Key information

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  • UCAS Course Code


  • Study mode


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  • Subject Ranking


    6 (Drama, Dance & Cinematics)
  • Entry Standards

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  • Graduate Prospects

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    / 100
  • Student Satisfaction

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    / 5.00
  • Qualification

    BA (Hons)

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Course Summary

About the course

Studying on the Production Lighting pathway of the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice course, you will:

  • Learn how to rig and focus professional lighting and video equipment to industry standards
  • Work alongside professionals on realised projects within Central and in industry settings
  • Develop a high level of technical proficiency and expertise

As a student on the Production Lighting Course, you will learn to plan, rig, focus, plot and maintain lighting and video rigs for theatre and other live shows. You will also have opportunities to develop management skills that (along with your practical skills) will help you position yourself at the forefront of the industry on graduation.

Tailor your experience

As you progress through the course, there are opportunities to develop specialist skills in the areas of most interest to you as a developing practitioner, giving you the best possible preparation for employment upon ere are also opportunities to develop and negotiate your own projects, which have previously included programming for music, conference and event lighting, site-specific work, festival planning and architectural projection.

Practical-based tuition

Tuition is structured around practical projects in Central’s well-equipped studios, theatre and performance spaces, supported by taught sessions on, for example, computer-aided drafting, making electrical props and programming. You will also study video and projection systems, working on productions and on more experimental projects.

Beyond traditional theatre roles

Central offers opportunities, within the course and on placement in industry, to broaden your experience beyond the traditional theatre roles for production lighting practitioners. Past projects have included programming for music, conference and event lighting, site-specific work and architectural projection. As well as our longestablished and deep connections to theatre, we have strong links with well-established practitioners in concert touring and events.

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Tuition Fees

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£9,250 per year

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University information

About this University

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a world-renowned drama institution specialising in the teaching and research of all things theatre and performance. With a central London location, industry-active teaching staff and researchers, Central has all the tools needed to support students looking to train in performance, applied theatre, technical theatre and much more besides. Students benefit from a large number of visiting industry professionals, dedicated technical support and first class facilities that includes the new North Block building, completed in January 2019.


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