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production arts:

The Production Arts is the magic behind the scenes.  Whether it be film, TV or Theatre the Production Arts is there.  We explore a range of areas within the subject from Theatrical Lighting to Stage Design  The Production Arts department work on all of the shows throughout the college year and closely with the Projects & Partnerships team to deliver professional standard rigs for TV and Film.  

If you want to be the driving force behind the magic on stage and screen, this is the course for you... 

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what is
production arts?

Throughout this course you will develop your skills as a Lighting, Sound, Set and Props designer.

Production arts practitioners have the imagination and creativity to transport an audience into another world. It’s important to understand how they do this successfully as it allows you to develop your own professional practice and understanding of features such as response to a script, venue, genre and purpose. In this course, you will investigate the work of influential production art practitioners. You will identify the factors that make them successful, as well as how the wider production team and other factors may influence their work. You will critically analyse key information such as methods of communicating creative intentions, technical aspects and processes used, production values and repertoire in order to develop and communicate independent judgements. This course will support your progression to higher education by developing your research, critical analysis and extended-writing skills. As a production arts practitioner you will need a good understanding of the work of influential practitioners to inform your own work and professional practice.


key stage 4

Specification: Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts

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Year/Course Code: BTEC Performing Arts Level 1/2 First Award in Performing Arts (Production)

The Production Arts is at the centre of everything we do at EUTC and in the Media, Film and Performance Industry. Whether it is an Art Installation or a Film Shoot, the Production Arts is there. We explore Set, Props, Light, Sound and Stage Management throughout this course and identify the key aspects of each. Within the KS4 Production Arts, we will develop the skills of a practitioner of the production artist in all areas over a 2 year period. Students will also be tasked with managing their own mini-performance and ensuring that the technical and production elements are fulfilled. Students will also explore their career progression and their creation and design capabilities.

Course Units and Description

Unit 1: Individual Showcase
Students will be given a theme and will be tasked to create a 10 minute presentation in response to this by creating a clear design and justification for it.
Students will also apply for a place in a 6th Form college to study the production arts highlighting the skills that they have attained over the period of the course. This unit makes up 25% of the overall course. This unit is externally assessed.

Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production
Students will select a position within the Production Arts and organise their own mini-performance. They will need to ensure that their performance is managed to a professional standard. This unit makes up 25% of the overall course. This unit is internally assessed.

Unit 7: Production Skills for Performance
Students will develop a range of skills associated to the Production Arts and track their progress throughout this unit. This unit makes up 50% of the overall course. This unit is internally assessed.

Throughout this course students will be invited to work on a number of projects at EUTC through the Projects team. Students that demonstrate a real passion for this industry will be able to further develop their skills and knowledge with the Projects team and by working with our 6th Form students.


key stage 5

In the Key Stage 5 course students will study for 12 hours a week a range of topics within the Production Arts that develop skills learnt in a range of KS4 subjects including Production Technology, Drama, DT, Music Technology and more.  The students will work as a production company throughout their course and manage every aspect of small to large scale performances.  KS5 students are also given the opportunity to rig and operate technical equipment for many of our Industry and Professional shoots in conjunction with our Projects & Partnerships team. 

UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts

Year 2

Unit 9 Developing performance and production skills
Unit 10 Preparing for progression
Unit 11 Exploration of specialist study and context
Unit 12 Extended Project 

Year 1

Unit 1 Principles of performance
Unit 2 Engaging with an audience
Unit 3 Introduction to professional practice
Unit 4 Critical and contextual awareness
Unit 5 Production skills and context
Unit 6 Performance skills and context
Unit 7 Preparation for specialist study
Unit 8 Collaborative performance project


industry links

The Production Arts department has good links with a number external partners which offer many opportunites for work experience and internships. We visit PLASA and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in the first term to develop both industry and acadmeic pathway opportunities for students. We have successfully placed students at RADA, RCSPD, LIPA, White Light Ltd, GSA and many more.