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FdA (Level 4-5)

FdA Live Events Production*

Validated and awarded by UAL - University of Arts London
Validated and awarded by UAL - University of Arts London
Validated and awarded by UAL - University of Arts London
Full-Time Fee (Per Year)
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BA (Hons) Top-up (Level 6)
Validated and awarded by the University of Gloucestershire
Validated and awarded by the University of Gloucestershire

Course Overview

The Live Events Production degree programme is a 2-year qualification and is designed to cover a wide range of technical and design roles within the live events industry. Taught by a team of experienced professional practitioners with industry experience in theatre, live music and corporate events, you will be given the opportunity to work on a number of shows in backstage and front of house disciplines. During your time with us you will cover areas such as sound and lighting operation and design, scenic design and construction, prop making, special effects operation, stage management and crewing, and a number of management roles in theatre, live music and corporate environments.

A combination of practical classes, lectures, workshops and professional guest speakers will ensure that you become a multi-skilled technician and production artist, giving you a great understanding of the industry and the confidence to succeed in your field. The programme focuses on industry preparation and will equip you with the skills needed to pursue a career in live events.

You will work alongside other departments to produce shows in our studio theatre and 250 seat Olympus theatre, mirroring current industry processes and practices. You will also have the opportunity to experience working in other venues both locally and internationally. Previous tours have included shows in Holland, London and Bristol.

*Subject to Validation

Course Structure

1st Year - FdA Live Events Production

Crewing and Stagecraft

Lessons on stagecraft and crewing will give you an insight into all that happens behind the scenes. You will explore all the roles and responsibilities found on a live event and will learn how to communicate and work with other departments on a variety of productions whilst practising good backstage etiquette.

Technical Operation

Specialist training on sound, lighting and AV operation continues throughout the first year. You will build vital knowledge on how to programme and operate industry standard equipment, including our ETC Ion lighting console and our Yamaha LS9 mixing desk, as well as all other kit associated with these roles. These lessons are led by our skilled lecturers and technicians and you will have plenty of opportunity to creatively develop your skills on a number of live events and theatre shows.


The Scenic Construction unit will see you developing ideas,creating designs and constructing props and scenery for a number of large and small performances. You will be given training on a wide range of industry standard tools and machinery in our purpose-built workshop.

Health and Safety

Health and safety is crucial in live events. Whether it be wearing the correct PPE or abiding by safe working practices, you will gain understanding of how to operate safely within all roles and responsibilities covered on the course, preparing you for a career in the industry.

Special FX

This unit covers a wide range of special effects required to create specific illusions in productions. We cover a range of areas such as puppetry and animatronics, animated props, fake snow or fog, pyrotechnics, and lighting and sound effects.

2nd Year - FdA Live Events Production

The second year of the course will have a greater focus on the design and management of productions whilst continuing to build on, and implement the technical skills acquired in the first year. You will be required to develop core skills in CAD design (SketchUp), 3D lighting plots and renders (Wysiwyg), post-production sound design for media and system design for events, and overall production design.

You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of live events including large scale theatre productions, live music gigs, corporate events, and local and international touring shows.

Emphasising the importance of how the industry works, you will participate in work placements from a wide range of providers, including hire/events companies and a variety of performance venues.

Through our training and support, you will become industry ready, equipped to source and find work within the live events profession.




Chris O'Brien
Course Leader Level 3 Technical Theatre
Mike Beere
Senior Technician & Production Arts Lecturer
Higher Education Management
Stephen Titchmarsh
Head of Bristol Institute of Performing Arts
Tom Hatch
Programme Lead - FdA Live Events Production