Degree Courses

Live Visual Design and Production BA (Hons)

Specially designed to move with the trends of modern events, the Backstage Academy Live Visual Design and Production BA (Hons) course is widely regarded as a trailblazer within the live events industry.

Live production is an increasingly prominent market, and our full-time, three-year course has been sculpted alongside high ticket industry firms such as d3 Technologies, FIX8Group, Green Hippo, PRG XL Video and Panasonic in order to nurture promising students into industry-ready professionals.

The course leader is none other than Shannon Harvey, an inspiring US-born industry stalwart whose client list includes brands such a Louis Vuitton, Heineken, Jaguar and Nike, working on projects that continue to take him around the world. His knowledge, vision and infectious passion for the future of visual production makes this course truly unique, presenting students with a conveyor belt of new challenges in line with the ever-changing landscape of the professional industry.

Alongside their studies, students are afforded the chance to live the life of a successful visual production professional, and should expect to travel themselves during their time at Backstage Academy. In fact, course projects and paid placements have taken students as far as Prague and Taiwan in recent months and plans are afoot for more international work experience in 2016.

Alongside the incredible opportunities this course offers during your years with us, Backstage Academy is all too aware of the importance of the end goal and pride ourselves on nurturing highly qualified, industry-ready graduates who are fully prepared for the everyday challenges of work in the world of visual production. Our close working relationships with a number of large companies within the industry give our graduates unrivalled access to graduates roles closely aligned with their ambitions.

Qualifications are fully validated by the University of Bolton and information about each of our exciting modules can be found below.

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  • Why Study This Course?

    Live Visual Design and Production BA (Hons) has been created to meet increasing employer demands for skilled visual professionals within the live events and creative industries. The course content has been developed in conjunction with a range of industry partners including d3 Technologies, FIX8Group, Green Hippo and XL Video to meet the needs of this exciting and fast-moving industry. 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 visual production specialist you will be able 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. This requires a combination of skills, which draw upon those taught in traditional subjects such as design, art, photography, content design, event management, multi-media, physics, graphics and lighting design.

  • Careers

    The knowledge and skills you acquire on this course will be transferable across a range of industries, from live music, theatre and opera, to film and TV, and architectural installations. You will graduate with the ability to produce impressive lighting and video visuals using the latest techniques, making you highly employable for a career in visual production. Graduates are already in high demand for Production, Manufacturer, and Equipment Hire companies worldwide. Working as freelancers or as direct employees these individuals are already exceeding employment expectations.

  • Modules

    Year 1:

    • Professional Skills for the Visual Production Industry
    • Visual Production Toolbox Basic Techniques
    • Concept Discovery and Development
    • Experiential Technologies – Design
    • Experiential Technologies – Hardware
    • Showtime Basics

    Year 2:

    • Industry Placement
    • Visual Production Toolbox – Content
    • Creative Research
    • Show Technologies
    • Contemporary Issues for Visual Production

    Year 3:

    • Visual Production – Design
    • Experiential Technologies – System Design
    • Showtime Applied Project Management
    • Work Related Project
    • Major Project
  • Assessment

    As well as traditional lectures, seminars and tutorials your learning will be enhanced with visits from guest speakers and masterclass seminars from industry experts, international case studies, workshops and more importantly opportunities to work on live projects as part of both practical modules and work placement; giving you unique insights and a thorough understanding of the visual production industry operating in international markets and in a range of sectors. Assessment is via a range of methods, from developing a portfolio of your work and skills, to practical assessment and research projects.

  • Admissions Criteria

    For 2017 entry

    You would normally have five GCSE’s at Grade C and above, to include passes in English Language, Maths and Science. In addition you would:

    Either have 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels in any subject, or BTEC National qualifications in Creative & Digital Media, Productions Arts (Theatre Technology), or similar.

    Or if you do not have 104 UCAS points, but have a minimum of two years relevant industry based experience, together with a portfolio of creative work (photography, animation, production design or similar) then we may still be able to offer you a place subject to you completing a diagnostic assessment and attending an interview.

