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Level 4 Professional Diploma

Our Level 4 Professional Diploma course prepares young people to enter the stage and screen industries with industry experience. This education allows students to work with real clients and production companies in the creative industries. This equips those with a creative vision with the skills and breadth of knowledge they need to gain experience working on live productions.

This is a free, full-time, one-year course for students who will be aged 18. You must have completed a Level 3 professional diploma before starting in September.

You will gain a Level 4 professional diploma in 'Technical and Production Practice for the Creative Industries'.

Got a creative vision? See yourself working in the production industry? Want to work in the core creative teams for TV, film or theatre? 

At BOA Stage and Screen Production we place significant emphasis on work-readiness, project-based learning and industry collaboration, and our purpose-built curriculum has been designed in collaboration with major UK industry partners to ensure our students are genuinely "set-ready" when they leave us. 

In this exciting new course, students will undertake a sequence of live industry projects, working with major partners such as the RSC, BBC and Method in Motion, attending relevant workshops and classes, executing their duties, and keeping a journal and e-portfolio as evidence. 

This means students leave equipped with the credits, experience and professional network they need to progress directly into the industry, or pursue further studies at the very best universities.


Work with real clients on professional projects:

  • Videographer
  • Editor
  • Lighting Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Hair/ Make-up/ SFX Artist
  • Lighting Technician
  • Sound Technician
  • Project Manager
  • Event Manager 
  • Production Manager

You will gain a Level 4 professional diploma in 'Technical and Production Practice for the Creative Industries'. 

This course provides learning experiences through which you will develop a wide range of skills required within the performing arts sector. Through practical exploration and real-life performance and film projects, you will develop and hone specialist creative and management skills required to work successfully in this industry.


Careers in the industry can take many different forms. Technical staff and crews tend to work freelance, whereas management and production teams are either permanent or on fixed-term contracts. In the world of marketing and social media, specialists tend to work to a service level agreement, whilst others are permanently employed by an organisation or signed up to an agency. Salaries range across the whole spectrum, driven by the specialist skills required, the responsibility of the role and the production budget.

Ultimately, the variety and excitement of a career in the screen industry is second to none, but of course making connections and building a robust professional network is key. That is why we ensure every student graduates BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy set up with a freelance portfolio, professional film and TV credits, and key connections in the Birmingham industry network.

Have a look at Screen Skills to find out more about careers in the industry. 

How to apply

Ready to apply? Click this link to take you through to our application page:

Upon receipt of your application, you will be invited to attend our next round of Aptitude Workshops. These practical, pathway-specific sessions are designed to assess your suitability for the course, whilst also providing the opportunity to find out more about what the course involves. 

Workshops are typically 3–4 hours long and are scheduled to take place throughout the year, with places offered following each round. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply early, to avoid disappointment. 

For more information or general enquiries, please call 0121 359 9300 or email