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L3 Technical Theatre Level 3 | Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

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The Technical Theatre course covers a wide range of disciplines and skills required for employment within the performing arts and live events industries. Production arts provides the ideal opportunity for students interested in all aspects of technical theatre to apply their skills in a professional setting, with over 35 productions each year.

BIPA has amazing resources, including Studio 22, an 80-seat studio theatre equipped with an ETC Nomad digital lighting desk, a 16-channel analogue sound desk and projection mapping facilities. Our main theatre, the Olympus, is a 250-seat theatre with a state-of-the-art ETC Ion digital lighting desk, which controls our in-house stock of generic lighting and our Martin and Robe automated lights. We have a 32-channel analogue Allen and Heath sound desk, as well as a 32-channel Yamaha LS9 digital sound desk.

You will study:

  • Lighting design and operations
  • Sound design and operations
  • Scenic construction and design for stage
  • AV design and operation
  • Stage management

A UAL Extended Diploma takes two years to complete. Upon successful completion this qualification is the equivalent of three A-Levels.

The Bristol Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA) is proud to be part of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

How will I learn?

This Level 3 course is based at our dynamic and exciting WISE Campus, located within easy reach of the city of Bristol and moments away from Bristol Parkway and Bristol Abbey Wood train stations.

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Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths. Exceptional entry may be possible if a high level of skill in technical theatre can be demonstrated. People over 19 without formal qualifications will be considered.

Maths & English

A key requirement for obtaining many jobs is to achieve a good standard of English and maths. Therefore, learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (C) will be enrolled on either GCSE or Functional Skills programmes alongside their main course.


The performing arts and leisure industry is one of the few areas in the jobs market that has seen sustained levels of employment and even shown areas of growth in the present economic climate.

Work Experience

There is a work experience requirement linked to your programme and all students will complete industry-related placements.

Additional Information

The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts. The course provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the performing arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

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course information last updated: Tuesday 18th January 2022 @ 8.30am (7 hours ago)

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Full-Time 2022-2023

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