This course provides students with both the theoretical and practical skills to explore the many career opportunities within the technical theatre profession.
Building upon prior experience, students develop technical, creative, planning and logistical skills and the ability to carry out critical evaluation. In addition they experience the challenge of a fast-paced production environment.
The Diploma is a one-year course running from September to August, although January entry may also be possible. The programme of study is ideal for students who wish to reinforce their skills in theatre arts production and work practically in the production of professional theatre and its associated industries. Throughout the course there are regular appraisals to examine learning methods and set objectives.
The first term is dedicated to lectures and independent study in the student’s preferred field of study, be it design and applied arts, lighting and sound or production and stage management.
This term is all about building on previous experience, underpinning it with a deeper technical knowledge and further developing skills. Study in the second term takes place through practical work experience. Students are required to secure a relevant work placement at an agreed venue, on a specific technical project or through a freelance contract in order to broaden experience and develop vital industry contacts. Students are also required to fulfil assessed show roles in Mountview productions.
Students are scheduled to work on a variety of performances and projects throughout this term and assume greater levels of responsibility in the production process. The Diploma is assessed on work on productions during this term.