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Interested in a career in the visual production industry? Based at Backstage Academy, West Yorkshire, this cutting-edge degree focuses on a new approach to the design and production of spectacular events and includes lighting, set design and video, as well as other visual effects such as lasers and pyrotechnics.
Mode of Study:
Our BA (Hons) Live Visual Design and Production degree is designed to give you the opportunity to be successful in a competitive market place. It’s been created to meet increasing demands for multi-skilled visual professionals in the live events and creative industries. It’s the first degree in the UK that prepares you for a career in the integrated visual production industry working on film, television, concerts, theatre and artistic installations.
This course is a partnership between the University of Bolton and Backstage Academy based in Wakefield. It offers you the chance to learn the skills required to bring together original visual art content (for instance, animation, film or digital imagery) and cutting edge digital show technology to enhance live events and art forms.
Designed to address the current and future needs of this exciting and fast-moving industry, this course aims to prepare you to take a project through from concept and design to delivery on site in a variety of settings, including festivals, shows, stadium tours and art installations.
Our highly qualified and experienced programme staff will support you to draw upon skills taught in traditional subjects such as design, art, photography, content design, event management, multimedia, physics, graphics and lighting design, and learn to combine them in innovative and visually thrilling ways.
Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
Live visual design and production is a new approach to the design and creation of spectacular events that give audiences a truly memorable experience. It integrates lighting, set design and video with other visual effects such as lasers and pyrotechnics. Previously events employed lighting designers, video designers and set designers as separate roles, but increasingly these roles are merging together as video walls create the set, lighting enhances the video content and performances are synchronised with spectacular special effects.
Our BA (Hons) Live Visual Design and Production degree aims to teach you the skills and knowledge needed to seamlessly combine original visual art content and cutting edge digital show technology to enhance live music, product launches, celebrations and architectural installations, amongst many other art forms and events. This is a growing market with today’s live events becoming ever more visual, artistic and complex as advances in new technology create fresh possibilities within lighting and video.
As a graduate of our BA (Hons) Live Visual Design and Production degree you’ll have a range of career options to pursue in the projection mapping, concert and touring, broadcast, musical theatre and installation sectors on an international basis. The work experience embedded into the programme will help to give you a competitive advantage over others graduates.
Given the experience and certification on offer as part of this programme, a range of opportunities could be open to you – from creative and artistic design, technical and production management to installation and programming specialist systems. Many roles are full-time working for global partners of industry standard hardware (such as d3), whilst in the touring industry many roles are freelance (normally finishing on the last night of the tour or event).
Productions and events are increasingly employing specialists on a freelance basis, offering opportunities to experience and enjoy a working life in the industry worldwide.
Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Live Visual Design and Production degree will also allow you to consider a range of postgraduate study options, leading to master’s, research and doctoral qualifications.
Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these careers include:
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This course is open to Home students only. Applications from International and EU students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course is not licenced by UKVI to sponsor students. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under the Student Visa Route to study in the UK then, unfortunately, we’ll be unable to consider your application for this course.
Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021/2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021/2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.
The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.
You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.
You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:
Institution Code Name: BOLTN
Institution Code Number: B44
Tel: 0870 1122211
The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.
How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:
Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply online: Backstage Academy BA(Hons) Live Visual Design and Production - Backstage Academy-20 September 2021 (Intake not currently accepting international applications)
The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.
Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.
Apply online: Backstage Academy BA(Hons) Live Visual Design and Production - Backstage Academy - 20 September 2021
We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!
As well as traditional lectures, seminars, examinations and tutorials your learning will be enhanced with visits and guest speakers, including master class seminars provided by industry professionals. You’ll also consider international case studies, attend workshops and be given opportunities to work on live projects as part of both practical and work placement modules. The course offers unique insights and a thorough understanding of the visual production industry operating in international markets and in a range of sectors.
Assessment will use a range of methods, from developing portfolios of your work and skills to practical assessments and research projects. Assessment is designed to ensure you have every opportunity to achieve the aims and objectives of the programme, and both individual and group assessments are used at each level.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
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|Level one||Guided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%|
|Level two||Guided independent study 67%, Placement/study abroad 12%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 21%|
|Level three||Guided independent study 80%, Placement/study abroad 10%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 10%|
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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