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Course summary

Specialist pathways in Lighting, Set and Costume, Digital Content, Visual Design for Public Spaces, or Virtual Technologies. Design is Art with function and communication, which is at the core of all our endeavours and enhanced by exploring common languages rather than different techniques and technologies. Experiencing workshops, projects and classes in all areas, you will gain an understanding of design in its broadest sense, leading to a focus on your specialist practice, equipping you for a career in live and recorded performance, including gaming and virtual reality. Designers from this course will go on to work in the traditional and evolving creative performance and entertainment industries. Course Summary Design is integral in all parts of live or virtual experiences. This cross-disciplinary course allows you to explore and then specialise in design for set and costume, lighting (live events, festivals and performances), film, virtual production, gaming or virtual reality experiences. Working collaboratively on group projects, you will explore a wide range of techniques and processes to develop your skills and understand more about the career paths you are interested in. You will be taught by a wide range of subject experts and build an understanding of how designers fit into the wider context of a project team. Developing your communication and collaboration skills to ensure that the design process from concept to delivery is as smooth as possible. In the first year, you will not only pursue the craft and techniques of your chosen discipline but constantly share projects and collaborative learning. By the start of the second year you will focus on your selected discipline, working towards a degree in Design for Performance in your chosen pathway. Each design pathway has clear and specific ideologies while also embracing a collaborative ethos that will allow you to fully explore the field of Design and make informed choices about developing your own individual career specialisms.

  • Digital Content This pathway is focused on exploring a wide range of digital content creation and media formats (photography, videography, 3D modelling, animation, motion capture, illustration, live camera… ) and its application on live performance or recorded media (e.g. Projection Mapping, Film, Online…).
  • Lighting Design This pathway is focused on Lighting Design. Lighting Designers control how we see the world, whether on screen, on a stage or walking down the street. They create stories and inspire emotions. This course’s design-led approach underpins hands-on learning, which defines the practical and technical craft needed for a career in Lighting.
  • Set and Costume This pathway focuses on the physical qualities of design for performance, and the crafts needed to communicate your ideas. We will consider the qualities of set and costume design and how they inform and support the stories they are telling. Projects will explore the elements of set, object and costume, to equip you with the skills for a broad range of careers in performance and recorded media design.
  • Visual Design for Public Spaces This pathway explores how we use visual design to enhance, shape and enrich public spaces. You will learn about the use of lighting and digital technologies in the build environment, for example the design of exterior lighting systems to enhance a city scape, or the impact lighting has on airport terminals or museums.
  • Virtual Technologies This pathway is focused on devising and creating immersive experiences using digital platforms (exploring the creative aspect but also the complex technology behind it) including Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, game engines, motion capture technology and Virtual Production.

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome students from around the world for both BA and MA degree study in performance, design, management and technical arts. We also run short-term courses, summer schools and foundation programmes for international students who are looking for a shorter period of study. 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 on 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

Qualification requirements

Widening Access and Contextual Admissions: Rose Bruford College is committed to widening access. We encourage applications from all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of your background, and ensure that no groups are disadvantaged during the application process. We welcome students from all educational backgrounds. For instance, we look at your age, whether you declare a disability, whether you have spent time in care, the area in which you live and, if appropriate, the relative performance of the school you attend. 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.

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English language requirements

You must achieve a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in each component or a Secure English Language Test (SELT) equivalent to this score. We accept all Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) as approved by the UKVI.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £21735 Year 1
International £21735 Year 1

Additional fee information

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

Sponsorship information

1) Rose Bruford College Bursaries for UK Students: We will offer £600 financial support for each year of the course in the form of a bursary to all students who come from households below the median income level (£29,400). This information is provided to the student loan company who communicate it to our student services team so once confirmed you will be paid automatically in February (£300) and May (£300) if you are eligible. Please note the figures listed here are for academic year 2022/23 and are subject to change. 2) International Student Bursaries for School of Design, Management & Technical Arts Programmes: Each year, Rose Bruford College awards one bursary to an international student as they commence their study on an undergraduate programme within its School of Design, Management and Technical Arts (DMTA). The bursaries, with a value of £2,000 each year for three years (total £6,000) are part of the College’s commitment to making high-quality professional training and education in theatre and the entertainment industries available to students from anywhere in the world. International students, who have international student fee status and have been offered a place on a programme within the School of DMTA may apply for the bursary before starting their studies with us. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Design for Performance at Rose Bruford College - UCAS