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Production and Technical Arts for the Stage

Production and Technical Arts for the Stage Cert HE

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.

 

W450 CertHE/PTS

 

Course overview

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 backstage 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).

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Health, Safety and Legislation

Explore the ever-changing landscape of health, safety and legislation within production and technical arts. 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 take part in and write up a case study focusing on a real vocational performance activity, allowing you to put theory into practice.

Lighting Operation

You apply appropriate crewing and lighting operation skills to a live production and develop skills in communication, organisation, plotting lights, rigging and focusing, reading cue sheets and operating a lighting desk. This module runs alongside the Sound Operation module and you take on both roles for the production and performing, through negotiation. Roles include the rehearsal process, lighting operation during dress and tech rehearsals and in the final performance. You work on a live brief liaising with performers and backstage crew, and keep a reflective learning journal focusing on lessons learned in practice and improvements in performance supported by appropriate theory and feedback from a range of sources.

Planning for the Future

You apply the knowledge and skills gained across all modules to a live brief. You work in a production team and take on the responsibilities of one the roles studied to support the creation of a live piece of theatre. This can be a community project, a touring piece of theatre, a music event, a cabaret, a talent show or any other performance-related product. You consider the timeframe, take on roles such as lighting operator, sound operator and stage manager. You are responsible for the organising and implementing of the performance project and take responsibility for the health and safety implications . You present a project proposal and keep a management portfolio throughout documenting the process.

Production and Technical Arts in Context

You investigate and question the historical, social, political, cultural and economic development of production and technical arts. You develop an understanding of the historical developments of the technical and production arts and share your understanding with peers through discussion, debate and presentation, and you gain an understanding of self-reflection.

Sound Operation

You apply appropriate crewing and sound operation skills to a live production and develop skills in team work and communication, setting up and testing levels of microphones, sound checks, reading cue sheets and operating a sound desk. This module runs alongside the Lighting Operation module and you take on both roles for the production and performing through negotiation. Roles include the rehearsal process, sound operation during dress and tech rehearsals and in the final performance. You work on a live brief liaising performers and backstage crew, and keep a reflective learning focusing 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 skills including communication, organisation and practical skills in writing risk assessments and having the responsibility of the prompt book. You work on a live brief liaising with a performers and backstage crew, and keep a reflective learning journal .

 

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. Because of this we are not accepting applications from international students requiring a Student Visa.

For general information please see our overview of 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 2023/24 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£6,150 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

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

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time
 

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UK students

Email: saci-admissions@tees.ac.uk

Telephone: 01642 738801


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