Rose Bruford College

Degree level: Undergraduate

Lighting Design

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Course summary

TEF Gold

Rose Bruford College has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.

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Reasons to study Lighting Design • Experiment and test your skills in our fully-equipped lighting laboratories. • Learn how to create original designs through collaboration and experimentation. You will learn through practice, by designing your own work across all three years of study. • Enhance your design and technical skills through realised creative projects and industry work placements, in London, across the UK and abroad. • Create lighting designs from large-scale projects to small- scale experimental work, across a wide variety of fields, including theatre, live music, events and architecture. • The programme has outstanding industry contacts and connects you with leading professional lighting designers, managers, venues and lighting companies. • Share classes and projects with students from other programmes to learn about the performance, arts and events industries and how to use experimentation, enquiry and creative research in your work, and prepare to build a successful career. Career opportunities Our graduates leave us as creative and resourceful lighting designers, able to connect art with technology and the conceptual with the practical. They have gone on to work as lighting designers, technicians and programmers for theatre, dance, opera, architecture, concert and corporate events, as well as in the lighting services sector. You may also be interested in: Creative Lighting Control, BA (Hons) Lighting Design For Architecture, BA (Hons) “I’ve worked at Glastonbury, Isle of Wight Festival, O2 and Wembley Arena. Gaining experience and preparing myself for the real world.” Samuel Woolass Lighting Design, 2017 Graduate

Course details


Year 1 (Level 4): Introduction to lighting design Light and culture - lighting design in its wider cultural and artistic context Lighting design practice - light as part of time-based art forms, visual perception and communication, story boarding, CAD, production paperwork Light and performance - light and narrative, lighting as an integral part of a performance, working with directors, performers and other designers Research and analysis of performance and the industry Year 2 (Level 5): Production practice - Lighting Designer, Lighting Manager, Assistant Lighting Designer or Industry study/placement Production processes and techniques Creative practice and research - light as a pure art-form Research and context Year 3 (Level 6): Lighting practice - one or more roles as Lighting Designer or Head of Lighting With other lighting design students, researching an aspect of lighting through a live experiment Professional preparation Independent research project Graduate exhibition Please visit our website to view the programme and module specifications in detail:

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

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW4W2
Institution code R51
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

IRose 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 and short-term courses, summer schools and foundation diplomas. We use theatre training to help build global communities and relationships. We have links throughout the world in Europe, The Americas and Asia. We currently host students from over 45 different countries. We are training future graduates who will see the world stage as their future workplace. We are interested not only in welcoming international students and practitioners to our Sidcup campus and Central London locations but also working worldwide with partner institutions on student and staff exchanges, collaborative projects and wider research initiatives. You may find our International Student Guide useful: We run webinars with virtual campus tours for prospective international students, you can register here:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points This is equivalent to two C’s at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent. * 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/audition.

Additional entry requirements




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 £18000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note, these are the fees for academic year 2020/21, the fees for 2021/22 are not yet confirmed and will be published as soon as possible.
Lighting Design at Rose Bruford College - UCAS