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Level 2 Diploma in Production Arts

  • LEVEL 2

Course Overview

Have you ever wondered what it takes to design, make, produce and run a show or film?

Our Level 2 Production Arts course is an ideal foundation from which to explore the essential elements that make up theatre and film production (and beyond!). On the course, our students create meaning and storytelling through costume, set design, prop development and production management.

This course is highly practical. You will learn through a combination of workshops, practical assignment briefs and regular projects. To complement your learning we organise a wide range of trips which help to broaden your understanding of production skills.

Course Code


End Date

Fri, 04 Jul 2025

Entry Requirements

“For the 1 year Level 2 – Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and maths.
For the 2 year Level 2 – Four GCSEs at gr...

Course information

Some of the areas you will explore are:

-Scenic Painting & Construction
-Costume Design and Making
-Prop Making
-Make-Up for Performance
-Stage and Project Management
-Site-specific performance

1 Year (level 3 study route)
2 Years (employment or apprenticeship route)

You will learn through a combination of workshops, practical assignment briefs, lectures, seminars, rehearsal attendance, trips and visits and regular project/client work. To compliment your learning we organise a wide range of trips. You will also create and develop a professional looking portfolio.

Coursework is internally assessed. We assess in a variety of ways including written work, portfolio building, Q&As, presentations, rehearsal observation and live productions.

A Level 2 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

Our Level 2 students undertake 2 weeks industry placement. You will be well-prepared to go out into the world of work and to a destination suited to your individual progression.

You will also get to work on live projects with college departments and external community groups across the year as part of our professional development sessions.

We also invite visiting speakers to meet with you and give feedback on your work.

Progression onto a Level 3 Production Arts qualification (depending upon overall grade, attendance, skill and English and maths results), or an apprenticeship or entry-level job in the creative industries. What careers can this course lead onto?
-Costume & Wardrobe
-Theatre or Film Set Designer
-Film/TV Production
-Production Runner
-Props Makers
-Makeup Artist
-Set Dresser
-Special Effects
-Stage Management

Level 2

You will prepare, participate in and stage-manage an element of a production during the year and this may involve evening and weekend rehearsal and performance time.

You will work in a variety of production roles across the year.

There is a trips and visits fee payable at enrolment, this covers the initial cost of 3 trips to see a range of theatre/film work or events suited to your studies. You will also visit museums, galleries and theatre spaces.


Comfortable and sensible shoes for workshops (boots are best). Dungarees, a washable apron and an old oversized shirt are essential for all practicals. Your own dust mask for woodwork too (B&Q do a good range).
A warm and rainproof coat is a must.
You will need a set of ‘blacks’ for stage management work; black boots, black cargo trousers and a black t-shirt or polo shirt (no brands or logos please).


You will need to supply your own personal stationery that includes: notebooks, pens, pencils, sharpeners, set square, protractor etc.