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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma in Production Arts at Ricards Lodge High School

Course description

This course will give you insight into the varied employment opportunities in the production arts industry such as lighting, sound, set design and construction or crewing. The course can be adapted to your interests, abilities and aspirations. There are three sizes of qualification available in Production Arts - The Subsidiary Diploma (Stage Management) is equivalent to one A’ level, the Diploma is equivalent to 2 A’ Levels and the Extended Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A’ Levels. Students could combine Production Arts with courses such as – A’Levels in Art, Photography, Product Design, Media, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature etc. They could also combine the course with other BTEC’s such as Music, Performing Arts Acting or Performing Arts Dance.

Course content

For the Subsidiary Diploma (Stage Management) you will study two core units in Production Arts Workshop and Assistant Stage Management. In addition students will study units in – Technical Stage Operations, Deputy Stage Management, Period Props and Scenic Painting.

For the Diploma you will study three core units in Production Arts Planning, Production Arts Workshop and Production for Theatre Performance. In addition students will study units in - Technical Stage Operations, Period Props, Scenic Painting, Assistant Stage Management, Scenic Construction for the stage, Stage Design for Performance, Costume Design, Stage Make Up and Stage Lighting Design.

For the Extended Diploma you will study five core units in Production Arts Planning, Production Arts Workshop, Production for Theatre Performance, Historical Context of Performance and Production Arts Business. In addition students will study units in - Technical Stage Operations, Deputy Stage Management, Period Props, Scenic Painting, Assistant Stage Management, Scenic Construction for the stage, Stage Design for Performance, Stage Lighting Design, Make-up Application Skills and Creative Uses in Performance, Arts in the Community, Theatre Front of House Operations, Performing Arts Events Management, Stage Management and Costume Design and Construction.

Entry requirements

GCSE in Drama at B or Merit profile at BTEC Performing or Production Arts Level 2. Applicants for this course will be required to attend a specialist interview with portfolio as part of the interview process.

Assessment

All completed units are internally assessed at RR6 and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. A variety of methods are used including case studies, projects, portfolio, witness statements and videoed presentations and crewing performances. Students are assessed constantly over the two years and major assessments centre around real productions within the school calendar.

Future opportunities

There is a wide variety of careers that can be explored including stage management, events management, tv and radio production, directing or technical work such as lighting design. All three sizes of qualification on offer in Production Arts are an ideal pathway to further study at higher education. Universities value the experience which students bring from this course and where students achieve at Merit or higher they are able to apply through UCAS for degrees in a variety of Production Arts or other Technical or Arts courses. In previous years our students have gone on to attend universities around the country and further details of the courses studied can be discussed with the specialist staff. Students who achieve at Pass level or higher could also apply for HNC, HND or Apprenticeship Level 4 courses in Technical and Production Arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ricards Lodge High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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    • The combined 6th form of Ricards Lodge High School and Rutlish School offer students at every academic level access to courses in all curriculum areas including our specialist subjects – Mathematics, Computing, Performing and Visual Arts – ensuring access to University Education and a wide range of vocational careers. As a 6th form student at RR6 you will benefit from our commitment to first class teaching and also to providing a pastoral framework that will support you in becoming an independent achiever. Our Director of Sixth Form will work across both schools to ensure the quality and continuity of support, advice and guidance.

      You will also have access to new, high quality accommodation and resourcing including a learning resources centre,  wi-fi facilities and specialist classroom space.