Taught course

Light in Performance

Rose Bruford College

Entry requirements

Applicants for Masters Programmes will be expected to have a good undergraduate degree in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Register for an information webinar on 26 January 2024

Course Content

A unique MA Programme that allows you to explore ways of working with light in collaboration with world-leading lighting designers.

What you'll study

The Light in Performance MA offers a unique opportunity to practically explore current uses and applications of light as a material for performance. Learning happens through a series of experimental workshops in a fully euiped studio theatre, observations/placememts, and specialist training with industry partners.

The programme is aimed at lighting specialists who want to develop and expand their practice in designing with light and non-specialists who want to enhance their knowledge of working with light, such as directors, designers, choreographers, dancers, musicians and artists.

Why choose this course?

Expert training: You will have the opportunity to learn and work with world-leading designers, learning from their working methods and practices, before moving on to develop and test your own practice as a performance maker working with light
Professional-experience: The programme includes up to 8 weeks of practical workshops in fully-equipped performance spaces, led by four world-leading lighting designers
Independent learning: On completion of the course, you may wish to work as an independent lighting designer for performance or return to your own specialist practice with an enhanced understanding of how light can be used in performance
Research: You will carefully explore the creation of visual works through a range of research-led, process-driven working methods

Practice-based opportunities: Explore collaborative and interdisciplinary creative processes, work placements at a range of partner organisations both in the UK and abroad, and an opportunity to further develop your personal practice through an individual or collaborative realised lighting design project
World class visiting tutors: Mentors include Patrick Woodroffe, Joe Hill-Gibbins, Professor Roger Kneebone, Durham Marenghi, Carol Scott.

Course breakdown

There are 4 modules in the MA over 13 months.

Ways of Looking
Ways of Lighting
Ways of Working
Final Project
The tuition fees listed here are for October 2023 entry, 2024 entry tuition fees have not been published yet.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    13 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The Student Recruitment Team