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BSc (Hons) Sound, Lighting and Live Event Technology

BSc (Hons) Sound, Lighting and Live Event Technology

Overview:

The Sound, Lighting and Events Technology course will give you the technical and organisational skills to transform performances into inspiring events.

You’ll study sound and video systems, lighting control and design, network technology, and rigging, for use in concerts, festivals, studios, corporate events, themed attractions and theatre. And you will gain valuable insights into project management and problem-solving along the way.

You will be interested in the backstage running of shows and making performances technically awesome.

The technical events industry is challenging and exciting, there is a certain buzz about working to the wire, and a camaraderie from that experience.

We have been running this kind of course for over 16 years, all of our staff are either currently involved in the industry or have been for many years. We don’t just do theory, we do it for real.

Typical A-Level Offer
CCC to include a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points). Relevant subjects include Physics, Maths and Computer Science. The Course Leader is looking for applicants with a technical background supported by musical/performance based interests.

Typical Welsh BACC Offer
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and CC at A Level with a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points). Relevant subjects include Physics, Maths and Computer Science. The Course Leader is looking for applicants with a technical background supported by musical/performance based interests.

Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points). Relevant subjects include Physics, Maths and Computer Science. The Course Leader is looking for applicants with a technical background supported by musical/performance based interests.

Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points. Relevant subjects include Physics, Maths and Computer Science. The Course Leader is looking for applicants with a technical background supported by musical/performance based interests.

Additional Requirements
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

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Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.

Other qualifications and experience

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

COURSE DETAILS

Accreditations

The USW School of Production and Performance is also an Accredited Apple Training Centre for Education for Apple Logic Pro and an Avid Authorised Training Partner for Pro Tools.

Facilities

Our campus boasts nine industry-standard recording studios featuring SSL and Audient mixing consoles with live and control rooms, all of which are sound isolated and acoustically treated. Several of the studios are equipped for immersive audio production, including a dedicated Dolby Atmos suite. We also house the Gus Dudgeon Suite, a vintage analogue mixing and editing desk, once owned by Elton John’s and critically acclaimed producer.

Our music labs feature several music workstations and are installed with the latest professional music production software, such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Reason. We have an extensive range of microphones, musical instruments and MacBook Pro laptops that are loanable from Media Stores.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

CAREERS

We have strong relationships with many technical production companies, most of whom employ our graduates. When they have a vacancy for either a full time position or placements, they approach us first because they trust us to supply, you, the student with the knowledge and expertise needed to do the job.

We organise visits to see companies or they come to us. The cross-section of industry link is vast, from technical production companies for events through to venues, sound/lighting design agencies, broadcasters and special project designers.

We recommend a placement year, but it is not compulsory. Placements can be local to Cardiff and have been as far away as Dubai, America and Australia.

The USW Careers Team work with us to identify employment opportunities and the contacts we have within the industry mean we have a good demand for our students.

Situated within the Caridff campus, we have the Startup Stiwdio, helping to match jobs with newly qualified freelance graduates.

The technical entertainment industry has a substantial number of career options, and you could well find yourself doing more than one.

Typical roles include:

  • System Engineer – Sound, Lighting, Networks, Video
  • Designer – Rigging, Lighting, Sound
  • Operator – Lighting, Video, Sound, Streaming
  • Project Manager (Technical)

And then a hundred other roles that have no name but join up technologies to create amazing solutions.

Our graduates have gone on to work for many different companies and organisations for example:

  • Zero 88 – Lighting console manufacturer
  • BBC – Technical and production roles
  • Stage Sound Services – One of the largest suppliers of audio and video to West End Shows
  • Solotech (SSE) – The largest audio company in the UK, suppliers to Download festival
  • Coloursound – International supplier of lighting and special effects
  • Kinetic Pixel – Largest supplier of gameshow technology for broadcast
  • Ideaworks – High-end lighting and AV installations for commercial, residential and yachts
  • ER Productions – international, award-winning laser show, laser system design, and special effects specialist
  • Disney Cruises – Technical management roles
  • Carnival Cruises – Technical management roles
  • SR Productions – Graduate founders.  Live production and specialist TV Lighting Design (Dr Who, Netflix etc)
  • Wales Millenium Centre – Technical management roles
  • Welsh National Opera – Technical management roles
  • SWG Events – large supplier of technical solutions to festivals, heads of department roles.
  • Project Power – Graduate founder.  Fast-growing supplier of power solutions to the entertainment industry.
  • Production Worx – Graduate founder.  Front of house mix engineer for Rita Ora, Wu-Tang Clan, Lorde and Thundercat (RHCP Stadium Tour).

Large events take the collective effort of hundreds of people to stage.  While many can claim to have worked on these events, we have seen our graduates take senior/key roles on events such as:

  • Glastonbury Festival various stages: Heads of Audio, Heads of Lighting
  • Ed Sheeran World Tour: System Engineers
  • Slipknot World Tour: Head of Pyrotechnics
  • Take That European Tour: Automation Engineer
  • Olympic Games: Broadcast technicians from 2012 onwards

What kind of student would this course suit?

Our Sound, Lighting and Events Technology course will suit those who are keen to get involved in solving the technical challenges of delivering amazing performances.

You will have a keen eye and ear and be able to relate to performers and the technical team around you.

You will be a logical thinker, but also be able to find creative solutions when the standard methods are not available to you.

Fees

Full time

Complete your degree in the shortest possible time and study flexibly – when and where suits you!
 

£7,250

You’ll study 9 modules in total (approx. 37 hrs/week).

Part time option one

Study for a degree whilst fitting it around your work, care and other life commitments.
 

£4,250

You’ll study 6 modules per year (approx. 25 hrs/week).

Part time option two

Take time to study and spread the tuition fees over a longer period – at no extra cost.
 

£5,500

You’ll study 4–5 modules per year (approx. 19 hrs/week).

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