Professional Diploma Technical Theatre

The UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Technical & Production Practice for the Creative Industries has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to work in the Production Arts industry.

The qualification is a one-year fast track into employment and will open up the possibility of further progression within Higher Education. It is suitable for students who have an interest in TV/Film and or Digital Journalism, or a related subject.

The course consists of three units throughout the year.

Unit 1: Establishing Principles of Technical and Production Practice
This unit is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to explore, enhance and sustain their professional development and determine a standard from which all other activities and learning will develop.

Unit 2: Applied Professional Practice
This unit further develops and refines your professional skill levels by placing them directly within a professional environment and exposing them to the realities of the workplace. You will have the opportunity of applying the technical and production skills acquired from your previous unit and testing them out in a professional context.

Unit 3: Professional Development Project
This ‘signature’ unit provides you with an opportunity to take control of your own professional development by independently initiating, researching, establishing and completing a production project.

Unit 1 and 2 are graded Pass/Fail units that are internally assessed.

Unit 3 is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction, Fail and is internally assessed and externally moderated. This unit will determine the overall grade for the overall L4 Professional Diploma Qualification.

What qualification will I gain?

Level 4 Professional Diploma in Technical and Production Practice for the Creative Industries

Entry requirements?

Applicants must be 18 years or older and have achieved a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts at merit grade, or Level 3 Apprenticeship, A-Levels (C and above, including Media). Ideally GCSE English and Maths at minimum Grade 4 or equivalent.
Experience of working in a production or technical role in school, amateur, or professional theatre, film or events would be an advantage but not essential. Adult learners including those in a current relevant role will be welcome.

You will be required to attend an interview

What progression options will I have?

Higher Education, studying on BA Hons and Foundation Degree level programmes.
Progression onto our Foundation Degree in Digital Media Production or Interactive Multimedia.
There are also routes directly into junior positions within the industry and apprenticeships available.




What costs are involved?

Tuition Fees:
16-18 - free
19+ Advanced Learning Loan - £4650

Exam and Registration Fees (payable by all aged 19 and over): £175

This course may also attract additional costs, for example, kit, uniform or books, that all students will be required to pay. Please contact the College for further details.

How will I be assessed?

All of your work will follow a vocational scenario or context that simulates a real-world situation.
This course is 100 % coursework. You will present your work in a range of formats.
You will be assessed on your research, development and experimentation and final outcomes and you will be encouraged to develop your work and professional practice through evaluation and self-reflection.
. Project Proposal
. Production Portfolio
. Production Project
. Observation

Assessment will be against the specified marking criteria.

Unit 1 and 2 are graded Pass/Fail units that are internally assessed.

Unit 3 is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction, Fail and is internally assessed and externally moderated. This unit will determine the overall grade for the overall L4 Professional Diploma Qualification.