Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance

Course Introduction

Creative Lighting Control is a unique course, created in response to industry demand for specialist lighting and video programmers and technologists. Digital technologies are now at the heart of live entertainment, with automated lighting and extensive use of video becoming familiar features in almost every field of performance. We will develop you as a creative, technically adept person with excellent craft and technical skills, who can make imaginative use of technology. We work closely with a wide range of industry partners to teach specialist skills and to provide placements, ensuring that you learn current professional practice.

Course Modules

Year 1: introduction to lighting design; introduction to lighting control; visualisation and communication (including AutoCAD and WYSIWYG training); media in performance (including content creation software and media servers); light in performance; research and analysis of performance and the industry. Year 2: advanced programming for lighting and video (networking and show control technologies); production role as a production electrician, or an industry placement; programming: two programming show roles or an industry placement; performance, design and visual media: a lighting and video design for a production in a virtual environment; programming styles for TV, theatre, live music and corporate events; research and context. Year 3: independent research project; professional preparation; the creative technologist, including two show roles or an industry placement; industry study, which may include an industry placement; 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:

  • Course specific
  • GCE A-level
  • Tariff 96
  • Tariff (Scottish qualifications) 96

Key Course Information

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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

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 88
Studying 2
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 6
Unknown 4

51% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 26%

Total Practical: 74%