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Live Visual Design and Production

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

104

Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Media production

Computer animation and visual effects

BA (Hons) Live Visual Design and Production is a groundbreaking degree focused on creating cutting-edge visual experiences for audiences. Professionals with this skillset are in increasing demand in virtual productions, TV and film, esports, live events, music, theatre and corporate events. Based at Backstage Academy, West Yorkshire, it includes lighting, set design and video, as well as other visual effects such as lasers and pyrotechnics.

**Do you want to create cutting-edge visual experiences and lead the next generation of digital designers?**

BA (Hons) Live Visual Design and Production is a groundbreaking degree focused on creating cutting-edge visual experiences for audiences. Professionals with this skillset are in increasing demand in virtual productions, TV and film, esports, live events, music, theatre and corporate events.

Using cutting edge software and equipment, in line with the latest industry developments, you'll study the creative, technical and production elements of this groundbreaking industry.

Teaching is project-based and practical, and includes masterclasses with world-leading experts and industry placements giving you invaluable practical experience of working within visual production. On-campus at Production Park, you'll join an ecosystem of creative minds and entrepreneurs working day in, day out to drive innovation and realise big ideas.

**This course is ideal for you if you're interested in and would like to explore:**

-Virtual and augmented reality (AR and VR)
-World building - video and interactive game design
-Generative content creation - using software to automatically generate content in real time
-Technical systems design
-Projection systems and technologies
-Large format LED systems (including video walls)
-Immersive and interactive spaces
-Personal creativity and technical R&D
-Industry standard hardware and software
-Real world projects and client based briefs
-The cutting-edge of user experiences in live events
-Collaborating with other professionals
-2D and 3D design and modelling

**Key skills relevant to this degree:**

-Video game design and 3D modelling
-Animation
-Content creation
-Creative digital media
-Graphic design and illustration
-Interactive media
-Lighting
-Sound
-Networking and IT

Our BA (Hons) Live Visual Design and Production degree is designed to give you the opportunity to be successful in a competitive market place. It’s been created to meet increasing demands for multi-skilled visual professionals in the live events and creative industries. It’s the first degree in the UK that prepares you for a career in the integrated visual production industry working on film, television, concerts, theatre and artistic installations.

This course is a partnership between the University of Bolton and Backstage Academy based in Wakefield. It offers you the chance to learn the skills required to bring together original visual art content (for instance, animation, film or digital imagery) and cutting edge digital show technology to enhance live events and art forms.

Designed to address the current and future needs of this exciting and fast-moving industry, this course aims to prepare you to take a project through from concept and design to delivery on-site in a variety of settings, including festivals, shows, stadium tours and art installations.

Our highly qualified and experienced programme staff will support you to draw upon skills taught in traditional subjects such as design, art, photography, content design, event management, multimedia, physics, graphics and lighting design, and learn to combine them in innovative and visually thrilling ways.

Modules

Information about the modules offered as part of this course is available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Assessment methods

Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Backstage Academy

Department:

Live Events, Visual Design and Stage Management at Backstage Academy

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Media production
100%
high
Computer animation and visual effects

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
45%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

Computer games and animation

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

97%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
92%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
75%
Male students
25%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

84%
low
Employed or in further education
35%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
16%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

Computer games and animation

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
low
Average annual salary
79%
low
Employed or in further education
67%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

45%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Information technology technicians

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. Over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years. But at the moment this looks to be a good degree if you want to work on the technical side of film and TV and this is the most common industry for new graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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