Each year we see increasingly spectacular and complex live events that push the boundaries of creativity and engineering. The live music industry is at the forefront of cutting edge engineering solutions ensuring audiences receive the same wow factor that they get from Hollywood blockbusters in the cinema. This Stage Engineering and Automation foundation degree aims to equip students with the necessary skills and experience to work on a variety...
Best Part time Course Studies in Automation & Robotics 2017. Stage Engineering & Automation - FdSc full-time [Backstage Academy]
Each year we see increasingly spectacular and complex live events that push the boundaries of creativity and engineering. The live music industry is at the forefront of cutting edge engineering solutions ensuring audiences receive the same wow factor that they get from Hollywood blockbusters in the cinema. This Stage Engineering and Automation foundation degree aims to equip students with the necessary skills and experience to work on a variety of events in a range of roles from design to build, operation and maintenance.
From stage construction and scenic finishes, to temporary and demountable structures, motion control and project management this course will introduce you to a range of core techniques and processes involved in stage engineering and automation.
About the course
Backstage Academy is based at the largest production rehearsal studio facility in Europe, LS-Live. In the last 12 months many renowned artists and bands have kept the studios busy, including Lionel Ritchie, One Direction, Ollie Murs, Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Swedish House Mafia and Sigur Ros. It is not just live music that finds a home at LS-Live, film and television companies such as the BBC and ITV, brands like Jaguar, Aston Martin Racing and Monster Energy, all use the studios to assist them achieve their production requirements.
The site is also home to LS-Live’s award winning stage and set hire division with over 30 years experience in the supply of staging and automation equipment and set construction. Our neighbours here are Litestructures Projects (a specialist in the world of brand experiential, leisure and art project design and build). The family of companies also include Brilliant Stages in Hitchin (whose clients include Robbie Williams, Take That and Muse) and scenic solutions company Perry Scenic (The Killers, Rammstein and Goldfrapp) based in Dudley. All this means that with hard work and the right attitude you will gain valuable contacts and insight into the stage engineering and automation industry.
As well as traditional lectures, seminars, examinations and tutors your learning will be enhanced with visits from guest speakers and master class seminars from industry professionals. International case studies and workshops, including opportunities to work on live projects as part of both practical modules and work placement will be provided.
The University of Bolton and Backstage Academy have longstanding links with industry professionals and employers. Our courses are designed to address the current and future needs of employers nationally and globally, and to enhance your lifelong career prospects. In addition, our highly experienced programme teaching team are keen to make the time you spend with them as academically stimulating and rewarding as possible. Our programme teaching team enjoy a well deserved reputation for being approachable and interested in their students’ progress. As teaching often takes place in small groups you are assured individual support and guidance at every stage.
Industry engagement and progression into careers within the stage engineering and events industry – the course has been uniquely designed with the assistance of industry practitioners, thus ensuring graduates meet the growing needs of the stage engineering and automation industry.
The programme offers excellent, individual tutor support together with an engaging range of varied assessment techniques and valuable practical opportunities and placements via the ‘Backstage Academy Crew’.
Backstage Academy offers world-class facilities, industry partnerships and opportunities to engage with industry professionals and productions.
The majority of the seminars and workshops are delivered by recognised industry experts who provide an insight into their experience and best practices for learners on the programme.
What you will learn
You will learn a unique blend of skills – from the basic engineering skills required for fault finding on electronic and electrical systems and an overview of hydraulics and mechanics, to appraising a range of stage engineering scenarios and developing your understanding of the processes and procedures involved. You will acquire skills and knowledge to undertake investigative research to underpin your study, and will gain a professional working knowledge of health and safety and work practices to enable you to deliver a range of stage engineering solutions to a high standard.
What you will study
Core Modules: Academic and Professional Skills for the Events Industries; Stage Engineering Toolbox; Stage Construction and Materials; Temporary and Demountable Structures; Trussing and Rigging; Motion and Movement – Hardware and Control Systems.
Core modules: Research Methods for Engineering in the Events Industries; Project Management for Stage Engineering; Stage Engineering and Automation Systems Design; Stage Engineering Advanced Toolbox; Industry Placement and Professional Development.
At level 2 technical, managerial and logistical skills are developed so you can learn to apply the underpinning knowledge gained at level 1 in a stage engineering workplace context. The focus of level 2 is to prepare you for your role in managing a range of pre-production and production roles and functions.
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 stage engineering and automation. This will equip you with the personal and professional skills to understand careers in stage engineering.
This 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) in any subjects.
You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English, mathematics and science.
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent).
Applications from mature students with no formal qualifications may be considered where those individuals have considerable work experience. Applicants will be required to produce a portfolio, attend an interview and take a diagnostic assessment.