Key information

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  • UCAS Course Code


  • Study mode


  • University Ranking


  • 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 Lighting Design specialism of the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice degree course, you will:

  • Learn to design lighting for live performance, developing creative and technical expertise
  • Develop practical skills such as rigging, focusing and plotting for lighting and video
  • Possibilities for professional work and placements to develop your portfolio.

Training at Central

Our joint emphasis on practical as well as aesthetic development gives you the opportunity to create highly innovative lighting design. The training includes practical projects in Central’s well-equipped studio and performance spaces, alongside a rigorous investigation of the design process and visual communication.

As you progress through the course, you will be encouraged to develop your own design style, supported by tutors, mentors and visiting professionals.

Industry focus at Central

You will benefit from Central’s industry focused teaching and research culture, which ensures that what we do and what we teach is at the forefront of knowledge and industry practice in theatre, events and concert touring.

You will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of both new and older technologies, including automated lighting, video, projection, LEDs and other emerging technologies, as well as more traditional theatre fixtures and even candles!

Throughout the course, you will be introduced to professional practitioners, including many successful graduates of the course, who will often be working alongside you in role, as mentors, and as project leaders.

Graduate Employment

Graduate employment and career pathways include:

Lighting Design

  • Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House,
  • Arcola Theatre
  • Tricycle Theatre
  • Park Theatre
  • Curve Theatre Leicester
  • Numerous small and medium-sized producing and receiving houses throughout the UK and Europe.

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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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