About this course
Duration: 3 years
Term Start: September 2021
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.
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* 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 interview/audition.
The Lighting Design course will support and guide your development towards a successful career in lighting. 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. Whilst the course primarily aims to support and develop your design skills, it will also give you a very good preparation for other careers in the industry, for example as a lighting manager or technician. 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?
Experiment and test your skills in our fully-equipped lighting laboratories.
Learn how to create original designs through collaboration and experimentation.
Enhance your design and technical skills through realised creative projects and industry work placements, in London, across the UK and abroad.
Create lighting designs from large-scale projects to small-scale experimental work, across a wide variety of fields, including theatre, live music, events and architecture.
The programme connects you with leading professional lighting designers, managers and lighting companies.
Share classes and projects with students from other programmes from the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts to learn about the performance, arts and events industries and how to use experimentation, enquiry and creative research in your work, and prepare to build a successful career.
Employability & Industry
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 as lighting designers, technicians, and programmers for theatre, dance, opera, architecture, concert and corporate events.
Adam Carree, Production Manager, Sadler’s Wells Theatre
James Simpson, Head of Visualisation, Royal Opera House
Joe Vose, Designer, Orlight
Charlie Morgan Jones, Avenue Q, Derren Brown: Underground
Joshua Drualus Pharo, 2018 Theatre and Technology Award Winner for The Claim and The Shape of Pain.
Muly Yechezkel, Satore Studio Events Lighting Designer
Emilie Cheshire, Project Manager, TSL
Graduate occupations include:
Lighting Designer, Theatre
Lighting Designer, Theme Park
Lighting Designer, Concert/Touring
Lighting Designer, Architecture
Associate Lighting Designer
Head of Lighting
Production Electrician/Chief Lx
Studying an Arts related subject provides our students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:
Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators
Electricians and electrical fitters
Science, engineering and production technicians
Arts officers producers and directors
Business sales executives
Source: DLHE Data 2013/2014 to 2016/2017
“White Light has a long history of employing Rose Bruford Graduates, many of who stay with us for several years, the others use the their time with the company as a launch pad into the rest of the industry often becoming good customers. Rose Bruford College has always produced excellent graduates with a wide range of skills and industry knowledge."
Bryan Raven, Managing Director, White Light Ltd
"The lighting design course provides a good grounding in the range of skills needed to work professionally in all areas of stage lighting, and the opportunities to specialise allow key interests to be developed in a practical and hands-on way."
Liz Berry, Director, www.hologramica.com
Our industry links include: Coemar and Clay Paky, Italy; Martin Lighting, Denmark; Staatstheater Schwerin, Germany; Vienna International School, Austria; Prague Quadrennial Festival, Czech Republic.
Students can visit a range of universities, theatres and companies for work placements and study exchange, including through the Erasmus grant scheme in Europe and our partner universities in the USA.
Fee and application information
Includes Work Placement
Mode of Study: Full-Time
How to apply
Apply for September 2021 entry via UCAS
UCAS Institution Code: R51
UCAS Programme Code: W4W2
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There is an opportunity for international students to study this programme as part of a semester or year abroad.
As part of this programme you will share classes and projects with students from other programmes from the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts to learn about the performance, arts and events industries and how to use experimentation, enquiry and creative research in your work, and prepare to build a successful career.
Year 1 (Level 4):
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
Year 2 (Level 5):
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
Year 3 (Level 6):
Lighting practice - one or more roles as Lighting Designer or Head of Lighting
With other lighting design students, researching an aspect of lighting through a live experiment
Independent research project