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Production Arts (Stage Management and Technical Theatre) - Level 3 Diploma at Chichester College

Course description

At the heart of our thriving Performing Arts department sits the busy and efficient Technical Stage Management team. Throughout the year we produce a number of shows and the stage management students assist in the running and technical management of all of our shows. We work mainly in our own studio "The Riverside Theatre" and sometimes venture to outside venues, The Showroom at Chichester University and The Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis. This is a very broad, hands on, practical course.

Course content

You will be studying all areas of Technical Theatre & Stage Management. Some units of study are: lighting design and operation, sound design and operation, stage management, production management, scenic painting and construction and prop making. 

In this course, you gain the basic skills and knowledge in Technical Theatre and begin to find your areas of interest and expertise. You will have in the first term, classroom based lessons and also be expected to work independently on research projects whilst technically supporting the shows with your fellow students. Progression to the second year, will see you improve upon the work already undertaken and will give you the opportunity to take on more varied roles as well as leadership roles. 


Entry requirements

You need a minimum of 5 GCSE's (incl English AND Maths) at grade C or above or a merit level grade in a related subject at level 2 to get onto the 90 credit Diploma in the first year. Then to do the top-up year, you need to have been successful in the first year and passed all the units required.


Each unit of study that you undertake requires you to create a portfolio of evidence in the form of research, essays, photographs, videos, show related documentation (ie cue sheets, schedules, plans etc.) as well as personal evaluations and collection of witness statements. There are no exams/tests. 

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website.

Future opportunities

The 90-credit qualification is the first year of a 2 year program which will
complete your Extended Diploma (180 credit qualification). This will
provide you with enough UCAS points to apply directly for University,
Drama School or industry.

Further information

We have a lovely studio theatre with retractable seating allowing for lots of
versatility in performance space. We have a dock and workshop space
and numerous rehearsal studios. We also have extensive props and
furniture stores and a complete wardrobe department.
You will need to have a pair of black steel toe capped boots. You will need
black long-sleeved shirt and trousers for all shows. You'll need stage
management books and suitable stationery.
This is a full time course that requires you to be flexible and adaptable with
your availability. You will be studying/working on shows late into
the evenings and on the occasional weekend.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 April 2016
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