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Production Arts Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Bridgwater College

Course description

The course is suitable for students with a keen interest in the technology and processes that underlie modern concert production and performing arts events. Students should have a willingness to learn new skills as well as a determination to develop specialist areas of interest.

Course content

This advanced course in Production Arts allows you to study a wide range of subjects within the production industry. In year two of the course, students are encouraged to specialise in areas of production that interest them, in both internal and external projects by way of work placement and specialist lessons.

You will study at least 18 units (modules) which, on successful completion, will give you a qualification the equivalent of three A Levels.

The course includes the following core units (compulsory for all students)

  • Performing Arts Production Workshop
  • Performing Arts Business
  • Historical Context of Performance
  • Performing Arts Production Planning
  • Production for Theatre Performance

In addition to the core units, the following specialist options are available to students:

  • Live Sound for the Stage
  • Stage Sound Operation
  • Stage Sound Design
  • Stage Lighting Operations
  • Stage Lighting Design
  • Automated Stage Lighting
  • Performing Arts Events Management
  • Arts in the Community
  • Stage Management
  • Assistant/Deputy Stage Management
  • Scenic Construction
  • Scenic Painting

Entry requirements

At least five GCSEs at grades A* – C, or a relevant level 2 qualification. Entry is also subject to a successful interview.


  • Assessment is by coursework based on assignments set in each unit
  • Assignments will involve technology projects, individual research, group work, project work and performance support.

At Bridgwater College, a structured and demanding schedule of study is combined with a monitoring process which sets achievement targets which are challenging but realistic.

Future opportunities

On completion of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts you will be equipped with the skills required to apply for work as part of a theatre or live event production team, as well as gaining access to university in a wide range of subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2016

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