Tommy worked as a lighting operator at the annual Immersed! Festival

Tommy, a student on our BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology degree, worked as a lighting operator during the annual Immersed! Festival. Here, he reflects on the experience of collaborating with over 120 fellow students to deliver a successful event and offers an insight into what it was like studying for his degree at USW.

“My most memorable part of my final year at USW will be Immersed Festival; it reminded me why I choose this course. My job role was as a lighting operator on a pre-designed rig across all days of the festival. We were fortunate to have two lighting consoles, Avolites Sapphire Touch controlling the floor package and the Pearl Expert controlling the in-house rig. I was there to facilitate students who applied to take part and guide them on the consoles, and the fixtures capabilities were.

The festival taught me many things, including building and rigging an LED Screen, busking on various consoles, and working with a variety of artists who play a mixture of genres, which pushed us out of our comfort zone. This taught us to forward think with only a couple of seconds between songs to inform the other lighting and Resolume Arena operator of the desired colour scheme.

Working in such a professional environment reminded me why I love this industry; no matter how much banter we have throughout the day, we all know when to switch that off and create a masterpiece. During my time at Immersed, I met a few students from lower years, and this was a great opportunity for them to ask the final year students questions about the course, and in our free time, we offered group or one-to-one demonstrations on equipment.

I will be forever grateful to the Lighting Design course for helping widen my knowledge on all things techy, and I joined the university with average knowledge on lighting design; one main reason for choosing USW was the access to multiple consoles, the lecturing team who still work in the industry and of course, the beautiful scenery. I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with over 120 students across the Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI) but cannot thank the Lighting Design course and Live Event course to learn from not just all years but also the teaching team. Since the course moved from the Treforest campus to the heart of Cardiff, I can only imagine how many more collaborations there will be externally and with the FCI after seeing what we are capable of as well!"

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