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Arts & Media Campus

Theatre & Event Technology

Our Theatre & Event Technology programmes enable students to enter the live events industry, which presents fantastic and numerous employment opportunities; the chance to travel the world, to be at the forefront of a creative Industry responsible for iconic events such as the opening of the London Olympic Games, Glastonbury and West End Shows and to support the many local organisations that need the specific skills set of a production specialist.

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Course Overview

Theatre & Events Technology at Kendal College is well-known for the quality and excellence of its teaching, facilities and success of its students. Our students are at the heart of everything that we do and the opportunities that we offer. The qualification is through the leading Arts Provider, The University of The Arts, London (UAL) offering a tailor- made qualification for students wishing to immerse themselves in a professional and highly practical approach to studying Theatre & Events but still achieving a 3 A' Level equivalent qualification.

The Level 3 course will provide you with more advanced skills for Technical Theatre and you will be working on more complex and challenging performances. This course is suitbale for anyone who is wanting to progress onto university, apprenticeships within the industry or employment.

By completing this course, you will achieve a University of Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Performing & Production Arts (Theatre & Event Technology).

This is 2 year course and is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*) or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction). UCAS have recently changed the UCAS Tariff from September 2017 so they could include more qualifications. The new Tariff points are lower than the original Tariff points but the value remains the same, as universities will just use lower Tariff numbers in their entry requirements than in previous years.

During the course you will cover key elements of the industry:
- Production and Stage Management: Learn the intricate skills required to organise performances and events.
- Working behind the scenes to run a theatrical production or event.
- Lighting: for Dance, Plays and Musical Theatre performances.
- Intimate music gigs.
- Set Design: Create, design and build scenery and staging for a variety of productions.
- Props: design, create and source props for a variety of productions.
- Explore skills in mixing a live band and create sound effects for a variety of performances.

During the course, you will be experience a variety of practical performance projects that vary year on year, reflecting the ever-changing nature of our industry. These include but not limited to, Halloween events, theatrical showcases, lighting and set design projects, local festivals, scripted plays in our in-house theatre 'The Box', culminating in a full-scale Musical production at the end of the year, which is fully managed and run by the Theatre & Events Students.

The course is led by industry professionals and is tailored to each individual's interests and skills, in an environment in which every project challenges and stretches your creative abilities. You will be immersed in the responsibilities of a Technician from day one, being treated as training professionals.

This is a very practical and hands-on course using a wide range of industry standard equipment; ETC Element & Avolite Quartz lighting Desks, Midas Pro1 & Yamaha M7 sound desks, Qlab, Laser cutter and a variety of woodwork machinery. This will equip you with the skills and knowledge preparing you for a career within the Theatre & Events industry.

Each year, the Theatre Arts students take part in an optional residential to London visiting shows, exhibitions and taking part in backstage theatre tours. Previously we have watched 'Hadestown', 'Come from Away' and 'Everybody's Talking about Jamie' and been backstage at 'Hamilton', 'Aladdin' and 'Sadler's Wells', where we have met the professionals running the show. This experience is invaluable for our students, as it shows them the inner workings of how a professional production is run and gain invaluable career advice.

Our world as Theatre & Events Technicians at the Arts & Media Campus is non-stop, creative and inspiring. Students work together in an environment, which even in challenging moments, with practical deadlines and late night get outs from a show, never fails to bring a smile, a laugh, and a sense of real pride and achievement from another completed project.

You may also have work experience opportunities, where some students will engage with external clients and companies, developing your experience in the world of work.

Your assessments are formed through individual projects and collating evidence throughout your creative process.
There are no formal exams, unless you are resitting your GCSE Maths and/or English. All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a 'C' or 4 grade (or higher) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

Entry Requirements

- 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language & Maths.
- A reference from your previous school or college.
- A successful interview.

After Your Course

Our course has an outstanding level of students winning places at prestigious Drama Schools, Conservatoires and Universities such as; Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Guildford, Guidlhall, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Backstage Academy and BIMM.

Many students who have successfully completed the course have gained work with in the industry, such as The Brewery Arts Centre, The Old Laundry in Bowness. Adlib (Sound, Light and Visual Solutions), Kendal Calling, The National Theatre, Disney Cruise Lines, Science Museum London and have worked on events including Kendal Mountain Festival and Lakes Comic Arts Festival.

Career options and possible routes, but not limited to:
- Stage Manager
- Production Manager
- Lighting Designer, Programmer and Operator
- Projection Designer, Programmer and Operator
- Props Designer
- Sound Designer and Operator
- Events Management
- Marketing
- Employment
- Self-Employment
- Teacher

This course also provides students with key transferable skills and we see students going on to other careers in the arts.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

Other costs may be associated with this course, e.g., kit, equipment, books, trips, etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/24).

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.


The fees displayed are for the one-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please get in touch with us for the cost of the second year, as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another institution.

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