What you'll study
This course is intended to support and guide your development towards a successful career in lighting.
You will learn in fully equipped lighting labs on industry-standard equipment. Your training will be rooted in lighting design for theatre, but we will also introduce you to related lighting disciplines such as corporate events, architecture, and live music. Together, we will develop your creative skills and ambitions, so you can become a powerful and resourceful performance maker and artist.
Why choose this course?
Learn how to create original designs through collaboration and experimentation.
You will learn through practice, designing and creating your own original work and projects through collaboration and experimentation across all three years of the course
Industry real facilities
Three fully equipped scale lighting laboratories on campus where you can experiment and create complex and subtle lighting rigs to reflect lighting schemes. You will be trained on Vectorworks, WYSIWYG and AutoCAD. We also have Q Lab and lighting consuls from ION, GrandMA and AdoLights
Learn from visiting professionals
Visiting professional tutors: Tim Deiling (American Idiot, Six), Kevin Sleep (Head of Lighting, ENO), Lucy Carter (award winner, specialising in dance), Rick Fisher (Billy Elliot, Swan Lake), Willie Williams (U2, Lady Gaga, David Bowie) and Patrick Woodroffe (Jubilee Concert, Rolling Stones, Take That, Elton John)
Build your portfolio with real experience
You will take part in and lead a number of realised projects across theatre, live music, events and architecture. From large projects to small-scale experimental work, installations to full-scale performances in central London
Professional contacts and experience
We connect you with leading professional lighting designers, managers and lighting companies, and in your second year, you will undertake an industry placement. We also encourage non-assessed placements and work within the industry throughout the course.
Course content is regularly reviewed to keep it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.
- Introduction to lighting design
- Light and culture – lighting design in its wider cultural and artistic context
- Lighting design practice – light as part of time-based art forms, visual perception and communication, storyboarding, CAD, production paperwork
- Light and performance – light and narrative, lighting as an integral part of a performance, working with directors, performers and other designers
- Research and analysis of performance and the industry
- Production practice – Lighting Designer, Lighting Manager, Assistant Lighting Designer or Industry study/placement
- Production processes and techniques
- Creative practice and research – light as a pure art-form
- Research and context
- Lighting practice – one or more in-College roles as Lighting Designer or Head of Lighting
- Researching an aspect of lighting through a live experiment (collaborative project)
- Professional preparation
- Independent research project
- Graduate exhibition
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 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
- In your third year, you will complete around 170 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 1030 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
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.
Production Manager, Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Charlie Morgan Jones
Wagner Ring Cycle, Avenue Q, Derren Brown: Underground, London Fashion Week, Eden Project - Rainforest at Christmas
International rock events and tours including for designer for Fever 333 tour and technician at Reading & Leeds Festival 2018
Jessica Hung Han Yun
Includes work at Royal Court, Lyric Hammersmith, Sheffield Crucible, Manchester Royal Exchange, Donmar Warehouse, Edinburgh Festival
Joshua Drualus Pharo
2018 Theatre and Technology Award Winner for The Claim and The Shape of Pain
4 graduates shortlisted for 2019 Knight of Illumination (KOI) awards
Wins for Ben Cracknell - Concert Touring & Events category and Jessica Hung Han Yun - Theatre category
Our graduates leave us as creative and resourceful lighting artists and engineers, able to marry art with technology and the conceptual with the practical. Graduates have gone on to work in lighting roles for theatre, dance, opera, architecture, concert and corporate events. 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, Theatre
- Lighting Designer, Theme Park
- Lighting Designer, Concert/Touring
- Lighting Designer, Architecture
- Associate Lighting Designer
- Head of Lighting
- Lighting Programmer
- Production Electrician/Chief Lx
- Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators
- Electricians and electrical fitters
- Science, engineering and production technicians
- Arts officers producers and directors
- Set designers
- Business sales executives
- Freelance and Creative start-ups
Meet the staff
Subject Leader Lighting DesignRead their full profile
Lecturer in Lighting DesignRead 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: BALD
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 (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 yearEquipment List