Entry requirements

The programme is for graduates who have studied relevant subjects such as lighting design, technical theatre or drama, or for those with relevant professional experience as a performance maker, such as a director, technician, designer, choreographer, artist or performer. If you do not have the necessary specialist lighting skills you will be invited to attend an intensive practical lighting workshop before teaching on the programme starts.

Months of entry


Course content

Duration: 13 months

Location: Sidcup and the Lewisham Postgraduate Centre, London

Term Start: October 2022

Why choose this course?

This is a unique programme that allows you to explore ways of working with light. 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. 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.

The course is international in nature and ambition, and is strongly supported by a range of key industry partners.

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

The programme includes 8 weeks of practical workshops in fully-equipped performance spaces, led by four world-leading lighting designers. For 2021-22, these will be: Andi Watson, Michael Hulls, Paule Constable, and Willie Williams. You will work with each of the designers one at a time, learning from their working methods and processes.

The programme also offers a range of practice-based opportunities to explore collaborative and inter-disciplinary 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.

Click here to download the Programme Specification.

There are 4 modules in the MA over 13 months:

MAL701, Ways of Looking
A taught module exploring context and inter-disciplinary working methods, including practical workshops. Led by Hansjörg Schmidt.
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MAL702: Ways of Lighting
A practice-based module, led in 2020-21 by Paule Constable, Michael Hulls, Willie Williams and Andi Watson*. Two one-week workshops with each designer, exploring their working methods and processes.
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MAL703: Ways of Working
A module examining different ways of working, preparing you for your future practice. You may undertake a placement, arranged in liaison with students, designers, and industry partners.
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MAL704: Final Project
An independent, realised lighting project supported by a documented process of research and investigation.
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Fees for October 2022 entry:

UK and Republic of Ireland student fee: £12,500
International student fee £20,000

Information for international students

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is London’s International Drama School. We welcome students from around the world for both BA and MA/MFA degree study in performance, design, management and technical arts and short-term courses, summer schools and foundation diplomas. We use theatre training to help build global communities and relationships. We have links throughout the world in Europe, The Americas and Asia.

We currently host students from over 25 different countries. We are training future graduates who will see the world stage as their future workplace. We are interested not only in welcoming international students and practitioners to our Sidcup campus and Central London locations but also working worldwide with partner institutions on student and staff exchanges, collaborative projects and wider research initiatives.

Please click here to read our International Student Guide.

We run webinars with virtual campus tours for prospective international students, please click here to register for one.

Fees and funding

UK students
See programme description.
International students
See programme description.

UK and Irish students and some EU students can apply for a Postgraduate Master's Loan of up to £11,836. Please click here for more information.

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