Performing Arts
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    11 September 2017 to 22 June 2018
    UCAS Code
    W440
    Ref
    17/18LHNDTECHTHFB12

Awarding organisation

HND Technical Theatre

Summary of course

The HND in Technical Theatre is aimed at people who would like to work behind the scenes in the performance industry. It develops skills in a variety of technical roles and offers the opportunity to work at a local theatre to gain skills and experience within the working environment.

Special course features include:

  • Automated lighting for live performance
  • Employability skills
  • Facilities operation in the theatre
  • Lighting design and operation for live performance
  • Performing arts rigging
  • Production management in the performing arts
  • Production skills for performance
  • Set design
  • Stage management in practice
  • Theatre sound design and operation
  • Work-based experience

    Key facts: The course is taught in a highly practical way using workshop style classes in which students work individually and in groups to develop and refine their skills, supported by lecturers with extensive experience in all areas. Work placements at local entertainment venues will be set up at the start of the programme and most learning will take place either on placement or at college supporting in-house performances. After two years you will able to look for work in a theatre or other live performance venue or progress to the third year of a degree to specialise and hone your skills.

    The School of the Arts benefits from cutting-edge facilities in a new building which gives students access to the studios and equipment necessary to gain the knowledge and skills demanded by a fast-moving and competitive industry.

    Our resources include:

  • Two large dance studios
  • Two large performance studios
  • Theatre with sound and lighting room
  • TV studio
  • Seven Mac suites with industry standard software

Part-time study may be available for this course and these options will be discussed at your interview.

View the detailed Programme Specification.

How is the course assessed?

This is a modular course and you will be assessed throughout the course rather than through examination. Practical projects, assignments and essays will be set for each module. The course will culminate in a final major project in which students take responsibility for the management of a major piece of assessed work showcasing their skills and specialisms.

Who is this course for?

The HND Technical Theatre is for students who have an interest in the technical side of theatre, including sound and lighting design, set design and construction and stage management. You may have already studied electrical or sound engineering, IT or performing arts to Level 3, or have had some work experience in this area. The course will enable you to develop further technical competences both in college and on placement at a local theatre or venue.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include:

  • Lighting technician
  • Sound engineer
  • Set design
  • Stage management

Entry Requirements for new students

All applications are handled by the University of Northampton through the UCAS system. To be accepted on a programme, you will need 48 UCAS points equivalent to 2 A Levels at Grade D or above, or a BTEC Level 3, or equivalent, with Pass at Extended Diploma/Merit at Diploma. You will also need a GCSE at Grade 4 (C) or above in English. We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

Interview Requirements

We will invite you in for interview before an offer is made.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There will be an expectation that students on this course will take on work placements in local theatres/venues throughout the two years of the programme and this may mean working some evenings and weekends as part of the qualification at times.

Course fee information

Tuition fees are £6,000 per year. If you would like to study part-time, fees are £4,000 per year.

There will be additional costs for books, trips and equipment. You can apply for a low-interest loan to cover your tuition fees.

You will only need to start re-paying your student loan when you are earning at £21,000 or more. For more information, please go to the Student Finance England website.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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