Backstage Academy

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of Bolton

Creative Technologies for Live Events (Taught)

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Course summary

Our MSc in Creative Technologies for Live Events aims to equip students with the technical, academic and professional skills necessary to be creative innovators and technologists within live events and the wider creative industries. The MSc Creative Technologies programme will be delivered using a blended learning approach, combining face-to-face sessions with online and practical work as appropriate. Face to face delivery will take place at Backstage Academy on Production Park. The programme seeks to provide students with a challenging, supportive and inclusive environment where students learn through Praxis; combining critical thinking, practical experimentation and reflection. Depending on their eventual career direction, students are encouraged to develop their own area of expertise and can opt to explore a range of technological practices or focus on a particular area of specialism (e.g. lighting, sound, video, interactive & immersive systems or system programming & control). A range of learning and teaching methods will be employed, including (face-to-face or online) lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion groups, guest speakers and master classes. A significant amount of personal study time is expected to be undertaken by the student comprising, for example, background reading, online activities, assessment work and preparation for sessions. The course includes three subject specialist modules and two modules that you will share with students on other Postgraduate courses. During the course, students are encouraged to use their continuing professional practice as part of their research process and build on our close relationships with the Live Events Industry; engaging in live projects and developing plans for new creative projects coupled with a higher level of academic study and learning. This course is ideal for you if... _ You are excited about the challenge of solving technical problems on large scale events and experimenting with new technologies. _ You’re about to graduate from a BA/BSc course in a related area and wish to increase your employability and gain a competitive edge with an advanced qualification in your area of specialism. _ You want to expand your knowledge and experience into live event spectacles such as arena and stadium shows. _ You want to diversify from related fields such as engineering, software development or computer science. _ You want to develop your own product/service and launch to the live events marketplace. _ You want to change career direction to develop and establish yourself as a creative technologist. _ You have worked in the industry and are now looking to validate your experience with an advanced recognised qualification. The programme aims to: _ Provide graduates and those with professional experience of working in the Live Events or related industries the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and critical insight into the principles and practices underpinning innovation and entrepreneurship within the live events and creative industries _ Provide rigorous opportunities for advanced study, research and embedded practice led by specialists in the field that are focused to enable you to build, enhance and take ownership over your own entrepreneurial practice. Key features: _ Provides the opportunity to study via blended delivery methods to support working professionals engage flexibly with their studies. _ Provides the opportunity to develop and deepen your skills, experience and knowledge of creative practice within a specialised institution situated within a global overview through The University of Bolton and Backstage Academy’s networks and links to the contemporary Live Events Industries. _ Gives access to the unique commercial opportunities offered through Backstage Academy’s connection with Production Park and the range of Live Events Businesses situated on the campus.

Course details

Assessment method

Assessment tasks are linked to the learning outcomes of each module and are completed before the end of the module. Module assessments typically involve written coursework, project work, oral assessments and portfolios. Our team of academic and professional staff will use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help you gain and develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. You can expect practice-based enquiry, self-directed study, lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and work-based learning. It’s important to realise that the time spent with a tutor during formally scheduled activities is only a small part of the learning time identified for a module. You’ll also be expected to spend a significant amount of time in guided independent study, such as general background reading, preparing for seminar activities and working on assignments. We are committed to supporting you throughout your learning journey. Over time, our guidance will purposefully become less structured and prescriptive. This will encourage you to develop confidence and independence in your studies and take responsibility for managing your own learning time as you increase in autonomy. The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to help you achieve the overall aims of the curriculum, as well as the learning outcomes for individual modules. As well as assessing your achievement, it helps to organise and develop your learning. Assessment feedback can help you develop your skills and an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. The types of assessment you’ll be required to complete fall into two general categories: formative and summative. Formative assessments help in learning and developing knowledge and skills. Summative assessments, on which grades are allocated, reflect the quality of the learning that has been achieved. Formative assessment will take place via tutorial discussion, group workshops including peer and tutor review, and guidance on work in progress. Formative feedback will be provided face-to-face via discussion, online or in written form. Summative assessments consist of both practical and applied theoretical work. These will include a range of assessments including practical projects, written work, presentations and portfolios.


Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree or above in a relevant subject and/or appropriate relevant work experience.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 Year 1
Scotland £4625 Year 1
Wales £4625 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

As part of our commitment to access and widening participation, we offer a range of bursary and additional financial support for prospective students. There is also a hardship fund available to eligible students who experience financial crisis. To find out more, please contact us on 01977 659880 or email [email protected]

Creative Technologies for Live Events at Backstage Academy - UCAS