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Theatre & Event Technology Level 2 at Kendal College

Course description

This 1 year course introduces you to all aspects of production for live performance and provides opportunities for progression to study at a higher level.

The course covers aspects of lighting, sound and set construction through providing all technical and production support for professional events, including the annual college musical at the Brewery, music gigs at Bootleggers and a number of local festivals e.g. Cominc Arts Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival and Moonfest. Students gain additional experience through a work placement at the Brewery Arts Centre.

This is a very practical and hand on course, using a range of the latest technology and equipment. You will work in a state-of-the-art theatre (The Box), which has industry standard facilities. An additional purpose built buliding is also being developed at Wildman Street, due to open in Spring 2016.

You will be taught by industry professionals who have extensive professional experience and this will be supported by specialist workshops with guest lecturers.

The department runs an annual trip to London, where students have the opportunity to see two West End shows, tour famous theatres, undertake workshops and have time for shopping and exploring too.

This course will develop your collaborative skills working with a range of people and your written and verbal communication skills.

This course usually takes place over 3 days, but can be up to 5 days a week when working on upcoming shows and events.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ā€˜Cā€™ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

Course content

The course will cover units where you will gain specialist skills in a number of areas and provide you with a solid foundation in:

- Live sound for theatre and dance

- Studio sound

- Lighting for theatre, dance and music

- Set design and construction

- Preparing for further study and employment

You will learn through practical worksops, operating shows including set design and construction, group work and individual research.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade A*-D, including English or Maths; or a Level 1 Diploma at Merit or Distinction.

You should have an active interest in live performance: this could be in theatre, music or dance.


You will be assessed in a number of ways during the course and much of this will be carried out through the practical projects.

Evidence will be collected in the following ways:
- Practical participation in college productions
- Filmed presentation and demonstration
- Tutor observation
- Wordpress online blog

Future opportunities

Students usually progress on to Level 3 Diploma in Theatre & Event Technology, Music, Art & Design or Film Production.

After studying Theatre and Event Technology at Kendal College, previous students have gained employment with the Brewery Arts Centre, The Old Laundry, Adlib (Sound, Light and Visual Solutions), Kendal Calling, The National Theatre, Disney Cruises and Science Museum London and have worked on events including Kendal Mountain Festival, International Comic Arts Festival and Mintfest.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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