to apply for a Foundation Degree with us, a drama school or a BA (Hons) Degree at university. Alternatively you could head straight into employment in the arts and entertainment industry. 

Further information

For more details please contact the Enquiry Team on:

T: 01709 722777 



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: 02 October 2015
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