• Performing Arts

    HND Technical Theatre

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

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For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • An HNC Technical Theatre (with a minimum of 15 credits)
  • An interview with us

What's Involved

You’ll participate in advanced theatre production operations through working on real productions in well-known theatres including Ayr Gaiety, as well as UWS and Ayrshire College theatres. You’ll work on industry standard equipment and be taught by very experienced, current industry professionals.

Here’s more on what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll expand on your skills in scenic art and construction. Working from a set model and technical drawings, you’ll lead a team through the process to produce an item of scenery.
  • You’ll expand on your skills in lighting design for performance, creating a lighting design and plan, and realising them for a performance. You’ll also look at stage lighting and technology, learning how to incorporate special effects and stage electrics.
  • You’ll expand on your skills in stage sound and technology, including sound effects, digital recording technology, editing and resource management of theatre sound systems. You’ll work closely with the artistic director co-ordinating stage sound operations throughout the production process.
  • You’ll develop research techniques, looking at a range of theatrical spaces and genres, and learning to evaluate the design style in terms of set, props and furniture, costumes, lighting, sound and the overall effect.
  • You’ll learn about digital audio workstations, and how to record and manipulate audio and MIDI signals for sound production.
  • You’ll develop your skills in stage management to an advanced level, to include organisational, leadership and team working skills.
  • You’ll focus on professional development for technical theatre and production arts, and the knowledge and skills you’ll need for working in the industry.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a degree course at university, possibly via our articulation arrangements such as BA Technical Theatre and Production at UWS (direct entry to Year 3).
  • Starting your career in Technical Theatre. There are many unfulfilled vacancies nationally and internationally in Technical Theatre and most students find work either while at College or soon after. Possible careers include: Lighting Operator, Sound Operator, Set Designer, Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Event Organiser, Production Specialist, Broadcast Engineer (lighting, sound, production), Lighting Director, Sound Designer, Stage Crew, Runner, Front of House Crew, Make-up Artist.
  • Training as a Drama Teacher eg Post Graduate Diploma Education at Edinburgh University, Glasgow University or Strathclyde University.


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