Course Overview

Only available to those who are joining at aged 16, this course is a stepping stone to a backstage career in the theatre and related industries. You will study a wide range of skills in set design, costume, lighting and sound along with stage and production management. This course will give you the foundation you need to pursue a career in the performing arts industries. Students typically progress into apprenticeships, Higher Education or direct entry into the profession.

Course Information


The BRIT School offers extensive theatre facilities, giving you the chance to learn and develop a wide range of practical skills. The course is staffed by experienced theatre professionals and much of the learning is delivered through work on fully realised productions. The experience you will gain on this course will prepare you for a career in Production Arts and production design. At the end of the two year course you will achieve a UAL, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts, equivalent to three A levels.

How Do I Apply

Please answer these questions online:


Think of a live  performance you have seen in person or on TV/film.  How do you think the lighting, costume, set or sounds made your viewing more enjoyable?  What did it add?  This could be anything from a live music concert, play or musical or performance.


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.


Why do you think you are suited to the Production Arts course?


What do you think you will bring to the course?

Student Experience

Every major production put on in the School is managed by the Production Arts department. After developing your skills across all areas you will focus on a specific discipline as you work towards your qualification.

The equipment used by the department is industry standard and the department is sponsored by companies which include PRG XL Video, Britannia Row, Funktion One, Royal Albert Hall, MAC Cosmetics and TSL.

What Qualities Do I Need?

You will need to be interested in the design and production side of theatre or live events, dedicated, organised and a good timekeeper. A lot of the practical work you do will take place on productions outside of school hours. Students require a reasonable level in GCSE English and maths.

While not mandatory, some theatre production experience in any field would be useful.

Careers & Destinations

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