Backstage Theatre Arts - Level 3

This Course will provide you with excellent training in all the elements of technical theatre and theatre design techniques you will need for progression to Drama School, to study the subject at degree level. We run a public season of events with 9 major projects/productions per year, plus termly and one-off events. Plenty of opportunity to put your training into practice and hone your production skills!

What will I do?

A mixture of practical and theory based classes in Stage Management, Lighting Design, Sound Engineering, Scenic Design & Construction, Prop Making and Sourcing will focus on your knowledge, skills and technique development.

Daily rehearsals for our public Season of events will keep you working on exciting productions all year round, whilst also focusing on rehearsal etiquette, Director’s language, and collaborating with a team.

All students are rotated round different roles within the Production Teams for the Season shows and all assessed work completed on your digital portfolio relates to that show.

We pride ourselves on producing work of a very high quality and instil professional behaviours in every aspect of the course, to ensure you are as well prepared as you can be for the next stage in your training.

What can I do next?

Through your training on the Level 3 Extended Diploma, you will be in a perfect position to apply for Drama School or Industry-rated University courses to study further, in your chosen specialism.

Is it for me?

The course is for students with a passion for Theatre but who would prefer to be backstage than onstage, who are dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic. Conservatoire EAST is currently the only place for 16+ students to train in this region, where staff come from industry. This course is 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, plus shows during evenings and weekends. If you are prepared to put the time in, listen and implement the feedback from the incredible team of staff you will have around you, we will do our best to get you up to the standard you need to be, to succeed at the next level.


The Creative Industries are booming, bringing more money into the UK economy than Manufacturing or Engineering (, 2020) and there are numerous varied career opportunities. These include but are not limited to the West End, touring theatre, regional theatre, community theatre, cruise ships, hotels, theme parks, dance companies, music gigs, music videos, not to mention a wealth of opportunities in film and TV, with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV and Disney+.

Typical career

Freelance Runner: £105 per day
Stage Manager: Starting salary £18k
Lighting Technician: Starting salary: £18k

Apply online on West Suffolk College Admissions Portal
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2 years