Backstage Academy 2018/19 Prospectus - Where Live Industry

 
Backstage Academy 2018/19 Prospectus - Where Live Industry
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Contents
“Backstage Academy is the only place          “Over the years we have been working
where industry lives within the heart          with Backstage Academy, I can honestly
of education. It’s fun, lively and you’re      say I have never been let down by the
able to work towards a common goal             work ethic and professionalism of their
with others who have similar interests.        students in the variety of roles we have      The Live Industry                   4

It’s the best start to a career and it feels   had covered. I’m constantly surprised to      Employability                       5
more like a family than a university.”         hear some students are in their first year
                                                                                             Industry opportunities              6
                                               when I had assumed they were close to
Josh Pendlebury                                                                              Don’t just learn it. Live it.       9
Live Events Production student                 graduating. I fully support the Academy
                                                                                             No ordinary campus                  10
                                               and the niche qualifications they offer to
                                               the new generation of the events industry.”   Our alumni                          12

                                                                                             Our courses                         14
                                               Frankie Tee
                                               Production Manager, EnTEEtainment Ltd.        Live Events Production              15

                                                                                             Live Visual Design and Production   21
“We are thankful for the support from
Backstage Academy. Their focus                                                               Stage Management                    25

on educating professionals in the                                                            Live Events Management              29

live events business is crucial to the                                                       Student Life                        32
development of music executives
                                                                                             Open days/How to Apply              35
for years to come. They impact the
                                                                                             Our Team                            36
business both locally and globally.”
                                                                                             A final word from our students      38
Brian Ahern
WME Entertainment
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The Live                                                                                       The UK’s creative industries are
                                                                                               continuing to outstrip other                                              Employability
Industry
                                                                                               employment sectors in the UK,
                                                                                               new Government figures reveal.
                                                                                                                                                                         At Backstage Academy we train people for jobs that exist.

                                                                                                                                                                         Whether it’s a music gig, fashion show, sports event, corporate
                                                                                                                                                                         event, festival or theatre production every live event requires

                                                                                                     30.9million
       UK’s creative industries                                                                                                                                          a team of people working in collaboration, using their various
       now contribute a staggering                                                                                                                                       skillsets to make it a success.

       £84bn/year                                                                                     Total audience that attended a live
                                                                                                      music event in 2016
                                                                                                                                                                         To put it into perspective, the U2 360° world tour incorporated
                                                                                                                                                                         a record-breaking 51 metre tall set that required 300 personnel
       to our economy –
               that’s almost                                          £m/h
                                                                                                                                                                         and 120 trucks to facilitate the 110 dates covering North
                                                                                                     Live music’s contribution to the                                    American, South America, Russia, Europe and Australia.

       £10m/hour                                                                                     UK economy grew by

                                                                                                     37%
                                                                                                     between 2012 and 2015

      Employment in the creative                                                                     Jobs in the creative
      industries is growing at                                                                       industries are up

      4times
      the rate of the UK workforce
                                                                                                     5%
                                                                                                     compared to a 1.6%
      as a whole                                                                                     increase in general

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           We are very proud that over

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           90%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of our students have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           secured employment before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           they finish their course.
4                                                                           SOURCES: UK MUSIC – MEASURING MUSIC 2015 REPORT, UK MUSIC – WISH YOU WERE HERE 2017 REPORT    STUDENT CREW AT CROOKED WAYS FESTIVAL, PONTEFRACT                                              5
Sources: UK Music - Measuring Music 2015 report, UK Music Wish You Were Here 2017 report
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Industry
                                                                                                                                             Ibiza Rocks                                    Denmark - Grøn Koncert
                                                                                                                                             Our students regularly jet off to Ibiza        Backstage Academy students from across
                                                                                                                                             to work with the island’s leading live         all our courses travelled to Denmark in the

opportunities
                                                                                                                                             music promoter, with acts such as Royal        summers of 2015, 2016 and 2017 to join
                                                                                                                                             Blood, Stormzy, Clean Bandit, Bastille,        the production team for Grøn Koncert, a
                                                                                           Camden Rocks                                      Jess Glynn, Kaiser Chiefs, Wilkinson           show that moves from city to city, starting
                                                                                           Camden Town has long been the hub of              and Wolf Alice headlining sets at the          and finishing in Copenhagen. The students
                                                                                           the UK’s rock ‘n’ roll scene.                     venue. Backstage Academy students              became fully integrated members of the
                                                                                           Each year Backstage Academy students              have been placed in key positions at           crew as they rose to the challenge of
                                                                                           have the opportunity to work directly             Ibiza Rocks, including the roles of stage      setting up, running and taking down a
Year-on-year we build upon our industry     BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend                                                                          manager, front of house engineer, stage        stage and set every 24 hours for 8 shows.
connections so our students gain real                                                      for stage managers at different levels of
                                            The annual festival, brought to you by         responsibility, ranging from load crew to         crew, production office assistant, video       Students worked in a range of roles,
experience at exciting events across
                                            BBC Radio 1, has been around for over          assistant stage managers.                         technician and technical production            including sound, lighting, crewing, logistics,
the globe. Here’s a small taster of where                                                                                                                                                                                                    2.
                                            14 years and goes to a different location                                                        manager.                                       stage management, hospitality and
they have been.                                                                            The students gain plenty of hands on
                                            every year. Each year we have students                                                                                                          concessions.
                                                                                           experience dealing with every aspect              “I like to work with people who are                                                                 1. STUDIO LOAD OUT
                                            working on the In New Music We Trust
Glastonbury Festival                                                                       of a rock and roll show and have direct             professional, adaptable, dedicated           “Working at Grøn Koncert was very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. ON TOUR WITH MUSE
                                            stage in a variety of production roles,
                                                                                           contact with artists and pro crew in their          and good to have around. What                  challenging, mentally and physically.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. STUDENTS AND CREW AT IBIZA ROCKS
Backstage Academy consistently              from artist liaison officers and transport
                                                                                           natural environment.                                might previously have sounded like an          However, it was extremely rewarding due to
secures work placement opportunities        managers to stage hands and load-in/
                                                                                                                                               unrealistic shopping list of qualities for     the industry contacts, knowledge and skills
for our students at ‘Glasto’, the world’s   load-out crew. The festival attracts a         “The students we take on each year for
                                                                                                                                               work in the events business is now more        that I gained throughout.
favourite festival. Our students work in    wide selection of well-known bands and           Camden Rocks are fantastic and well
                                                                                                                                               achievable; these people are out there
a wide range of different roles across      is the biggest free ticketed music event         trusted. They come equipped with the                                                            As Project Manager of the trip, I used
                                                                                                                                               and Backstage Academy is helping
the 5-day event, including The BBC          in Europe.                                       right practical skills, attitude and approach                                                   my industry experience to confidently
                                                                                                                                               to create them. I’ve heard it said that
Introducing Stage, The Other Stage,                                                          which is testament to what they are doing                                                       lead a group of over 20 students. It was
                                            “I have consistently been impressed                                                               a University education is like a gym
Block9, Shangri-La, William’s Green and                                                      at Backstage Academy”                                                                           an incredible experience that I was lucky
                                              by the hardworking and conscientious                                                             membership, where an individual is
The Park. Gaining experience at this                                                                                                                                                         enough to share with some great people
                                              students from Backstage Academy that          Ant Forbes                                         provided with information and expertise,
world-leading event is an experience our                                                                                                                                                     and fantastic hard working students”
                                                                                            General Manager at CATO Music                      but it’s up to them to put the work in to
students remember for years to come.          come to work with me on R1BW. It’s an
                                                                                                                                               get in shape.                                 Raii Jenkins
                                              extremely tough but exciting show to                                                                                                           Backstage Academy Live Events
                                              be involved with and this year was no                                                           Backstage students tend not to be shy          Production Graduate
                                              exception. I worked closely with two final                                                      of this. They arrive to work with me well
                                                                                            1.
                                              year students on the advance in the run                                                         adjusted to the live events industry,          3.
                                              up to the event, who, I can safely say I                                                        hungry to learn more and keen to get
                                              couldn’t have done it without! The other                                                        on. They consistently display a suitably
                                                                                                                                              professional attitude and approach
                                              Backstage Academy team members also
                                                                                                                                              and an impressive and healthy breadth
                                              gave me 100% and proved themselves to
                                                                                                                                              of knowledge and experience. I’ve
                                              be invaluable.”
                                                                                                                                              employed ex-students to work on my
                                             Kate Stevens                                                                                     projects with global touring artists,
                                             Super Friendz                                                                                    national broadcasters and international
                                             Artist Liaison for BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend
                                                                                                                                              events businesses and will continue to
                                                                                                                                              look for talent at Backstage Academy”
                                                                                                                                              Mike Darling
                                                                                                                                              Industry Consultant, Ibiza Rocks
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Don’t just
“ I have worked with many
    different people at events

