Lighting Design 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.

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.

The Lighting Design course will support and guide your development towards a successful career in lighting. Your training will be rooted in lighting design for theatre, but we will also introduce you to related lighting disciplines such as corporate events, architecture, and live music. Whilst the course primarily aims to support and develop your design skills, it will also give you a very good preparation for other careers in the industry, for example as a lighting manager or technician. Together, we will develop your creative skills and ambitions, so you can become a powerful and resourceful performance maker and artist.

Why choose this course?

  • Experiment and test your skills in our fully-equipped lighting laboratories.
  • Learn how to create original designs through collaboration and experimentation.
  • Enhance your design and technical skills through realised creative projects and industry work placements, in London, across the UK and abroad.
  • Create lighting designs from large-scale projects to small-scale experimental work, across a wide variety of fields, including theatre, live music, events and architecture.
  • The programme connects you with leading professional lighting designers, managers and lighting companies.
  • 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 leave us as creative and resourceful lighting artists and engineers, able to marry art with technology and the conceptual with the practical. Graduates have gone on to work as lighting designers, technicians, and programmers for theatre, dance, opera, architecture, concert and corporate events.

Alumni Success

Adam Carree, Production Manager, Sadler’s Wells Theatre

James Simpson, Head of Visualisation, Royal Opera House

Joe Vose, Designer, Orlight

Charlie Morgan Jones, Avenue Q, Derren Brown: Underground

Joshua Drualus Pharo, 2018 Theatre and Technology Award Winner for The Claim and The Shape of Pain

Muly Yechezkel, Satore Studio Events Lighting Designer

Emilie Cheshire, Project Manager, TSL


Graduate occupations Include:

  • Lighting Designer, Theatre
  • Lighting Designer, Theme Park
  • Lighting Designer, Concert/Touring
  • Lighting Designer, Architecture
  • Associate Lighting Designer
  • Head of Lighting
  • Lighting Programmer
  • Production Electrician/Chief Lx

Transferable Skills

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
  • Science, engineering and production technicians
  • Arts officers producers and directors
  • Set designers
  • Business sales executives

Source: DLHE Data 2013/2014 to 2016/2017


“White Light has a long history of employing Rose Bruford Graduates, many of who stay with us for several years, the others use the their time with the company as a launch pad into the rest of the industry often becoming good customers . Rose Bruford College has always produced excellent graduates with a wide range of skills and industry knowledge."
Bryan Raven, Managing Director, White Light Ltd

"The lighting design course provides a good grounding in the range of skills needed to work professionally in all areas of stage lighting, and the opportunities to specialise allow key interests to be developed in a practical and hands-on way."
Liz Berry, Director,

Our industry links include: Coemar and Clay Paky, Italy; Martin Lighting, Denmark; Staatstheater Schwerin, Germany; Vienna International School, Austria; Prague Quadrennial Festival, Czech Republic.

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

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 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.

Explore one of our Lighting Studios

Course content

Year 1 (Level 4):

  •  Introduction to lighting design
  •  Light and culture - lighting design in its wider cultural and artistic context
  •  Lighting design practice - light as part of time-based art forms, visual perception and communication, story boarding, CAD, production paperwork
  •  Light and performance - light and narrative, lighting as an integral part of a performance, working with directors, performers and other designers
  •  Research and analysis of performance and the industry


Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Production practice - Lighting Designer, Lighting Manager, Assistant Lighting Designer or Industry study/placement
  • Production processes and techniques
  • Creative practice and research - light as a pure art-form
  • Research and context


Year 3 (Level 6):

  • Lighting practice - one or more roles as Lighting Designer or Head of Lighting
  • With other lighting design students, researching an aspect of lighting through a live experiment
  • Professional preparation
  • Independent research project
  • Graduate exhibition

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

Hansjörg Schmidt Ben Ratcliffe

Recent visiting professional tutors have included:

Paule Constable
Andi Watson
Michael Hulls
Patrick Woodroffe
Tupac Martir


 Lighting Design (on campus masterclass) | Rose Bruford College 26-30th July 2021

Led by Ben Ratcliffe, this one-week intensive course is the ideal introduction to the craft of lighting for stage and architecture. 

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

We hold webinars throughout the year. Click here to view our schedule and to register. 

In the News 

    Students Light Up 2020 TPi Awards

Lighting Design Graduates Shortlisted for Knight of Illumination Awards