Technical Theatre Arts

Technical Theatre Arts

What will I learn on this course?

You will learn a wide range of specialised skills and techniques through practical exploration and real life performance projects.  You will also learn how to communicate your ideas effectively and collaborate with others, in order to establish strong, professional relationships and develop your knowledge and understanding of this exciting area of the Performing Arts.

How is this course structured?

At BOA it is our firm belief that vocational training and providing first-hand experience with industry practitioners is essential to provide the best possible education.  With this in mind the Production Arts pathway is built around real life scenarios and projects that will require students to collaborate across pathways, designing for live performances within BOA and in the wider community.

At Post 16 students progress to the BTEC LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA IN PRODUCTION ARTS which will account for approximately 16 hours study per week and is equivalent to 3x A2 awards. 

How will I study?


In Year 1 this full time programme of study, approximately 16 hours per week with some additional time required throughout the performance schedule, will provide students with an in depth specialised knowledge in a range of areas including:

  • Scenic Design, Model Making and Scenic Construction
  • Lighting Design and Operation
  • Puppetry Construction and OperationProp Making
  • Costume Design and Garment Construction
  • Stage Management and Production Planning
  • Mask Making
  • The Performing/Production Arts Industry
  • The Historical Context of Performance and Theatrical Production

Students may also have the opportunity to experience hair and make-up design and sound operation. These skills and techniques will be explored and developed through a range of large scale performance projects.  Students will also be given the opportunity to take part in specialised work placements which will deepen their subject knowledge and provide an invaluable insight into the professional workplace.

Year 2 will enable students to experience additional responsibility within their chosen area of study taking on a particular creative role of their own choosing in order to hone their skills.  Students will develop their knowledge of the industry in preparation for embarking on their chosen career path.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to follow this course must demonstrate a passion for the performing arts and be eager to learn a wide variety of skills and disciplines associated with this exciting field. 

You will be required to take part in an aptitude workshop to assess your suitability for this course.  As an academy we welcome any practical experience you may have in this field.

Students following this programme must demonstrate:

  • Imagination and creativity
  • Commitment and the ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Strong communication and organisational skills


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