Course Description

The Live Events Production programme aims to support you to develop your practical skills, to gain employment in a variety of production roles in the entertainment and broadcasting sector. With a focus on employability we will challenge you with real work scenarios and you will be prepared to industry standards in techniques and technology experience, which will allow you to define yourself as a production artist. You will be taught in a supportive environment in our Bristol Institute ofPerforming Arts (BIPA), which has some of the best theatre arts facilities in the South West and hosts over 30 productions each year.

Vocational Training

Through intensive vocational training in lighting, sound, stage management and scenic art for stage, screen and live events, you will become an experienced interdisciplinary artist working on a range projects and live briefs. In your first year you will be introduced to the fundamental skills and processes equipping you with the tools and knowledge to create memorable and innovative live experiences. Through out the programme you will work directly with directors, producers and choreographers to bring your ideas to life and make a vision a reality. This programme will challenge you to think out side of the the box and imagine new ways of interpreting lighting, sound, scenic art and stage management.

Live Experiences

After the successful completion of year one you will start to take direct ownership of your own artistic journey. There will be opportunities to lead on production support for a range professional events, such as community festivals, education and business conferences, music festivals, theatrical productions, touring shows, award celebrations and sporting events. These will all help you gain important industry contacts and give you the opportunity to create personal networks to further your career.


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Study Modules
DM4006
Advanced Production Skills
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You will develop your understanding of contemporary approaches and skills through experimentation and engagement with practitioners in the creative industry. You will identify and gain access, wherever possible, to the technologies, techniques and specialists that you are interested in employing in your practice. You will work through the relevant production processes, drawing in crew from your creative peers across all disciplines, until practical outcomes are achieved. This work will then be evaluated via dialogue with tutors, peers, practitioners and users/consumers. You will also enhance your prospects for employment through studying the legal and social context of the workplace and business practices, including UK income tax, the different types of employment contract and how to access the many forms of employment in the creative industries.

Portfolio: 70%

Presentation: 30%

EP4001
Technical Skills 01: Sound and Lighting
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You will develop key technical skills and knowledge in sound and lighting, with a strong focus on the production and preparation for live events. Professional training and advice will be given on specialist equipment related to each of these specialisms, with the opportunity to gain practical experience in current technologies and techniques used within the industry. Assessment will focus on technical skills, knowledge, and overall competence in preparing, installing and operating equipment for live events.

Practical assessment: 50%

Practical assessment: 50%

EP4002
Technical Skills 02: Rigging, Set and Staging
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You will develop key technical skills and knowledge in rigging and staging, with a strong focus on the production and preparation for live events. Professional training and advice will be given on specialist equipment and machinery related to each of these specialisms, with the opportunity to gain practical experience in scenic construction and rigging. Assessment will value both your preparation and overall competence in installing and operating equipment for live events, including risk assessments and your awareness of current legislation.

Practical assessment: 70%

Portfolio: 30%

EP4003
Touring
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This module will provide you with opportunities to apply the skills learnt in the Technical Skills modules to successfully plan and operate a touring or external show/event. Further to this, you will explore what to expect from working in different venues. This may include interpreting venue specifications; conducting site visits; communication with clients and house technicians; loading and transportation of equipment and set, planning and equipment choice; differences in working in the UK and abroad (if appropriate), and issues relating to health and safety/risk assessment. The module is designed to build confidence and experience of working in different spaces, having to overcome unforeseen technical problems.

Practical assessment: 50%

Portfolio: 50%

EP5003
Live Event Final Project
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This module aims to help you develop your own specialism within the live events sector. You will be supported to choose a specialism and apply the skills and knowledge learnt in the technical skills module to successfully plan, design and operate an aspect of a live event. You will be expected to research the chosen specialism and demonstrate the skills required to successfully carry out this role. This will include responding to a live brief and by liaising with the promoter, organiser or director to research and produce a design which they will then install and/or operate at the final event. You will also be assessed on your ability to critically evaluate your own performance and identify development points which relate to your career ambitions, justifying why this specialism is appropriate.

Practical: 60%

Written assessment: 40%

EP5001
Advanced Technical Skills 01: Sound and Video Design
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You will develop key design skills and knowledge in a range of production design technologies and techniques concerned with the preparation and planning of a live event. Professional training and advice will be given on specialist software and design principles used within the industry. You will be assessed on your knowledge and overall competence in the generation of design ideas through to creating detailed plans and models whilst working to a brief. Areas covered in this module include: Sound design (e.g. Logic Pro X, Nexo NS1) and Audio visual/video editing (e.g. Final Cut Pro, Qlab)

Portfolio: 50%

Practical assessment: 50%

EP5002
Advanced Technical Skills 02: Set and Lighting Design
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You will develop key design skills and knowledge in a range of production design technologies and techniques concerned with the preparation and planning of a live event. Professional training and advice will be given on specialist software and design principles used within the industry. You will be assessed on your knowledge and overall competence in the generation of design ideas through to creating detailed plans and models whilst working to a brief. Areas covered in this module include: Set and stage design (e.g. SketchUp/CAD, model boxes, working drawings), Lighting design (e.g. WYSIWYG, lantern schedule, patch and venue plans) � Production design (e.g. sketches and renders, technical briefs)

Portfolio: 50%

Practical assessment: 50%

DM5004
Professional Practice
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This module will introduce you to a range of industrial/professional issues for employment in the creative industries through a series of seminar lectures and lectures by visiting professionals. This will include (but not be limited to): professional and environmental ethics, self-employed business practice and legislation and opportunities for employment and potential placement. You will also consider opportunities for educational progression. You will undertake a significant body of research into the industry and into employment practice in order to prepare for work experience. You will document your emerging identity as a creative practitioner and will identify a series of career paths.

Portfolio: 40%

Assignment: 60%

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Campus:
University Centre WISE
Level:
Foundation Degree
Full-time Duration:
2 Years
Full-time Fee (Per Year):
£7,995
Part-time Duration:
4 Years
Part-time Fee (Per Year):
£3,995
UCAS Application Code:
P390
UCAS Entry Tariff:
64
Entry Requirements

The minimum UCAS tariff entry points from a level 3 qualification, GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. Once your application has been reviewed, you may be invited for an interview. Mature students over 24 without the relevant qualifications will be required to demonstrate previous experience and evidence of academic ability.

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Course info last updated:
December 5, 2022
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