                                              learn it.
    such as Snowbombing,
    Parklife and Warehouse

                                              Live it.
    Project. I’ve also been a
    guitar tech. for The Specials
    and a stage manager at
    the BBC 6 Music Festival,                 Uniquely positioned at the        Providing real world experience
                                              heart of Production Park,         opportunities is at the core
    Mark Ronson’s 40th birthday               Europe’s leading live industry    of our offering, giving you the
                                              destination, Backstage            opportunity to put theory into
    party, Festival No.6 and                  Academy provides the              practice and create your own
    many more. The root of all                best possible training for        professional network that, quite
                                              the flourishing live events       simply, money can’t buy.
    the opportunities and jobs                sector, with fantastic industry
                                              links and state-of-the-art        Throughout all of our degree
    has come from Backstage                   production facilities. Our        courses we hold regular
    Academy.”                                 degree courses are designed       masterclasses by internationally
                                              to give you the academic          renowned industry
                                              knowledge and the vocational      professionals. These sessions
 James Hayward
                                              skills you need to enter          provide invaluable insights and
 2016 Graduate Live Events Production         this vibrant and fast-paced       will assist your integration into
 BA (Hons)
                                              industry. You will get first-     the real world of work.
                                              hand experience of life in live
                                              events providing you with an
                                              unrivalled springboard into
                                              your career.

JAMES HAYWARD WITH GLEN ROWE, TOUR DIRECTOR

FOR MUSE AT DRONES TOUR, MILAN                                                                                      STUDENTS ON CREW CALL, LS-LIVE STUDIO

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                                                             “Shure is so pleased to be able to
                                                             partner with an organisation like

ordinary
                                                             Backstage Academy. Live industry
                                                             education has been a key focus over the
                                                             past few years for Shure. Nurturing up-

campus                                                       and-coming talent is important; we want
                                                             to help students to acquire the skillset
                                                             they need to establish themselves in the
                                                                                                                                                               1. THE LS-LIVE PRODUCTION REHEARSAL STUDIO

                                                                                                                                                               2. PREVIS SUITE

                                                                                                                                                               3. STUDYING LIGHTING IN THE BACKSTAGE ACADEMY STUDIO

                                                                                                                                                               4. INSIDE THE LS-LIVE PRODUCTION REHEARSAL STUDIO
Production Park is home to 5 studios and over                                                              2.
                                                             industry after they finish their education.
10 events businesses enabling big productions                                                                                                             3.

and big creations to be nurtured, developed and              I look forward to sharing some of the
realised all in one place. Your study will take place
                                                             experience that Shure has gained,
in and around the heart of the action.                                                                          “The students we bring
                                                             and working closely with the staff and
Our dedicated Backstage Academy facilities will                                                                 on board from Backstage
                                                             students at Backstage Academy for
give you the opportunity to get as much hands-on                                                                Academy are always of a high
time with industry relevant equipment as you need,           many years to come.”
including a dedicated 100 seat lecture theatre,
                                                                                                                calibre and are very strong
computer suites, breakout rooms, media room and              Tuomo Tolonen                                      across the board. They are
a 338sqm state-of-the-art live sound studio.                 Manager of the Pro Audio Group at Shure UK
                                                                                                                forward thinking and can
                                                                                                                adapt to work in many different
                                                                                                                situations. It’s great to support
                                                                                                                                                          4.
                                                                                                                a university that gives so much
                                                                                                                back to the live events industry.
                                                                                                                We are excited to build and
                                                                                                                carry on our relationship
                                                                                                                with Backstage Academy
                                                                                                                into the future.”

                                                                                                                Joe Clark, Melody VR

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                                 Why did you choose                            Whilst coming to the end of my work in                                   When did you know you wanted                     Tell us about your work
                                 Backstage Academy?                            Ibiza, I received a phone call from the                                  a career in live events?                         experience?
                                 Before I started at Backstage Academy,        Production Director at Melody VR, one                                    Originally, I wanted to be a                     I have worked at Ibiza Rocks and
                                 I found that not many sixth-form              of the leading virtual reality companies                                                                                  Green Man Festival, both opportunities

