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Technical Theatre


Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 11/09/2017
End Date 06/07/2018

Fees and Finance

16-18 Free
19-24 £4,670 p/ year
24+ £4,670 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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Our Performing Arts study programmes are validated by University of the Arts (UAL) . Technical theatre arts encompasses stage management, set and costume design, lighting, sound, scenic painting and props. The course provides extensive training that will support regular live performances in our dedicated Tressillian Theatre and performance studios. You can expect to be involved in at least 3 major performances each year plus our annual festival, schools tour, live industry briefs, and site specific performances around London.

Aims of the course

The aim of this course is to provide an extensive introduction to technical theatre arts to students who are interested in working within the performing arts and creative industries. You will work collaboratively demonstrating imagination, creativity, dependability and self-reliance

Unit Breakdown

Unit 1 Principles of Performance Unit 2 Engaging with an Audience Unit 3 Introduction to Professional Practice Unit 4 Contextual and Critical awareness Unit 5 Production Skills and Context Unit 6 Performance Skills and Context Unit 7 Preparation of Specialist Skills Unit 8 Collaborative Performance Project

Assessment Method

You will be continually assessed throughout the year, units 1-8 of the UAL qualification. Units 1-7 are graded PASS, FAIL, REFERAL, and unit 8 is graded PASS, MERIT, and DISTINCTION. Your assessment will be based on your production roles, evaluation and reflective logbooks, sketchbooks, video diaries, and presentations

Progression Opportunities

Successful completion of this course can lead to study on Level 3 UAL Diploma in Performance and Production Arts, higher education opportunities at institutions including Rose Bruford College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, RADA, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Academy of Live and Recorded Sound and Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Career Options

Creative apprenticeships, Higher Education, drama school, university and employment

What can I earn in the technical theatre sector? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. Having studied for a vocational technical theatre qualification, you'll be starting on a very fulfilling and varied career path with the opportunity to earn well: Stage managers start on around £25,000 a year and can earn £41,000 with 3-5 years' experience Sound and lighting equipment operators start on around £16,000 a year and can earn £25,000 with 3-5 years' experience

If you'd like to turn your passion for technical theatre into a career, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our former students have gained places at prestigious drama schools such as RADA, LAMDA and Rose Bruford, and gone on to successful careers in the West End and on national and international tours ? and with the right training, there's no reason why you shouldn't follow in their footsteps. To find out more go to or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs) Relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above Relevant industry experience to Level 2 or above


Creative and technical workshop and lessons, industry workshops, trade shows and placements, drama school outreach projects and workshops, theatre trips and research visits.

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To apply please select your chosen start date and location above.

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