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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

Technical Theatre

Validated and awarded by UAL - University of Arts London
Validated and awarded by UAL - University of Arts London
Validated and awarded by UAL - University of Arts London
Full-Time Fee (Per Year)
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BA (Hons) Top-up (Level 6)
Validated and awarded by the University of Gloucestershire
Validated and awarded by the University of Gloucestershire

Course Overview

The Technical Theatre course covers a wide range of disciplines and skills required for employment within the performing arts and live events industries. Production arts provides the ideal opportunity for students interested in all aspects of technical theatre to apply their skills in a professional setting, with over 35 productions each year.

BIPA has amazing resources, including Studio 22, an 80-seat studio theatre equipped with an ETC Nomad digital lighting desk, a 16-channel analogue sound desk and projection mapping facilities. Our main theatre, the Olympus, is a 250-seat theatre with a state-of-the-art ETC Ion digital lighting desk, which controls our in-house stock of generic lighting and our Martin and Robe automated lights. We have a 32-channel analogue Allen and Heath sound desk, as well as a 32-channel Yamaha LS9 digital sound desk.

You will study:

• Lighting design and operations

• Sound design and operations

• Scenic construction and design for stage

• AV design and operation

• Stage management

Course Structure

Maths & English

A key requirement for obtaining many jobs is to achieve a good standard of English and maths. Therefore, learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (C) in these subjects will be enrolled on either a GCSE or functional skills course alongside their main study programme.


The performing arts and leisure industry is one of the few areas in the jobs market that has sustained levels of employment and has even shown areas of growth in the present economic climate.

Work Experience

There is a work experience requirement linked to your programme and all students will complete industry-related placements.




Chris O'Brien
Course Leader Level 3 Technical Theatre
Mike Beere
Senior Technician & Production Arts Lecturer
Higher Education Management
Stephen Titchmarsh
Head of Bristol Institute of Performing Arts
Tom Hatch
Programme Lead - FdA Live Events Production