Technical Theatre BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Summary:

This course is for people who are interested in working within the Performing Arts and Creative Industries in the technical and design areas. It is a vocational, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and some written assignments that are completed only while working on realistic workplace situations, to enable you to gain the experience needed to pursue a career in the Production Industries. You will become a working member of Platform Productions which is a theatre company based here at college. You will become the backbone of the theatre company through the creative design and smooth operation of shows which are open to the public.

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Summary:

This course is for people who are interested in working within the Performing Arts and Creative Industries in the technical and design areas. It is a vocational, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and some written assignments that are completed only while working on realistic workplace situations, to enable you to gain the experience needed to pursue a career in the Production Industries. You will become a working member of Platform Productions which is a theatre company based here at college. You will become the backbone of the theatre company through the creative design and smooth operation of shows which are open to the public.

BTEC Extended Diplomas are equivalent to three A levels which means when you have finished the course you can choose whether to get a job straight away or go into higher education first.

Our state of the art facilities include a 200 seated theatre with an excellent lighting and sound system and rehearsal space.

Course Code: A5247 Minimum Age: 16 Start Date: 02/09/2013 End Date: 03/07/2015 Course Length: 2 Years Entry Requirements:

You will normally need to have one of the following:

  • BTEC First Diploma
  • Four GCSEs at grades A-C, (English and maths preferrable)
  • GNVQ in a related subject,
  • Appropriate work experience.

You will also be expected to attend an interview workshop day, where you will be required to participate in practical activities, prepare and perform a short presentation and undertake a short interview.

Dates and venue for the interview workshops will be given to you by the Admissions team once you have made your application.

Core Skills:

Production Team; Personal Specification

Key Tasks:• responsibility for both the artistic and technical sides of the theatre and it’s productions
• design of lights, sound and set
• management of technical teams
• make and source props
• operation of sound and lighting equipment
• crew live performances
• cue shows
• ensure all elements of production are operational
• work closely with performers and directors to ensure artistic vision
• compliance with strict health and safety guidelines
• managing the day to day running of the theatre, including front of house duties

Personal Specification
As a new member of the company, you will need the following skills and experiences;

• enthusiasm for the area of work
• some theatrical experience
• commitment to the work and flexibility in times of rehearsal and performance (you will be required to work a lot of evenings)
• ability to take direction, accept criticism, and work well under pressure
• focussed, self-disciplined and motivated
• excellent communication skills
• creative and imaginative
• ability to work well as part of a team
• organised
• able to reflect and evaluate own practice
• ability to manage time effectively (you will always be working towards tight deadlines)

Assessment:

All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is then awarded.

Assessment is on-going throughout the course, and requires you to complete projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations. Assessment activities that you may undertake include: participating in practical workshops, rehearsals, performances, writing essays, giving presentations, discussing work.

Academic Progression:

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas are valued by colleges, vocational schools and universities.

If you decide to go into higher education you could apply to;

  • Universities
  • Colleges
  • Drama schools
  • Apprenticeships

The world is really your oyster in production; courses range from Sound Engineering, Lighting Design and Control, Costume Design, Scenic Construction, Stage and Production Management, Arts Administration, Puppetry and Props.

If you have the Production bug there is really no looking back.

Career Progression:

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas are valued by employers. If you want to get a job straight away you could work in a production job role: crew for theatres, music venues or any live events venue. The opportunities in the industry are truly endless.

Full Description:

All students take the five core units:

  • Production Workshop
  • Performing Arts Business
  • The Historical Context of Performance
  • Production Arts Planning
  • Production for Theatre Performance

You will also take 12 other units which include.

  • Theatre Front of House Operations
  • Arts Administration
  • Assistant Stage Management
  • Deputy Stage Management
  • Stage Management
  • Stage Technology Installation
  • Stage Technology Operations
  • Stage Lighting Operations
  • Stage Sound Operations
  • Live sound for the Stage
  • Working Freelance in the Performing and Production Arts
  • Legal Aspects in Performing and Production Arts

Days and times of attendance: You will spend approximately eighteen hours a week at College, and at The Garage with your tutors having taught sessions. You will be expected to match this time with your own preparation, research and home work per week. During Production periods you will be expected to spend more time at the College, including evenings and weekends in order to undertake and keep to rehearsal and planning schedules.

Trips: It is essential as a Production student that you see as much theatre as you can; therefore we arrange regular trips to the theatres across the county to see a variety of work produced. Termly outings include a range of theatre shows, professional workshops and workplace related activities.

Annual trips are organised for students. Past trips have included New York, Italy, Paris and London.

Please contact the Advice Shop for details of costs and start dates.

Please note that although the information given is believed to be correct at the time of publication, course information, costs where applicable and attendance details may change.

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