Production Arts Level 3 Diploma (A Level Equivalent)

Production Arts Level 3 Diploma (A Level Equivalent)

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Brockenhurst College - Main Site

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Course introduction

You can acquire all the essential skills and knowledge you need for a career in operating performance technology thanks to this learning opportunity.

This course is all about becoming embedded with performing communities and helping to ensure that the show always goes on.

You will gain an eye for lighting design, learn about the dynamics of sound on stage and understand how to resolve logistical problems.

You will also learn how to operate and set up equipment, manage technical rehearsals and design and make animated props.

Why choose
Production Arts Level 3 Diploma (A Level Equivalent)?

At Brock we are fortunate to have a Performing Arts department with excellent facilities.

You will benefit from two studio theatres, a large performance space, four sound studios, two sprung dance studios, three rehearsal studios, props and costume areas, two Mac suites, and two lighting and sound gantries.

Also, your teachers will regularly bring professional performance companies into the College to run workshops and give performances.

Teaching & learning

Through practical projects you will develop and explore skills in lighting, sound and props before choosing to specialise in an area which interests you most.

Your specialist study area could be lighting, sound, props, set, stage management, costume or make-up.

Projects also represent opportunities to improve your communication and teamwork skills, making you a versatile operator who is an asset to any major production.

In addition, you will assist with selected events outside the theatre setting to gain valuable experience of working to deadlines.

Information & support

You will have to contribute £40 at the start of each academic year for workshops, trips and resources.

Please note, the full course title for this programme is Production Arts Level 3 Foundation Diploma.

This course is equivalent to one-and-a-half A Levels in UCAS points. You will need to complete TWO other A Levels alongside this course to build a full Study Programme.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above with a minimum average GCSE score of 4.0, including:

  • English Language
  • Maths

Ideally you must have practical experience on a lighting and sound desk and have worked on live shows.

We welcome students who have successfully completed our Performing and Production Arts Industry Skills Level 2 Diploma. You must have achieved a Merit or Distinction at Level 2.

Course structure

  • Assist in key aspects of assembling and disassembling a sophisticated stage production.
  • Plan various important elements of a stage production, solving problems when and where they arise.
  • Design and make animated props and train in the operation of special effects.
  • Build on your awareness of health and safety compliance, which is an essential attribute that is valued by employers.
  • Work on designing, programming and operating as part of a production team on various college shows.
  • Enjoy visits to see various stage productions throughout your studies.


What can I do with this qualification?

The skills you will learn on this course are central to the contemporary performance industry and can lead to a wide variety of jobs in performance, directing, teaching and arts development.

Institutions of higher education offer degree courses in Performing Arts either as a single honours course or one linked with English, Film, Humanities and Arts Management.

Finally, this programme will help you improve a range of transferable skills including communication, self-expression and teamwork.

Dates & Locations





LocationBrockenhurst College - Main Site

Date & time 09/09/2024 to 31/07/2025

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