What you'll study
This unique and highly vocational course offers a practice-based, clearly structured and highly accessible way of studying lighting design for architecture and the build environment.
Through its close industry connections, use of internships, strong focus on vocational training, collaborative idea generation, and access to specialist lighting laboratories on campus this course is ideally placed to prepare you for a career in this vibrant and global area of architectural lighting design.
Why choose this course?
Teaching by the course team and visiting industry professionals is delivered in conjunction with the Lighting Education Trust (LET). Offering you world-class training and opportunities alongside the College’s established training and professional links
Vocational and specialist
Through close industry connections and use of project work and internships, we offer a strong focus on vocational training, collaborative idea generation, and access to specialist lighting laboratories on campus
International study opportunities
Working with partners from across Europe and beyond, we may offer you the chance to study abroad. Education partners have included Jönköping University in Sweden and HAWK Hildesheim in Germany, and universities in the USA
Real industry experience
Industry placements and project work within the built environment sector happen in both your second and third years. Including a 4-6 month placement with an architectural lighting design or manufacturing company in year 3
Graduates have gone on to work as lighting designers for a range of architectural and lighting design companies, such as BDP and studio fractal
Growing career opportunities
This sector has changed considerably, triggered by technology and a move towards creating experiential, innovative projects. The skills you gain on this course will open up work across sectors - designing for theme parks, global events, theatres, galleries, museums, night clubs and cruise ships
Course content is regularly reviewed to keep it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.
You will explore the fundamentals of lighting design collaboratively and through project work with other lighting and design students from the college.
- The Practitioner in Context
- Introduction to Lighting Design
- Light and Culture
- Lighting Design Practice
- Light and Performance
You will concentrate on acquiring all the specialist design and technical skills required in architecture and the built environment. Teaching is delivered by both academic tutors and industry professionals.
- The Sustainable Practitioner
- Fundamentals of Architectural Design
- Architectural Lighting Design Practice
- Industry Study
You will undertake an extended placement, complimented by further learning and support at college.
- Independent Research Project
- Independent Design Project
- Professional Study and Practice
Teaching and assessment methods
- In your first year, you will complete around 390 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 810 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 160 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 1040 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 200 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 1000 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios
Get a flavour
Your future career
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. We will also help you plan your career and build a portfolio by working on productions and projects either in the College, in external venues or with outside partners and organisations.
Shevokie Allen and Agostina Califano
Lighting Designers, Elektra Lighting
Alex Lang and Luke Dowding
Lighting Designers, StudioFracta
Our graduates leave us as creative and resourceful lighting artists and engineers, able to marry art with technology and the conceptual with the practical. As well as pursuing a career in the lighting manufacturing industry or a lighting design office, we see graduates as ready to work in sectors where new opportunities are emerging (theme parks, museums, galleries and entertainment venues). And studying an Arts related subject gives you a wide range of transferable skills that can be put to use in many careers. Recent graduates have gone on to become:
- Lighting Designer for architectural and lighting design companies
- Associate Lighting Designer
- Lighting Programmer
- Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators
- Freelance and Creative start-ups
Meet the staff
Academic Programme Manager, Programme Director MA Light in Performance
Hansjörg Schmidt is Academic Programme Manager in the School of DMTA at Rose Bruford College and Programme Director of the MA Light in Performance.
As a lighting designer, Hansjörg works regularly with a group of UK-based artists and theatre companies. His research interests lie in the areas of lighting, environment and narrative.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: BALDA
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.
PortfolioPortfolio 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
Mode of study
Course Fees (2021 Entry)
UK/Republic of Ireland students
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:
- Theatre tickets: £150 at the beginning of year one (costs for following years variable)
- Course materials (books, play texts, art and model making materials): £50 per term
- Stationery/printing: £60 per year