Production Arts: Technical and Creative Theatre

The Production Arts: Technical and Creative Theatre course pathway provides training and education for students wishing to pursue a career in Design, Technical Theatre, Media or Production. The exciting ‘hands-on’ course combines vocational, practical training with academic study. In Year 1 the course offers a broad range of training in all aspects of Technical Theatre, Design and Media in theatrical, film or live-event contexts enabling students to explore a rich curriculum learning new skills and expertise. In Year 2 students can specialise, hone their skills and develop depth of knowledge, understanding and expertise in their chosen area of interest leading to students progressing to higher education or straight into Arts based employment.


Students will learn a wide range of technical skills and training from CAPA College’s resident team of specialist teachers, designers and technicians as well as from regular visiting industry experts – from set construction techniques to sound recording skills; lighting operations to video editing skills. Creative development is also an essential part of the course pathway and students study design and concept realisation with the opportunity to gain experience in designing lights, sound, set, costumes, AV, animation and video production. Training leads to students gaining extensive live operational experience in a range of venues giving students opportunity to learn how to adapt to different spaces and operating systems. All students participate in work placements, gaining experience in the professional industry and focusing on their particular area of interest.


Students have access to industry-standard facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology.

In addition to technical skills and training, design and concept realization are also essential parts of the course.

Students gain extensive experience in a range of different venues to ensure that they are able to adapt to different spaces and operating systems.


  • Set design
  • Set construction
  • Lighting design and operation
  • Sound design, editing and operation
  • Rigging
  • Live events
  • Mask-making
  • Stage management
  • Crewing
  • Design skills
  • AV techniques
  • Production techniques
  • Film and video editing
  • Camera techniques
  • Music video production
  • Audio production processes
  • Music technology
  • Graphics
  • Digital video production
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Costume design and construction
  • Make-up and prosthetics



Students will gain the following qualifications:

  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Production)
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Project (Technical or Creative)

The vocational focus of the qualifications means that all work and performance opportunities (including all ongoing participation in classes and rehearsals) are assessed. At the end of the course, students will be awarded an overall grade according to the combined total of all the individual units.


Jordan Wright

CAPA Graduate 2015

Jordan studied BA (Hons) Creative Lighting Control at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. He went on to become Head of Sound and Lighting Technician on Enchantment of the Seas.


“CAPA College gave me so many invaluable skills and experiences in a range of technical theatre and media roles and in so many different types of performances and venues. Through CAPA College I discovered my passion and strength for Lighting which I am now  studying at degree level. CAPA College prepared me with the skills, expertise and confidence to successfully gain a place at Rose Bruford.”