Subject Area: Visual & Performing Arts
Level: BTEC Level 3 Extended Cert.
Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson
This qualification is equivalent to 1 A-level.
Delivered in association with Grand theatre and City Varieties Music Hall.
There is no requirement to have studied Drama or Performing Arts to take this course. Students may have sufficient experience in theatre production in other ways. If you have taken Drama or performing Arts as a GCSE or BTEC we would prefer you to have at least a grade C or Merit. Level 4 in GCSE English is also preferred. Contact the department if you have any queries about your suitability for this course. All BTEC Production Arts students are expected to wear appropriate clothing for all lessons.
What will I study?
Year 1 is divided into 3 practical study units; Technical stage operations, Stage Technology Installation and a further option to specialise in either Lighting or sound operations. You will gain knowledge of your role in the production process as well as first-hand experience of a fit-up, focussing, plotting and managing technical and dress rehearsals. You will also develop essential basic skills in working safely in a theatre environment in pressurised situations and will be working on live theatre projects to understand the mechanics of operating lighting and sound designs during rehearsals and the performance. You will be responsible for implementing a designer’s work and realising their ideas in an actual stage performance and will be taught how to operate our lighting and sound desks as well as given specific training on manual rigging of equipment in the theatre.
In year 2 you will focus on the role of the designer studying three units; Production Arts Planning, Production Arts Workshop and a further option to specialise in either Lighting or Sound Design. You will be involved from the early planning stages to the successful realisation of a full scale theatre performance and will be expected to produce and maintain relevant documentation involved in the production management of a show, and will keep a designer’s portfolio of work and also you will be required to supervise a team of technicians in the operation of your design during a live performance.
This theatre technology is designed to give you a grounding in preparing for a career in production management and design, with a specialist focus on developing your skillset for further training at university or accredited drama school. Production Arts will also equip you with a wide variety of transferable skills recognised by lots of universities.