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

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About this course

Term Start

September 2021

Entry Requirements

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

Do you love entertainment, gaming and design? Want to work in live events, gaming, TV or film?  This course will give you the skills you need to tell stories and create content using in-demand tech. It’s been built with careers in designing live events, theatre, film, TV or games in mind, and you’ll work with industry every step of the way.

Digital Content is everywhere. Projected as part of a theatre scene, displayed on a huge video wall on a rock concert stage or creating an immersive environment in a gallery or product launch, digital media is used in every kind of live performance. Digital content designers are responsible for the concept and creation of this video content for theatre productions, concerts, live events, art installations and even buildings covered in LED screens.

Developed with the industry, this three-year degree will give you the creative and technical skills you need to become a digital content designer, so you can join this exciting and dynamic industry.

“This course is something we’ve been asking for from the training industry as a whole. We’re really excited to see how we can work with the course and its graduates.” 
Finn Ross, Founder and Creative Director, FRAY Video Design

During the course, you will learn the creative, design and technical skills to create digital content for the theatre and live events industries. You will be trained by industry professionals in our new Centre for Digital Production, which includes a digital studio and dedicated computer laboratories using software such as:

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

You will also learn to operate media servers, cameras, projectors, control desks, motion capture and virtual reality equipment and green screen technologies. 

Year 1 (Level 4)
The first year will give you the core skills you will need to build a successful career. You will learn design principles and fundamental 2D/3D design software skills as well as how to use motion capture. Project briefs will teach you how to research and use a wide range of cultural references in your designs.

In shared classes and projects with students from other programmes in the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts you will learn about the performance, arts and events industries.

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, collaborating with students from other courses on productions and projects.

Year 3 (Level 6)
You will prepare to launch yourself as an industry professional, planning your career and learning more about the industry through professional placements. You will develop your portfolio by working on productions and projects that may be in the College or with outside partners and organisations. You will design and carry out a research project into a relevant subject of your own choosing, building your specialist knowledge and transferable skills.

Our Head of Development, James Simpson, gives an insight into the course during this Webinar:

Why choose this course?

  • Develop the creative and technical skills you need to become a video designer for theatre and live events.
  • Work in fully-equipped theatres and studios along with other disciplines in a collaborative and professional working environment.
  • Learn the skills that could allow you to work in any digital industry as an artist or content creator, including film and VFX, 3D animation, TV, computer gaming, marketing/commercial events and theme parks or visitor attractions.
  • Develop your own artistic style by studying art and 2D/3D design along with developing your basic drawing, fine art and digital painting skills.
  • Learn to operate media servers, cameras, projectors, control desks, motion capture equipment, work with virtual reality and green screens to create professional-level content for performances and events.
  • Learn advanced 2D and 3D computer-generated imagery techniques, including animation, 3D modelling, texturing, lighting, VFX and rendering, using industry-standard software such as Maya, Cinema 4D, After Effects and Photoshop.
  • Integrate into the industry through our network of professional relationships. All students have placement opportunities to prepare you for work. For example, you may spend part of your training on a placement at a studio working on professional productions.
  • 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 are trained to work as video designers, programmers and technologists in the theatre and live events industry, where there is currently a skills shortage.

Digital content designers create media content for:

  • Every kind of theatre, from West End productions to the Royal Opera House
  • Projection/LED walls in TV shows like Strictly Come Dancing, the Eurovision Song Contest, or at big live events such as music festivals or the opening event of the Olympics
  • Projection mapping onto buildings, for art installations and corporate events
  • Information displays in museums, and art installations

Graduate job roles include:

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

Find out more about the industry by looking at the work of leading companies and practitioners, who all helped us design the course:

Fray Studio
Luke Halls
59 Productions

Fee and Application Information

How to Apply

Mode of Study
Full Time

3 years

Term Start
September 2021

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 2021 entry via UCAS.   Please apply by the UCAS deadline on 29 January to guarantee an audition/interview invite. 

**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.

UK/Republic of Ireland Applicants

Apply for 2021 entry via UCAS 
Institution application code: R51
Programme Code: W455

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 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.


Course content

During the course, you will take the following modules:

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Fundamentals of 3D Art
  • Digital Content in Performance
  • The Practitioner in Context

Please click here to view our Level 4 module specifications

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Advanced Design Skills: 3D Animation and Content Creation
  • Realtime Technologies and Applications
  • Content Design in Practice
  • The Sustainable Practitioner

Please click here to view our Level 5 module specifications

Year 3 (Level 6)

  • Independent Research Project (Practice Research or Dissertation)
  • Specialist Practice
  • Professional Preparation and Practice

Please click here to view our Level 6 module specifications

Please click here to view our Programme Specification

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Related Information

Keep up to date with the latest news and events from this course across our social media channels through #rbcDCD

The development of our digital courses has been led by James Simpson, Head of the Centre for Digital Production, who gives an overview of the courses:


Related Productions and Events