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Technical Theatre Arts (production arts)

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Technical Theatre Arts


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What will I learn on this course?

This course provides learning experiences through which you will develop a wide range of skills required within the production arts sector. Through practical exploration and real life performance projects you will develop and hone specialist design, creative, technical and management skills required to work successfully in this industry.


How is this course structured?

The course is built around real life scenarios and projects that require students to collaborate across pathways, designing for live performances at BOA. You will study the BTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA IN PRODUCTION ARTS PRACTICE which is equivalent to 3 full A Levels. It is important to bear in mind that due to the nature of production and performing arts many hours are spent over and above the 14 curriculum timetabled hours per week; commitment and stamina are key to achieving success in this industry. This course consists of 4 modules and each module has a variety of units which are assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction grades. You will continually reflect upon your work and set targets to assist you in monitoring your progress through all units.


How will I learn?  

Year 1 of this full time programme develops students’ knowledge and understanding in a wide range of subject areas which sit within the production arts sector. Year 2 enables students to undertake full responsibility within their chosen area of study taking on a particular creative and / or technical role of their own choosing.

Year 1

Production Arts Skills Development – In this module you will develop a range of production skills and techniques in lighting operation, sound operation, costume construction, set construction, stage management, theatrical make-up application and creative production design. You will then carry out these roles on a variety of BOA productions, reflecting on your practice.
The Production Arts Industry – In this module you will take part in a range of practical and research sessions where you will explore the productions arts industry. This module will provide you with an understanding of a variety of differing roles within the production arts and will explore how the industry has developed over time. As part of this End of academic year this module, you are able to choose a variety of production areas based on your personal interests. This unit links to the skills you have developed in the module Production Arts Skills Development.

Year 2

Personal Production Arts Profile - In this module you have the ability to choose production roles based on your specific areas of interest. You will create work that reflects your individual career goals. You will refine the skills developed in year 1 modules and will explore ideas in your specific role and develop an individual project. You will then explore networking opportunities and create promotional material to use for your own progression into higher education or employment.
Collaborative Production Arts Project - In this module you will collaborate with others to produce all the required elements for a BOA production in your individual production role/s. You will work professionally and autonomously in your role/s and will demonstrate your ability in planning, designing, organising, collaborating and communicating to realise a full scale BOA production. In this module you will demonstrate the refined skills and knowledge developed in previous modules throughout the course.


Entry Requirements:

You must demonstrate a passion for backstage practices and be eager to learn a wide variety of skills and disciplines associated with this exciting field. Practical experience is welcome. You will undertake an aptitude workshop to assess your suitability for this course. Prospective students must demonstrate:
· Independence, imagination, motivation, positivity and creativity
· Commitment and the ability to work effectively as part of a team whilst following clear guidelines
· Potential in design, development of ideas and communication of their ideas
· Strong written and verbal communication skills alongside efficient organisational skills


Further Learning & Career Options:

Your experience at BOA will enable progression to Higher Education courses and vocational training, as well as apprenticeships and employment within the creative and performance industries. Past graduates have gone onto study Theatre Design, Scenic Arts, Technical Theatre, Hair and Make-up for Film and Media and Stage Management courses amongst others, at places such as Rose Bruford, UCB, University of Arts London and Arts University Bournemouth. Others have secured employment or apprenticeships within the industry for example, Solihull Arts Centre, The Old Rep Theatre and on UK / Worldwide theatre and music tours. 
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