alumni
                                                                                                                                                        cinematographer, working on films and
                                 colleges offered courses relating             in the music and live events industries,                                 TV shows. I began volunteering with              I probably wouldn’t have been able
                                 specifically to festivals or live events. I   offering me a part-time role as a                                        the live camera team at my local church          to get without Backstage Academy.
                                 ended up studying Technical Theatre at        Production Assistant.                                                    when I was sixteen, filming services             The things you’ll learn and the work
                                 Southampton City College. However,                                                                                     and conferences. It was from here that           experience opportunities you get whilst
                                                                               During my final year at Backstage
                                 it wasn’t the theatre side of things that                                                                              I was hired to vision mix and direct a           studying here will set you up for the rest
                                                                               Academy, I spent a lot of time
                                 took my interest, I preferred lighting                                                                                 two-camera operator team for a BUPA              of your career.
                                                                               commuting back and forth between
                                 and rigging at events. Therefore when                                                                                  Global Conference. This lead me to
                                                                               Wakefield and London balancing my uni                                                                                     What are you doing now?
                                 picking my university I chose Backstage                                                                                realise that I wanted to work in live
                                                                               work, social life and a part-time role.                                                                                   During the summer I worked alongside
                                 Academy because I knew it was at the                                                                                   events. At the time, I wanted to continue
                                 heart of the live events industry.            Thankfully, the hard work all paid off.                                                                                   the riggers at TSL at events such as
                                                                                                                                                               with video work, but in live events,
                                                                               After working at Melody VR for 3 days                                                                                     the Hillsong Conference at the O2,
                                                                                                                                                               rather than in television or in film.
                                          What were the highlights             a week, whilst completing my final year                                                                                   Secret Cinema and Newday Festival in
                                          of your course?                      at university, I managed to land myself                                        What were the highlights                   Norwich. I’m hoping to get a lot more
                                          I loved the hands-on experience      a full time as a Production Manager at                                         of your course?                            experience and a working knowledge
                                          and practical aspects of the         Melody VR.                                                                     The space and equipment you get            of the discipline of rigging, in order to
                                          course. I managed to secure                                                                                         to use at Backstage Academy is a           be fully freelance.
                                          work as a Production Manager         Due to the contacts and industry links
                                                                                                                                                              real highlight of the course. Being
                                          at Snowbombing and the               I was able to make whilst at Backstage                                                                                    What do you see
                                                                                                                                                              able to play around with lights and
                                          Blue Dot Festival, and as a          Academy, I now work in a position                                                                                         yourself doing next?
                                                                                                                                                              sound desks is invaluable. You get
                                          Stage Manager at Radio 1’s           whereby I liaise and collaborate with                                                                                     I want to work on arena shows
                                                                                                                                                              the chance to make mistakes in a
                                          Teen Awards & Radio 1’s Big          artists for bespoke virtual reality and                                                                                   and at festivals as a live event and
                                                                                                                                                              non-pressured environment and it
                                          Weekend.                             music video shoots. I’m advancing and                                                                                     entertainment rigger, eventually getting
                                                                                                                                                              makes all the difference.
                                                                               running operations at festivals and gigs                                                                                  my level 2 National Rigging Certificate.
                                          How did you land your                all over the UK and worldwide.                                                                                            I’d like to travel a lot as well, working
                                                                                                                                                              What skills will you take from
                                          current role?                                                                                                                                                  as a freelancer for different shows in
                                                                               Do you have any advice for                                                     university into real life?
                                          As I progressed into my second                                                                                                                                 different venues all around the world.
                                                                               anyone wanting to study at                                                     Fending for myself, living on my
                                          year, it was the management
                                                                               Backstage Academy?                                                             own, taking care of myself and
                                          side of events that took my
                                                                                                                                                              settling into a completely new
                                          interest. I quickly took up a        If you show commitment, loyalty and
                                                                                                                                                              town. I’ll also take the skills I learnt
                                          placement that was offered           enthusiasm you could end up travelling
                                                                                                                                                              from my course into my career.
                                          to me through Backstage              to events all around the world and work
                                          Academy with a virtual reality       in roles that lead to massive things. You
                                          company in Ibiza. We worked          never know what’s around the corner.
Matt                                      long shifts, filming 360º video                                                  Esther
Williams                                  content at huge events such
                                          as Space, Ibiza Rocks, Pacha                                                     Reynolds
                                          and Amnesia. In this role I learnt
2017 Graduate,                            people skills, technical aspects                                                 2017 Graduate,
Live Events Production FdA and            of cameras and how to work                                                       Live Events Production FdA
Top-up Course (BA) Hons                   well in a team under stressful
                                          circumstances.

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Live Events Production                                                                                                         Live Events Production
                                                                          3 year                                                                                                                                        3 year
                                                                          BA (Hons) degree/2 year FdA                                                                                                                   BA (Hons) degree/2 year FdA

This course introduces you to the different areas of event production across the live events sector. Focussing on
                                                                                                                               Live Events Production is an innovative course that
employability you will leave Backstage Academy with a broad portfolio of relevant experience, together with the right
                                                                                                                               introduces you to all the different areas of event       MODULE                                                                                          CREDITS
skills and attitude to work in a safe and responsible manner.
                                                                                                                               production, design and management. Professional
                                                                                                                                                                                        YEAR 1
                                                                                                                               training from industry practitioners on the creative
                                                                                                                                                                                        Academic and Professional Skills
                                                                                                                               use of entertainment technology will prepare you
                                                                                                                                                                                        for the Events Industries                                                                                     20
                                                                                                                               for a wide variety of roles in the sector.

Live Events Production
                                                                          1 year                                                                                                        Concept Design and Presentation                                                                               20
                                                                          BA (Hons) Top-Up course                              A series of twelve modules over the first two            Staging                                                                                                       20
                                                                                                                               years will give you strong grounding in a range of       Live Sound                                                                                                    20
The third year of our BA (Hons) course in Live Events Production can also be taken as a standalone qualification.                                                                       Lighting                                                                                                      20
                                                                                                                               technical, creative and production management
The Live Events Production Top-Up BA (Hons) course provides a progressive route for students who have successfully                                                                      Live Visuals                                                                                                  20
                                                                                                                               disciplines. You will study subjects such as lighting,
completed our Live Events Production FdA or related HE Level 5 qualification at another academic institution.
                                                                                                                               live sound, show control and networking, live            YEAR 2
                                                                                                                               visuals, staging and production management.              Work Placement                                                                                                20
                                                                                                                                                                                        Event Production Management                                                                                   20
                                                                                                                               Work-placement and career development modules

Live Visual Design and Production
                                                                                                             3 year BA                                                                  Production Planning and Realisation                                                                           20
                                                                                                                               are designed to equip you with the skills, contacts
                                                                                                             (Hons) degree                                                              Entertainment Networks and Show Control                                                                       20
                                                                                                                               and experience to progress into employment or set
                                                                                                                                                                                        Research Methods for Event Studies                                                                            20
                                                                                                                               yourself up as a freelancer. Group and individual
Specially designed to follow the trends of modern events, our Live Visual Design and Production BA (Hons) degree is widely                                                              Career Development and Employability                                                                          20
                                                                                                                               assignments are designed to mirror workplace
regarded as a trailblazer within the live events industry. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver
                                                                                                                               practice and showcase your skills and knowledge.         YEAR 3
cutting-edge visual productions in the music, film, architectural and theatre sectors.
                                                                                                                                                                                        The Integrated Music and
                                                                                                                               The first two years of this course can also be taken     Live Events Production Business                                                                               20
                                                                                                                               as a foundation degree (FdA); after which there          Production Planning and Management                                                                            20
                                                                                                                               is then the option to carry on to the third year by
Stage Management
                                                                3 year                                                                                                                  Events Logistics                                                                                              20
                                                                                                                               applying for the BA (Hons) Top-Up.                       Work Related Project                                                                                          20
                                                                BA (Hons) degree
                                                                                                                                                                                        Major Project                                                                                                 40
Street parades, product launches, political conferences, film and TV, theatre and music festivals all require stage
                                                                                                                                                                                        *OPTIONAL MODULES (SUBJECT TO VALIDATION):
management skills to ensure their smooth running. This course will equip you with the experience and broad range
                                                                                                                                                                                        Lighting Design                                                                                               20
of skills needed to undertake a successful stage management career, managing a wide portfolio of events.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Live Sound Engineering                                                                                        20
                                                                                                                                                                                        Video for Live Performance                                                                                    20
                                                                                                                                                                                        Sustainability Issues for Live Events                                                                         20

Live Events Management (subject  to                                                                1 year
                        validation)                                                                MA
                                                                                                                                                                                        Validated by:

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop new transferable skills essential for working in the
events sector, using theories and processes of project and operational management. You will learn about the event                                                                       UCAS codes – BA (Hons): N821 / FdA: N820. Entry requirements - BA (Hons): 104 / FdA: 64 UCAS points. You
management cycle, including planning, design and implementation, environmental and sustainable issues including                                                                         will need access to your own laptop/tablet. These will be required for some of our teaching sessions and a lot of
                                                                                                                                                                                        the work you undertake away from the classroom. For more information about general entry requirements, fees,
evaluation of a variety of events.                                                                                                                                                      anticipated costs and how to apply, please visit: www.backstage-academy.co.uk/degree-courses
                                                                                                                                                                                        *These optional modules are currently under development.

