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Creative Venue Technician

Course Code: AP3

Level: 3
Subject area: Performing Arts & Live Events
Awarding body: Edexcel
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Operating under the direction and supervision of a production arts technical management team, Creative Venue Technicians (CVTs) provide technical support for the construction, rehearsal, presentation and removal of a live performance, for audience or camera. CVTs play an active role in the technical operation across a variety of established creative venues, for example, theatres, arts centres and broadcast studios. CVTs will be multi-skilled across a wide range of technical disciplines and possess a broad level of knowledge relevant to the diverse environment in which they operate. CVTs will be competent in lighting, audio, video and building services related to the performance arts and apply them to their resident premises and / or production. They will also be skilled in stagecraft techniques such as carpentry, operating stage machinery and performing scene changes. This will allow them to set up, rig, operate, maintain and repair technical equipment as used in creative venues to facilitate the rehearsal and presentation of live performance e.g. scenery, luminaires, fixtures, audio and video apparatus. They can read, interpret and give appropriate technical information to colleagues and clients. They can safely use a variety of tools to assemble, install and maintain scenery and equipment for stage and screen. Emphasis will be placed on undertaking tasks both autonomously and as part of a team, taking ownership of the output standard. With guidance, CVTs will use their skills to realise and respond to the development of the creative team’s vision as well as the upkeep of their resident venue or touring production. This will involve, for example, focussing lanterns, fitting radio mics, assembling scenery and programming lighting, audio, video, automation and other control systems. They will undertake venue maintenance duties such as housekeeping, re-lamping, painting and basic venue repair work.

What you'll learn

On this course, you will learn to:

  • competently use safety and access equipment e.g. personal and fall protection equipment, ladders, access towers and telescopes
  • assemble and configure structures and systems from component parts to production specification – such as scenic and rigging structures, lighting, sound, power, dimming, amplification and control systems
  • undertake fault-finding of components and systems e.g. eliminating feedback in a live audio system
  • under direction – deploy, operate and maintain technical equipment e.g. lighting: select appropriate luminaires and accessories, test, rig, connect and focus to plan
  • operate hand and power tools safely e.g. podger, adjustable spanner, drill driver and jigsaw
  • programme and operate computerised control equipment e.g. lighting, sound and automation control desks
  • set and change scenes in live performance – setting and striking scenic elements under ‘show conditions’
  • undertake cueing and live operation e.g. operating a followspot to a show plot
  • operate suspension systems e.g. manual hemp, single and double purchase counterweight and automated theatrical flying systems
  • as directed – inspect, maintain and monitor venue and production systems e.g. emergency lighting, re-lamping, first line repairs, rig-check
  • diligently undertake stage crafts such as scenic construction, carpentry, metalwork, stage machinery, props, scene changes, knots and terminations.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship is via initial assessment.


Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

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