Light in Performance at Rose Bruford College - UCAS

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Course summary

Please apply directly to the College. A unique MA Programme that allows you to explore ways of working with light in collaboration with world-leading lighting designers. 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?

  • Expert training: 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.
  • Professional-experience: The programme includes up to 8 weeks of practical workshops in fully-equipped performance spaces, led by four world-leading lighting designers.
  • Research: You will carefully explore the creation of visual works through a range of research-led, process-driven working methods.
  • Independent learning: 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.
  • Practice-based opportunities: 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 module mentors include Patrick Woodroffe, Joe Hill-Gibbins, Professor Roger Kneebone, Durham Marenghi, Carol Scott.
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Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

International applicants

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is London’s International Drama School. We welcome students from around the world for both BA and MA/MFA degree study in performance, design, management and technical arts, as well as foundation courses, short courses and summer schools. You will be studying close to London and have easy access to the amazing culture, restaurants and theatre there. When you study with us, you will join students from more than 25 different countries, and develop skills that could take your career all over the world. We have links worldwide with partner institutions for student and staff exchanges, collaborative projects and wider research initiatives. You may find our international students web page and guide useful: We run webinars with virtual campus tours for prospective international students, you can register here:

Entry requirements

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £18100 Whole course
EU £24150 Whole course
England £18100 Whole course
Northern Ireland £18100 Whole course
Scotland £18100 Whole course
Wales £18100 Whole course
Channel Islands £18100 Whole course
International £24150 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Light in Performance at Rose Bruford College - UCAS