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UCAS Course code: W450
With pathways in Stage Management, Production Management, Lighting Design and Sound Design, this course offers practical and vocational training in our professionally equipped theatre and studio space.
This unique course has been designed to deliver a progressive and student-led programme of study. Our students are offered the opportunity to explore and practically engage with two of four potential pathways. Your training is both practical and vocational, and will aim to expand your contextual and critical understanding of production & performance, preparing you for entry to your chosen area of industry.
- The Northbrook Theatre -; our on-campus professional theatre
- Studio 21 -; double truss studio space for rehearsals and performances
- ETC ION Lighting Desk and extensive selection of intelligent and generic fixtures
- Digico SD Series consoles
- Counterweight, hemp, motors and truss for flying and rigging
- Prompt desk, radio comms and cue lights
- Ten on-campus rehearsal studios
- AV mixer, projectors and video mapping software
Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)
This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.
- a relevant A-Level
- or Level 3 Extended Diploma
- related academic or work experience
- the quality of the personal statement
- Production: Production manager, assistant production manager, technical manager, flyman, rigger, stage crew
- Stage Management: SM, DSM, ASM, TSM, ASM -; book cover
- Lighting: Lighting designer, production electrician, programmer, LX op, follow spot op, rigger
- Sound: Sound designer, live sound engineer, production sound, sound op, stage sound
Industry links and work experience opportunities have led to our alumni working across the industry. Some venues and productions include: The Royal Opera House, Chichester Festival Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera House, MTV, BT Sport, The National Theatre, War Horse, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Sweeney Todd, Wicked & One Man Two Governors.
- practical and creative studio-based workshops
- small group study
- self-directed study
- study trips
- practical work
- research proposal
- written assignments
- Stage Management
- Production Management
- Lighting Design
- Sound Design
The first year provides a diagnostic opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills across all disciplines, with the view to developing your own focused specialisms. Initially taking junior roles on productions, you will be working across genres of performance including musical theatre, acting, live events and dance.
The second year will see further collaborations with students across different disciplines, developing skills as a specialist practitioner. You will be heading teams within your chosen pathways and will work on productions, from initial design and planning meetings to the first night and finally the ‘get-out’;.
The final year is a combination of the practical and the academic. Focusing on creating innovative and original work within your specialist field, you will explore and refine your professional practice in preparation for industry or postgraduate study.
Our syllabus has been developed to give you, our students, the freedom to identify, explore and pursue your own goals and ambitions, and to map your own path to the career of your choice within theatre production and creative industries. Our External Examiners’; report praised the course’;s “industry currency, staff expertise and industry links”.
Professional links and work experience opportunities have led to our alumni working across the industry. Some venues and productions include: the Royal Opera House, Chichester Festival Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera House, MTV, BT Sport, the National Theatre, War Horse, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Sweeney Todd, Wicked and One Man Two Governors.
*FREE* Online short courses
The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.
How to apply
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HOW THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORKS
Set Up Your Account
You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.
Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.
Application Review Meeting
Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.
Accept Your Place
Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.
Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.