Live Events Production BA (Hons) & FdA
Live Events Production introduces you to the technical, design and management areas of live events with four distinct pathways for you to choose from:
- Lighting design & technology
- Live sound engineering
- Visuals production (video and projections)
- Event management & business
The first year of the course gives you a strong grounding in a range of technical, creative and production management disciplines. In the second year, you will begin to specialise by choosing two pathways to focus on. In the final year of the course, you will focus entirely on one pathway.
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.
KEY SUBJECT AREAS
Event management; lighting design; logistics; event business, marketing & sponsorship; rigging; projection mapping; sound engineering; staging; video.
The course is regulated by the Office for Students.
Why Study This Course?
Live Events Production is an innovative course that introduces you to 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.
The first year of the course gives you a strong grounding in a range of technical, creative and production management disciplines. In the second and third years, the modules have been designed with increasing specialisation allowing you to focus on 2 (year 2) and then 1 (year 3) of 4 specialisms – lighting design, live sound engineering, visual production and event 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
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
- 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.
ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR THE EVENTS INDUSTRIES
This module is designed to equip you with the methods and techniques to support and plan your studies. You will explore the live events industry to increase awareness of opportunities available in this sector and how you might progress into employment. Key skills and training related to Health and Safety in live events are delivered throughout the module.
CONCEPT DESIGN AND PRESENTATION
Those involved in the installation and operation of staging and technical systems are more effective if they can engage with the creative process. To do this they must understand the aims of the artistic concept and how the resultant design meets these aims. You will be introduced to the creative process of staging and technical design within the live events industry, focussing on communicating design concepts and ideas to satisfy the expectations of client and audience.
Complex solutions to ever increasing technical and artistic demands require those working on live events to have an in-depth knowledge of staging systems and components. You will be introduced to techniques, terminology, theory and practice for modular-staging systems, truss systems, hoists and motor control. Using industry standard software you will create a stage plan, and learn how to develop a stage layout to satisfy a client brief.
This module allows you to develop knowledge and understanding in the use of live sound equipment appropriate to live musical performance. It allows practical skills to be developed in how to setup and operate such systems in typical performance spaces and venues.
This module provides you with an introduction to lighting. You will learn about the theoretical principles of a range of devices and equipment associated with lighting systems for events. You will learn about rigging and safety, control infrastructure, electrical principles appropriate to lighting systems and fault-finding. You will begin to develop practical skills by working with lighting systems in order to plan, connect and operate equipment ready for live event performance. There will also be the opportunity to learn about the broad context of industry roles associated with lighting systems and operation.
This module provides you with an introduction to Visual Production. You will learn the theoretical principles behind a range of devices and software packages associated with Visuals for events. You will learn the basics of content creation, file specifications, signal transmission, projection technology and LED walls. You will begin to develop theoretical and practical skills by working with visual media systems in order to plan, connect and operate equipment ready for live event performance. There will also be the opportunity to learn about the broad context of industry roles associated with visual media systems and operation.
This module will provide you with experience of working in the events industry, and facilitate opportunities for reflective analysis of event operations and practice in a work context.
EVENT PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
This module focuses on the key elements of event production management including preparing creative proposals for site and venue layouts, specifying infrastructure, preparing budgets and defining how safe operations will be regulated. You will also explore contextual issues around the nature of events, audience profiles and the marketing of events.
PRODUCTION PLANNING AND REALISATION
A vital learning environment is created by the experience of actually developing and delivering events for a live audience. Building on skills and knowledge gained in all previous modules you will work in a collaborative team to deliver an exciting program of live events and see them through from conception to delivery and evaluation.
RESEARCH METHODS FOR EVENT STUDIES (BA ONLY)
This module develops and consolidates your ability to undertake a major research project. The two main approaches, quantitative and qualitative, will be explored, including how data is collected and analysed within each of these areas. Attention will also be paid to ensuring that research is ethical.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY (FDA ONLY)
The purpose of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and experience in a way that is targeted to your personal career aspirations. You will reflect upon your achievements to date and relate your interests and expertise to career choices. Once you have identified your progression route you will develop a proposal for a project to further your skills and knowledge towards this chosen route, whether in employment or further academic study
Choice of 2 of the following 4 modules…
LIVE SOUND SYSTEMS & MIXING
This module allows you to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical skills in live sound engineering and mixing of live event performances including setting up, operating and mixing on systems typical in performance spaces and venues.
