Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance

Course Introduction

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.

Course Modules

Year 1: 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, story boarding, computer aided design, 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: 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: lighting practice (1 or more roles as lighting designer or head of lighting; with other lighting design students, researching an aspect of lighting through a live experiment); professional preparation; independent research project; graduate exhibition.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £16,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Irish Leaving Certificates CCC
  • Tariff 96
  • GCE A-level
  • Tariff (Scottish qualifications) 96
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • International Baccalaureate
  • SQA Advanced Higher

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88% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 74%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 85%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 86%

£16,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

91% Go on to work and/or study

In work 89
Studying 2
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 6
Unknown 3

48% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 40%

Total Practical: 60%