What you'll study

This course was created in response to industry demand for specialists. It will develop you as a creative, technically adept person who can make imaginative use of technology and bring a designers vision into reality.

You will learn about lighting and video programming/design, show control and interactive technologies, networked systems and stage electrics, projection systems and digital visual content, 3D visualisation, computer-aided design and technical management. And by working closely with industry partners who teach specialist skills and provide placements, you learn the current professional practice.

 

Rose Bruford College Creative Lighting Control student at the lighting desk during a live event

Why choose this course?

Career-focussed

Gain experience of software and collaborating just as you will in the real world. All while gaining a breadth of knowledge and insight into techniques you can put to use across live music, theatre festivals, architectural installations and corporate events

Learn from working industry professionals

All visiting tutors are industry professionals and have recently included people from Avolites, Whitelife, TSL, ETC and Hippotisers. Previous tutors included Andy Voller (Lighting Programmer 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony), Willie Williams (Visual Designer– U2, David Bowie, Complicite)

Professional Experience

Build your professional knowledge and network through placements and a 2-4 week work experience in year 3.
Our industry links introduce you to an invaluable professional network and students in year 2 and 3 often work as freelancers alongside studying

Build your portfolio and practical experience

Deliver your own live projects, producing work that will be made and you can see in a real scenario.
On our popular Live Event project you will run every aspect from coming up with a design, dealing with the hiring companies and then deploying it

Industry real facilities

You will train on lots of different consuls, either that we have or that are hired in. This includes: Lighting consuls - ETC Eos, GrandMA 2 and GrandMA 3, Avolites, Chamsys; Visualisation - Vision, WYSIWYG; Video - D3 Hippotiser, Notch, AutoCad and Vector Works

Rose Bruford College Creative Lighting Control student with lighting naughts and crosses design

Course breakdown

Course content is regularly reviewed to keep it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.

Year 1

  • Introduction to lighting design
  • Introduction to lighting control
  • Visualisation, documentation and communication (including AutoCAD, Vectorworks and WYSIWYG training
  • Media in performance (including content creation software and media servers)
  • Research and analysis of performance and the industry

Year 2

  • Advanced programming for Lighting and Video
  • Opportunity for roles on productions or events
  • Industry placement opportunity
  • Lighting and video design projects
  • Programming styles for TV, theatre, live music and corporate events
  • Research and context

Year 3

  • Independent research project
  • Professional preparation
  • Opportunity for roles on productions or events
  • Industry placement opportunity
  • Graduate exhibition

Teaching and assessment methods

In your first year, you will complete around 320 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 880 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios

In your second year, you will complete around 180 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 1020 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios

In your third year, you will complete around 60 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 1140 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios

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Your future career

Rose Bruford College Creative Lighting Control student with lighting design

We aim to put you in front of and amongst the profession. This includes the opportunity to network and undertake a placement, as well as introducing your work to the industry at our graduate exhibition in London.

Alumni success

Tom Young

Lighting, Strictly Come Dancing; Lighting programmer 2014 Common Wealth Games ceremonies

Luke J Collins

Video Content Programmer and Operator, Eurovision

Matthew Kemp, Andrew Bruce and Joe Lott

Established the company Quantum Creatives, Touring artists (incl The Vamps, Jorja Smith, Good Charlotte, Reading Festival), Theatre (regional tours and shows at venues like Dominion and The Albion)

  • Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators
  • Electricians and electrical fitters
  • Programmers and software development professionals
  • Conference and exhibition managers and organisers
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Planning, process and production technicians
  • Science, engineering and production technicians
  • Freelance and Creative start-ups

Careers options

Studying an Arts related subject gives you a wide range of skills that can be put to use in many careers. Recent graduates have gone on to become:

Meet the staff

Enrique Munoz Jimenez Rose Bruford College Lecturer in Visual Productions and Creative Technologies
Enrique Munoz Jimenez

Lecturer in Visual Production

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Lecturer in Lighting Technology at Rose Bruford College Danny Cunningham
Danny Cunningham

Lecturer in Lighting Design

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How to join

UK/Republic of Ireland applicants
International

For 2022 entry, please apply via UCAS by the UCAS deadline on 26 January to guarantee audition or portfolio.

Institution code: 10005523

Course code: BACLC

UCAS Points

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.

*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 audition/portfolio review.

Portfolio

Our Portfolio and Audition pages give an overview of the process and a video of useful interview tips from current and former students. *exemptions from this audition charge

Portfolio Audition Fee Exemption

Please contact us at [email protected] for information on entry criteria if you are applying from outside the UK or require assistance

Course Summary

Duration

3 years

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

Sep 2022

Course Type

Undergraduate Course

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Course Fees (2021 Entry)

UK/Republic of Ireland students

£9250

International students

£18000

Funding and Support Additional Costs

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