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Year 1                   Live Events Production
                         BA (Hons)/FdA                                                                                                   Year 2                  Live Events Production
                                                                                                                                                                 BA (Hons)/FdA

ACADEMIC AND                                  STAGING                                                                                    WORK PLACEMENT                               PRODUCTION PLANNING                          RESEARCH METHODS
PROFESSIONAL                                  Complex solutions to ever increasing         You will practice technical skills involved   This module will provide you with            AND REALISATION                              FOR EVENT STUDIES
SKILLS FOR THE                                technical and artistic demands require       in lighting for live events and apply         experience of working in the events          A vital learning environment is created      To gain a deeper understanding and
EVENTS INDUSTRIES                             those working on live events to have an      relevant knowledge creatively. Through        industry, and facilitate opportunities for   by the experience of actually developing     engage proactively with issues in the live
                                              in-depth knowledge of staging systems        the use of industry standard software         reflective analysis of event operations      and delivering events for a live audience.   events industry it is important to develop
This module is designed to equip you
                                              and components. You will be introduced       you will design a lighting plan, visualise    and practice in a work context. You will     Building on skills and knowledge gained      your ability to investigate through
with the methods and techniques to
                                              to techniques, terminology, theory and       it, and produce the required technical        be required to find and apply for a work     in all previous modules you will work in a   research. You will appraise a topic of
support and plan your studies. You
                                              practice for modular-staging systems,        paper work.                                   placement in a live events production        collaborative team to deliver an exciting    your choice from a range of subject
will explore the live events industry to
                                              truss systems, hoists and motor control.                                                   related capacity. In preparation you will    program of live events. Roles may            areas including technical production,
increase awareness of opportunities                                                        LIVE VISUALS
                                              Using industry standard software you                                                       focus on your personal development,          include scheduling, budgeting, stage         creative design or event management
available in this sector and how you
                                              will create a stage plan, and learn how to   With the development of video walls,          including career planning and skills         and artist management, contracting and       issues in any event category such as
might progress into employment. Key
                                              develop a stage layout to satisfy a client   projection mapping and the pixel              analysis, develop interview skills through   production, events programming, artist       cultural, corporate or sporting events.
skills and training related to Health
                                              brief.                                       mapping of LED sources, the use of            practice and assessment, and increase        liaison, marketing and front of house        You will review current literature,
and Safety in live events are delivered
                                                                                           live visuals has increased exponentially.     health and safety awareness in the           duties. The collaborative team will see      propose primary research methods for
throughout the module.                        LIVE SOUND                                   Through the use of industry standard          workplace.                                   an event through from conception to          your investigation and present your
CONCEPT DESIGN                                Live performances rely upon high             software you will learn how to gather                                                      delivery and evaluation.                     proposal in an academic context.
                                              quality sound to engage the audience.        and edit content, explore the attributes
AND PRESENTATION                              In this module you will learn about          and technical specifications of different     EVENT PRODUCTION                                                                          CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Those involved in the installation and        the operation and control techniques         types of projector and video walls,           MANAGEMENT                                   ENTERTAINMENT                                AND EMPLOYABILITY
operation of staging and technical            involved in the preparation and              and investigate a variety of media            Event Production Managers are                NETWORKS AND                                 The purpose of this module is to
systems are more effective if they can        production of live sound. You will           servers to deliver content including          responsible for preparing creative           SHOW CONTROL                                 provide you with the opportunity to
engage with the creative process. To          evaluate the quality and aesthetics of       mapping to a 3D shape. You will               proposals for site and venue layouts,
                                                                                                                                                                                      Expectations of audiences, designers         develop your skills and experience in
do this they must understand the aims         sound output for live events, investigate    consider the aesthetics of live visuals       specifying infrastructure, preparing
                                                                                                                                                                                      and performers regarding artistic and        a way that is targeted to your personal
of the artistic concept and how the           a range of techniques for engineering        whilst you design your own live visuals       budgets and defining how safe
                                                                                                                                                                                      technical systems grow each year.            career aspirations. You will reflect upon
resultant design meets these aims.            live sound sessions and be introduced        performance.                                  operations will be regulated. You will
                                                                                                                                                                                      Increasingly complex control networks        your achievements to date and relate
You will be introduced to the creative        to a range of manufacturers’ products                                                      explore the key elements of event
                                                                                                                                                                                      are employed to synchronise and              your interests and expertise to career
process of staging and technical design       and equipment.                                                                             production management, and develop
                                                                                                                                                                                      control numerous core systems and            choices. Once you have identified your
within the live events industry, focussing                                                                                               your knowledge and skills in this area.
                                                                                                                                                                                      devices, offering increased precision and    progression route you will develop a
on communicating design concepts and          LIGHTING                                                                                   You will also explore contextual issues                                                   proposal for a project to further your
ideas to satisfy the expectations of client                                                                                                                                           reproducibility, as well as broadening
                                              Lighting plays a significant role in                                                       around the nature of events, audience                                                     skills and knowledge towards this
and audience.                                                                                                                                                                         creative possibilities. You will learn
                                              shaping the perception and emotion                                                         profiles and the marketing of events.                                                     chosen route, whether in employment
                                                                                                                                                                                      to plan, program and maintain show
                                              of the live event audience. This                                                                                                        control networks, and develop practical      or further academic study.
                                              module introduces you to a wide                                                                                                         skills in the operation of show control
                                              range of lighting technology, common                                                                                                    technologies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           LIVE SOUND ASSESSMENT
                                              programming techniques, control signal
                                              protocols, the science of colour and light
                                              and the principles of lighting design.

