BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology

Accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology, the BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology 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. Our Lighting Design and Technology students gain 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. Follow us on Facebook.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Pontypridd
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Pontypridd

During the Lighting Design and Technology 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.

You’ll 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.

We are the only UK university with an authorised WYSIWYG (lighting and venue pre-visualisation software) trainer and Certified Service Provider status. As part of the Lighting Design 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). What’s more, you will develop key disciplines needed for you to succeed within the lighting industry including 17th edition wiring regulations, health and safety legislation, use of industry standard software such as AutoCAD, Relux, DIALux, business and project management skills and optical, electrical and electronic fundamentals.

Year One

  • Video Technology*
  • Sound Technology*
  • Introduction to Rigging Technology*
  • Concept Design and Presentation*
  • Event Safety*
  • Professional Development for Engineers*
  • Electrical Principles and Design
  • Introduction to Lighting Design and Technology
  • Electronics 1

Year Two

  • Networks and Control Applications*
  • Stage and Rigging*
  • Control Technology*
  • Business
  • Entertainment Lighting Design
  • Architectural Lighting Design
  • Power Systems Verification
  • Optical Technology

Year Three

In your final year you will undertake a practical research project into a lighting subject of your choice.

  • Group Project (40 credits)
  • Independent Study
  • Advanced Control System for Lighting and Media
  • Lighting Practice
  • Professional Preparation
  • Industry Practical Project

*10 credit module


The Lighting Design and Technology degree is delivered through a series of lectures, tutorials and practical workshops. Teaching often takes place in television studios and other creative spaces with the chance to work with industry-standard software, including AutoCAD, WYSIWYG, Relux and DIALux.


Assessment involves a mixture of assignments, coursework, presentations and class tests throughout the year, with exams for some modules.

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During your Lighting Design and Technology 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.


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:


Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC to include a relevant subject such as Mathematics, Science, Electronics, Technology or Performing Arts (Technical)

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BC at A Level to include a relevant subject such as Mathematics, Science, Electronics, Technology or Performing Arts (Technical)

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject

Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include grade 5 in a numerate subject eg (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography).

Typical Access to HE Offer

Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 15 Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: £9000
  • Full-time International: £11900

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £15 - £35
Clothing may be produced a range of T-shirts, Hoodies and Jackets.
Additional course £100
A Pyrotechnics Course may be offered.
Field Trips £480 - £550
Two day Field Trip to Robe may be offered.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

The UK is a world leader in lighting, so now is a prime opportunity to become a part of this exciting industry. The lighting industry continues to expand and demand for qualified staff remains. This Lighting Design and Technology course will prepare you for a career or to enter into further study at Masters Level (MSc or MA).

Examples of possible career options include: Event or Touring Lighting Crew; Lighting Programmer; Production Electrician; Project Manager; Suitable grounding for master’s level or PGCE study; Theatre; Touring Crew, aspiring to Crew Chief or Chief Electrician. Assistant or Associate Lighting Designer; Lighting Designer; Suitable grounding for master’s level or PGCE study; Theatre; Theatre, Event or Concert Lighting Specialist; Touring Crew; Touring Crew, aspiring to Crew Chief or Chief Electrician.

Industry endorsements

“The students were highly enthusiastic in applying their knowledge of lighting to architectural and entertainment-based installations. The course covers all elements, providing good grounding in real-life applications. Students get real experiences and we utilise their feedback”. Louise L’Homme, Artistic Licence

“It’s great to have University of South Wales students working so closely with the industry. University of South Wales has great ties to the industry so students get hands-on experience. It is something which we at MA Lighting are very keen on and know employers support.” Callum Howie, MA Lighting

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.