Extended Diploma in Production Design for Performance*


2017 entry

The two-year Extended Diploma offers a single route in design for performance and a wider range of productions and events. Although it will foster an understanding of various performance genres there isn’t a performance requirement within the course.

It is a mainly technical and practical course providing essential underpinning contextual knowledge for those aged 16 and over covering design for events such as theatre, dance, music, film, TV, museum and wide variety of street and community activity.

*Course subject to validation.

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Length of study:

Two years full-time


September 2017


UCA Rochester

Course overview:

You’ll explore the design process both digitally and practically to support and enhance your personal growth and help you develop your study and vocational skills.

During your studies you’ll discover fresh approaches to production where you’ll work in groups and with professionally trained academics and technicians to learn new techniques and captivate audiences. You’ll have full access to our industry-standard facilities at our university campus and gain valuable feedback from tutorials and through group discussions.

By taking this course, you’ll be able to choose a creative direction where you can progress to a degree within UCA, at another university or pursue any future career in production or stage, music, film or entertainment industries.

*Actual award title: Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts.

Course content - 2017 entry

During your first year, you’ll experience a range of activities that interests you where you’ll have the freedom to explore your own direction.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Principles of production and design

    You’ll learn the practical and theoretical principles of production and design which may be for stage, drama, dance, music, film TV and other events as well as how to engage with audiences.

  • Historical and contemporary context

    You’ll study health and safety in production, be introduced to the responsibilities of a designer, gain critical awareness in an historical and contemporary context as well as learning how to analyse and evaluate performance and production needs.

  • Digital skills

    You’ll develop a range practical and digital skills through group production projects providing you with further insight to your own interests and strengths.

At the end of the second year, you’ll create an exciting final project to show what you’ve accomplished.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Production activities

    You’ll begin to apply your knowledge of structure, space, lighting, sound, projection, audience etc and participate in a range of individual and collaborative production activities.

  • Personal skills and placement

    You’ll progressively focus on your personal goals and present what you’ve learned with increasing confidence. Most students will undertake a placement.

  • Preparation for future

    You’ll develop greater individual direction evaluating your skills, understanding and ambitions in preparing for further studies or choosing a career path. This will form part of your Final Major Project.

  • Final major project

    Towards the end of the second year, you’ll work on your own extended project applying the skills and knowledge you have learned to demonstrate your abilities as part of a final assessment.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

How to apply - 2017 entry

I am a UK or EU citizen ...

When should I apply?

Our equal consideration application deadline is 31 March 2017. We guarantee that we'll consider all applications received by this date. If places are still available after this date, we'll consider late applications.

Entry requirements - 2017 entry:

Entry requirements

Normally five GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2). One of the GCSE should be in either art, design, media, performance or technology related subject.

OR Higher Diploma (Level 2) in a related subject area

OR Access Diploma (in an appropriate subject)

OR BTEC National Award.

Your portfolio

Include creative work in a variety of media that shows your interest in art and design - this could include paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics or design work. You can include film or video work but make sure it's no more than three minutes in duration. Also you could bring sketchbooks, notebooks, worksheets and ideas sheets as well as finished work. We also like to see examples of written work, such as an essay, case study, evaluation or exhibition review.

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