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?

Theatre backstage

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.

Start dates

September 2020 Apply
September 2021 Apply

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who 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.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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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

Why this course at the MET?

Northbrook MET 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 MET 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 MET 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 costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying. More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Course costs
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