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Performing Arts: Production Arts Level 3 at Warrington & Vale Royal College

Course description

This specialist and creative course is aimed at students who wish to explore careers within technical theatre and production design. Careers within this field are wide and varied and include production designer, art director, stage management, lighting technician, sound technician, props master and costume designer. This course is ideal for those who have previously studied either art & design or performing arts at GCSE or a L2 vocational qualification and who now wish to further develop their creative and technical theatre skills in order to progress onto university or employment within the theatre, TV and film industry.

Course content

The course delivers an inspiring curriculum allowing students to develop specific practical skills as well as learning about the performing arts industry and professional practice. Students work closely with the acting, dance and music students to design and produce performance projects. Production topics include set design and construction, prop making, stage lighting design, stage sound design, mask making, stage management, costume making, front of house operations and the performing arts business. You will expand your knowledge of historical and contemporary productions in order to influence and inspire your own work.  You will study in state of the art workshops, performances studios and theatres, take part in regular live performances and learn from tutors who are highly skilled within their particular fields.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths, or you will have needed to have successfully completed the L2 Visual Arts or Performing Arts course.  If you have not already achieved a grade 4 in your either your GCSE English or maths, you will undertake a smaller progression L3 qualification and be required to work towards GCSE in English and Maths as part of your study programme.


You will be continuously assessed based on the projects you complete throughout the year. You will receive both verbal and written tutor feedback and will take part in peer assessments. Assessment is through set assignments, live performances and project coursework. 

Financial information

The college provides some specialist art equipment and materials but students are expected to purchase their own notepads/layout pads, folders and basic art kits. These can be bought from the college art shop.

Future opportunities

Students who complete the full L3 in Performing Arts: Production Arts have a number of progression pathways including employment and further or higher education. Students who achieve on the L3 production arts course can progress onto the HNC in Performing Arts at Warrington & Vale Royal College or apply to a Performing Arts or Theatre Design related degree programme at a national university.

Further information

Will I complete work placements?

Students will have the opportunity to take part in work experience placements and will be supported in finding a suitable placement by the college work experience team and tutors. There are also opportunities to take part in live briefs.

Are trips and residentials organised during the course?

Students on the course will have the opportunity to take part in trips both locally and nationally to appropriate TV & film sets, theatre performances and production workshops.

Are there any links with industry?

Students will have the opportunity to take part in guest lecture workshops with employers as well as live briefs for local community groups and/or employers. The tutors on the course have excellent links with industry professionals and students on the course will benefit from these working partnerships.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warrington & Vale Royal College directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years


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