UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performing & Production Arts - Backstage Production

Course code: RFAM104P

Subject area: Backstage Production

Study level: School Leaver

Course level: 3

Course details

9:00am - 5:00pm

Monday to Friday

6th Sep 2021 - 1st Jul 2022

Abingdon Campus

Contact details

01235 555585

Interested in working backstage in live theatre?

If you think you'd enjoy being behind the scenes, making it all work and aiming for a career in the industry, this new specialist course is the perfect route towards achieving those dreams.

You will develop the required skills and knowledge to pursue further studies and/or a career in technical theatre. You will experience all aspects of Backstage Production including; stage management; set design and construction; costume; sound and lighting. You can work with experienced performers, directors and performance students to stage numerous large and small scale productions throughout the year, at the College and in the local community.

Past productions have included dance shows, musicals and plays with elaborate set designs and special effects. With our purpose-built theatre you will make use of industry standard lighting and sound equipment and production tools, as well as access to light and sound software.

What will I learn?
• Stage management skills for working in the theatre industry
• The art of lighting and sound design
• Stage design and construction
• Arts administration and the Performing Arts business
• To develop skills in event management
• Work to an industry standard
• Have the opportunity to work with industry trained practitioners
• Design and create set and prop pieces appropriate for productions

Abingdon & Witney College have well established links with creative and cultural industries within Oxfordshire and beyond. We use these links to ensure you get a real-world experience and exposure as an emerging Creative.

This qualification is recognised throughout the industry. Successful candidates can progress directly into the industry to become stage managers, production assistants, set designers, costume designers, arts administrators or to work on live events such as festivals. Alternatively there are related higher education courses. Past students have progressed to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Guildford School of Acting, SA and Rose Bruford.
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 and above usually including Maths and English. Successful interview.
Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above usually including GCSE maths and English. Successful interview.

Bring to interview:
An example of your interest in Backstage Production e.g. set design, props, costume, if applicable images/programmes of shows you have worked on. If you don’t have any examples, then please create some designs and bring then to your interview. Most recent school report.
There is a course fee of £100 payable at enrolment which covers studio a production kit, general resources and masterclasses.
Day trips will be offered as part of the programme and these can be paid for separately on Wisepay.

There is also an optional residential trip costing approx. £350 (this cost is given for guidance only).

Due to COVID-19 we are not currently planning any trips as part of your course. If we are able to organise trips during your course, the cost of these will be communicated to you at the time. Trips are optional, and you will not be penalised if you choose not to participate. Bursaries may also available to cover the cost of some trips.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course cost, call 01235 216 298 for more information.

The 19+ full fee button displays the full fee that may apply, the rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. Also see the Course Fees & Finance page by searching Fees and bursaries link at the top of the screen.

16 - 18 Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Kit / Clothing: £30.00
Materials: £70.00

Total Cost: £100.00

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £4,670.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Kit / Clothing: £30.00
Materials: £70.00

Total Cost: £4,770.00

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Kit / Clothing: £30.00
Materials: £70.00

Total Cost: £100.00

UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performance & Production Arts- Year 1
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performance & Production Arts - Year 2
The course has a strong emphasis on practical work which relies on teamwork. You have the opportunity to develop, create and produce an industry standard portfolio which can be taken to interviews for professional work and higher education.

Assessment is ongoing and coursework based, with a combination of practical and written assignments. Assessments include working on productions and rehearsals as well as presentations of your work.