Performing & Production Arts | UAL Diploma in Performing and Production Arts | Level 1

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Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Code FE0278-1C
Qualification Type Basic/Key Skill
Qualification Level Level 1
Course type Full Time


This course covers a range of theatre arts disciplines, both performance-based and behind-the-scenes in production. You can opt to focus on either performance subjects (acting, dance, singing) or production subjects (lighting, sound, set design). If you are still deciding whether you prefer performance or production, you can opt to mix and match the course units and gain a general qualification. This will allow you to specialise further down the line in your studies. The College offers facilities unrivalled in the region, including a 160-seat professional theatre, high specification rehearsal and dance studios, and extensive production workshops.

  • Explore both performance and production arts
  • Professional rehearsal and theatre facilities on campus with industry standard technology
  • Expert tutors with professional experience
  • Learn in a creative environment at a dedicated arts campus


Course content

Choose a pathway or opt to combine course units if you are still deciding which direction to take.

Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Singing

This is a highly practical course for students with an interest in theatre and performance and culminates in two performances to the public. Students’ skills are developed through practical workshops, seminars and studio performances. Options include dance, singing and acting, costume, hair and make-up for theatre and set and prop design. The College offers facilities unrivalled in the region, including the 160-seat professional theatre, our new studio theatre, high specification rehearsal and dance studios, and extensive production workshops.

Production Arts

  • Costume, hair & makeup for theatre
  • Set and prop design
  • Production arts
  • Lighting
  • Sound

The production course builds on Northbrook MET's high reputation for excellence in technical theatre, stage management, theatre design and design crafts. You will gain full production experience on a range of public shows at both The Northbrook Theatre and our new studio theatre. Resources include our fully equipped professional theatre with ETC Ion lighting desk, intelligent and generic lighting fixtures, DigiCo Digital Sound Desk, wireless and shotgun microphones, projector, video mapping software, QLab workstations, wireless technical intercom, hemp and counterweight fly tower, wardrobe, make-up, and prop studios, paint gallery and scenic workshop.

Entry requirements

This Level 1 course is for students who have fewer than three GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above.

Your next steps...

Further study

After Level 1, you can progress to the Level 2 UAL Diploma in Performing & Production Arts course.

If you have been exploring both performing and production elements at Level 1, you may want to specialise in one area. Your decision may affect what you will study further down the line (Level 3 and beyond). Our department staff and careers advisers are on hand to give expert advice and ensure that you make the right choice to pursue your dream job.

Future careers

  • Performance
  • Actor
  • Voice over
  • Director
  • TV presenter
  • Event manager
  • Drama teacher

Production Arts 

  • Theatre technician
  • Lighting designer/operator
  • Sound engineer/operator
  • Set designer
  • Practitioner of hair/make-up/wigs
  • Marketing/events