Backstage Theatre & Venue Productions HND

Course Code: TVPHD
Learning Aim Code: 50092297
Full-time / Part-time: Full-time
Duration: Two years
Campus: Paget Road campus

Is this the right course for me?

Careers within backstage production for theatres and venues, TV and film as well as open air events are at an unprecedented period of growth in the UK with talented and well trained crew, lighting technicians, sound engineers, stage managers, set designers, props makers and theatre technicians in high demand.

The Theatre, Film, Events, Festivals and Music industries are at an all-time high and this provides an ever-increasing variety of career options. This practical, hands-on course offers the opportunity to study Technical Theatre in all production areas and to train and work in Stage Management, Lighting and Sound, Scenic Art and prop and Construction on a range of public performances. Giving you the skills required to progress into a career backstage in the creative and entertainments industry.

HNDs are designed to give you the practical, vocational skills of a particular field of work which can then lead straight to a career. You can also use the qualifications to progress within your current career, for example as a stepping stone to gaining professional status. Once you complete your course HNDs can allow entry into the second or third year.

What will I learn?

During this course you will study:

  • Stage Lighting: Rigging, Focusing and Operation
  • Lighting Design for Performance
  • Stage Management
  • Set Construction and Painting
  • Live Sound for Large and Small Venues
  • Live Sound Systems
  • Acoustics
  • Music Electronics and Maintenance
  • Music Health and Law
  • Planning for public Performance
  • Scenic Art and Construction
  • Stage Design
  • Props for Theatre Production
  • Research Techniques
  • Special Effects for Theatre
  • Events Management

What skills will I gain?

This qualification prepares you for employment in the theatre, venues and events sector and gives you a pathway to a top up to a 3rd year at university or direct to Employment. The HND in Backstage and Venue Production has been designed with industry professionals to ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge, confidence, understanding and skills required for success in your future employment.

How will I be assessed?

This is an assignment based course so there are no exams. You will be continually assessed throughout the programme by a variety of methods including: coursework, reports, case studies, essay, presentations and observations.

What can I do next?

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to begin to pursue a career in;

  • Stage Manager
  • Sound Technician
  • Scenic Artist
  • Lighting Technician
  • Sound Engineering
  • Sound recording
  • Events Management
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Technician
  • Wardrobe Assistant
  • Prop Maker
  • Freelancer in the industry

After you have successfully completed this course you can also progress on to a top up 3rd year of a University degree course, based upon the entry requirements of the University you apply to.

What are the Entry Requirements?

Two A Levels or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. You must possess good written and oral English and have evidence of interest / involvement in the Music Industry. You will be invited to an interview offering the chance to see our facilities. Entry is based on academic qualifications and reference.

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