Degree Courses

Live Events Production BA (Hons) & FdA

Live Events Production is an innovative course that introduces you to all the different areas of event production, design and management. Professional training from industry practitioners on the creative use of entertainment technology will prepare you for a wide variety of roles in the sector.

A series of twelve modules over the first two years will give you strong grounding in a range of technical, creative and production management disciplines. You will study subjects such as lighting, live sound, show control and networking, live visuals, staging and production management.

Work-placement and career development modules are designed to equip you with the skills, contacts and experience to progress into employment or set yourself up as a freelancer. Group and individual assignments are designed to mirror workplace practice and showcase your skills and knowledge.

The first two years of this course can also be taken as a foundation degree (FdA); after which there is then the option to carry on to the third year by applying for the BA (Hons) Top-Up.

  • Why Study This Course?

    Professional training on the creative use of entertainment technology will prepare you for a wide variety of roles within the Live Events Industry. A series of 12 modules over the first 2 years will give you strong grounding in a range of technical, creative and production management disciplines. You will learn from industry professionals, have access to training on a wide variety of industry standard equipment and become accredited with a number of industry recognised certifications to increase employability. Work-placement and career development modules are designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to progress into employment or set you up as a freelancer. You will complete several group projects based on typical professional briefs where you will develop teamwork skills. Written reports and research tasks will deepen your knowledge and lay the foundation for progression to further study. During the third year you will cover a range of modules investigating the management of live events and production planning.

    Students who choose the two-year FdA Live Events Production will be eligible to progress onto the one-year Live Events Production (Top-up) BA (Hons). They are also eligible for entry to the Live Visual Design and Production BA (Hons) course at the second-year entry point.

  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities exist in a huge range of sectors – from live music, festivals and touring to exhibitions, conferences and cruise ships – anywhere a live event takes place! This course can set you on your way to a variety of careers or further training.  Here is just a small selection of potential roles:

    • Lighting Technician
    • Lighting Designer
    • Sound System Engineer
    • Live Sound Engineer
    • Production Manager
    • Live Visuals Engineer or Operator
    • Video Wall Technician
    • Moving Light Technician
    • Pyrotechnician
    • Event Manager
    • Tour Manager
    • Site Manager
    • Safety Officer
    • Artist Liaison
    • Stage Manager


    Graduates of the course are currently working for The Specials, Life on Mars, Robbie Williams and Melody VR.

    On completion of the FdA you are eligible to apply for the Live Events Production (Top-up) BA (Hons) one-year course. You are also eligible for entry to the Live Visual Design and Production BA (Hons) course at the second-year entry point.

  • Modules

    YEAR 1

    • Academic and Professional Skills for the Events Industries
    • Concept Design and Presentation
    • Staging
    • Live Sound
    • Lighting
    • Live Visuals


    YEAR 2

    • Work Placement
    • Event Production Management
    • Production Planning and Realisation
    • Entertainment Networks and Show Control
    • Research Methods for Event Studies
    • Career Development and Employability


    YEAR 3

    • The Integrated Music and Live Events Production Business
    • Production Planning and Management
    • Events Logistics
    • Work Related Project
    • Major Project



    Lighting Design

    Live Sound Engineering

    Video for Live Performance

    Sustainability Issues for Live Events

  • Industry Accredited Qualifications

    The course includes a number of ready for work certificates

    • Event Safety Passport
    • Emergency First Aid
    • Stage Pyrotechnics
    • Practical Fire Safety
    • Working at Height
    • Introduction to Rigging
    • Working with Electricity
  • Assessment

    Assessment is by portfolio, group practical, presentation and (where appropriate) a supporting piece of work relevant to the module. All assessments are based around you evidencing your skills and experience, reflecting upon how you are developing both professionally and personally and are a useful tool for you to set goals and targets.

    You will also be expected to research methods and practices that are not covered in the module, and to relate and compare these to your learning.

    Other work relevant to the module might include a stage design and layout, a festival event plan or perhaps a lighting design and visualisation.

  • Admissions Criteria

    For 2018 entry

    You would normally have five GCSE’s at Grade C and above, including English Language and Maths. In addition you need:

    BA – 104 UCAS points based around 3 A / AS levels or Vocational A levels or BTEC Level 3.

    FdA – 64 UCAS points based around 2A / AS levels, Vocational A levels or BTEC Level 3.

    If you do not meet the required UCAS points but have considerable work experience relevant to live events you may still be eligible.

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

    *Please note – all applications are to be made via UCAS

  • Fees

    Tuition Fees for this course are currently £9,250 per year for UK/EU students commencing study in 2018.

    Click here for information on finance and living costs.

  • How to Apply

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

    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 £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
    • Course Code: BA – N821; FdA – N820

    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 15. For some of the presentation based seminars, we may teach to larger numbers. For the more technical modules, you will be able to experiment with some of the equipment outside of teaching hours.

  • Detailed Course Information

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  • National Student Survey

    The National Student Survey (NSS) is an annual survey which gives final year higher education students the opportunity to provide feedback about their experience on their course.

    In the survey, students respond to statements using a five-point response scale from ‘definitely disagree’ to ‘definitely agree’. The statements are grouped into the following sections:

    • The teaching on my course
    • Learning opportunities
    • Assessment and feedback
    • Academic support
    • Organisation and management
    • Learning resources
    • Learning community
    • Student voice

    Our Live Events Production FdA course has an NSS score of 70%.

    The Live Events Production BA (Hons) course has not yet run long enough for data to be available.

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