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Theatre and Live Events - Level 3

If you have a love of theatre and a desire to work on the technical side of live arts events, then this is the perfect route to employment for you.  

You will gain an understanding of the principles of technical production for live events, as well as gaining entrepreneurial skills through work experience and relevant industry training. Modules will include: sound production, lighting production, performance crew and scenic construction.This course could lead to further study on our Level 4 Professional Technical and Production, or an apprenticeship in the production arts sector.

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You will work on a range of projects, in a variety of different locations, in order to gain the experience you need to embark on a career in the creative and cultural industries. 



You will need at least one GCSE graded A* to C in English or Maths. You will also need an interest in technical and backstage careers.

Potential Future

Lighting Technician

A Lighting Technician works with the Lighting Designer and the Director to plan and facilitate the lighting requirements for a live performance or event. If necessary they will source any special lighting equipment for a show.

Senior Lighting Electrician / Deputy Head of Lighting

A Senior Lighting Electrician is responsible for installing and maintaining lighting equipment for live performances. 

Board/Console Operator

Working with the Lighting and Sound Designers, a Console Operator is responsible for programming and operating the audio and lighting consoles during a live performance.

Lighting Maintenance Technician/Manager

A Lighting Maintenance Technician is responsible for the construction and maintenance of lighting within a venue. They will also take on responsibilities for managing the Lighting Maintenance Team.

Senior Sound Technician

The Senior Sound Technician works with the Sound Designer and the Director to plan and facilitate the audio requirements for a live performance or event. If necessary they will source any special audio equipment for a show.

Senior Stage Technician

A Senior Stage Technician is responsible for sourcing materials and equipment for productions, as well as supervising the installation and dismantling of equipment and overseeing the safe operation of special equipment during rehearsals and performances.   

Head Flyman

The Head Flyman is responsible for preparing and operating the flying and lifting equipment for live performances.

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The Backstage Centre
High House Production Park
Vellacott Close
Essex RM19 1RJ

020 3675 6750

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