This funding will offer students from across the College unapparelled opportunities to use cutting-edge technologies and builds on the investment into the College’s Centre for Digital Production, which was opened in 2020. Students on our technical courses will have increased opportunities to develop skills in a wider range of production settings, expanding the opportunities to gain employment in a wider range of job roles. This investment increases our opportunities to develop virtual theatre production and digital content design methods and builds on the pioneering performer training work in motion capture.

Examples of some of the immediate infrastructure investment enabled by the funding include:

  • Creation of ‘Smart’ mixed-reality stages
  • Expansion of the College’s motion capture capacity
  • Immersive 3D sound systems for all stages and labs
  • Automated, sustainable LED lighting
  • Enhancing access to learning
  • Expansion of existing visualisation systems
  • VR wearables
  • Expansion of games engine and VR production tools

Courses that will benefit from this investment include:

Audio Production  BA/BSc (Hons)

Creative Lighting Control BA (Hons)

Digital Content Design BA (Hons)

Virtual Theatre and Digital Experiences BA (Hons)

This investment into our digital and technical infrastructure will support our innovative and cutting-edge learning opportunities and ensure all students graduate fully prepared to step into traditional job roles in theatre, film and TV as well as the rapidly expanding mixed reality entertainment sector. XR production requires the skills of a full range of practitioners – from lighting programmers and audio engineers to digital content designers and creators – as well as performers who are trained to work within these new modes of production.


Bryan Raven, MD of White Light, said:

“We are very pleased to see that Rose Bruford College will be developing its courses to teach this technology with access to the necessary virtual environments, which will be of enormous benefit to the live event and entertainment industry as a whole.

If the UK is to retain its position as the leading exponent in these areas, we need the next generation of technicians to have this knowledge in their arsenal.”


Vice Principal Mary Oliver said:

“This investment ensures that our graduates will be driving the future of theatre and screen production, able to enter employment across a much greater range of industry settings as a result of the technological convergence between our different media and technology practices”.