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Live Events Production - FdA full-time [Backstage Academy]

Why choose this course?

Here we will give you a challenging academic environment that is focused on bringing out the best in you and providing you with the best possible training in live events.

  • Take advantage of a unique, accelerated 16-month foundation degree containing 12 modules, all taught by industry practitioners
  • Undertake industry-standard certification – such as the Event Safety Passport, Emergency First Aid, Stage Pyrotechnics, Introduction to Rigging, Working at Height, Manual Handling, Practical Fire Safety, Pro Tools, Final Cut and WYSIWYG – to increase your employability
  • Benefit from industry links and partnerships, which sees unique training content delivered by leading manufacturers and professionals
  • Experience a variety of work placements to develop valuable industry contacts and enhance your skills
  • Develop your portfolio as you learn, providing potential employers with instant access to evidence of your skills and knowledge.

Course overview

This course is a partnership between the University of Bolton and Backstage Academy, based in South Kirkby, Wakefield. The LS-Live Studio is home to Backstage Academy and is Europe’s largest purpose-built rehearsal facility, the preferred choice for some of the world’s biggest names in music, such as Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, The Stone Roses and Rihanna, together with brands such as Jaguar, Aston Martin and Monster Energy.

This course focuses on the artistic and creative use of technology. It includes modules on lighting, sound, staging, live visuals and entertainment control networks, together with work skills, concept and production design and specialist skills such as lasers and emerging 3D technologies.

About the course

The FdA Live Events Production is an intensive, 16 month course based around a range of industry accredited qualifications (such as the Event Safety Passport, Final Cut, Pro Tools, Introduction to Rigging and WYSIWYG to name a few). These qualifications are written into 12 modules that cover the fundamentals of live events production and take a unique look at specialist skills, such as working with lasers, temporary power and 3D technologies for live performance.

The foundation degree is at an academic level similar to that of a HND with the modules being rated at levels HE0, HE4 and HE5. The distinctive feature of any foundation degree is the work-based learning, preparing students for employment or progression to further study.

Students registered on the FdA Live Events Production will be eligible to progress onto the BA (Hons) Live Events Production (Top-up) one-year course after successful completion of the foundation degree.

Special features

  • Accelerated delivery – complete the course in 16 months rather than two years.
  • Industry linkages and partnerships – a unique range of training content supplied by leading manufacturers and practitioners.
  • Developing your portfolio – as part of the course you will develop an online portfolio, which will enable employers to instantly see evidence of your skills and provides an innovative new method of assessment.
  • Work experience and contact – over the 16 months you will work in a variety of venues and develop a range of contacts that will give you valuable industry networking opportunities.

Course overview

This course is a partnership between the University of Bolton and Backstage Academy, based in South Kirkby, Wakefield. The LS-Live Studio is home to Backstage Academy and is Europe’s largest purpose-built rehearsal facility, the preferred choice for some of the world’s biggest names in music, such as Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, The Stone Roses and Rihanna, together with brands such as Jaguar, Aston Martin and Monster Energy.

This course focuses on the artistic and creative use of technology. It includes modules on lighting, sound, staging, live visuals and entertainment control networks, together with work skills, concept and production design and specialist skills such as lasers and emerging 3D technologies.

Professional recognition

Students will be assessed in a range of recognised qualifications such as:

The Event Safety Passport;

Emergency First Aid;

Stage Pyrotechnics;

Practical Fire Safety;

Working at Height;

Manual Handling;

WYSIWYG and Vivien;

Final Cut Pro 101;

Pro Tools 101;

Isadora;

Introduction to Rigging;

Working with Electricity;

Numerous manufacturers’ courses based around a range of products.

Course overview

This course is a partnership between the University of Bolton and Backstage Academy, based in South Kirkby, Wakefield. The LS-Live Studio is home to Backstage Academy and is Europe’s largest purpose-built rehearsal facility, the preferred choice for some of the world’s biggest names in music, such as Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, The Stone Roses and Rihanna, together with brands such as Jaguar, Aston Martin and Monster Energy.

