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Technical Theatre (Lighting, Sound and Stage) Level 3 at Leeds City College

Course description

You don't need to be in front of an audience to stand out. Exploreall aspects of backstage production roles, instilling the skills, knowledge, and professionalism needed to progress.

Production Arts Technical Theatre is a high quality training programme which provides opportunities for students to explore all aspects of backstage production roles; instilling the skills, knowledge, and professionalism needed to progress onto a Higher Education course and succeed in the performance industry.

This course is aimed at students with a particular interest in Lighting and Sound Operation and Design and Stage Management. You will also discover Visual Imagery for stage and Props for performance with the opportunity during your second year to manage a team in your preferred specialist area.

You will explore a wide range of techniques and methods in each area and develop your skills with real production experience of the backstage roles that are essential for the staging of a successful performance. As a technical team you will work closely with production managers, directors and designers to create a variety of performance spaces.

Production Arts have strong links with producing and receiving theatres including West Yorkshire Playhouse, Opera North and Howard Assembly Rooms.

Course content

This course is aimed at students with a particular interest in technical theatre and stage management.

This course will allow you to develop your knowledge and practical skills as a lighting, sound and video production technician or member of the stage management team.

Some examples of the units likely to be studied include:

Year One Study Units:

  • Production Workshop
  • Stage Lighting Operations
  • Stage Sound Operations
  • Technical Stage Operations
  • Visual Imagery for Production
  • Technical Stage Maintenance
  • Assistant Stage Management
  • The Historical Context of Performance
  • Performing Arts Business

Year Two Study Units:

  • Production for Theatre
  • Production Planning
  • Props Making
  • Event Management
  • Deputy Stage Management
  • Stage Management
  • Automated Stage Lighting
  • Stage Lighting Design
  • Sound Design

Entry requirements

If you are part of the new grading system for GCSE we would see a Grade 4 or above as the equivalent of a Grade C in this offer.

5 A*-C GCSEs including English plus successful interview.


To achieve a qualification you will need to complete a minimum of 18 units during your 2 year programme of study. The course is accredited by BTEC and you will be assessed through a variety of different methods including:

  • In class –practical workshops
  • Productions Rehearsals and commitment
  • Written work
  • Log books/sketch books
  • Essays Research
  • Discussions/interviews
  • Online forums/blogs
  • Video submissions

Future opportunities

Most of our students tend to go onto Higher Education to study degrees in various backstage areas including: Technical Theatre, Stage Management, Events Management, Set and Props Making. Some will go directly into employment or apprenticeships within the performing arts industry.

Further information

English and Maths are built into your course if your grades are below 4/5

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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