To our new level 4 Design, Management & Technical Arts students

We welcome you to new ways of learning this academic year.

This is to provide new incoming Level 4 design, management and technical arts students to Rose Bruford College an explicit picture of the College’s commitments for the delivery of their courses in these exceptional circumstances when the public health guidelines around COVID-19 are still very much a factor.

We will continue to deliver a high quality teaching and learning experience that is broadly equivalent to that which was originally advertised. The overall content and learning outcomes of all the courses outlined below will remain unchanged. The delivery of these courses will move to a blended hybrid of face to face teaching together with online delivery - with face to face making up the majority of the teaching. The online delivery will build on what we have achieved, and what has proved effective, over the last few months.

In this context we will be making our Sidcup Campus, Christopher Court and our new spaces at Lewisham College as safe as possible for both our students and our staff. Please see below for details of these measures.

Of course, the situation with COVID-19 remains a fluid one. Naturally we hope and anticipate that these challenging times will pass – but the timing on this is impossible to predict.

Content of the Courses

Audio Production

This course covers the fundamentals of audio production and engineering, studio and live music production, and sound design for theatre, film, TV, radio, interactive digital media productions (VR, AR and games). There will be no changes to the overall content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.

 

Costume Production

The Costume Production course will provide you with the understanding and skills needed to pursue a successful career in the production and management of historical and contemporary costumes and accessories. There will be no changes to the overall content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.

 

Creative Lighting Control

Creative Lighting Control is a unique course, created in response to industry demand for specialist lighting and video programmers and technologists. There will be no changes to the overall content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.

 

Design for Theatre and Performance

The Theatre Design course offers a highly creative preparation for a successful career in theatre and associated live and recorded performance events. There will be no changes to the overall content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.

 

Digital Content for Theatre and Live Events

Digital Content Design is part of a large (and rapidly growing) industry, and it needs specialised designers who understand how they can use the technology, and how to work in partnerships with creatives and directors to create atmospheres or to support the storytelling. There will be no changes to the overall content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.

 

Lighting Design

The Lighting Design course will support and guide your development towards a successful career in lighting. There will be no changes to the overall content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.

 

Lighting Design for Architecture

The Lighting Design for Architecture course offers a practice-based route into studying lighting for architecture and environment, preparing you for a successful career in this vibrant and dynamic industry. There will be no changes to the overall content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.

 

Scenic Arts

The Scenic Arts degree programme is designed to equip you with a range of theatre craft skills including prop making, scenery building and scenic painting. There will be no changes to the overall content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.

 

Stage and Events Management

Evolved from our successful Stage Management Programme and designed to offer a rich and unique opportunity to embark on an individually tailored programme of study within the broad spectrum of stage and events management, this programme explicitly recognises that the theatre, events and performance-related industries are dynamic, ever-changing environments. There will be no changes to the overall content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.

 

Virtual Theatre and Digital Experiences

Virtual theatre is narrative in digital immersive environments. It is focused on live performance sometimes with interaction from the audience. There will be no changes to the overall content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.

 

Level 4 (first year) - all courses

The specified trips to the theatre are dependent on the re-opening of theatres following COVID 19. Should theatres not have re-opened, online performances will be shown to prompt analysis and discussion. Showings of practical work will be subject to social distancing and public health guidelines on group sizes should these still be in place.

 

How the courses will be delivered

These courses will be taught though a blended hybrid approach with the majority of the classes being delivered face to face and the remainder being delivered online:

  • Practical classes, projects and production work will be undertaken face to face whilst adhering to any social distancing and group size public health guidelines that are in place. Some tutorials may be face to face, but most will be online.
  • Lectures, seminars, masterclasses, some digitally-based individual and group project work and most tutorials will be delivered online. Some elements of production work, such as meetings, will take place online.

 

The key elements to ensure student and staff safety during the face to face teaching for the academic year 2020/21 around COVID-19 are as follows:

  • Groups for face-to-face learning will be smaller (up to 12 students depending on room size) than normal. Wherever possible these groups will be kept together in “social bubbles” and interaction between “bubbles” will be minimised. We will mirror these “bubbles” for Level 4 students as much as possible within the College accommodation at Christopher Court.
  • Workshops, studios, laboratories and other practical workspaces will be laid out to ensure 2 metre (or whatever current public health guidance requires) social distancing can be maintained.
  • Project briefs may be adapted to reflect the different group sizes and space available.
  • For productions, the maximum number of people in any one rehearsal space – actors, creative teams/tutors, and technical students - will be 15.
  • In limited situations where social distancing is not possible (eg costume fittings) PPE will be used appropriately.
  • Start times for teaching sessions will be staggered to limit the number of people moving across the campus at any one time.

