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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

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Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training

Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training
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Course overview

Course Code 5M5152
QQI Award Code 5M5152 Theatre Production
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

If you want a career in technical theatre, front of house, or behind the scenes in theatre, film or events, then this is the programme for you.

You will develop skills in lighting, set design and construction, live sound, stage management and front of house operations. You will explore the processes, skills and technology that underpin the production of events, theatre and film. Students on this course will have the opportunity to work in professional venues as part of this programme.

You will be able to prepare a portfolio as part of this course, including preparing for applications to specialist courses at Production Arts colleges.


What will you Study?

Communications (5N0690)
Stage Management & Administration (5N1550)
Event Production (5N1374)
Theatre Studies (5N4571)
Technical Skills for Theatre (5N6047)
Production Design for Theatre (5N6205)










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