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Undergraduate study
The Arts

Production and Technical Arts for the Stage
Cert HE

W450 CertHE/PTS

 
 

Course overview

The Cert HE in Production and Technical Arts for the Stage offers a unique opportunity to develop both practical and industry standard skills alongside the exploration of current best practice, business, networking, and entrepreneurship.

You will have numerous opportunities to work with real industry briefs such as stage-managing Christmas shows at the ARC, writing case studies alongside real performers, crewing and lighting operation or sound operation for full performances open to the public. You will become an integral part of university and college life on the Stockton Riverside College Campus and will be invaluable to the back stage work that is carried out. You also create your own professional work.

The course offers a diverse and contemporary study experience which is fast paced and current. You will gain skills as technicians and stage managers but also organisers and developers. You receive energetic, focussed learning relevant to an ever changing industry, and support and guidance from a range of tutors and industry professionals in both practical and personal scenarios.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College (campus code 3, call 01642 865400).

 

Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Health, Safety and Legislation

You explore the ever changing landscape of health, safety and legislation within production and technical arts. You develop an understanding of the health and safety requirements such as risk assessments, working at a height, the use of licensed chaperones when working with young performers as well as important legislation such as copyright laws and having the correct licenses to play music. You also are part of and write a case study focusing on a real vocational performance activity, allowing you to put theory into practice.

Lighting Operation

You develop and apply crewing and lighting operation skills to a live production. Skills developed including communication and organisational, in addition to practical skills such as plotting lights, rigging and focusing, reading cue sheets and operating a lighting desk. This module runs alongside the Sound Operation so you take on both roles for the same production and perform both roles during the process through negotiation. You are also expected to play a role in the rehearsal process as well as provide lighting operation during dress and tech rehearsals and the final performance. You work on a live brief liaising with a real team of performers and backstage crew. Your reflective learning journal should focus on lessons learned in practice and improvements in performance supported by appropriate theory and feedback from a range of sources.

Planning for the Future

The knowledge and skills gained across all your modules are applied to one live brief. You work in production teams and will take on the responsibilities of one of the roles studied to support the creation of a live piece of theatre, for example a community project, a touring piece of theatre, a music event, a cabaret, a talent show or any other performance-related product. You are encouraged to think logically about what is suitable given the timeframe of the module and take on roles such as lighting operator, sound operator and stage manager. As part of the team you are responsible for the organising and implementing of the performance project, and take responsibility of the health and safety implications. You present a project proposal in the first instance and keep a management portfolio throughout documenting the process.

Production and Technical Arts in Context

You investigate the historical, social, political, cultural and economic development of production and technical arts. You consider the way production and technical arts have developed in the way that they have, and develop an understanding of the historical developments of the technical and production arts. You share your understanding with your peers through discussion, debate and presentation, and gain an understanding of self-reflection.

Sound Operation

You develop and apply crewing and lighting operation skills to a live production. Skills developed including communication and organisational, in addition to practical skills such as plotting lights, rigging and focusing, reading cue sheets and operating a lighting desk. This module runs alongside the Lighting Operation so you take on both roles for the same production and perform both roles during the process through negotiation. You are also expected to play a role in the rehearsal process as well as provide lighting operation during dress and tech rehearsals and the final performance. You work on a live brief liaising with a real team of performers and backstage crew. Your reflective learning journal should focus on lessons learned in practice and improvements in performance supported by appropriate theory and feedback from a range of sources.

Stage Management

You apply appropriate stage management skills to a live production and reflect on your development throughout. You develop a wide range of skills in areas including communication, organisational, writing risk assessments, and having you the responsibility of the prompt book. Working on a live brief you liaise with a team of performers and backstage crew. You are expected to keep a reflective learning journal throughout this module.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry criteria is based on your ability to succeed, and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points
  • Level 3 qualifications
  • Appropriate training through work
  • A satisfactory interview


This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College.

For additional information please see our entry requirements


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Full-time

Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants


What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year
  • UCAS code: W450 CertHE/PTS
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 48 tariff points

Apply online (full-time) through UCAS

 

Part-time

  • Not available part-time
 
 
 

Choose Teesside

iPad

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Accommodation

Live in affordable accommodation right on-campus

 

Campus

Study in our town-centre campus with over £270m of recent investment

 

Industry ready

Benefit from work placements, live projects, accredited courses

 

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