Technical Theatre Stagecraft Diploma (BTEC HND) Level 6+

Technical Theatre Stagecraft Diploma (BTEC HND) Level 6+

Full Time 2 Year Course
HND BTEC Level 6+

The aim of this two year course in technical theatre is to provide the student with the skills and experience necessary for employment in professional theatre. The course should appeal to those who are interested in backstage work, stage management, lighting, sound or construction.


We offer two major awards in  the Technical Theatre department. The QQI Level 5 award in Theatre Production and the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Production Studies). Students have the opportunity over the two years of the course to specialise in any of three major areas:

  • Stage Management and Production Management
  • Sound and Lighting
  • Set Design and Construction

Students are encouraged to gain skills in all aspects of stagecraft and technical theatre. Practical experience is to be gained by students supporting the College’s Performance and Dance productions. Work experience and professional placements are arranged, as appropriate, for second year students.

Course assessment is by project work, continual assessment and examinations. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of the course and the student’s ability to work as part of a team.

Course Content
  • Lighting Design and Operation
  • Automated Lighting Systems
  • Sound Design and Operation
  • Set Design
  • Theatre studies
  • Stage Management and Administration
  • Workshop Construction Skills
  • Music Notation
  • TV and Video Production
  • Digital Movie Processing
  • Computer Aided Drafting (2D)
  • Web Authoring
  • Small Scale Touring in the Performing Arts
  • Professional Practice
  • Creative Arts Research
  • Historical Context in the Performing Arts
  • Managing a Creative Business
  • Work Experience

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


BTEC Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Production Studies)

QQI: Theatre Production 5M5152

Additional Certification:

  • Occupational First Aid
  • Manual Handling AIST
  • Stage Pass AIST
Entry Requirements

Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have reached Leaving Certificate standard. Applicants must show a keen interest in the Vocational area. Entry to the course is by interview.

Graduate Profile

Lisa KrugelLisa Krugel

Since graduating from ICFE Lisa has been working as freelance Stage Designer, Lighting Designer/ Technician and has recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Stage Design from Lir, The National Academy of Dramatic Art.

Some recent design work includes:

Set Design: The Hunt For Red Willie (Exit Excitedly), Love In The Title (Room To Move), Threshold (Mirari productions), The Watchman (Dublin Theatre Company), Airswimming (Idir Mná), La Traviata (Glasthule Opera Festival), Love In Dublin (Fire and Ice Theatre Co./Focus Theatre), Reunion (The New Theatre), Orphans (Smashing Times/Playleft/Focus Theatre).

Lisa also continues to work as Lighting Designer/Technician (on such productions as Amour – PlayActing Theatre Productions, Seekers – 50% Male Experimental Theatre, and I ♥ Alice ♥ I (at Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival 2010) – HotForTheatre) and as Stage Manager with companies such as Classic Stage Ireland, Rose Upon The Rood, Dancemasters, The New Theatre, The Abbey School of Music and Drama, Bluepatch, Idir Mná, and Marsha Hunt.

She greatly enjoys her work and is grateful for the opportunities, inspiration and encouragement she has gained from her tutors and colleagues at ICFE.

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