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BTEC Production Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma at The Da Vinci Studio School of Creative Enterprise

Course description

This pathway is suitable for students with a keen interest in the backstage processes that underpin modern theatre and concert production as well as performing arts events and exhibitions.

Working with local and national employers you will develop skills in event production, including technical and design skills in stage, lighting and sound as well as organisational and practical skills in the production and stage management business.


Course content

Students will complete core units which provide a basic introduction to design and technical production. They are:

- Historical context
- Business
- Lighting
- Sound
- Stage management
- Scenic construction
- Arts in the community
- Working freelance


In addition you will be able to complete a series of specialist units that will develop further essential skills you will require these include:

- Technical design
- Stage design
- Props and effects
- Producing
- Costumes
- Wigs and makeup


Your learning will be project-based and will involve preparing sets, props and costumes, designing lighting effects and planning front of house tasks to support productions performed by other groups.


Entry requirements

To take this pathway you will need to have achieved five GCSEs at grade C and above including English and mathematics. It would be advantageous if as part of your 5 GCSEs you have a grade B or above in an art/media related subject.




The course uses practical activities to assess student coursework, including peer review, self assessment, presentations and exhibitions.


Assessment is continuous and is carried out in response to work you produce in taught sessions and in private study – this way you receive constant feedback on how well you are doing and what you need to target next.


As well as this, there are designated assessment points throughout the year when units of study are assessed against the Level 3 Diploma grading criteria. Each unit is graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction. Although the majority of assessment is portfolio based there will be a small element of formal, external assessment.



Future opportunities

This pathway will provide you with a recognised route on to a Higher Apprenticeship, Higher National Diploma or a university course including a Foundation Degree or BA Honours in subjects such as: technical theatre, lighting design, audio engineering and stage set design.


Alternatively you may choose to progress straight into employment into jobs such as: promoter, stage manager, theatre technician, event manager, lighting operator / designer, sound engineer / designer, front of house operator, events co-ordinator / planner, venue manager, arts marketing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Da Vinci Studio School of Creative Enterprise directly.

Last updated date: 14 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years