Performance & Production Arts | UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma in Theatre Technology & Event Production | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0340-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Entry requirements: This level is for students who have already achieved at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. See the entry requirements tab above for other requirements. Qualification: UAL Extended Diploma in Performance & Production Arts Level 3 Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

This course covers a range of theatre arts disciplines, both performance-based and behind-the-scenes in production. You can opt to focus on either performance subjects (acting, dance, singing) or production subjects (lighting, sound, set design). If you are still deciding whether you prefer performance or production, you can opt to mix and match the course units and gain a general qualification. This will allow you to specialise further down the line in your studies. The College offers facilities unrivalled in the region, including a 160-seat professional theatre, high specification rehearsal and dance studios, and extensive production workshops.

This practical course will teach you how to plan and rig the lighting, sound and projection systems for plays, musicals, gigs and festivals. Our main theatre and studio theatre are equipped with industry-standard lighting boards, sound mixing desks and professional software.

The live shows performed by our acting and music students provide an ideal environment to train for technical and stage management roles in a range of formats. Students’ skills are developed through practical workshops, seminars and studio performances.

This course can be studied over two years, you will study for the Diploma in the first year, and on successful completion, the Extended Diploma in the second year.

  • Very inclusive and flexible course
  • Explore both performance and production arts
  • Professional rehearsal and theatre facilities on campus with industry standard technology
  • Expert tutors with professional experience
  • Learn in a creative environment at a dedicated arts campus

Start dates

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Entry requirements

To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English and maths. 

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on one of the MET's Level 2 courses such as Performing & Production Arts.

Entry requirements

Course content

Course topics include:
  • Rigging, lighting and sound
  • Video and stage technology
  • Stage and production management

18,708 theatre performances took place in London alone in 2018, gross revenue rose by 8.6% to £765,800,051 compared to 2017 (OR) theatre attendance topped the 15 million mark for the first time last year, a rise of 3% to 15,548,154. This was helped by an 8% rise in musical attendance . - London Theatre, 2019

Why this course at the MET?

Northbrook College is highly regarded in the theatre industry as a provider of excellent training.
  • Fantastic facilities – industry-standard equipment and software 
  • Develop skills within a professional theatre environment 
  • Department is highly respected in the industry
  • Expert tutors with professional industry experience 
  • Practical course allows you to explore and build your skills
  • Close proximity to Brighton and London - both offering a wealth of theatre experiences

The MET's Theatre Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and producers involved in the region's exciting theatre scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential. Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Northbrook College is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the theatre courses running alongside music and art & design courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.

Further study

Following completion and achievement of the Diploma (year 1) you can progress to the Extended Diploma (year 2).

After the Extended Diploma you can progress to a university-level course either at the MET or at other universities. Degrees at Northbrook College include Stage & Production Management or Lighting & Sound Design.

Future careers include:

  • Lighting technician/designer
  • Sound engineer
  • Stage/production manager
  • Pyro-technician, Video-wall technician
Further study

Course fees

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

Level 3 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  •  You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. 


Course fees

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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