Why choose this course?
- Become a specialist in lighting and video technologies
- Explore a range of different industry sectors and roles
- Make industry connections
*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.
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.
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;
• 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.
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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.
For this course International Students (non UK/EU) are eligible for a bursary of £2,000. Please enquire when you apply.
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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.
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Recent visiting professional tutors have included:
Lighting Designer and Lighting Programmer
Head of Visualisation - The Royal Opera House
Digital content creator and visualisation specialist.
Lighting Programmer 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony
Visual Designer– U2, David Bowie, Complicite