This course focuses on the artistic and creative use of technology. It includes modules on lighting, sound, staging, live visuals and entertainment control networks, together with work skills, concept and production design and specialist skills such as lasers and emerging 3D technologies.

Careers & professional development

Some of the skills you will start to develop include developing your communication skills, working as part of a team, business and event planning and industry awareness, and pitching and presentation skills.

Career opportunities exist in a range of backstage industries – from live music, theatre and exhibitions to conferences, festivals and cruise ships – anywhere a live event takes place!

Award(s)FdA
UCAS codeN820 FdA/LEP, campus code: B
Mode of attendance Full-time
Duration(s) 16 months
Start date(s) September
Entry requirementsThis course is open to UK and EU students. Applications from International students cannot usually be accepted because the study location for this course does not have a Tier 4 licence. Therefore, if you require sponsorship under Tier 4 (i.e. a Tier 4 international student visa to study in the UK) then unfortunately we will be unable to consider your application for this course.

160 UCAS points from at least one, but preferably two, A2 levels (or equivalent) including one of the following: a mathematical or physical science subject, a technology based subject or a music, literature or creative art subject.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English language and mathematics.

You will be interviewed as part of the application process.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent).

Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
Location(s) You will spend most of your time based at the LS-Live Studios in South Kirkby and a range of venues throughout the Wakefield and Leeds areas for practical experience.

Backstage Academy:
Langthwaite Grange Business Park,  South Kirkby,  Wakefield,  WF9 3NR

What you will learn

The foundation degree is based around three key areas – practical work skills, personal skills and industry-recognised certification.

Practical work skills are developed around a broad understanding of all the techniques that make up live events production – from sound, lighting, staging, motors, trussing and live visuals to show control software and events management. Teaching is based around practical workshops, master classes and work on events and productions, all with the common aim of enabling you to make critical and professional judgements over the creative use of new and emerging technologies in this exciting industry.

You will develop personal skills including how to set up as a freelancer, career planning and development, presentation and inter-personal skills, and the ability to evaluate and take responsibility for the quality and management of your own work.

Industry-recognised certification is built into each module and will ensure that you can demonstrate your ability to apply learning to actual work-based scenarios and products. You will graduate from the course equipped with an invaluable range of certification and accreditation from industry-based manufacturers and suppliers.

What you will study

Level 1 (HE0)

At Level 1 of the FdA Live Events Production you will study the following module:

Introduction to Working in Live Events Production.

Level 2 (HE4)

At Level 2 you will study modules in:

Concept Design and Presentation;

Staging;

Live Sound;

Lighting;

Live Visuals.

Level 3 (HE5)

At Level 3 you will study modules in:

Industry Practice;

Entertainment Networks and Show Control;

3D Technology for Live Events;

Contemporary Issues in Live Events Production;

Event Production Planning;

Advanced Industry Practice.

Careers & professional development

Some of the skills you will start to develop include developing your communication skills, working as part of a team, business and event planning and industry awareness, and pitching and presentation skills.

Career opportunities exist in a range of backstage industries – from live music, theatre and exhibitions to conferences, festivals and cruise ships – anywhere a live event takes place!

Professional recognition

Students will be assessed in a range of recognised qualifications such as:

The Event Safety Passport;

Emergency First Aid;

Stage Pyrotechnics;

Practical Fire Safety;

Working at Height;

Manual Handling;

WYSIWYG and Vivien;

Final Cut Pro 101;

Pro Tools 101;

Isadora;

Introduction to Rigging;

Working with Electricity;

Numerous manufacturers’ courses based around a range of products.

Fees, funding and finance information

There are no fees to display for this academic year. Call +44 (0)1204 903951 for more information.

There are no fees to display for the next academic year. Call +44 (0)1204 903951 for more information.

Contact us

For an informal discussion and further details about this course please contact:

Robin Watkinson (Director of Courses - Backstage Academy)
Tel: +44 (0)1977 659880

Web: http://www.backstage-academy.co.uk/

For further information and details of how to apply please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

Web: http://www.bolton.ac.uk

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

You can also download an application form and guidance notes here.

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