Students visit leading lighting manufacturer

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Leading lighting manufacturer ROBE Lighting recently welcomed our live event and lighting technology students to their headquarters in the Czech Republic as part of an annual industrial study trip.

Students from the BSc(Hons) Lighting Design and Technology and BSc (Hons) Live Event Technology degrees got the chance to see first-hand how moving lights are designed and manufactured from component level to what you see on a stage at somewhere like Glastonbury.

Ian Brown, ROBE UK’s Sales Director, commented, "Both courses produce a high proportion of graduates who progress on to very successful industry careers - and that is what first prompted me to look further.

"The courses are based on equipping future professionals with the practical skills needed and realistic expectations of what working in entertainment technology is all about. The courses are structured so that they can learn a broad-based range of skills from the ground up."

Their time in the Czech Republic included a tour of ROBE's factory and manufacturing facilities including PCB company Dioflex and sister brand and LED manufacturer Anolis, time in the demo theatre complete with new light show. 

Lighting Design and Technology student Claire Pinkney, commented, "The light show was awesome. I had no idea how in depth and involved the process of manufacturing moving lights is - so it's been a real eye-opener and a really inspiring experience." 

Will Darke, Live Event Technology student, said, "I've spent a lot of time working with moving lights, so to see how the products are designed and produced and meet the people behind Robe is really amazing. The organisation is very impressive - the people are extremely accessible and the environment is calm and super-well organised." 

Live Event Technology student Kayleigh Parker, added, "I was well impressed with the relationship between Josef (Robe CEO Josef Valchar) and his staff and how the employees all feel part of the company and that they are sharing in a common goal of which everyone is proud. The company structure generally is very solid and built on respect and commitment." 

Phil Hughes, Senior Lecturer at University of South Wales sums up, "Developing this working relationship with Robe has been really invaluable. It offers real-life insights into the business as well as an opportunity to see all the processes involved in developing and marketing innovative, world leading products."

 

For further information about studying Lighting and Live Event Technology visit:

www.southwales.ac.uk/lighting

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