Digital Content Design for Theatre and Live Events BA (Hons)

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About this course


3 years

Term Start

September 2020

Entry Requirements

UCAS points required 64**

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 2020 entry via UCAS. 

**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.

What is Digital Content Design?

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.

Developed with the industry, this three-year degree will give you the creative skills you need to become a digital content designer. You will also learn to operate media servers, cameras, projectors, control desks, motion capture and virtual reality equipment and green screen technologies.

Current leading practitioners in the industry include:

Fray Studio
Luke Halls
59 Productions

The role of a Digital Content Designer

A digital content designer is responsible for the concept and creation of digital and video visual content for theatre productions, live events or art installations.

Video design:

You will find examples of video design in:

  • Content for a West End Theatre productions or the Royal Opera House
  • Projection/LED walls in TV shows like Strictly Come Dancing, the Eurovision Song Contest, or at big live events like the music festivals (for example Glastonbury), or the opening event of the Olympics. (59 Productions created the projections for the last Olympics where there were 100,000 people in the stadium and millions of people watching across the world.)
  • Projection Mapping. Buildings, art installations or corporate events

Digital content design:

Examples of digital content in use include:

  • Using different platforms such as screens, projection surfaces or via streaming to mobile apps.
  • Creating visual information in museums, and art installations. This could be in the form of text, moving image or any digital content

You will be trained by industry professionals in our new Centre for Digital Production, which includes a new technologies studio and dedicated computer laboratories using software such as:

  • Maya
  • Cinema 4D
  • Premier Pro
  • After Effects
  • Photoshop

You will also be developing your own artistic style through studying the following disciplines:

  • Film and VFX
  • 3D Animation
  • TV
  • Computer Gaming

Our Head of Development, James Simpson, gives an overview of the course:

Why choose this course?

  • Developed with industry partners 
  • Train in our new Digital Production Centre using software including; Maya, Cinema 4D, After Effects and Photoshop
  • Study Film and VFX, 3D Animation, TV and Computer Gaming

Employability & Industry

Our graduates will be trained to work as video operators and designers in the theatre and live events industry, where there is currently a skills shortage.

For example you may work in design studios, delivering content for national theatres and opera houses, West End and Broadway productions, live TV events and shows and large concerts and festivals.

Graduate Job roles may include:

  • Digital Content Creators
  • Live Events Professionals
  • Video Designers and Operators
  • Digital Arts Specialists

Fee and Application Information


Mode of Study: Full Time

How to Apply

2020 Entry

We are still actively recruiting for our 2020 entry and we would welcome your application. UCAS will categorise your application as late but we are very happy to accept such applications and can guarantee you an interview. If you have any queries or concerns then please do contact us at

UK/EU Applicants

Apply for September 2020 entry via UCAS 
Institution application code: R51
Programme Code: W455

International Applicants

Please e-mail

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.

2020/2021 Fees

UK/EU 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.


Watch our recent webinar with Head of Development James Simpson. 

Course content

Year 1 (Level 4)

You will learn design principles and basic 2D/3D design software as well as learn about motion capture, and basics about systems design, deployment and operation.

Project briefs will teach you how to research and integrate cultural knowledge into your design elements.

Year 2 (Level 5)
You will learn advanced design skills and a range of professional skills.

You will begin to integrate your design work into a professional context taking responsibility as a designer

Year 3 (Level 6)

You will study an aspect of the industry which is relevant to you, develop your own specialist practice and complete a research project.

You will reflect about how you can add value and push the industry further with a view of becoming a leader within the industry

Related Information

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