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Live Events and Festivals Production

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course W433 or W434 (with professional placement year)

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Live Events and Festivals Production
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Oldfield Park Theatre Workshops
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W433 or W434
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Become a highly skilled and eminently employable graduate, well-prepared for the creative challenges of working within the events and festivals industries.*

  • Work alongside industry professionals to gain first-hand practical experience and prepare for industry.
  • Make professional connections while studying with our work placement programme.
  • Collaborate with students from Theatre and Digital Production, Acting, Commercial Music and other creative courses.

*New for 2018 entry, this course is subject to final approval.

As a Live Events and Festivals Production student, you'll be an enthusiastic and imaginative individual, determined to maximise your creative potential across a range of live events and festivals design, management and technical skills.

You'll gain first-hand, practical experience of working on a wide range of collaborative live events and productions alongside industry professionals.

This vocational course is designed to create multi-skilled individuals who are experienced in wide range of live production disciplines including production management, stage management, lighting, sound and digital production.

What you'll learn

Overview

Live Events and Festivals Production recognises the evolving nature of this exciting profession and the growing demand for live staging, sound, lighting, and digital design practitioners. The programme’s digital engagement draws on the core principles of production management and design, in-line with evolving industry practice.

The programme encourages you to map your progress through practical experimentation, practice and self-development.

You'll work across a wide range of live production disciplines, including production management, stage management, lighting, sound and digital production. You'll also work on a broad range of festivals and live events including music, theatre and public performance. As you progress through the course, you'll map your own journey by selecting subject skills best suited to your ability and personal interest.

You'll receive comprehensive training in all core practical areas of events and festivals production, alongside Health and Safety regulations, to ensure that all activity adheres to the best industry practice in preparation for the workplace.

Course structure

Year one
Through a range of projects, you're taught introductory practical and theoretical skills in all areas of production, including lighting, sound, stage management, stage and digital design and Health and Safety.

Year two
You'll explore your specialisms and further develop your skills through practical projects best suited to your subject interests. You'll put your practical learning into practice, working on a variety of collaborative events and festivals productions to develop your skills further.

Year three
Working as a head of department, you'll gain and develop management, organisational and practical skills working on a range of collaborative events and festivals productions. You'll also complete a four-week professional work placement to gain first-hand industry experience.

How will I be assessed?

Practical projects and written portfolios demonstrate your skills development, practical ability, critical reflection and research skills.

How will I be taught?

The course is taught through practical and theoretical workshops and training sessions in facilities, venues and locations that reflect best industry practice.

You'll work as part of a collaborative production team on live events and festivals productions to allow you to put your learning into practice in preparation for this challenging and exciting industry.

Opportunities

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including the USA.

Field trips

In year three you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to the National Theatre.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients such as Glastonbury Festival, Arcadia Spectacular, Boomtown, Through the Rabbit Hole, The Theatre Royal Bath, National Theatre, Cardiff Theatrical Supplies, Bay Productions, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Welsh National Opera.

Careers

Our graduates have an impressive employment portfolio including working for world renowned professional companies such as National Theatre, Cardiff Theatrical Services, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Birmingham Royal Ballet, White Light, Boomtown, Wall to Wall television and Watermill Theatre.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught at Oldfield Park Theatre Workshop on Westmoreland Station Road near the centre of Bath: a multi-functional, fully equipped production centre. Facilities also include our University Theatre, Costume Room and a 30-station mac suite.

Our productions are mounted across a variety of venues, including Theatre Royal, Bath - one of the most important theatres in the UK outside London. There are opportunities to support production work across the three Theatre Royal, Bath venues - Main House, the Ustinov Studio and the Egg.

Our in-house productions are mounted in either our award-winning, modern and highly equipped University Theatre, high spec television studios, Michael Tippett Centre or our city centre arts venue, Burdall's Yard.

Resources

As a Live Events and Festivals Production student, you’ll be taught at Oldfield Park Theatre Workshops, Bath. You’ll benefit from access to:

You can also hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment in our performance and workshop spaces.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

International students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,900
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for enthusiatstic, dedicated and hard-working students who want to maximise their practical, managerial and creative potential in this exciting and challenging industry. We make final approval at interview, based on your portfolio and demonstrable interest.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC - CCC required in Design and Technology, Theatre Production or related subjects.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in Theatre Production or related subjects accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 26 points required along with evidence of interest and/or experience in Theatre Production.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English language requirements for International and EU applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

We like to see genuine experience and interest in at least one subject area linked to live events, festivals or theatre production, including lighting, sound, stage management, production management, and scenic or digital design. This should be in a digital format or website link.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Christopher Britton

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