Course Details

Monday 25th July to Friday 29th July 2022

Taught by Ben Ratcliffe

Applications are welcome from those aged 18+.

What you'll study

The course is designed for those with little or no theatrical experience, but also caters for those who have production and lighting experience, be it amateur or professional.

In the past students have taken the course for a variety of reasons – they are interested in theatre and lighting but lack experience or because they are considering full-time training.

After the course is over participants generally find they have a much clearer idea of what they want and have a better understanding of what demands exist within this profession.

Aims of the Course

This one week course teaches and explores the work of the Lighting Designer.

The week takes its creative focus from a given text and is equally suited to those with some lighting experience wishing to improve or extend their design skills, as well as to those with limited experience wishing to explore the work of the Lighting Designer.

The course aims to enable each student to develop their design and creative skills, to engage in the practice and presentation of a response to a text, its development through the lighting medium, increase their understanding of the role of light in performance, dramaturgy and scenography, as well as becoming a valuable member of a creative team.

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Course Content 


helping the designer to acquire understanding of the nature and attributes of light


teaching the designer to be aware of perceptual mechanisms and how the audience engage visually with a scene or performance


practical exercises to extend the designer’s imagination and create a design response to received or found stimuli


processes and tools to place design within cultural, temporal, spatial and emotional landscapes

Practical implementation

workshops and lectures exploring the tools, materials and health and safety issues surrounding the work of the Lighting Designer

Course Timetable

So that all participants get the most benefit from the course we ask that you attend each day the course is running, arrive on time, have a good knowledge of the text and fully participate in all experiences the course offers.

Monday 25 July 2022

09.45               Meet in the Rose Café

10.00 – 17.00  Class begins (with one hour lunch break)

The following days will usually run from 10.00 – 17.00 with a one hour lunch break. However, you may be asked to arrive earlier and there may be evening sessions or activities as required.  At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.


£550 Early Bird Discount

£600 Regular Price

What you will need to bring

You should bring note pad with pens, coloured and otherwise! We do ask that you read and familiarise yourself with the text as outlined above.


The Café in the College will be open for you to purchase snacks and refreshments during the day.

Course Director

Rose Bruford College Lighting Design Subject leader Ben Ratcliffe
Ben Ratcliffe

Subject Leader Lighting Design

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Further Information

If you need any further information or have any questions about the course please contact us at [email protected]

Rose Bruford College

Founded in 1950, Rose Bruford College is one of the UK’s leading conservatoire drama schools in the University sector.  The College has pioneered degrees in all aspects of professional theatre training and has an international reputation as a centre of excellence.

A high proportion of graduates make successful careers in the live performance industries, including working in theatre, concerts, festivals, fashion shows and corporate events. The College’s Honorary Fellows include the international sound designer Steve Brown, the lighting designer for the Olympics 2012 Patrick Woodroffe, and ex-National Theatre production manager Jason Barnes. More information about our notable alumni can be found on our website.

Rose Bruford College is set in 18th century landscaped parkland with excellent facilities. Just 25 minutes from London’s West End, it is the perfect environment in which to spend time this summer extending your theatre skills. The summer school programme is offered to enable students from around the world to enjoy and experience the outstanding facilities and reputation of Rose Bruford College. It provides an excellent preparation for students intending to apply for courses at Rose Bruford College and other UK educational institutions, or those who wish to build on previous experience or are interested in discovering how a theatre professional prepares.


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