Diploma in THEATRE PRODUCTION ARTS

Full-time. Validated by Mountview

Diploma in THEATRE PRODUCTION ARTS
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 in venues across London.

The diploma is a one-year full-time 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.

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

  • Stage management
  • Lighting
  • Sound

Throughout the course you develop their 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.

Autumn term tbc 
Spring term
tbc
Summer term 
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Skills & Practice

  • Hands on training with contemporary lighting equipment, both generic and moving lights
  • Lighting systems and supporting paperwork
  • Understanding and designing of temporary power systems
  • Rigging and focusing
  • Construction of electrical practicals
  • Programming and operating state-of-the-art lighting consoles
  • Computerised drafting and visualisation (Vectorworks and WYSIWYG)
  • Networking, soldering and other skills needed by the modern production professional
  • Assistant/Deputy role/s on public productions

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.

Autumn term tbc 
Spring term
tbc
Summer term 
tbc

Skills & Practice

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

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.

Autumn term tbc 
Spring term
tbc
Summer term 
tbc

Skills & Practice

  • Show calling
  • Work at some of London’s leading West End and fringe theatres 
  • Creative research including period-specific work
  • Work with pyrotechnics and blank-firing weapons
  • Co-ordination and project management
  • Cueing to music
  • Prop making and sourcing
  • Stage managing musicals, Shakespeare and new writing
  • Marking up a ‘prompt copy’ to contain all the information about the show
  • Assistant/Deputy role/s on public productions

Fees

  • UK/EU Students
  • £6,625
  • Application fees
  • Free
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UK/EU Students: tbc
International Students: tbc

Additional costs include a basic tool kit, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (boots, hard hat, gloves, reflective bibs) and transport – allow around £400.

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

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Entry requirements

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

Candidates visit Mountview for a half-day of workshop experiences and a chance to see the campus. As part of this there is a short interview at which they can talk about their production arts experience.

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2018 Prospectus