The College will ensure it keeps abreast of all evolving creative industry developments in the area of technical production in the light of COVID-19.

 

Length of the course/award/cost

The Costume Production, Creative Lighting Control, Design for Theatre and Performance, Digital Content for Theatre and Live Events, Lighting Design, Lighting Design for Architecture, Scenic Arts, Stage and Events Management, and Virtual Theatre and Digital Experiences programmes are all three year BA (Hons) courses.  The Audio Production programme is a three year BA/BSc (Hons) course.

 

For the 2020/21 Level 4 (first year) Design, Management and Technical Arts students the academic year will run as follows:

Term 1 = 26 October 2020 – 18 December 2020 (registration will take place in the week starting 19 October 2020)

Term 2 = 11 January 2021 – 26 March 2021

Term 3 = 12 April 2021 – 25 June 2021

This is a slightly later start to the academic year for new Level 4 students than originally envisaged but the year will contain a full 30 weeks of teaching and learning. It is anticipated that future academic years will see a return to a September start for the autumn term. This date change will be reflected in the contracts for Level 4 students taking accommodation in Christopher Court.

The fee for all these full BA/BSc (Hons) courses is £9,250 per year.

 

How the courses will be assessed

Within the delivery of the courses outlined above, there will be no changes to the way the courses are assessed from that originally published on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course assessment will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.

 

Possible locations

These design, management and technical arts courses will be taught at the College’s Sidcup Campus. For some courses, there may be a small number of classes or projects delivered in our new studios and other spaces at Lewisham College. Lewisham College is about a 20 minute train journey from Sidcup/8 Minutes from London Bridge to St John’s Station, followed by a five minute walk. New Cross London Overground Station and Lewisham Docklands Light Railway Station are both a 15 minute walk from Lewisham College. The College is also on several bus routes.

Should students be required to travel between the the Sidcup campus and Lewisham College their fares will be reimbursed.

 

Scenarios

Should there be a further national or local lockdown due to COVID-19 all courses will be moved online until such lockdown is eased.

The College recognises that there are likely to be students who might be particularly vulnerable to disruption during the current situation. Those who might be most vulnerable to disruption include, but are not restricted to,  students suffering from coronavirus, or who need to self-isolate, international students and students unable or less able to access and effectively participate in online learning for whatever reason, together with care leavers, those estranged from their families, students with underlying health conditions and students with disabilities. The College has support systems designed to be accommodating to  the particular needs of such students. We would encourage students who feel they are vulnerable to disruption in the current situation to contact us to discuss their needs.

 

Student choice

Should students not wish to take up their place a Rose Bruford College they are free to defer their place until the following year or to move to a course offered by another provider.

If you are unhappy about an aspect of your course there are various informal means of resolving issues through the Students’ Union, programme committees and student rep meetings. If these do not work for you please come to us using our student complaints procedure. We can then investigate and, if appropriate, put things right. If you have completed the College’s internal process and still wish to take your issue further, you may take it to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

 

A Covid safe campus

There has been extensive planning and new protective measures are being put in place to help to ensure the safest possible use of the campus and buildings at this time. This also applies to both Christopher Court and Lewisham College. The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is paramount. In addition to the measures outlined above to make practical work safe, the College will:

  • Ensure all parts of the buildings are subject to enhanced cleaning regimes
  • Ensure that hand sanitisers are available across the whole campus
  • Install perspex screens at reception, the library, student services, study support, bar etc
  • Install a heat sensor to cover the main entrance to the College
  • Have hand held thermometers available for students to have their temperature taken before classes
  • Instigate a one way system for movement around the College
  • Instigate social distancing everywhere on campus
  • Introduce a “click and collect” service in the library
  • Continue to support students with ICT assistance and loans of equipment, as appropriate
  • Ensure that all workshops, studios, laboratories and other practical workspaces can be used while observing social distancing, or where that is not possible, put in place other control measures such as screens or PPE
  • Offer international students who may need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in this country a free room at Christopher Court hall of residence for this period
  • Ensure that all workshops, studios, laboratories and other practical workspaces are equipped with sanitising wipes to enable students to wipe down shared equipment/machinery before and after use
  • Erect clear signage across the campus carrying social distancing and other relevant messages – including floor and ground markings
  • Reduce catering offer to take away options for at least the first term of 2020/21
  • Establish a dedicated room where those displaying possible COVID symptoms can rest and isolate