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Intermediate Apprenticeship in Technical Theatre (Lighting, Sound & Stage)

Key course information

Music, Performing and Production Arts


35 weeks


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Course Overview

This intermediate level apprenticeship is ideal for those who work in, or want to work in the technical theatre industry as technicians in backstage operations, supporting those in roles that are more senior, and is included within relevant Apprenticeship frameworks issued by Creative and Cultural Skills.Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate competence in specialist job roles such as rigging technicians, lighting systems technicians, board console operators, follow spot operators, maintenance technicians, assistant sound technicians, stage technicians, flymans, lighting designers and theatre technicians. Learners will also be given the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills needed to progress within specialist areas of lighting, sound and stage.

What will I learn?

There are 3 Pathways to choose from, Lighting, Sound or Stage. Students will cover units such as getting in, setting up equipment, and getting out in technical theatre, operate sound for a live performance, assist with the running of a live performance, prepare props for live performance and use drawings and specifications to inform technical preparations for live performance.

Entry Requirements

- The minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 or GCSE grade E in Maths and English.
- All applicants will be required to complete initial assessments in English, Maths and ICT.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The programme usually takes 12 months to complete, subject to any previous experience. A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

Additional Costs and Information

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Music, Performing and Production Arts

Career Opportunities

  • Musician
  • Producer
  • Promoter

  • Arts Administration
  • Presenter
  • Agent

The UK music industry contributes £4.5billion to the economy

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