Diploma Theatre Production Arts - Sound

Full-time. Validated by Mountview

Diploma Theatre Production Arts - Sound
Full-time. Validated by Mountview

1 year

Mountview’s diploma provides experienced students with the opportunity to develop theoretical, practical, creative and critical thinking skills. You will experience the challenge of a fast-paced production environment working on a broad range of projects.

This is a one-year full-time vocational course and is ideal for students who wish to develop their experience and skills in management, theatre production arts or technical theatre through practical work in professional theatre environments. Since the course is non-accredited, it does not attract any government funding.

Students opt to specialise in their preferred area of production arts:

  • Stage management
  • Lighting
  • Sound

Throughout the course you develop your individual processes as a practitioner through a mix of collaborative and independent work with regular appraisals to examine learning methods and set objectives.

You will undertake significant self-directed study and experience a range of performance environments working on Mountview productions and on professional placements. This provides excellent opportunities to gain important industry contacts and develop personal networks, both of which are key to your career progression.

Course Content

Strong emphasis is placed on learning through practice, and the majority of work across all the modules is continuously assessed. Skills modules will be assessed through coursework, and practice modules through assessment of practical production roles.

2020/21 TERM DATES
Autumn term 14 September – 18 December 2020
Spring term
 4 January – 1 April 2021
Summer term
 19 April – 16 July 2021

NB There is no teaching on the Easter Weekend (2-5 April) or May Bank Holidays

2021/22 TERM DATES
Autumn term 10 September – 18 December 2021
Spring term
4 January – 14 April 2022
Summer term
20 April – 16 July 2022

Skills & Practice

  • Hands-on training with contemporary sound equipment
  • Sound systems and supporting paperwork
  • Understanding & designing temporary power systems
  • Rigging & balancing sound systems
  • Prepping, fitting and monitoring radio mic systems
  • Programming and mixing stat-of-the-art sound desks on plays & musicals
  • Networking, soldering and other skills needed by the modern production professional
  • Assistant/Deputy role/s on public productions


  • Application Fee
  • Free
  • 2021/22 UK Students Course Fee
  • £7,035
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Additional costs include a basic tool kit, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (boots, hard hat, gloves, reflective bibs) and transport – allow around £250.

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

Funding and Scholarships

Entry requirements

Applicants must be from the UK as this course cannot support international visa applications. Admission onto the course is by interview. Applicants must be aged 21 years or over at the start of the course.

If an applicant’s first language is not English, and they have not been taught in English or studied to A Level standard in the UK, they will need to demonstrate an acceptable minimum level of competence through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Band 6.5).

Mountview welcomes applications from people with disabilities and is keen to support all applicants to achieve their best. If applicants have any special requirements or access needs, these should be discussed with the course leader/administrator.

Mountview is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for students in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. No applicant will receive less or more favourable treatment on grounds of sex, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.

Interview information

For Theatre Production Arts candidates there is a short online interview at which they can talk about their interests, influences and production arts experience.

Auditions and Interviews
2021 Prospectus