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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice

Creative industries are rapidly expanding in the UK and if you have ever envied the sound engineer, found yourself gazing at the lighting rig, or wondered what is going on backstage then this is the course for you

Why Choose this course?

For every music, theatre and film production, for every exhibition, conference, community or corporate event, there are a whole team of backstage artists, designers, engineers, producers, managers, technicians and crew. Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, teamwork, punctuality and effort. You will learn in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods. Practical assessments are at the centre of course design and delivery.

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Start date: 08/09/2022

Course code
Level 3
Truro College
2 years
Extended Diploma

top course highlights

attend and work on live events

Course trips, residentials and work experience

Course work mainly practical

Extending learner experience

The department’s staff are in contact with local and national organisations in order to extend learner experiences and maintain links with the industry.

Develop skills

This course will support you to develop the technical and creative skills required for a broad range of Backstage, Production Arts and Live Events roles.

Access industry equipment

You will have access to industry standard equipment and the opportunity to work on a variety of real events from theatre to festivals.

What will I learn?

During your first year you will develop skills in Rigging, Lighting, Live Sound, Visuals and Set/Stage Design. Much of this will be assessed practically, but you will also learn how to create industry-specific documents, such as stage plans, technical riders and risk assessments. By the end of year one you will have the chance to apply to work backstage at a national festival during the summer.

Once you feel confident with the equipment you will get the chance to push your creativity to the limit. Second year study puts you in the driving seat. You will have the opportunity to manage your own crew, create your own designs and choose which specialisms you would like to be assessed in. Many learners combine assessments with paid work and all learners will get the opportunity to work in local venues, building your portfolio and strengthening UCAS and job applications.

Where will it take me?

Our learners progress on to a range of university courses, past students are currently studying at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Backstage Academy and Rose Bruford. Other learners have completed apprenticeships, and some have headed straight out into the industry. Former Production Arts students are currently working for Fineline Lighting, Ibiza Rocks (Production Manager), Snowbox Festival (Stage Manager), Glastonbury (Lighting/Crew), Gron Koncert Touring (Crew) and others are touring across the USA and Europe with signed acts.

Entry requirements

You will need four GCSEs at Grade 4 to include either English Language (or Literature) and/or Maths. A Level 2 Diploma at Merit in an appropriate subject can also be considered (plus GCSE English and/or Maths). Previous experience of backstage production would be beneficial.

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Pearson BTEC


Hard Hats and Bump Caps provided; additional PPE recommended but not compulsory.


Student contribution towards trips and visits




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