    If English is not your first language you will need IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

  • Fees

    Tuition Fees for this course are currently £9,000 per year for UK/EU students commencing study in 2017.

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  • How to Apply

    Applicants are advised to carefully read all the important information about applying for a place at Backstage Academy before applying and accepting any offer. This may be found on our partner University’s website by clicking here – www.bolton.ac.uk/Admissions

    Applications are normally made via UCAS. When completing your UCAS application, please give special consideration to your personal statement, as this is the primary basis upon which we select applicants. Special consideration will be given to those without the necessary academic qualifications, but who are able to demonstrate relevant practical experience. We may additionally invite you to attend for an interview. Our interview process is relaxed and informal; it’s your chance to tell us all about your experiences, ask any questions and for us to make sure the course is right for you. We try to make sure that current students are on hand to discuss their experience of the course with you.

    Applications for this year

    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 five courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £23. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant’s fee of £12 is applicable.

    You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

    • Institution Code Name: BOLTN
    • Institution Code Number: B44
    • Course Code: W990

    Applications for next year onwards
    Please register your interest and we can send you information about open days, updates on the course and information about how and when to apply.

     

  • Class Sizes

    Class sizes vary depending on the topic, but mostly we limit it to groups of 10. For some of the presentation based seminars, we may teach to a larger class. For the more technical modules, you will be able to experiment with some of the equipment outside of teaching hours.

  • FAQ'S

    What topics will I study on the course?

    You will study a broad range of topics, from being introduced to the industry, concept discovery and development, and creative research, to exploring the design and realisation of experiential technology systems (lighting and visual effects). You will develop a range of artistic, creative and technical skills. Alongside these skills you will be exposed to a broad range of industry standard software and hardware such as AutoCAD, d3, Green Hippo and 3dS Max.

    The course combines the best of practical experience, learning and development. You will receive a high level of academic and pastoral support. The learning resources to support your study are rated as excellent and include internet and virtual learning environment sources, textbooks, journals, DVDs and learning packs. State-of-the-art industry facilities such as a full d3 edit / visualisation and educational suite, Green Hippo servers and a fully equipped IT suite running the latest industry software which will enhance the standard of your creative work and your employability.

    In addition, our highly experienced programme staff are keen to make the time you spend with them as academically stimulating and rewarding as possible. Our programme staff enjoy a well-deserved reputation for being approachable and interested in their students’ progress, therefore as a student on the Live Visual Design and Production BA (Hons) degree programme, you are assured individual support and guidance at every stage.

    What skills will I develop on the course?

    Collaborative Team Work. Content Creation – 2D, 3D, Generative, Video Games. IT – Networking, Show Control, Rendering, Computer Specification. Previsualisation – Video Games, Media Servers, Lighting Simulation. Creative Design – concept development, creative workflows, presentation and creative brief analysis. Technical Systems – Displays, Media Servers, Show Control, Interactive Systems, The physics and maths of lighting, pixels, and visual display design. Production – budgeting, scheduling, critical path planning, project logistics, team organisation, content pipelines, project management, on-site operation skills, trouble shooting, and client management.

    Why is your course different/better than similar courses at other universities?

    This course has been specifically designed to directly meet the requirements of world-leading creative and industry suppliers operating in the visual production industry.

    The facilities, equipment provision and industry linkages are unique within the UK and EU.
    The range of teaching and learning methods ensures that students develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their own style and creativity.

    The three-year programme includes periods of work placement, valued by industry and employers, which provides experiential learning, development and helps to substantiate career enhancement.

    Throughout the period of study students are also eligible to apply for paid and voluntary work placements through Backstage Academy.

    How will this help me in my career?

    The knowledge and skills you acquire on this course will be transferable across a range of industries, from live music, theatre and opera, to film and TV, and architectural installations. You will graduate with the ability to produce impressive lighting and video visuals using the latest techniques, making you highly employable for a career in visual production. Graduates are already in high demand for Production, Manufacturer, and Equipment Hire companies worldwide. Working as freelancers or as direct employees these individuals are already exceeding employment expectations.

  • Detailed Course Information

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