BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology

This unique lighting design degree will give you the skills to bring light into spaces and performances, using a combination of art and science.

You’ll study lighting design and its technical application in a wide range of disciplines, including theatrical, concert, TV, corporate and architecture. As well as technological skills, you’ll gain an insight into business practices to prepare you for freelance work or consultancy.

You will be taught by industry experts using state-of-the-art facilities and will gain hands-on experience by creating stimulating lighting performances developed from your own designs.

We are the only UK university with an authorised WYSIWYG (lighting and venue pre-visualisation software) trainer and Certified Service Provider status.

The course is accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and meets the educational requirements to become an Incorporated Engineering (IEng). As part of the course you also have the opportunity to become qualified to the IET’s 17th Edition Wiring Regulations to add to your employability (additional cost applies).

During the lighting course you will be introduced to the fundamentals of light and lighting, gaining an understanding of the lighting process from conception to realisation. Using cutting-edge technologies you will develop high levels of technical skill and industry knowledge, in a range of areas within the lighting profession. By investigating the processes and techniques used in lighting you will learn to programme a range of lighting consoles and control platforms. You will also create video content for use with media servers.

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What you will study

Industry professionals were consulted in the development of this course. Youll have access to a range of cutting-edge technologies, learning how to programme light consoles and control platforms. You can also get creative, producing video content and working as a lighting designer or programmer on a range of performances and events.

Youll gain more hands-on experience through real-life projects such as lighting castles and concerts, and by developing a lighting product with support from an industrial partner.

Through your studies you will develop key disciplines needed for you to succeed within...

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We have exceptionally close ties with industry. Many of the industry’s leading companies donate or loan equipment, give guest lectures and demonstrations, or invite us to their head quarters to look around and meet their staff. These include:

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Work and Study Placements

During your lighting design course you will gain hands-on experience working on a range of performances and events. You will also have the opportunity to undertake industry placements to further enhance your employability or a period of study abroad through our established exchange programme.


This course is taught at: Treforest Campus, Pontypridd


UCAS is the UK's Universities and Colleges Administration System.

If you would like to apply for this course, then you will need to apply online through UCAS.

Tuition Fees

Home & EU Students

For full-time and part-time undergraduate fees please see our Home & EU Student Fee pages

International Students

For full-time undergraduate fees please see our International Student Fee pages


  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2016
    • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017


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