Course Information

Who is the course for?

The course is for anyone who has always wondered how lighting works, when they have been at a show or festival. The course is designed for the novice and intermediate learner.

What does the course involve?

The course will begin an introduction to the lighting equipment and the performance space. A health & safety orientation will also take place as methods of rigging and focussing are shown, alongside demonstrations of power and control (DMX) systems.

 The course will then progress onto lighting design and being able to make the most out of a rig, regardless of your budget. This will include an introduction to colours, lighting angles and beam effects. You will also be shown the methods of producing lighting plans and documentation.

 The concluding sessions will cover intelligent and automated lighting and also feature sessions at The McMillan Theatre, where you will be able to put all of you newly accumulated knowledge and skills into practice.

Throughout the course the lighting equipment will be controlled using ETC Eos & Chamsys MagicQ software, which will be taught alongside the aforementioned subjects.

What makes this course special?

The course’s content is very wide-ranging to reflect the increasing need for lighting for modern productions.

The teaching staff are currently working in the industry and one of their lighting designer contacts, who has worked with the English National Opera, English National Ballet and Dutch National Opera visited the lighting department and stated “as someone who provides professional lighting design & production training internationally to all levels of user, I can say with confidence that the training students receive on the course at Bridgwater and Taunton College is on par with university-level courses, and leaves them well-prepared for the most advanced university training or apprenticeships and professional roles in their fields”.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course, just a keen interest in lighting.

What are the assessment methods?

All work on the course is not assessed but you will receive a college certificate of attendance.

How long is the course?

The course will last for 10 weeks.

What are the College attendance requirements?

The course will take place 2.5 hours on a Tuesday evening.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Previous students that have received a similar lighting design education, have gone onto become theatre apprentices and technicians, lighting engineers at production companies and even started their own lighting businesses.

Further Information