What you'll study

The Light in Performance MA offers a unique opportunity to explore current uses and applications of light as a material for performance.

The programme is aimed at lighting specialists who want to develop and expand their practice in designing with light and non-specialists who want to expand their knowledge of working with light, such as directors, designers, choreographers, dancers, and musicians and artists.

You will also get the opportunity to work with world-leading designers.

Lighting Design Summer School 2022

Why choose this course?

Expert training

You will have the opportunity to learn and work with world-leading designers, learning from their working methods and practices, before moving on to develop and test your own practice as a performance maker working with light


The programme includes 8 weeks of practical workshops in fully-equipped performance spaces, led by four world-leading lighting designers


You will carefully explore the creation
of visual works through a range of research-led, process-driven working methods

Independent learning

On completion of the course, you may wish to work as an independent lighting designer for performance or return to your own specialist practice with an enhanced understanding of how light can be used in performance

Practice-based opportunities

Explore collaborative and interdisciplinary creative processes, work placements at a range of partner organisations both in the UK and abroad, and an opportunity to further develop your personal practice through an individual or collaborative realised lighting design project

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Course breakdown

There are 4 modules in the MA over 13 months:

  • MAL701, Ways of Looking
    A taught module exploring context and inter-disciplinary working methods, including practical workshops. Led by Hansjörg Schmidt.
  • MAL702: Ways of Lighting
    A practice-based module, led in 2021-22 by Paule Constable, Michael Hulls, Willie Williams and Andi Watson*. Two one-week workshops with each designer, exploring their working methods and processes.
  • MAL703: Ways of Working
    A module examining different ways of working, preparing you for your future practice. You may undertake a placement, arranged in liaison with students, designers, and industry partners.
  • MAL704: Final Project
    An independent realised lighting project supported by a documented process of research and investigation.

Rose Bruford College Academic Programme Manager Hansjorg Schmidt
Hansjörg Schmidt

Academic Programme Manager, Programme Director MA Light in Performance

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Entry requirements

Applicants for Masters Programmes will be expected to have a good Honours Degree (usually a 2.1) in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of extensive professional experience.

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Course Summary


13 months

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

October 2022

Course Type

Postgraduate Course



Course Fees (2022 Entry)

UK & Republic of Ireland Students


International Students