Technical and Production Arts: UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma Technical and Production Practice for the Creative Industries

Want a career developing and producing the vital elements that go towards theatre, concerts, TV and Film? Then this course is for you.

Interested in the behind-the-scenes and back-stage elements of your favorite shows?

Our Technical and Production Arts course is suitable for students who have an interest in the design, making and management of live or recorded performance events. This covers the roles and responsibilities within technical theatre, production arts and creative media.

Your learning will be primarily hands on, with workshops and practical sessions making up the majority of your study. Special importance is placed on collaboration with other groups and working together in a team. You will regularly be set tasks to complete collaboratively with other students within the creative industries faculty and our industry partners.

This course has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to work in the production arts industry.

The qualification focuses on you creating a portfolio of skills and experiences, to be used as a one-year fast track into employment or for further progression to Higher Education. The programme is made up of three mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Establishing principles of technical and production practice
  • Unit 2: Applied professional practice
  • Unit 3: Professional development project

Units 1 and 2 are graded Pass only. The overall qualification is graded based on Unit 3 as Pass, Merit or Distinction. You will have the opportunity to widen your skills with specialist workshops and study of industry practices.

Learning activities include lectures, workshops and practical sessions. You will learn about the process of imagining, creating and delivering a performative event.

You will be encouraged to explore a variety of different roles, ranging from design, construction, technical, management and marketing to give you a broad range of skills for the future.

As you progress, the course can adapt and specialise to help you follow your chosen career pathway, offering you flexibility and allowing your interests and previous study to influence your learning. There is a significant emphasis on you working independently, taking responsibility for your own experience during your time on the course.

This qualification is assessed through two internally assessed and verified units (Units 1 and 2), which are subject to quality assurance by UAL Awarding Body and one internally assessed and verified unit (Unit 3) which is marked by the centre and externally moderated by UAL Awarding Body.

Units 1 and 2 are graded Pass only. The overall qualification is graded based on Unit 3 as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Typical progression pathways include:

  • Production Design Technical Director
  • media production
  • marketing and sales
  • Assistant Stage Manager
  • Theatre Technician
  • Project Manager
  • Event Planner
  • Service Engineers
  • continuing your training via Apprenticeship or Higher Education

It is expected that most individuals enrolled on this qualification will be new to the industry.

There are no formal entry requirements. However, it is recommended that students are aged 18 or above, have a minimum of five GCSE grade 4/C or above, including English and maths, and at least one A Level (or equivalent Level 3 qualification), preferably in a relevant creative subject.

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