Creative Lighting Control BA (Hons)

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About this course


3 years

Term Start

September 2018

Entry Requirements

  • 96* UCAS points

*In exceptional circumstances the College may take a lower offer, based on prior experience or potential demonstrated at interview.

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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 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 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 an 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.

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

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, including through the Erasmus grant scheme in Europe and our partner universities in the USA.

Fee and Application Information


  • Includes Work Placement
  • Mode of Study: Full Time

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants


International Applicants

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

2017/2018 Fees

  • UK/EU Students - Up to £9,250
  • International Students - £17,270

For this course International Students (non UK/EU) are eligible for a bursary of £2,000. 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):

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

Please click here to view our Level 4 module specifications

Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Advanced programming for lighting and Video (networking and show control technologies)
  • Production role as a Production Electrician, or an industry placement
  • Programming: two programming show roles or an industry placement
  • Performance, design and visual media: a lighting and video design for a production in a virtual environment
  • 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):

  • Independent research project
  • Professional preparation
  • The creative technologist, including two show roles or an industry placement
  • Industry study, which may include an industry placement
  • Graduate exhibition

Please click here to view our Level 6 module specifications


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Related Information

Rachel Nicholson, Programme Director


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