Accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Live Event Technology degree will give you the technical skills to transform live performances into events. You’ll study live sound, video, rigging and lighting technology for use in all kinds of venues from theatre, concerts and festivals to TV, themed attractions and corporate events. Throughout the live event technology course, there is a balance of theoretical and practical applications of technology, so you’ll learn how to work with artistic colleagues to find creative solutions to the practical challenges of staging live events. We regularly get involved in all kinds of events, from pop-up castle cinemas to live sports broadcasts. This mix of theory and practice will prepare you for a career in entertainment, broadcasting, touring logistics, technical production companies, and technical sales.
There are plenty of opportunities to use what you learn on the live event course, from practical sessions on campus in The Cube, to work placements, attending events and field visits. With a vibrant live music industry in the UK, local TV and film, and a wide range of major sporting and corporate events, you can develop skills to boost your employability in these areas. You can also become qualified to the IET’s 17th Edition Wiring Regulations (additional costs apply). Follow us on Facebook.
On this course in live event technology, you’ll cover the fundamentals of sound, lighting and electrical technology, alongside key aspects of rigging and installation design. You’ll also explore video technology and issues around networks, business concepts and planning. You can also become qualified to the IET’s 17th Edition Wiring Regulations (additional costs apply). During your final year, you’ll undertake a major group project to develop an industry-standard product. This will allow you to build additional skills such as creative problem solving and effective communication that are highly valued by employers.
The BSc (Hons) Live Event Technology course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and practical workshops. Teaching often takes place in television studios and other creative spaces including our dedicated multipurpose facility 'The Cube' which is used to undertake practical exercises.
As well as the teaching on campus, there are field trips and backstage tours, including to the West End and BBC. You will also benefit from our links with industry through regular lectures from high-profile guest speakers.
Our lecturers are experts in their subject areas, having worked in, or with, industry, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publishing their work, and informing your studies with the latest industry insights and advances.
Assessment involves a mixture of assignments, coursework, presentations and class tests throughout the year, with exams for some modules.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has accredited this live event technology course and it meets the educational requirements to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
We encourage all students to complete a placement as part of their live event technology degree. On a sandwich placement, you can spend up to a year working in the industry to apply your new knowledge and learn new skills – it’s a great boost to your CV and can lead directly to employment when you graduate.
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:
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject such as Mathematics, Science, Electronics, Technology or Performing Arts (Technical) (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include a relevant subject such as Mathematics, Science, Electronics, Technology or Performing Arts (Technical) (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include grade 5 in a numerate subject eg (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography) (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
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
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
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.
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 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.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£15 - £35||
Clothing may be produced a range of T-shirts, Hoodies and Jackets.
Pyrotechnics Course may be offered.
|Field Trips||£480 - £550||
Two day Field Trip to Robe may be offered.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one 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.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Throughout the Live Event course you will develop the key skills involved in rigging for theatre, festivals and events, adding to your employability. Mixing theory and practice, the live event technology degree will ensure you are well prepared for a technical career in live entertainment, broadcasting, live performance, event management, with production companies or to conduct freelance work.
The latest research shows that unless the industry can recruit 30,000 new technical staff over the next decade, theatre and live music employers will face a shortage of trained technicians, including lighting directors, sound consultants, designers and broadcast experts. Demand for graduates from USW's live event course is likely to increase.
As a USW live event technology 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.