Full-time: 3 Years, Part-time: 5 Years †
£9,250 per year (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
120 (September 2021 entry)
Markeaton Street, Derby Campus
One of the leading courses of its kind in the country, this degree prepares you for a technical career in the pulsating world of live events. With the technology involved becoming ever more complex, there is an urgent demand for more skilled engineers and technicians in the industry.
- 100% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology, according to the National Student Survey, 2020
- Work in a challenging, stimulating and creative learning environment – harnessing world-class equipment in our dedicated facilities
- Learn from inspirational tutors who have vast experience in the industry and are experts in their fields
- Cover fascinating aspects of electronics, optics, acoustics, computer aided design, simulation and control, and electrical power distribution
- Plan and deliver real live events as part of your studies
- Take the chance to go on an optional industrial year to strengthen your practical skills further still
- Boost your professional credibility on a course accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
- Enjoy collaborative projects, working closely with other students specialising in subjects such as music technology, music, electronics and theatre
- Look forward to excellent employment prospects: the majority of our students go into employment, freelancing or further study after graduating
- Follow in the footsteps of our high-achieving graduates who have gone on to work internationally on everything from James Bond film premières to star-studded concerts
Find out more about the exciting projects being undertaken by staff and students in our Entertainment Engineering specialist subject group.
If you have the potential and ambition to study with us, but feel you’re not quite ready to join the BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology right now, why not consider taking this course with a foundation year?
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Our BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology is an engineering centred but practical-based course for anyone keen to embark on a career in the events industry. It is also ideal for professionals who have experience in the sector but want a deeper understanding of the theory, along with a recognised qualification.
An impressive skills portfolio
This degree covers a broad range of subjects – from lighting technology, audio engineering, video systems, power distribution and rigging to electronics, computing, acoustics, computer aided design and simulation.
You will learn both the theory and practice relating to the underlying technologies and will develop hands-on skills by planning and delivering real live events.
We offer an optional industrial year as part of this degree to give you further practical experience and to strengthen your CV. Please check the relevant UCAS codes in the Fact File section before you apply.
The ideal learning environment
As this is an engineering course, you will study 'how it works' – learning about the underlying mathematics and electronics in our electronics and computing laboratories.
You will also learn ‘how to work it’ - developing professional skills in lighting design, sound engineering and event management, with practice in our dedicated production space and in venues around the city.
We offer industry-standard equipment and you can get to grips with the latest technology, thanks to our links with AC Entertainment Technology Ltd.
Head for a high-profile career
Our Sound and Light graduates are highly sought-after in the events industry. The careful blend of theory and practice underpinning this degree will boost your employability and professional status.
In one of many success stories, the World Premiere of the James Bond film, Spectre, saw no fewer than eight Sound, Light and Live Event Technology graduates working on the production at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Tom Denny and Alex Huggins worked on lighting for the Limited Edition production company. Impact Production Services provided the staging and structures, with graduates Ben Hawkes, Ian Brown, Ben Coxon and James Coghlan on their team. Meanwhile Anna Valley displays had George Easey and Ben Thurston working on video wall systems.
Another high-flying graduate is Tom Ralston, who has worked as Project Manager for many international events involving stars such as Justin Bieber, One Direction and Lionel Ritchie in the Middle East. Tom also won a major award in the Middle East's premiere event industry show in Dubai.
Want to know more? Read our blog for all the latest news and views.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Real world learning
You will have the opportunity to take an optional work placement between stages two and three, during which you will gain an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Practice.
In addition, you will benefit from guest lectures, product demonstrations and venue visits. Many of our students also take on casual work with production and hire companies in the area, adding a new dimension to their real world learning experiences.
How you are assessed
You will be assessed through laboratory and practical exercises, written reports and exams. You will also work on group projects, including venue and event evaluations, and will be assessed on the concerts and productions you manage and create.
Your teaching team
The teaching team has a remarkable range of experience across the sector with some still practising in the industry around their teaching. Some are also research active with an international profile. They include:
Ben Sams – A graduate from our very own BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology degree, Ben gained experience in the industry as a Conference Technician and Classroom Audio Visual Engineer before returning to us as a lecturer. He is passionate about helping new students enter the world of live events.
Dr Adam Hill – Adam is an Associate Professor of Electroacoustics and works seasonally as a live sound engineer at Gand Concert Sound. His research interests span across the whole of the audio engineering area, and he uses his knowledge and experience in the industry to inform his teaching.
Jon Burton – Jon joined the University in 2019 having worked as a Sound Engineer for 35 years, primarily in concert touring. Having worked with the likes of The Prodigy, Bring Me The Horizon and Biffy Clyro, Jon is now using his experience to teach a new generation of engineers on the degree.
Dr Bruce Wiggins – Bruce completed his PhD at the University of Derby and has a research interest in audio signal processing and immersive audio. His software and algorithms have been used extensively in the industry, including for VLC, Codemasters and at Glastonbury festival. He also designed the 32 speaker Ambisonic Decoder now found in the Royal Opera House.
Mark Dring - Mark joined the University as a lecturer in 2013 having previously completed studies in Audio System Design and Acoustic Engineering. His research is focused on the reproduction and auralisation of sound in acoustically small spaces. He enjoys the diversity of experiences that teaching brings and seeks to enthuse students with their studies.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
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September 2021 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
At least a grade C in either a Science or Technology related subject at A-level (or equivalent qualification)
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6. Must include passes in compulsory Level 3 subjects
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year
£1,155 per 20 credit module
£14,045 per year
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
Additional costs and optional extras
We have an excellent employment track record and our graduates work in all areas of the entertainment industry. You could work as an engineer at a hire or production company - specifying, designing and operating sound, lighting, staging and video systems - or as a theatre technical manager. Many of our graduates work as a freelance engineers or set up their own businesses.
Some graduates also progress to roles in design and manufacturing, media, broadcasting, acoustics, technical sales and support, education and event technology. There are opportunities to advance to postgraduate studies too.
Where are they now? Find out where our graduates’ careers have taken them.
Thanks to this course, I’ve put sound systems into some of the biggest venues in the UK, I’ve flown thousands of miles around the world, and I’m now a technical lead on one of the most technologically advanced attractions ever to be designed.
BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology graduate
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† Additional information about your studies
5 Years Minimum
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.
Included in your fees
- Time in our dedicated specialist labs
- Basic starter kit
- Use of resources
- Extra-curricular activities
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.