LIGHTING SYSTEMS & PROGRAMMING
This module allows you to extend your knowledge and skills in lighting operation, design and practice. You will learn about the development of lighting design in a variety of genres and investigate colour theory, lamps and optics together with intermediate programming and operation. You will also deliver lighting in live performance situations through a range of technical and aesthetic activities.
VISUAL PRODUCTION SYSTEMS & DESIGN
This module will extend your knowledge and skills in visuals design and operation and investigate its impact on live events. You will extend your practical skills by delivering visual productions in live performance situations through a range of technical and aesthetic activities.
LIVE EVENT BUSINESS
This module will give you an understanding of the business structures available when setting up an entity for management of live events. You will learn the legal and financial principles of business for planning and staging events. The marketing process will be explored as well as the scope and characteristics of event sponsorship and income generation.
LIVE EVENT INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES
In this module you will develop your understanding of the business structure of the live events industry with a particular focus on the live music sector. You will study social and economic benefits related to the industry and investigate the functions and interactions between the various facets of the sector. You will develop a detailed understanding of how individuals and businesses operate within the industry.
This module offers you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of issues related to logistics and supply chain management in the live events industry. You will analyse the management of operations, supply chain management and evaluate how the international dynamics of the live events industry can work in a coordinated manner to provide a successful event.
WORK RELATED PROJECT
In this module you will complete a work placement intended to provide you with practical experience of working in the live events industry. The module will utilise the learning gained in the other modules studied. You will apply your learning to a work related project that you will develop to the potential benefit of an existing live events organisation.
The Major Project module is a substantial piece of work that gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of your achievement on the degree as a whole. The module will enable you to consolidate the skills and experience gained during the first two years of the course. You will agree a project proposal and a learning agreement with your supervisor. You may work individually or in teams. If you work in a team, the team members will have a common supervisor or supervising team. Your project will build on areas already explored in the other modules in your programme. The module tutor and guide will provide further advice regarding the project, including attendance, supervisory arrangements, assessment criteria and rules regarding teamwork.
Choice of 1 of the following 4 modules…
SOUND ENGINEERING PRACTICE
This module allows you to develop further knowledge and specialist skills in devising and operating complex live sound systems within live events settings. You will extend your technical knowledge and practical skills in live sound production through self-proposed productions that evidence technical expertise, aesthetic artistry, project management and leadership skills relevant to a sound production team.
LIGHTING DESIGN PRACTICE
This module allows you to develop advanced knowledge and specialist skills in lighting production and practice. You will design, setup, deliver and evaluate complex lighting shows within live event settings. You will also extend your critical and analytical skills through self-proposed lighting setups and performances that evidence technical expertise and aesthetic artistry in this field.
VISUAL PRODUCTION PRACTICE
This module allows you to develop advanced knowledge and specialist skills in visual production and practice including team leadership. You will design, setup, deliver and evaluate complex visuals within live event settings. You will also extend your critical and analytical skills in Visual production through self-proposed Visuals setups and performances that evidence technical expertise and aesthetic artistry in this field.
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN LIVE EVENTS
This module allows you to develop your knowledge and perspective of the live events sector. You will investigate a variety of external factors at play, such as economic, political, technical and environmental factors. You will explore and evaluate current issues within these fields and analyse how they impact on the sector and on particular types of event.
Additional Areas of Study
- Emergency First Aid
- Stage Pyrotechnics
- Practical Fire Safety
- Introduction to Rigging
- Working with Electricity
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.
You would normally have five GCSE’s at Grade C and above, including English Language and Maths. In addition you need:
For 2019 entry:
- BA – 112 UCAS points based around 3 A / AS levels or Vocational A levels or BTEC Level 3.
- FdA – 80 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
Tuition Fees for this course are currently £9,250 per year for UK/EU students commencing study in 2019.
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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 for a place 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 £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
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
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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
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- 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.
Location(s) of Study
The delivery of this course takes place on the Production Park campus.