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University of Bolton

Live Visual Design and Production

UCAS Code: W990

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:9,M:36,P:0

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

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104
67%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Computer games and animation

Event management

Interested in a career in the visual production industry? Based at Backstage Academy, West Yorkshire, this cutting-edge degree focuses on a new approach to the design and production of spectacular events and includes lighting, set design and video, as well as other visual effects such as lasers and pyrotechnics.Our BA (Hons) Live Visual Design and Production degree is designed to give you the opportunity to be successful in a competitive market place. Its been created to meet increasing demands for multi-skilled visual professionals in the live events and creative industries. Its 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

The central themes of the Live Visual Design and Production BA (Hons) degree are based around artistic engagement and style, creative workflow and experiential technologies, incorporating evolving technologies, emerging job roles and new industry practices. You will develop skills and knowledge in a range of artistic and technical processes from managing client expectations, creating original and engaging designs and visual content, to specifying hardware and transferring your work to live project environments. You will learn to work collaboratively in teams and apply your knowledge in an international context. You will study a broad range of topics, including an introduction to the visual production industry, concept discovery and development, and creative research. You will explore the design and realization of experiential technology systems (lighting and visual effects) and develop a range of artistic, creative and technical skills.

LEVEL 1:
Academic and Professional Skills for Visual Production; Visual Production Toolbox – Basic Techniques; Concept Discovery and Development; Experiential Technologies – Design and Hardware; and Showtime Basics.

LEVEL 2:
Industry Placement; Creative Research; Visual Production Toolbox – Content; Show Technologies Integration Practical; and Contemporary Issues in Visual Production.

At level 2 creative, managerial and problem-solving skills are developed so you can learn to apply the underpinning knowledge gained at level 1 in a visual production industry workplace context. The focus of level 2 is to prepare you for your design and project management role in industry.

LEVEL 3:
Visual Production Design; Experiential Technologies System Design; Showtime Applied Project Management; Work Related Project; and Major Project (Dissertation – double module).

Throughout your programme you will be encouraged to reflect on the development of your academic and professional skills and make recommendations for self-improvement. Specifically this ability to appraise your performance and set targets will be developed and assessed in show and production management.

The Uni


Course location:

Backstage Academy

Department:

Backstage Academy

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Computer games and animation

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
94%
Male students
6%
Female students
45%
2:1 or above
20%
Drop out rate

Business and management

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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.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

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.

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.

79%
low
Employed or in further education
83%
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
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a relatively new subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. Gaming is a growing industry, and if it continues to grow we should see the rather high unemployment rate coming down over the next few years. Much the most common jobs for graduates who do get work after six months are in programming roles - but as things stand, be aware that jobs in the field are very competitive and personal contacts - either through family, friends or via specialist employment agencies - are a crucial way into the industry so be prepared to talk as well as code!

Tourism, transport and travel

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
8%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This course sits in a wide group of smaller subjects that don't necessarily have that much in common - so bear this in mind when you look at any employment data. Most graduates took a hospitality, events management or tourism-related course, but there are a group of sports and leisure graduates in here as well who do different things. Events management was the most common job for graduates from this group of subjects, and so it’s no surprise that graduates from specialist events management courses did better last year than many of the other graduates under this subject umbrella - but all did about as well as graduates on average or a little better. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.

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.

Event management

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

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

£18k

£18k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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