Nottingham Trent University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Live and Technical Events

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This cutting-edge course will give you the opportunity to study in a real-world live event venue, training with professionals and working with industry-standard hardware and software. By the end of the course you’ll have gained the technical, organisational, creative and professional skills you need to work successfully within the technical events industry. You’ll learn a broad range of disciplines within the live and technical events sector including; Lighting and stage design Live sound reinforcement Sound theory and acoustics Electrical principles Equipment maintenance and repair Visual effects and pyrotechnics Live event planning On this course, you'll have access to our brand new world class contemporary music & events hub - Metronome - that features; A custom-built live production workshop Digital and analogue live sound consoles A large selection of microphones from leading manufacturers such as Shure, AKG, Neumann, Audio Technica Extensive backline equipment including Gretsch and Yamaha drum kits, Vox, Fender and Marshall amplifiers Lighting consoles and software from Avolites and MA A range of intelligent and generic lighting fixtures from Chauvet Chauvet LED video wall Avid Pro Tools based live sound recording rigs

Course details


Year 1 Introduction to Stage and Lighting Technology (40 Credit Points) Stage lighting is one of the most fundamental technologies used in the industry to enhance audience experience and in supporting performance at live events. This module will introduce you to the application of a diverse range of technologies in use, as well as their underlying scientific principles. You’ll study the use of general and intelligent lighting fixtures from manufacturers including Chauvet, whilst also developing a working knowledge of distribution, dimming and control network hardware. Sound Technology and Practice for Live Events (40 Credit Points) In this module, you’ll develop your understanding of sound reinforcement through the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of sound technology. You’ll study the physical properties of sound, investigating sound wave propagation (frequency, wavelength, and velocity), decibel calculations and their application in sound reinforcement, as well as important health & safety considerations. Equipment, Maintenance and Repair (20 Credit Points) An understanding of the principles of electrical systems is fundamental for anyone working in a technical role within the live events sector. This module aims to equip you with a range of practical skills for fault-finding, maintenance and repair of audio visual systems. You’ll learn the fundamental principles of electronics, practical soldering techniques and investigate industry standards and practices. Introduction to the Live Events Industry (20 Credit Points) Working in the live events industry requires an awareness of the huge range of job roles and career paths, alongside an awareness of the historical, cultural and legislative changes that have shaped the live events sector. During this module, you’ll be encouraged to carry out research in the industry, analysing current industry trends and legislation. You'll also develop your future employment prospects by engaging in real project briefs within the local live events industry. Year 2 Advanced Stage and Lighting Technology (40 Credit Points) During this module, you’ll examine the advanced functionality of lighting control systems and instruments. You’ll develop a better understanding of the scientific principles behind lighting for live events and you’ll put these skills into practice, creating the lighting package for a large UK festival. Advanced Sound Technology and Practice for Live Events (40 Credit Points) In this follow-on module, you’ll increase your knowledge of sound theory and audio technology. You’ll work with a range of mathematical data to study and evaluate acoustic properties in live venues, investigate loudspeaker designs and carry out sound measurements and calculations. Visual Effects Production for Live Events (20 Credit Points) During this part of the course, you’ll learn about the key technologies associated with visual effects (VFX) in a live events context. Core areas of study include the design and implementation of VFX, such as projection mapping, LED video wall technology and live vision mixing and video manipulation. You'll also learn about the safety and use of pyrotechnics with real hands-on experience. Industry Practice (20 Credit Points) During this module you'll undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries.

How to apply

This course has restrictions on who can apply.

This course is not eligible for International Students who require a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
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