This Lighting Design and Technology degree will give you the skills to bring light into spaces and performances, using a combination of art and science. You’ll study lighting design and its technical application in a wide range of disciplines, including theatrical, concert, TV, corporate and architecture. As well as technological skills, you’ll gain an insight into business practices to prepare you for freelance work or consultancy as a lighting designer.
As part of your course in lighting design, you’ll get plenty of practical experience – The Cube is a dedicated space on campus where you can practise and realise your creative ideas and designs. Our staff are authorised WYSIWYG (lighting and venue pre-visualisation software) trainers. Media servers and console programming also form an extensive part of this lighting course. You can also become qualified to the IET’s 17th Edition Wiring Regulations (additional costs apply), which means that what you learn meets industry requirements. Follow us on Facebook.
Industry professionals were consulted in the development of our lighting design course. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of light and lighting, gaining an understanding of the lighting process from conception to realisation. You’ll have access to a range of cutting-edge technologies, learning how to programme light consoles and control platforms. You can also get creative, producing video content and working as a lighting designer or programmer on a range of performances and events. You’ll gain more hands-on experience through real-life projects such as lighting castles and concerts, and by developing a lighting product with support from an industrial partner
We are the only UK university with an authorised WYSIWYG (lighting and venue pre-visualisation software) trainer and Certified Service Provider status. As part of your degree in lighting design you also have the opportunity to become qualified to the IET’s 17th Edition Wiring Regulations to add to your employability (additional cost applies). What’s more, you will develop key disciplines needed for you to succeed within the lighting industry including 17th edition wiring regulations, health and safety legislation, use of industry standard software such as AutoCAD, Relux, DIALux, business and project management skills and optical, electrical and electronic fundamentals.
In your final year you will undertake a practical research project into a lighting subject of your choice.
The Lighting Design and Technology degree is delivered through a series of lectures, tutorials and practical workshops. Teaching often takes place in television studios and other creative spaces with the chance to work with industry-standard software, including AutoCAD, WYSIWYG, Relux and DIALux.
Assessment involves a mixture of assignments, coursework, presentations and class tests throughout the year, with exams for some modules.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has accredited this Lighting Design programme and it meets the educational requirements to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
During your Lighting Design course you will gain hands-on experience working on a range of performances and events. We encourage all students to complete a placement as part of their lighting degree. On a sandwich placement, you can spend up to a year working in the industry to apply your new knowledge and learn new skills – it’s a great boost to your CV and can lead directly to employment when you graduate.
We have exceptionally close ties with industry. Many of the industry’s leading companies donate or loan equipment, give guest lectures and demonstrations, or invite us to their head quarters to look around and meet their staff. These include:
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject such as Mathematics, Science, Electronics, Technology or Performing Arts (Technical) (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include a relevant subject such as Mathematics, Science, Electronics, Technology or Performing Arts (Technical) (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include grade 5 in a numerate subject eg (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography). (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£15 - £35||
Clothing may be produced a range of T-shirts, Hoodies and Jackets.
A Pyrotechnics Course may be offered.
|Field Trips||£480 - £550||
Two day Field Trip to Robe may be offered.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
The UK is a world leader in lighting, so now is a prime opportunity to become a part of this exciting industry. The lighting industry continues to expand and demand for qualified staff remains. This Lighting Design and Technology course has an excellent employment track record and will prepare you for a career as Event or Touring Lighting Crew; Lighting Programmer; Production Electrician; Project Manager; Suitable grounding for master’s level or PGCE study; Theatre; Touring Crew, aspiring to Crew Chief or Chief Electrician. Assistant or Associate Lighting Designer; Lighting Designer; Suitable grounding for master’s level or PGCE study; Theatre; Theatre, Event or Concert Lighting Specialist; Touring Crew; Touring Crew, aspiring to Crew Chief or Chief Electrician.
“The students were highly enthusiastic in applying their knowledge of lighting to architectural and entertainment-based installations. The lighting design course covers all elements, providing good grounding in real-life applications. Students get real experiences and we utilise their feedback.” Louise L’Homme, Artistic Licence
“It’s great to have University of South Wales students working so closely with the industry. University of South Wales' lighting design degree has great ties to the industry so students get hands-on experience. It is something which we at MA Lighting are very keen on and know employers support.” Callum Howie, MA Lighting
As a USW lighting degree student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.