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Technical Theatre BTEC 90 Credit Diploma/Extended Diploma Level 3 at Colchester Institute

Course description

Set, lighting, sound, props, costume. These are a few of the considerations required to put together a production. This course looks at each of these and more develop skills that are transferable from an arena sized concert or a theatrical production all the way to small scale touring theatre. Employment has grown alongside technology in this area and so there are job and higher education opportunities for students who complete this course of study.

The Technical Theatre Extended Diploma course programme focuses on developing the broad range of skills necessary for progression to work or further study at degree level in technical theatre. The qualification has been designed to meet the needs of the creative and cultural industries.

The emphasis is on practical skills underpinned by theoretical understanding and industry standard health and safety practices. Much of the work will be in support of the wide range of performances in theatre, dance and music that take place each year as well as having opportunity to speak to industry professionals, take part in production workshops and visit local and regional theatres. Each project you complete is designed to be realistic to what you would expect in industry.

In addition to your main programme, you will also engage in GEM and GAP activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

Course content

You will complete the 90 Credit Diploma in your first year and continue to the Extended Diploma in your second year.


Technical Theatre Level 3 Diploma units may include:
  • Production Arts Workshop
  • Production Arts Planning
  • Production for Theatre Performance
  • Assistant Stage Management
  • Stage Management
  • Stage Lighting Operations
  • Stage Sound Operations
  • Stage Technical Maintenance
  • Performing Arts Events Management

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including English and maths, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 2 qualification, and an interview.

Future opportunities

The creative and cultural industries are one of the country’s major employers. There are many opportunities in the field of production arts including stage management, sound operation, lighting design and operation, rigging and set construction. This may involve working in a theatre, an arts centre, schools and colleges, conference venues or touring.

Successful students could progress directly into work or on to higher education courses such as the Foundation Degree/BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre at Colchester Institute, BA (Hons) in Lighting Design at Rose Bruford or BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre in East 15

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colchester Institute directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2016

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