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Backstage Arts (Production Arts) Extended Diploma Level 3 at York College

Course description

You will be taught by industry trained professionals. You will work as part of a team on professionally produced shows and performances receiving first hand knowledge. You will study key areas of the production industry: stage management, set design and construction, theatre lighting and live sound. In year two of the course students are encouraged to specialise in areas of production that interest them. You will study 18 units which, on successful completion, will give you a qualification which is the equivalent of three A Levels.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English (grade 4) or Maths (grade 4) or any relevant Level 2 Diploma and GCSE English grade C (grade 4).


You will be assessed over the two years through continual practical assessments, during which you will build a portfolio of evidence. You will be assessed on pre-production tasks, your work during live shows, and any prop or set that you build/make will be used as proof of your learning.

Financial information

There is a £65.00 course material contribution applied to this course per year.

Future opportunities

Most of our students progress onto higher education either at university or drama school studying: technical theatre, set design, lighting design and stage management. Employment is available as a technical assistant, as stage crew, an assistant designer, a scenic artist or as an assistant stage manager in performing arts venues as well as TV and film productions.

Previous students have progressed to higher level courses at:

Rose Bruford
Bristol Old Vic
Bolton University
Central School of Speech and Drama

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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