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Show Production Schools

Introduction

Show production schools provide qualifications enabling graduates to produce live events such as concerts, stage shows, conventions, business presentations, broadcast and sporting events, and theme park shows. Virtually any formal occasion where sound, lighting, video, and multimedia coexist will either require, or benefit from, a skilled professional helping to successfully stage the event. 

 

Study Programs

Schools, colleges, and universities deliver event and show production training via a range of subjects that earn students Bachelor of Arts and Media Arts degrees as well as credentials from communication and design studies. Qualifications range from certificates to associates and bachelors degrees. 

 

Subjects

Depending upon the level of qualification you’re aiming to achieve, subjects should cover backstage and front-of-house requirements, technical and creative sides of show production, and other areas of specialization. Subjects offered generally cover four major focus areas:

1. Stage Technology - Stage scenery and mechanics, as well as rigging, staging, costume, and properties.

2. Audio - Understanding room acoustics, mixing sound, tools and equipment, as well as post production tasks.

3. Lighting - Theatrical lighting tools and equipment, special effects, and lighting plans.

4. Audio Visual Technologies and Multimedia - Layouts, wiring, equipment, industry preferred software, managing multi-camera shooting, recording, and mixing.

 

Study Outcomes

Those interested in sound production schools are often curious whether their creative aspirations can provide them with professional success. Understandably, people wonder what opportunities will be available after they graduate. Truth is, achieving a Live Events Production qualification can provide you with an in-demand skill-set for a variety of jobs, as well as set you up for a career in the arts, communications, and entertainment industries, or provide you with the tools to start your own business. 

 

Opportunities

Graduates of Show Production Schools have an extensive range of potential occupations to consider including, but not limited to: 

• Audio and Audio Visual Equipment Technicians

• Backstage Assistant

• Broadcast and Radio Technicians

• Camera Operators for Television, Video, and Film Productions

• Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians

• Lighting Designers

• Lighting Technician

• Production Manager

• Pyrotechnics Assistant

• Set and Exhibit Designers

• Sound Engineering Technicians

• Stagehand

• Spotlight Operator

• Stage Manager

 

How to Choose

Take advantage of opportunities to visit the school’s campus and ask in-depth questions to decide if the course is right for you. Check with your national Department of Education to see whether the course and institution you’re considering has proper accreditation. Also consider the following as part of your evaluation process: 

 

All About You

Your decision to attend show production school should be an extension of your most sincere interests and passions. Do you want to lend a helping hand to a local band? Is country music your passion or maybe you’re drawn to live theater? Perhaps you’ve had a lifetime interest in Broadway and the West End shows? These types of questions will get you thinking about the right school, college, or university. 

 

Placements

Look for study programs offering industry placement programs. A good study program features industry links and networks to place you in relevant supervised trainee or intern positions post-graduation. Placement opportunities include participation in show production meetings, set visits, and rehearsals with theater, dance, and opera companies, as well as film and television productions. You may also find yourself at broadcast events, festivals, or with convention organizers. Building connections with people at these activities, along with your instructors’ tips, may open industry doors for you, and begin your career in live show production.





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