Where will this course lead?

The Level 3 Extended Diploma programme is a vocational course covering all aspects of technical theatre including lighting for theatre, sound for theatre, stage management, design for stage and professional practice. Delivered by experienced and specialised technical theatre and performing arts professionals you will be able to build upon your previous performance experience supporting your progression to university, stage school or employment.

What will I study?

The course is made up of 12 units. Nine units are completed for the Diploma in year one and 12 units for the Extended Diploma across the two years. You will have weekly classes in lighting, sounds, stage management and design which will develop your skills as well as maintenance, production planning and portfolio workshops for the completion of your units through performance projects. All students will be able to work on a variety of shows including Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre performances as well as their own devised Installations.

How will this course be delivered?

The majority of the programme is delivered through practical sessions, tutorials, rehearsal observations and performances. You are also required to complete written work for these projects which includes research, presentations, reflections and evaluations on your process which demonstrates your understanding of the context, processes and subject matters being studied.

What qualifications will I get?

Year 1 - UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performance and Production Arts (Technical Theatre)
Year 2 - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performance and Production Arts (Technical Theatre)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous and is linked to your planning, production and operation work as well as your portfolio. In year one there are three main projects and in year two there are two.  There are no exams on the course as you are continuously being assessed on both the practical and portfolio work.  Attendance and application in all areas is essential for successful completion.

How do I get a place on the course?

You will need to apply for the course either in College or on the College website. Attend an audition at the College where you will be required to participate in a technical theatre workshop and prepare a written review which focuses on your area of interest within technical theatre.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have a least one of the following:
• 4 GCSEs at grade C / grade 4 or above, including English Language.  
• Level 2 qualification in a relevant vocational subject area and GCSE English Language ar grade C / grade 4 or above.

You are also required to attend an interview and audition.  

What else do I need to know?

The course is hard work, but fun, enjoyable and highly rewarding. All sessions are held within professional performing arts spaces with access to the campus theatres on a regular basis.

What can I do after this course?

The course will enable you to progress on to higher education courses in performing arts at Stratford-upon-Avon College, university or stage school or into other industry occupations. One-to-one support is given to each student in the 2nd Year with regards to UCAS and employment applications to allow all students continue on their chosen journey.


Stratford-upon-Avon College

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N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Full Time