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Backstage Academy 2018/19 Prospectus - Where Live Industry
Year 3                 Live Events Production
                       BA (Hons)                                                                                                                              Live Events Production                                                                                     1 year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BA (Hons) Top-Up

THE INTEGRATED                                                     PRODUCTION PLANNING                         WORK RELATED PROJECT                           The third year of our BA (Hons) course in
MUSIC AND LIVE EVENTS                                              AND MANAGEMENT                              This module is designed to provide you         Live Events Production can also be taken as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           MODULECREDITS
                                                                                                                                                              standalone qualification. BA (Hons) Top-Up in Live
PRODUCTION BUSINESS                                                Those involved with the management          with a vehicle to develop your prior and
                                                                                                               concurrent learning into practical work        Events Production provides a progression route                               The Integrated Music and Live Events
You will be introduced to the diverse                              of events will have a practical working
                                                                                                               related skills. You will complete a period     for students who have successfully completed our                             Production Business                                                                                   20
nature of the music and events industry.                           knowledge of planning, licensing and
                                                                                                               of work placement and gain practical           Live Events Production FdA or a related HE Level                             Production Planning and Management                                                                    20
You will study the framework in which                              permissions. They will be capable
                                                                                                               experience of working in the live events       5 qualification at another academic institution.                             Events Logistics                                                                                      20
a project is planned, organised and                                of preparing site and venue surveys,
                                                                   budgets, creative proposals, and            industry. You will apply your learning to                                                                                   Work Related Project                                                                                  20
controlled to ensure a successful                                                                                                                             Our Top-Up course is focused on management
                                                                   assessing the environment and social        a real work based project which you will                                                                                    Major Project                                                                                         40
event, whilst developing the team-                                                                                                                            and will provide an insight into the key issues
                                                                   impact of events. You will explore these    develop and implement to the benefit of
working, decision-making, negotiation                                                                                                                         involved in the strategic organisation of large                              *OPTIONAL MODULES (SUBJECT TO VALIDATION):
                                                                   factors thus broadening your knowledge      your work placement provider.
and communication skills needed to                                                                                                                            events, festivals and venues. Personal and                                   Lighting Design                                                                                       20
effectively manage within the music                                of what is involved in the safe planning                                                   professional development is emphasised and
and events sector. You will study                                  of events. You will evaluate the theories   MAJOR PROJECT                                  encouraged during the course, whilst the modules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Live Sound Engineering                                                                                20
                                                                   relating to personal development,           You will pursue a piece of individual                                                                                       Video for Live Performance                                                                            20
organisational structures and issues                                                                                                                          reinforce the programme’s integration with the
related to the industry and look at the                            management and leadership, and              research which will be academically            industry and teach students to design, develop                               Sustainability Issues for Live Events                                                                 20
function and interaction between the                               consider the ethical dimensions of          rigorous and address a unique and              and deploy management strategies across a
various creative and technical facets of                           management responsibility and control.      specific question or issue relevant to         variety of areas within the live events sector.
the sector.                                                                                                    live events production. You will be                                                                                         APELs:
                                                                   EVENTS LOGISTICS                            required to demonstrate familiarity with       You get the opportunity to showcase your                                     If you have worked in the live events industry for some time and your
                                                                                                               a range of data, research sources and          skills when everything is brought together                                   learning at work is relevant to the course you intend to follow, it may
                                                                   This module offers you the opportunity                                                                                                                                  be possible for this experience to satisfy the entry requirements of the
                                                                   to expand your knowledge of issues          appropriate methodologies, and express         in a live event for an audience and in a                                     Top-Up course.
                                                                   related to logistics and supply chain       critical evaluation of theories, principles,   final year performance using advanced                                        For further details please email enquiries@backstage-academy.co.uk
                                                                                                               concepts and models appertaining               networking and show control techniques.                                      and include ‘APEL course entry’ in the subject line.
                                                                   management in the live events industry.
                                                                   You will analyse the management of          to live events production industry
                                                                                                               operational practices.                         The delivery structure of the course is designed
                                                                   operations, supply chain management
                                                                                                                                                              to be compatible with students maintaining                                   Validated by:
                                                                   and evaluate how the international
                                                                                                                                                              employment in the sector and provide opportunities
                                                                   dynamics of the live events industry can
                                                                                                                                                              to get involved in a diverse range of practical
                                                                   work in a coordinated manner to provide                                                                                                                                 UCAS codes BA (Hons) Top-Up: 4F89 Entry requirements Our Live Events Production FdA or
                                                                                                                                                              projects, manufacturers’ seminars and visits.                                another related HE Level 5 qualification. You will need access to your own laptop/tablet. These will
                                                                   a successful event.                                                                                                                                                     be required for some of our teaching sessions and a lot of the work you undertake away from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           classroom. For more information about general entry requirements, fees, anticipated costs and how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to apply, please visit: www.backstage-academy.co.uk/degree-courses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           *These optional modules are currently under development.
                                           TRAINING ON THE LIGHTING DESK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   PYROTECHNICS TRAINING
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1 Year Top-Up                                                                       Live Events Production
                                                                                    BA (Hons) Top-Up                                                                      Live Visual Design and Production                                                                                                                                               3 year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BA (Hons) degree

THE INTEGRATED                                                                 PRODUCTION PLANNING                         WORK RELATED PROJECT                           Our BA (Hons) Live Visual Design and
                                                                                                                                                                          Production degree has been created to meet
MUSIC AND LIVE EVENTS                                                          AND MANAGEMENT                              This module is designed to provide you                                                                                                            MODULECREDITS
                                                                                                                                                                          increasing employer demands for skilled visual
PRODUCTION BUSINESS                                                            Those involved with the management          with a vehicle to develop your prior and
                                                                                                                                                                          professionals within the live events sector and
                                                                               of events will have a practical working     concurrent learning into practical work                                                                                                           YEAR 1
You will be introduced to the diverse                                                                                                                                     creative industries. To meet the needs of this
                                                                               knowledge of planning, licensing and        related skills. You will complete a period                                                                                                        Professional Skills for the Visual Production Industry                                   20
nature of the music and events industry.                                                                                                                                  exciting and fast-moving industry the course
                                                                               permissions. They will be capable           of work placement and gain practical
You will study the framework in which                                                                                                                                     content has been developed in conjunction                                                          Visual Production Toolbox - Basic Techniques                                             20
                                                                               of preparing site and venue surveys,        experience of working in the Live Events
a project is planned, organised and                                                                                                                                       with a range of commercial partners including                                                      Creative Workflows and Concept Design                                                    20
                                                                               budgets, creative proposals, and            Industry. You will apply your learning to
controlled to ensure a successful                                                                                                                                         d3 Technologies, FIX8Group, Green Hippo and                                                        Experimental Design                                                                      20
                                                                               assessing the environment and social        a real work based project which you will
event. This will help develop the team-                                                                                                                                   XL Video. As a visual production specialist, you                                                   Experiential Technologies - Hardware                                                     20
                                                                               impact of events. You will explore these    develop and implement to the benefit of
working, decision-making, negotiation                                                                                                                                     will be able to take a project from concept and
                                                                               factors thus broadening your knowledge      your work placement provider.                                                                                                                     Showtime Production Basics                                                               20
and communication skills needed to                                                                                                                                        design through to delivery on site.
effectively manage within the music                                            of what is involved in the safe planning
and events sector. You will study                                              of events. You will evaluate the theories   MAJOR PROJECT                                  Our degree is taught in a variety of practical                                                     YEAR 2
                                                                               relating to personal development,           You will pursue a piece of individual          and engaging ways. Masterclasses with world                                                        Industry Placement                                                                       20
organisational structures and issues
related to the industry and look at the                                        management and leadership, and              research which will be academically            leading experts, project work using state-of-the-                                                  Visual Production Toolbox - Advanced                                                     20
function and interaction between the                                           consider the ethical dimensions of          rigorous and address a unique and              art visual software and industry placements will                                                   Creative Research                                                                        20
various creative and technical facets of                                       management responsibility and control.      specific question or issue relevant to         provide you with invaluable practical experience                                                   Show Technologies - Integration and Design                                               40
the sector.                                                                                                                live events production. You will be            of working within visual production. Assessment                                                    Contemporary Issues for Visual Production                                                20
                                                                               EVENTS LOGISTICS                            required to demonstrate familiarity with       methods include project work, written reports
                                                                               This module offers you the opportunity      a range of data, research sources and          and visual schematic assignments.                                                                  YEAR 3
                                                                               to expand your knowledge of issues          appropriate methodologies, and express                                                                                                            Visual Production Design                                                                 20
                                                                               related to logistics and supply chain       critical evaluation of theories, principles,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Experimental System Design                                                               20
                                                                               management in the live events industry.     concepts and models appertaining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Showtime Applied Project Management                                                      20
                                                                               You will analyse the management             to live events production industry
                                                                                                                           operational practices.                                                                                                                            Work Related Project                                                                     20
                                                                               of operations and supply chain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Major Project                                                                            40
                                                                               management, and evaluate how the
                                                                               international dynamics of the live events
                                                                               industry can work in a coordinated

