Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for students with a keen interest in the technology and processes that underlie modern concert production and performing arts events. Students should have a willingness to learn new skills as well as a determination to develop specialist areas of interest.

What does the course involve?

This advanced course in Production Arts allows you to study a wide range of subjects within the production industry. In year two of the course, students are encouraged to specialise in areas of production that interest them, in both internal and external projects by way of work placement and specialist lessons.

You will study at least 18 units (modules) which, on successful completion, will give you a qualification the equivalent of three A Levels.

The course includes the following core units (compulsory for all students)

  • Performing Arts Production Workshop
  • Performing Arts Business
  • Historical Context of Performance
  • Performing Arts Production Planning
  • Production for Theatre Performance

In addition to the core units, the following specialist options are available to students:

  • Live Sound for the Stage
  • Stage Sound Operation
  • Stage Sound Design
  • Stage Lighting Operations
  • Stage Lighting Design
  • Automated Stage Lighting
  • Performing Arts Events Management
  • Arts in the Community
  • Stage Management
  • Assistant/Deputy Stage Management
  • Scenic Construction
  • Scenic Painting

What makes this course special?

  • Staff with a wide range of industry experience and skills
  • Purpose-built performance suite with a professional sound and lighting system
  • Excellent links with major industry companies
  • Dedicated scenic construction and painting facilities
  • Fully equipped multimedia digital recording studio running Pro Tools and Logic Pro
  • Extensive performance calendar of over 25 performances per year
  • Exciting calendar of guest lectures and demonstrations from industry experts throughout the year.

Entry Requirements

At least five GCSEs at grades A* – C or 9 - 4, or a relevant level 2 qualification. Entry is also subject to a successful interview.

What are the assessment methods?

  • Assessment is by coursework based on assignments set in each unit
  • Assignments will involve technology projects, individual research, group work, project work and performance support.

At Bridgwater College, a structured and demanding schedule of study is combined with a monitoring process which sets achievement targets which are challenging but realistic.

How long is the course?

Two years.

What are the progression options?

On completion of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts you will be equipped with the skills required to apply for work as part of a theatre or live event production team, as well as gaining access to university in a wide range of subjects.

Further Information