About the course:

The course is designed for students interested in the technical support for all forms of theatre and live events, including musicals, plays, dance performance, concerts, festivals and gigs.

  • Fully equipped professional theatre and new studio theatre
  • Lighting & sound equipment includes ETC Ion & element lighting boards, state of the art DiGiCo SD9 & SD11 mixing desks
  • Students will produce lighting, sound and video projection designs using industry standard software: Q-lab, Logic Pro & Vectorworks
  • You will have the opportunity to work in our state-of-the-art new recording studios
  • Learn a variety of skills for stage & production management
  • Work on a wide variety of projects including theatre shows, festivals, gigs and music videos.

The aim of this course is to provide an extensive introduction to technical theatre arts to students who are interested in working within the performing arts and creative industries. You will work collaboratively demonstrating imagination, creativity, dependability and self-reliance Students will support a variety of productions in the Northbrook Theatre and our new studio theatre as well as external events. Both our in-house theatres are fully resourced with professional standard lighting and sound equipment and supported by specialist theatre technicians. You will learn how to plan, design, rig and operate the systems necessary for theatre and music production: sound, light, communications and projections.

If you have not yet achieved GCSE grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths, you will also study English and/or Maths while at college.

Course units:

  • Production skills – Rigging, lighting operation & design, sound operation and design, video & stage technology and stage & production management
  • Principles of Performance & engaging with an Audience
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Preparation of Specialist Skills
  • Collaborative Performance Project

Course Leader:



Sadie Anderson

01903 273229 (Please leave an answerphone message)

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Entry Requirements:

To start on this course you need:

At least 3 GCSEs at grade D/3 or above, including English and maths
a relevant Level 1 qualification, including English and maths requirements and a tutor reference.

Applicants are auditioned.

(Students with at least 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/ 9-4 (including English) may be able to start on the Level 3 course instead.)

If English is not your first language, please click here for IELTS requirements.

Progression / Career:

After 1 year at Level 3 you can achieve a University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Production Arts. This means you can move on to the Extended Diploma course (below).

After 2 years at Level 3 you can achieve a University of the Arts London (UAL) Extended Diploma in Production Arts.

This is equivalent to 3 A Levels. This means you can apply for university level courses or seek work in industry. You could also apply to many other specialist courses at universities and drama schools.See UCAS tariff point values for these qualifications

Career options could include Lighting technician, Lighting Designer, Sound System Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Production manager, Live Visuals engineer or operator, Video Wall Technician, Moving Light technician, Pyro-technician, Event Manager, Tour Manager, Site Manager, Safety Officer, Artist Liaison, Stage manager etc


Age 16-17 starters -You will not have to pay fees on condition you are still under 19 on 31st August in each year of the course.

Age 18+ starters – Some students may have to pay for part of their course. More information»

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Apply online or complete the application form obtainable from the College and send it to: 

Admissions Office
Northbrook Metropolitan College
Littlehampton Road
West Sussex
BN12 6NU

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