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LIVE VISUAL PRODUCTION AND DESIGN ASSESSMENT
                                                                               manner to provide a successful event.                                                                                                                                                         Validated by:
                                           STUDYING FOR THE LIGHTING MODULE.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             UCAS codes BA (Hons): W990 Entry requirements 104 UCAS points
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             You will need access to your own laptop/tablet. These will be required for some of our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             teaching sessions and a lot of the work you undertake away from the classroom. For more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             information about general entry requirements, fees, anticipated costs and how to apply,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             please visit: www.backstage-academy.co.uk/degree-courses

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Year 1                 Live Visual Design and Production
                       BA (Hons)                                                                                                   Year 2                  Live Visual Design and Production
                                                                                                                                                           BA (Hons)

PROFESSIONAL                               CREATIVE WORKFLOWS                           EXPERIENTIAL                               INDUSTRY PLACEMENT                           CREATIVE RESEARCH
SKILLS FOR THE VISUAL                      AND CONCEPT DESIGN                           TECHNOLOGIES -                             This module will prepare you for a           When studying visual production, it is
PRODUCTION INDUSTRY                        This module introduces you to the            HARDWARE                                   work placement within the visual             essential that you are able to engage
                                           processes of creative workflow and                                                      production industry. Before the              creatively with projects, given the
As an overview of the visual production                                                 In this module you will gain an
                                           concept design in the visual production                                                 placement commences, a series of             enormous range of clients and creative
industry, this module will equip you                                                    understanding of how to interpret
                                           industry. Managing a diverse range                                                      workshops will guide you through             scenarios available to you. In this module
with all the necessary methods and                                                      artistic ideas and transform them into a
                                           of projects across many sectors and                                                     personal development planning.               you will acquire the skills and knowledge
techniques to support your professional                                                 technological response that embraces
                                           meeting your clients’ needs is key.                                                     Health and Safety in the workplace           needed to undertake investigative
development. Topics include the                                                         both lighting and video. Through taught
                                           It is imperative that you interpret the                                                 and management responsibilities will         research, which will underpin your
fundamentals of visual design and                                                       content and project work you will
                                           clients’ requirements appropriately,                                                    be discussed and you will also have          studies and facilitate you in producing
production, efficient work practices,                                                   expand on the knowledge and skills
                                           communicate your ideas and                                                              a chance to refine your interview            ideas of your own. This module explores
managing your well-being and safety,                                                    gained to look at the basics of lighting
                                           solutions effectively, and manage their                                                 techniques. Work placements could            the history of art, architecture, music and
planning your career and developing                                                     technology and video - from virtual
                                           expectations. This module assists you to                                                range from acquiring a position within       scenography in support of your creative
the right attitude and expectations.                                                    building blocks and interconnects, to
                                           interpret brands and products effectively,                                              an established company through to            research practices.
You will understand the importance of                                                   control and programming.
                                           and examine how designers make the                                                      freelancing on Production Park or
developing lifelong learning skills to
cope with the ever-evolving technologies   connections between ideas and images.        SHOWTIME                                   external projects.                           SHOW TECHNOLOGIES -
and work practices.                                                                     PRODUCTION BASICS                                                                       INTEGRATION AND DESIGN
                                           EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN                                                                     VISUAL PRODUCTION                            In this module you will explore the
                                                                                        The purpose of this module is to prepare   TOOLBOX – ADVANCED
VISUAL                                     Your learning of experiential design
                                                                                        you for the process of transferring your
                                                                                                                                                                                expectations of audiences, designers
PRODUCTION TOOLBOX -                       technologies within the live events
                                                                                        project proposals and experiential
                                                                                                                                   Building upon skills gained from the first   and performers regarding artistic and
BASIC TECHNIQUES                           industry commences by researching the                                                   year Visual Production Toolbox module        technical systems and how those
                                                                                        technology solutions to real performance
                                           evolution of lighting design and digital                                                you will gain experience of using a wider    expectations grow each year. Working to
The understanding of some core                                                          environments across a range of sectors.
                                           media. In this module, you will gain an                                                 range of industry standard software and      a given brief and as part of a team, you
concepts and industry standard                                                          The module integrates with on-site
                                           understanding of the importance of style                                                the exploration of generative content,       will project manage an entire production
software is at the heart of the degree                                                  rehearsals and performances, including
                                           and theme, and the artistic qualities                                                   camera techniques, composition and           process; bringing together a range of
course. This module introduces you to                                                   collaborative working, allowing you
                                           common to both light and video. In the                                                  video game software. The work you            artistic, creative, and technical skills.
basic concepts of projection mapping,                                                   to gain experience of managing a
                                           module, you will produce a project in                                                   complete in this module will help you
creative software workflow and 3D                                                       performance and evaluating its success.
                                           response to a given client brief, using                                                 to produce a showreel which is based         CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
modelling. You will also be introduced
to a range of creative software such as
                                           examples of experiential technologies                                                   upon researched content and represents       FOR VISUAL PRODUCTION
                                           and techniques.                                                                         your own style and interests.                The visual production sector is
computer aided design, performance
and projection mapping, and video                                                                                                                                               constantly evolving and, as part of the
editing programmes.                                                                                                                                                             next generation of practitioners, you
                                                                                                                                                                                must be aware of the challenges it faces.
                                                                                                                                                                                In this module, you will conduct in-depth
                                                                                                                                                                                research into one element of the visual
                                                                                                                                                                                production industry and explore the
                                                                                                                                                                                latest national and international issues
                                                                                                                                                                                that affect it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FINAL YEAR LIVE VISUAL DESIGN
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Year 3                  Live Visual Design and Production
                        BA (Hons)                                                                                                                            Stage Management                                                 3 year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BA (Hons) degree

