L1 Performing Arts Technology - Semester B

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr G. McLarin

Level 1 Performing Arts Technology - The Producer

Participation in Performing Art Technology enable students to gain intricate knowledge of the behind the scenes processes within the Performing Arts. These skills lead to real life careers in Stage Management, Music Production, Lighting and Sound. Students will also gain skills in collaboration, as well as have the opportunity to work with real industry professionals, in a context that is reflective of a true industry environment. 

Semester B in Performing Arts Technology is focussed on the Audio Engineering and Live Production elements of the Performing Arts. In particular, you will learn basic techniques and knowledge about Live sound and Studio sound equipment, what the uses and purposes of this equipment are, and how to safely operate this equipment in a Performing Arts context. You will have the opportunity to use the school recording studio to create your own music using industry standard software, and mix live music through a P.A. system. As well as this, there is the option to learn the basics of Lighting, and develop knowledge and skills in this area based around live performance.

Term 3: We will start the Course off by looking at the basics of sound technology and how this works across the multiple different functions in the world of sound. After this, we will split off into the different focus groups, with half focussing on Studio sound, and the other half focussing on Live sound. Once completed, we will swap over, and do the other aspect.

Term four is the tidy up term, that will be used to complete anything that is still outstanding. As well as this, we celebrate the year that was with our annual M.A.D. Awards evening, which will require the skills that we have learned this semester.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A laptop that is capable of running a Digital Audio Workstation (e.g. Logic, Garageband, Ableton, FL Studio etc.) is ideal, however not required.

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

Successful completion of Year 10 Music or Drama is preferable.


Careers using Music, Drama, and Performing Arts include:
Musician (solo, band, orchestra), Music or Drama Teacher, Songwriter, Conductor, Actor (working in film, Television and Theatre), Theatre Technician, Stage Manager, Prop Builder, Arts Administrator, Barrister, Broadcaster, Choreographer, Cinematographer, Playwright, Copywriter.

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
U.S. 26687 v4
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of sound technology for a performance context
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
U.S. 27656 v2
Demonstrate and apply introductory knowledge of music technology equipment and techniques
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 8
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0


Selection of a course does not guarantee entry into the course. Courses may not run due to low numbers and timetable clashes may occur. In both of these situations, the student will be consulted about alternative courses during the Course Confirmation process.

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