What you'll study
This course focuses on the role of video and digital content designer, channelling your creativity into storytelling using your own unique style and visual language.
You will learn how to use a wide range of both current and cutting-edge equipment in our new Centre for Digital Production and dedicated computer labs to bring your vision to life through a series of collaborative project briefs. Your learning experience will be hands-on, working with peers from a range of backgrounds which fosters an innovative studio environment.
You will be taught by practising professionals and also benefit from an industry work placement.
Why choose this course?
Be taught by practising professionals and work in fully-equipped theatres and studios along with other disciplines in a collaborative and professional working environment that mirrors the real-world
Dedicated specialist facilities
Train in our Centre for Digital Production, which includes a digital studio and dedicated computer labs using Cinema 4D, Premier Pro, After Effects and Photoshop. You will also learn to operate media servers, cameras, projectors, control desks, motion capture / virtual reality equipment and green screen technologies
Course designed with industry
James Simpson, Head of our Centre for Digital Production, designed this course with input from industry (Fray Studio, 59 Productions, Luke Halls) as well as his own experiences working with the RSC on Dream online
Gain skills in high demand
Almost all live and online events feature digital content - theatres from West End to the Royal Opera House; LED walls in TV shows like Strictly Come Dancing and the Eurovision Song Contest; live events like music festivals and the Olympics; mapping onto buildings; museum and attraction displays
Learn from working professionals
The team bring a wealth of experience with the likes of RSC, National Theatre, ENO, Cameron Mackintosh, Royal Opera House, Bill Kenwright, Edinburgh Festival and Durham Lumiere. This is enhanced by visiting professionals - recently including a masterclass with writer /games designer John MacInnes (Call of Duty)
Integrate into the industry through our network of professional relationships. All students have placement opportunities to prepare you for work and give you a real understanding of the careers you are interested in
Course content is regularly reviewed to keep it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.
The first year will give you the core skills you will need to bring your ideas to life.
You will learn design principles and fundamental 2D/3D design software skills, and 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 courses, you will also learn about the performance, arts and events industries.
- Fundamentals of 3D Art
- Digital Content in Performance
- The Practitioner in Context
You will learn advanced design skills and a range of professional competencies to support you after graduation. 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.
- Advanced Design Skills: 3D Animation and Content Creation
- Realtime Technologies and Applications
- Content Design in Practice
- The Sustainable Practitioner
You will prepare to launch yourself into the world of work, planning your career and learning more about the industry. You will build your portfolio by working on productions and projects that may be in the College or with outside partners and organisations (with the possibility of professional placements).
You will also design and carry out a research project into a relevant subject of your own choosing, building your specialist knowledge and transferable skills.
- Independent Research Project (Practice Research or Dissertation)
- Specialist Practice
- Professional Preparation and Practice
Teaching and assessment methods
- In your first year, you will complete around X hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and Y hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through Exam; Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment
- In your second year, you will complete around X hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and Y hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through Exam; Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment
- In your third year, you will complete around X hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and Y hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through Exam; Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment
Get a flavour
Your future career
We aim to put you in front of and amongst the profession. This includes being taught by current working professionals, networking opportunities and an industry placement.
We will also help you plan your career and build a portfolio by working on productions and projects either in the College or with outside partners and organisations.
This course prepares you to work in the film and TV, music and festivals or theatre and live events industries. There are an increasing range of roles the skills set you develop could apply to, working in a studio or in post-production or as a freelancer. And studying an Arts related subject gives you skills that can be put to use in many careers.
We see graduates going on to work as some of the following:
- Digital content creators
- Live events professionals
- Video designers and operators
- Digital arts specialists
- Gaming content specialist
- Freelance and creative start-ups
Meet the staff
Lecturer in Visual Production
Enrique Munoz Jimenez is currently a Lecturer in Visual Production at Rose Bruford College. He is also part of the creative company Copper Candle and a freelance video designer and director.Read their full profile
Head of the Centre for Digital Production
James Simpson is Head of the Centre for Digital Production, a department focused on research and commercial development of virtual theatre practices. He is the owner of Copper Candle, an XR studio that creates and develops virtual theatre experiences and pre-visualisation solutions. James is passionate about the use of technology in creating theatre and live entertainment. His specialism and PhD research is pre-visualisation, particularly using XR technology.Read their full profile
How to join
For 2022 entry, please apply via UCAS by the UCAS deadline on 26 January to guarantee audition or portfolio.
Institution code: 10005523
Course code: W455
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.
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Please contact us at [email protected] for information on entry criteria if you are applying from outside the UK or require assistance
Mode of study
Course Fees (2022 Entry)
UK/Republic of Ireland students (Fee per year)
Internation students (Fee per year)
Fee Exemption Criteria
- You audition as part of a progression agreement.
- Your household income is under £25,000 per year.
- You are in receipt of benefits including disability benefits: Universal Credit, PIP, DLA.
- You are Care Experienced (Care Leaver/in the care of your Local Authority).
- You have Caring Responsibilities (Young Carer/ Carer).
- You are irreconcilably Estranged with no contact with parents/family due to a relationship breakdown living independently without financial/emotional support from parents/family.
- You can offer other evidence of financial hardship.
- You are being auditioned overseas.
If you think you are eligible for the above fee waivers, our admissions team will be able to provide you with more details when you apply.
Please be aware there is an equipment list for this course. You may also incur additional costs as part of the course, as an indication this could include the following:
- Course-related travel £150/year (estimated)
- Stationery/printing: £60 per year
- Course materials: £50 per term
- Theatre tickets: £150-£175 at the beginning of each year