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Design for Performance

Overview - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Design for Performance

Are you creative, passionate and ready to experiment? If so, this qualification will set you on the path towards a design-driven career within the creative and performing arts industry. Offering you the opportunity to study and experiment in a range of styles and techniques to broaden your understanding of design-focused production arts, you will gain an insight into the range of career paths available, and enjoy opportunities to gain real experience by working with industry professionals.


What will I be doing?

Working with students of other disciplines, you will provide the design elements for performances, which may include (among others) set design, scenery construction, lighting, costumes and props. The workshops and assignments offered by our project-based learning approach will enable you to try different techniques and approaches within a wide range of production arts contexts to develop your design skills.

In addition, you will benefit from the support and guidance of our creative and performing arts industry-experienced teaching staff, contact with external industry professionals through masterclasses, workshops and visits, a minimum of one week’s work experience each year, opportunities to work with the wider creative and performing arts community within Liverpool and beyond, and, of course, access to our new facilities.

What will I leave with?

Successful completion of this two-year course will earn you the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts (Design). Equivalent to three A-Levels, this nationally-recognised qualification is suitable for progression onto Higher Education. You will also leave with enhanced interpersonal, critical and decision-making abilities, which will serve you well in future life.

What could I do next?

You will be equipped to apply for Higher Education or to seek employment in the creative and performing arts industry. Related career paths might include set or costume design, lighting, prop making, or production design.

How do I apply?

You must complete an application form for September 2017 entry and submit it to us as soon as possible. We will then call you for an audition, interview and workshop at some point in February or March 2017 -  you will be given at least four weeks’ notice and full guidance as to how to prepare. Offers of places (conditional on achieving a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C) will be sent out by 10 April 2017.

If you still have questions, contact the LIPA Sixth Form College Administrator on 0151 330 3232 or email


At present, course information is still subject to confirmation, and while every effort has been made to ensure it is accurate, the information on this website does not form any contract between LIPA Sixth Form College and any individual. In addition, LIPA Sixth Form College reserves the right to make changes and cannot accept liability arising out of, or in connection with, any such revision.