What you'll study
The Light in Performance MA offers a unique opportunity to practically explore current uses and applications of light as a material for performance. Learning happens through a series of experimental workshops in a fully equipped studio theatre, observations/placements, and specialist training with industry partners.
The programme is aimed at lighting specialists who want to develop and expand their practice in designing with light and non-specialists who want to enhance their knowledge of working with light, such as directors, designers, choreographers, dancers, musicians and artists.
Why choose this course?
You will have the opportunity to learn and work with world-leading designers, learning from their working methods and practices, before moving on to develop and test your own practice as a performance maker working with light
The programme includes up to 8 weeks of practical workshops in fully-equipped performance spaces, led by four world-leading lighting designers
You will carefully explore the creation
of visual works through a range of research-led, process-driven working methods
On completion of the course, you may wish to work as an independent lighting designer for performance or return to your own specialist practice with an enhanced understanding of how light can be used in performance
Explore collaborative and interdisciplinary creative processes, work placements at a range of partner organisations both in the UK and abroad, and an opportunity to further develop your personal practice through an individual or collaborative realised lighting design project
World class visiting tutors
Beyond the lighting mentors for module 702 (see below), these include Patrick Woodroffe, Joe Hill-Gibbins, Professor Roger Kneebone, Durham Marenghi, Carol Scott.
Get a flavour
There are 4 modules in the MA over 13 months.
Ways of Looking
A taught module exploring context and inter-disciplinary working methods, including practical workshops.
Ways of Lighting
A practice-based module, led in 2022-23 by Paule Constable, Michael Hulls, Lucy Carter and Andi Watson. Up to two one-week workshops with each designer, exploring their working methods and processes.
Ways of Working
A module examining different ways of working, preparing you for your future practice. You may undertake a placement, arranged in liaison with students, designers, and industry partners.
An independent realised lighting project supported by a documented process of research and investigation.
Teaching and assessment methods
You will complete around 350 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 850 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study.
Assessment will be through: coursework, performances, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios.
Your Future Career
There is a wide range of possible career options once you leave the course. You may continue working with one of the lighting designers you have met on the course, as an Associate or Assistant. You may have started working collaboratively with other performance makers whilst on the course, and you want to start your own performance company or work as a freelance lighting designer. You may wish to return to your own practice with an enhanced understanding of light.
Lighting Designer: Anthea Hamilton/ Hayward Gallery, Jack Phillps Dance, Nua Dance/BBC.
Assistant Lighting Designer to Paule Constable (Tenebrae/Brighton Festival) and Andi Watson (The Smile/Radiohead).
Lighting Designer: Dance Passion (BBC/Sadlers Wells). Lighting Programme: This is My Room (clod ensemble). View From the Bridge (West End).
Lighting Designer for theatre/live music/dance. Work across both commercial and independent sector. Light Art.Theme Parks/clubs/technology drive/digital light works.
How to join
Institution code: Not required for this course.
Course code: Not required for this course.
Applicants for Masters Programmes will be expected to have a good undergraduate degree in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of professional experience.
Once you have filled out an expression of interest online, a member of our admissions team will contact you with an invitation to apply.
You will be asked to provide a portfolio submission with your application form.
There is no expected standard or format for your portfolio, so it can be in any shape or form, although ideally digital so you can e-mail it as a PDF (if you have a website you would like to use as your portfolio, please include the link on the portfolio submission form).
The aim for the portfolio is to reflect on how you work with light – this may be through sketches, lighting plans, found images, written text. It can be anything that you feel gives an adequate sense of how you work with, and think about, light.
If successful at the first portfolio submission stage, you will be invited to attend a live online interview. The outcome will either be an offer made or unsuccessful application.
Postgraduate course discount for Rose Bruford alumni
We offer a 5% discount on fees for our postgraduate courses for alumni who’ve completed an undergraduate course at Rose Bruford. Get in touch with our Admissions team on [email protected] if you’re a graduate or current undergraduate student to find out more.Funding and Financial Support
Mode of study
Course Fees (2024 Entry)
UK & Republic of Ireland Students
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/travel to other theatres to see work, or for training.