VISUAL                                                               EXPERIMENTAL                               WORK RELATED PROJECT                         Stage Management BA (Hons) at Backstage
                                                                                                                                                             Academy is dedicated to delivering the next
PRODUCTION DESIGN                                                    SYSTEM DESIGN                              This module is designed to provide you                                                               MODULECREDITS
                                                                                                                                                             generation of Stage Managers for the live events
This module will enable you to develop                               You will design a convergent, innovative   with a vehicle to develop and transfer
                                                                                                                                                             sector, in areas as diverse as theatre, festivals,
your own values, attitudes, style and                                and creative experiential technology       your prior learning into practical, work                                                             YEAR 1
                                                                                                                                                             touring, corporate events and sport.
interpersonal skills to provide a platform                           system. Responding to the artistic and     related skills. You will also reflect on                                                             Academic and Professional Skills for the
for continuing personal development                                  creative requirements, you will generate   your own personal management skills in       Beginning with an in–depth study of traditional         Events Industries                                                                        20
as a visual production designer.                                     a professional and technical response      terms of time management and working         theatre based stage management techniques,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Backstage Technical Skills                                                               20
Working to an agreed brief, you will                                 that will enable a budget to be approved   with others towards an agreed goal. The      you will then learn how to apply this knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Production Pre-Planning and Rehearsal                                                    20
develop imaginative concepts and work                                by your client. Prior to your proposed     module will require you to complete a        across the breadth of live events. You will examine
                                                                                                                                                             how the role of the stage manager develops from         Production Realisation                                                                   20
collaboratively with your client; exploring                          system being installed by on-site          period of work placement providing you
                                                                                                                with practical experience of working in      rehearsal to performance and tour, and study            Events and Festival Stage Management                                                     20
creative workflows, communication skills                             contractors and local crew you will make
and efficient working methods.                                       recommendations for any licensing and      the visual production sector.                ways in which your skills can be transferred to         Film and Television Location Work                                                        20
                                                                     health and safety considerations that                                                   working on international events. The programme
                                                                     need to be implemented.                    MAJOR PROJECT                                is the first of its kind to be dedicated to the stage   YEAR 2
                                                                                                                The final project module gives you           management of festival stages, large scale events,      Work Placement                                                                           20
                                                                     SHOWTIME APPLIED                           the opportunity to pursue a piece of         parades, fashion shows and conferences, and is          Event Production Management                                                              20
                                                                     PROJECT MANAGEMENT                         individual study under the supervision of    designed to give you an edge to succeed in a busy       Production Planning and Realisation                                                      20
                                                                                                                a tutor. The selected area of study must     market place.                                           Applied Stage Management Techniques                                                      20
                                                                     The safe delivery of visual productions
                                                                                                                be relevant to visual production and be      Seminars, lectures and practical workshops              Research Methods for Event Studies                                                       20
                                                                     across the globe relies on effective
                                                                                                                academically rigorous. The field of visual   will deliver course content, whilst assessment
                                                                     project management. In this module                                                                                                              Career Development                                                                       20
                                                                                                                production has a relatively small body of    methods include practical assignments, written
                                                                     you will study a range of management
                                                                                                                research compared to more traditional        reports and reflective portfolios. Work experience
                                                                     techniques and consider the impact of                                                                                                           YEAR 3 
                                                                                                                university subjects so this is your chance   modules are embedded into the second and
                                                                     events on the site and the community.                                                                                                           The Integrated Music and Live Events
                                                                                                                to make a lasting contribution to the        third years of the programme so that all students
                                                                     Production planning takes into                                                                                                                  Production Business                                                                      20
                                                                                                                knowledge-base of the sector.                become fully integrated in the live events industry
                                                                     consideration a range of skills so it is                                                                                                        Events Logistics                                                                         20
                                                                     important that you are able to develop a                                                by the end of their time at Backstage Academy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Showtime Strategic Project Management                                                    20
                                                                     professional approach to pre and post
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Stage Management Work Related Project                                                    20
                                                                     event evaluation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Major Project                                                                            40
                                              WORKING IN THE COMPUTER SUITE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Validated by:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     UCAS code: W450. Entry requirements: 104 UCAS points
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     You will need access to your own laptop/tablet. These will be required for some of our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     teaching sessions and a lot of the work you undertake away from the classroom. For more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     information about general entry requirements, fees, anticipated costs and how to apply,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     please visit: www.backstage-academy.co.uk/degree-courses

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Year 1                  Stage Management
                        BA (Hons)                                                                                                      Year 2                  Stage Management
                                                                                                                                                               BA (Hons)

