Creative Lighting Control BA (Hons)

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About this course


3 years

Term Start

September 2021

Entry Requirements

We are still accepting applications for Autumn 2021 entry, please go to to apply.

64* UCAS points
This is equivalent to two C’s at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent.

Apply for 2021 entry

If you have any queries or concerns then please do contact us on

* We offer places based upon your future potential. We may offer you a place based on lower UCAS points than shown here, or an offer that is not linked to UCAS points, if we have evidence of your potential from your application or interview/audition.

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Creative Lighting Control is a unique course, created in response to industry demand for specialist lighting and video programmers and technologists. Digital technologies are now at the heart of live entertainment, with automated lighting and extensive use of video becoming familiar features in almost every field of performance.

We will develop you as a creative, technically adept person with an excellent craft and technical skills, who can make imaginative use of technology. We work closely with a wide range of industry partners to teach specialist skills and to provide placements, ensuring that you learn the current professional practice.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn lighting and video programming, computer visualisation, computer-aided design, moving lights, show control and networking systems, stage electrics, video content creation and design.

  •  Benefit from our extensive network of industry experts who will work with you on projects and as you learn specialist skills.

  • Build your professional knowledge through industry placements.

  • Gain insight into techniques used across live music, theatre festivals, architectural installations and corporate events.

  • Deliver your own live projects inside and outside the College.

  • Study a unique course with an outstanding track record of graduate success in the live events industries.

  • Share classes and projects with students from other programmes from the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts to learn about the performance, arts and events industries and how to use experimentation, enquiry and creative research in your work, and prepare to build a successful career.

  • We recognise the importance of face to face teaching for practice-based programmes, and as the pandemic progresses, we will continue to deliver face to face teaching whenever possible. All of our programmes safely delivered face to face teaching in Autumn term 2020 with rigorous COVID 19 safety procedures in place.

Employability & Industry

Our graduates go into the industry equipped to deliver creative solutions to technical problems. They go on to be lighting and video designers, programmers and event managers, working in corporate, architecture, concert, theatre, dance and opera settings, including;

  • Lighting programming (Hard Rock Calling and Download festivals at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, musical theatre shows at the Curve Theatre Leicester, concert at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, India)
  • Assistant Lighting Designer (opening ceremonies, 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow)
  • Lighting Director (Brit Floyd's tour of UK, Europe and North America)
  • Programming video for live events and architecture (Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert, a new skyscraper in Singapore, Clarion Post Hotel launch in Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • Working for production and manufacturing companies (Green Hippo)

Alumni Success

• Luke J Collins, Video Content Programmer and Operator, Eurovision 2014

• Stuart Dingley, Lighting Designer, FKA Twigs, 2015 EU/USA tour

• Tom Young, Lighting Programmer, 2014 Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies

Graduate Occupations

Studying an Arts related subject provides our students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:

  • Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators
  • Electricians and electrical fitters
  • Programmers and software development professionals
  • Conference and exhibition managers and organisers
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Planning, process and production technicians
  • Science, engineering and production technicians

Source: DLHE Data 2013/2014 to 2016/2017

Our industry links include Ambersphere, ETC, Green Hippo, High-End Systems, MA lighting, PRG, ROBE, Clay Paky as well as many theatres and production companies.

Students can visit a range of universities, theatres and companies for work placements and study exchange.

Fee and Application Information

  • Includes Work Placement
  • Mode of Study: Full Time

How to Apply

2021 Entry

Please apply by the UCAS deadline on 29 January to guarantee an audition/interview invite. 

UK/Republic of Ireland Applicants

International Applicants

Please e-mail if you require assistance.

There is an opportunity for international students to study this programme as part of a semester or year abroad. Please click here for full details.

2021/2022 Fees

  • UK/Republic of Ireland Students - £9,250
  • International Students - £18,000

For this course International Students (non-UK/EU residents) are eligible to apply for a bursary of £6,000 over three years. Please enquire when you apply.

Please click here for information about Student Loans and Bursaries.

Equipment List
Please click here to view the Equipment List for this programme, which provides an indication of additional costs relating to the course.

As part of this programme you will share classes and projects with students from other programmes from the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts to learn about the performance, arts and events industries and how to use experimentation, enquiry and creative research in your work, and prepare to build a successful career.

Course content

Year 1 (Level 4):

The curriculum includes:

  • Introduction to lighting design
  • Introduction to lighting control
  • Visualisation, documentation and communication (including AutoCAD, Vectorworks and WYSIWYG training
  • Media in performance (including content creation software and media servers)
  • Research and analysis of performance and the industry

Please click here to view our Level 4 module specifications

Year 2 (Level 5):

The curriculum includes:

  • Advanced programming for Lighting and Video
  • Opportunity for roles on productions or events
  • Opportunity for an industry placement
  • Lighting and video design projects
  • Programming styles for TV, theatre, live music and corporate events
  • Research and context

Please click here to view our Level 5 module specifications

Year 3 (Level 6):

The curriculum includes:

  • Independent research project
  • Professional preparation
  • Opportunity for roles on productions or events
  • Opportunity for an industry placement
  • Graduate exhibition

Please click here to view our Level 6 module specifications

Please click here to download the programme specification. 

We champion diversity because a rich mix of people makes Rose Bruford College a more productive and creative place to study and work; and we champion equality because it is the right thing to do.

Related Information


Recent visiting professional tutors have included:

Rob Halliday
Lighting Designer and Lighting Programmer

James Simpson
Head of Visualisation - The Royal Opera House

Miguel Ribero
Digital content creator and visualisation specialist.

Andy Voller
Lighting Programmer 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony

Willie Williams
Visual Designer– U2, David Bowie, Complicite

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