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Performing Arts/Production Arts - Level 1 (UAL Diploma)

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Course Code: FE0278-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: UAL Diploma in Music, Performance & Production Arts Level 1 Awarding Body: UAL

Course aims

This Level 1 course covers a range of theatre arts disciplines, both performance based and behind-the-scenes (production).

Students 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 come out with a general qualification. This will allow you to specialise further down the line in your studies.

Click on the Course Content tab to see what the various options are within this qualification.

Entry requirements

This Level 1 course is for students who have fewer than three GCSEs at grade 3 (D/E) or above. 

Entry requirements

Course content

Choose a pathway or opt to combine course units if you are still deciding which direction to take.

Performing Arts

  • Acting 
  • Dance 
  • Singing

This is a highly practical course for students with an interest in theatre and performance and culminates in two performances to the public. Students’ skills are developed through practical workshops, seminars and studio performances. Options include dance, singing and acting, costume, hair and make-up for theatre and set and prop design. The College offers facilities unrivaled in the region, including the 160-seat professional theatre, our new studio theatre, high specification rehearsal and dance studios, and extensive production workshops.

Production Arts

  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Set Design

The production course builds on Northbrook MET's high reputation for excellence in technical theatre, stage management, theatre design and design crafts. You will gain full production experience on a range of public shows at both The Northbrook Theatre and our new studio theatre. Resources include our fully equipped professional theatre with ETC Ion lighting desk, intelligent and generic lighting fixtures, DigiCo Digital Sound Desk, wireless and shotgun microphones, projector, video mapping software, QLab workstations, wireless technical intercom, hemp and counterweight fly tower, wardrobe, make-up, and prop studios, paint gallery and scenic workshop.

Why this course at the MET?

  • Explore both performance and production arts - learn skills in both
  • 10 rehearsal and dance studios
  • Build your confidence
  • Professional theatre with industry-standard technology and scene dock 
  • Props, costume and make-up workshops
  • Tutors with professional industry experience
  • Learn at a dedicated arts and creative campus
  • Course structured to reflect the industry

Northbrook MET is highly regarded in the theatre industry as a provider of excellent training.

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.

Close proximity to Brighton and London - both offering a wealth of theatre experiences.    

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

After Level 1, you can progress to UAL Diploma in Performing & Production Arts Level 2 course.

If you have been exploring both performing and production elements at Level 1, you may want to specialise in one area. Your decision may affect what you will study further down the line (Level 3 and beyond). Our department staff and careers advisers are on hand to give expert advice and ensure that you make the right choice to pursue your dream job.

Future careers


  • Actor
  • Voice over
  • Director
  • TV presenter
  • Event manager
  • Drama teacher

Production Arts

  • Theatre technician
  • Lighting designer/operator 
  • Sound engineer/operator
  • Set designer
  • Practitioner of hair/make-up/wigs
  • Marketing/events 

Potential Careers

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