Make it in Backstage

 The Creative Industries is a growing, vibrant sector. There is a wide range of jobs available for people who have trained in or studied Production Arts Working Futures 2010-2020 predicts a growth in employment opportunities for those working in technical and/or production roles in the Creative Industries over the next six years.


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Employment Prediction*

Change 2014 - 2020   +7.232 (12.33%)


Working in this area you can earn an average weekly wage of £740 - £830

[Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2012]


Jobs in this area range from theatre manager, lighting technician, stage manager, live sound operator, sound designer, sound engineer, and set designer to wardrobe manager, make-up designer, and costume designer.

Here are some skills you will be able to develop:

  • You will have advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • If you study Production Arts at Level 3 you can gain UCAS points that will gain you entry to a wide range of University places or top creative industries training centres
  • If you study HNC Production Arts for Stage Managers or HNC Production Arts: Make-up and Hair for Stage, TV, Film and Fashion,
  • You will have highly developed creative skills and abilitiesyou will gain a recognised qualificaiton that will launch you into industry or into the second or third year of a degree programme
  • You will have strong practical and technological understanding of a wide range of specialist technical equipment
  • You will be a highly motivated independent learner
  • You will have advanced creative visual skills
  • You will be a flexible, resourceful, creative individual with highly tuned interpersonal skills
  • You will have a strong work ethic
  • You will be an entrepreneur with strong business knowledge
  • You will be trained in a profession that can gain you employment around the world
  • You will understand deadlines and respect them  
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