Post 16 Production Arts
This course will teach you a wide range of technical, creative and management skills required to run theatre productions. From learning how to light a stage, to managing the sound, to designing and building the set and designing and creating costumes, this course will give you the foundation you need to pursue a career in the performing arts industry and go into higher education.
UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Production Arts)
The Production Arts course provides students with excellent learning opportunities that not only equips them with the skills to pursue a professional career within the performing arts industry but also give them the foundation for higher education and training. Whilst our philosophy is very much a ‘hands on’ approach and the learning is delivered through a realistic working environment where students take part in practical exercises, simulated work environments and fulfilling technical roles on theatre productions in the schools theatres. We maintain the learning environment through the development of *log books in a range of skills which are an essential part of the course development and the students formative assessment.
The course teaches technical, creative and management skills and places an emphasis on students obtaining as wide a range of skills and experience as possible during the two year course. Teaching staff have all come from a professional background in the industry and the school has superbly equipped theatres, studio spaces and workshops. The course maintains strong links and partnerships within the industry and is sponsored by many leading companies such as PRG, Britannia Row and Function One.
Production Arts are proud to be members of PLASA (Professional Light and Sound Association)
Throughout terms 1 and 2 students work mainly in classrooms and workshops studying a broad range of subjects to give them the core skills in Stage management, Lighting, Sound, Set design and Costume. As well as covering Performing arts management. The focus of this work for the end of term 2 is an exhibition of their work to showcase some of their work and the first opportunity for formal assessment. In terms 3 and 4 students are encouraged to choose three areas of study to focus on. One major area and two minors where the focus is on the delivery of a full production, in one of the schools main theatres in collaboration with the theatre department. This begins the transition into the realistic working environment and term 5 is spent focussing on Community arts projects and potential work experience.
In the second year student’s work alongside the professional production staff and are allocated roles on a show basis as they would in the professional work environment. These roles are chosen based on an individuals need for course requirements and ability to develop skills at different levels. This also gives students the opportunity to specialise in an area of their choice if their course work is complete.
Students successfully completing the course will gain the UAL Extended Level 3 National Diploma in Production arts which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course consists of 6x core units and a selection of 12 specialist units. Assessment is formative as students can continue to add to their log books*, in their assignment briefs for each unit of the course throughout their time on the course, which will go to their final grades.
*Log books- a series of sketch books, folders and lever arch files where assignment briefs for each unit are given and all research and course work is kept and developed by the student as evidence of learning.
By the end of the two year course all students have the chance to have gained a unique theatre skills foundation to take to the ever expanding entertainment industry or to continue in higher education. Many former students have successfully done both and are pursuing careers within the industry. Students from BRIT continue to be accepted in all major colleges in universities including Guildhall, Royal Welsh College, Rose Bruford, RADA and Nottingham Trent. Other students are currently working for companies such as the BBC, PRG, Whitelight, Endemol, Britannia Row and Unusual Rigging.
We are looking for 100% commitment, a willingness to learn, potential for development and a passion for the performing arts. You do not need previous experience as the course is very broad based and training is given in all aspects. There is a significant amount of writing and practical work and so reasonable level GCSE level in English and Maths and some basic theatre experience in any field would be an advantage. The course emphasis is on you being responsible for your course and learning. Good time management and personal organisation is essential. Throughout your time at BRIT you will be expected to commit yourself to working outside normal office hours if required.
The course has access to a wide range of leading technologies from within the production industry. This includes equipment from companies such as ETC, Chamsys, Avolite, Thomas, Tomcat, Strand, Midas, Yamaha, BSS, Digico, OptoCore, Funktion One, D and B Audiotechnik, Martin Lighting, CCT, Robe, AC Lighting, ADB and Robert Juliat to name just a few.
- 2 fully equipped theatre spaces with automated flying
- 3 x fully equipped studio theatre spaces
- 2 x CAD suites
- Scenic construction workshop
- Access to on site recording studios including TV and radio
- Costume design and construction rooms
- Make-up/props workshop
- A wide variety of lighting control, such as the ETC Eos and Ion boards, the ADB Phoenix 5, Strand 430, Compulite Spark 4D and Zero 88 consoles
- A variety of dimmers including ADB, Compulite, Strand and Zero 88
- a lantern stock in excess of 250 luminaires from companies such at ETC, CCT, Strand, Selecon and ADB
- Yamaha Dm2000 mixing Desk
- D&B Sound system
- Each venue has its own sound system and in addition we have three Rock and Roll touring systems utilizing equipment from QSC, BSS, Klark Technik, Tannoy, D&B, JBL, Sony, Shure, Soundcraft, AKG, Denon, Yamaha, Tascam, Beyer and Sennheiser
- 4 x Max 250 Entour
- 4 x 250 Tourwash
- 1 x 250 Robe moving head washlight
- Midas Pro6 mixing desk
- Soundcraft venue 2 36ch 8bus / 8 matrix out mixing desk
- Funktion One sound systems
How to Apply
Questions to be answered in section 7 of the application form:
a) Describe and comment on the sets, costumes, lighting and sound of any recent live performances you have seen. This could be a music concert, play or musical you may have seen.
b) What creative activities are you involved in that are related to the course? For instance you may have been involved in a school play, drama club, or play a musical instrument.
c) Why do you think you are suited to the Production Arts course?
d) What do you think you would bring to the course?