Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC
Qualifications on offer: 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.
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.
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to 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
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below.
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
Top up degree courses in Theatre Production.
Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the What Can I Earn?' section of our website.
Entry Requirements for new students
Generally a level 3 qualification is required at a grade equivalent to 48 UCAS points or above. This could be as two or more Alevels at grade D or above, or as a BTEC Extended Diploma (or other similar qualification) at PPP or Diploma (or other similar qualification) at MP> Successful applicants will also be required to have achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.
In circumstances where an applicant has not taken these qualifications (for example, for an applicant aged 21 or over) an offer will made based on the application, consideration of relevant experience and, in some cases, an interview.
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. Health & Safety Footwear and clothing required for the course will be detailed at interview.