ACADEMIC AND                                an understanding of key motivational        FILM AND TELEVISION                            WORK PLACEMENT                             PRODUCTION PLANNING                          research. You will appraise a topic of
                                            theories, consumer behaviour                                                                                                                                                       your choice from a range of subject
PROFESSIONAL                                                                            LOCATION WORK                                  The purpose of this module is to           AND REALISATION
                                            challenges, contracting, scheduling and                                                                                                                                            areas including technical production,
SKILLS FOR THE                              budgeting. You will also explore how key    Stage Management is just as important          provide you with experience of working     A vital learning environment is created      creative design or event management
EVENTS INDUSTRIES                           communication theories relate to the        on a television and film set as it is on       in the events industry, and facilitate     by the experience of actually developing     issues in any event category such as
                                                                                        the stage of a live event or theatre. You      opportunities for reflective analysis of   and delivering events for a live audience.
This module is designed to help equip       flow of information in the collaborative                                                                                                                                           cultural, corporate or sporting events.
                                                                                        will examine the roles and management          event operations and practice in a work    Building on skills and knowledge gained
you with methods and techniques             rehearsal process and the skills involved                                                                                                                                          You will review current literature, propose
                                                                                        structures that facilitate television and      context. You will be required to find      in all previous modules you will work in a
to support and plan your studies            in successfully managing a team.                                                                                                                                                   primary research methods for your
                                                                                        film operations on location. Comparing         and apply for a work placement in a        collaborative team to deliver an exciting
throughout the course and as a lifelong                                                                                                                                                                                        investigation and present your proposal
                                            PRODUCTION REALISATION                      roles and processes from live events,          live events production related capacity.   program of live events. Roles may
learner. You will explore the live events                                                                                                                                                                                      in an academic context.
                                                                                        you will learn how your skills and             In preparation you will focus on your      include scheduling, budgeting, stage
industry to increase awareness of           This module introduces you to the
                                                                                        knowledge gained are transferable to           personal development, including career     and artist management, contracting and       CAREER DEVELOPMENT
opportunities available in this sector      processes required in moving from
                                                                                        the Film and Television sector. Finding a      planning and skills analysis, develop      production, events programming, artist
and how you might progress into             rehearsals to the production phase of an
                                                                                                                                       interview skills through practice and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               AND EMPLOYABILITY
                                                                                        suitable site that meets the needs of the                                                 liaison, marketing and front of house
employment. Key skills and training         event. It examines the correct industry                                                                                                                                            The purpose of this module is to
                                                                                        clients is also a key challenge that will      assessment, and increase health and        duties. The collaborative team will see
related to Health and Safety in live        practice for communicating with venues                                                                                                                                             provide you with the opportunity to
                                                                                        be explored in the module; alongside           safety awareness in the workplace.         an event through from conception to
events are delivered throughout the         and techniques that will enable you                                                                                                                                                develop your skills and experience in
                                                                                        the range of practices that can be                                                        delivery and evaluation.
module.                                     to manage the load-in and production
                                                                                        factors on location such as working with       EVENT PRODUCTION                                                                        a way that is targeted to your personal
                                            period. You will gain knowledge of
BACKSTAGE                                                                               helicopters, liaising with local authorities   MANAGEMENT                                 APPLIED STAGE                                career aspirations. You will reflect upon
                                            the standard facilities associated with                                                                                                                                            your achievements to date and relate
TECHNICAL SKILLS                            performance venues and be able to fully
                                                                                        or filming from vehicles.                      Event Production Managers are              MANAGEMENT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               your interests and expertise to career
The role of Stage Manager involves          engage with performance previews,                                                          responsible for preparing creative         TECHNIQUES                                   choices. Once you have identified your
                                            opening nights, load-outs and post-                                                        proposals for site and venue layouts,      This module deals with the managerial
being at the centre of a range of                                                                                                                                                                                              progression route you will develop a
                                            production reflection.                                                                     specifying infrastructure, preparing       aspects of the Stage Manager’s role.
disciplines and roles. From introducing                                                                                                                                                                                        proposal for a project to further your
                                                                                                                                       budgets and defining how safe              You will appraise a range of techniques
you to the basics of stage management,                                                                                                                                                                                         skills and knowledge towards this
through to staging, lighting, sound         EVENTS AND FESTIVAL                                                                        operations will be regulated. You will     to help you gain an understanding of         chosen route, whether in employment or
                                            STAGE MANAGEMENT                                                                           explore the key elements of event          management concepts in dealing with
and video, this module will give you an                                                                                                                                                                                        further academic study.
                                                                                                                                       production management, and develop         teams and individuals. Techniques
overview of different disciplines so you    This module will prepare you for working
                                                                                                                                       your knowledge and skills in this area.    explored will include motivation, Total
can act effectively as part of the stage    in the live events sector, where the
                                                                                                                                       You will also explore contextual issues    Quality Management, pastoral care and
management team on a range of events.       transferable stage management skills
                                                                                                                                       around the nature of events, audience      conflict resolution. You will also study
                                            acquired in previous modules can be
                                                                                                                                       profiles and the marketing of events.      the wider performance environment to
PRODUCTION                                  applied. You will evaluate the wide range
                                            of roles and opportunities available in                                                                                               understand the management issues
PRE-PLANNING                                                                                                                                                                      involved in larger scale productions.
                                            commercial environments as diverse
AND REHEARSAL                               as weddings, private parties, large
Positive, clear communication is a vital    scale music festivals, political events
                                                                                                                                                                                  RESEARCH METHODS
element of Stage Management. This           and conferences. You will gain an                                                                                                     FOR EVENT STUDIES
module examines the importance of this      excellent understanding of different work                                                                                             To gain a deeper understanding and
skill in managing the information flow      processes and how they can be used to                                                                                                 engage proactively with issues in the live
to stakeholders and other members of        best effect in the industry.                                                                                                          events industry it is important to develop
the show creation team. You will gain                                                                                                                                             your ability to investigate through           STAGE MANAGEMENT WORK EXPERIENCE

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Year 3                 Stage Management
                       BA (Hons)                                                                                                                               Live Events Management
                                                                                                                                                               Subject to validation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MA

THE INTEGRATED                                                     EVENTS LOGISTICS                             WORK RELATED PROJECT                           This course will provide you with the opportunity
                                                                                                                                                               to develop new transferable skills essential for
MUSIC AND LIVE EVENTS                                              This module offers you the opportunity       This module is designed to provide you
                                                                                                                                                               working in the events sector, using theories           CORE MODULES                                                                    CREDIT
PRODUCTION BUSINESS                                                to expand your knowledge of issues           with a vehicle to develop your prior and
                                                                                                                                                               and processes of project and operational
                                                                   related to logistics and supply chain        concurrent learning into practical work
You will be introduced to the diverse                                                                                                                          management. You will learn about the event             Management Theory and Leadership for Live Events                                    30
                                                                   management in the live events industry.      related skills. You will complete a period
nature of the music and events industry.                                                                                                                       management cycle, including planning, design and       Sponsorship, Marketing and the Digital
                                                                   You will analyse the management              of work placement and gain practical
You will study the framework in which                                                                                                                          implementation, environmental and sustainable          Environment for Live Events                                                         30
                                                                   of operations and supply chain               experience of working in the live events
a project is planned, organised and                                                                                                                            issues including evaluation of a variety of events.    Creative Practice in Event Production
                                                                   management, and evaluate how the             industry. You will apply your learning to
controlled to ensure a successful                                                                                                                              As an academically driven course, you will learn to    Implementation and Design                                                           30
                                                                   international dynamics of the live events    a real work based project which you will
event, whilst developing the team-                                                                                                                             critically evaluate a range of theories and models
                                                                   industry can work in a coordinated           develop and implement to the benefit of                                                               Major Research / Industry Project                                                   30
working, decision-making, negotiation                                                                                                                          relevant to live events management.
                                                                   manner to provide a successful event.        your work placement provider.
and communication skills needed to                                                                                                                                                                                    OPTIONAL MODULES
                                                                                                                                                               The teaching and design of the course is
effectively manage within the music                                                                                                                                                                                   Principles of International Event Management
and events sector. You will study
                                                                   SHOWTIME STRATEGIC                           MAJOR PROJECT                                  international, giving you an interesting opportunity
                                                                                                                                                               to mix with a diverse range of individuals from a      and Research                                                                        30
organisational structures and issues                               PROJECT MANAGEMENT                           You will pursue a piece of individual
                                                                                                                                                               range of disciplines. This allows you to increase      Environmental Event Management and Future Practice                                  30
related to the industry and look at the                            Production companies and creative            research which will be academically
                                                                                                                rigorous and address a unique and              your intercultural competence, which is vital for
function and interaction between the                               agencies are for the majority, required                                                                                                            PRODUCTION PATHWAY OPTIONAL MODULES
                                                                                                                specific question or issue relevant to         working in a mixed-nationality workforce and
various creative and technical facets of                           to plan and stage events sustainably                                                                                                               Projection Mapping and Live Performance                                             30
                                                                                                                live events production. You will be            working for a mixed-nationality clientele.
the sector.                                                        across a range of international settings,                                                                                                          Production Management and Implementation
                                                                   often balancing the impact of events on      required to demonstrate familiarity with       The practical and production pathway for the MA
                                                                                                                                                               programme will only be available to applicants         of Lighting Design                                                                  30
                                                                   the venue site and the host community.       a range of data, research sources and
                                                                                                                appropriate methodologies, and express         who can demonstrate prior industry knowledge           Production Management and Implementation
                                                                   This module evaluates the range of
                                                                                                                critical evaluation of theories, principles,   through interview and application.                     of Sound Reinforcement                                                              30
                                                                   additional skills and the key knowledge
                                                                   base, which is required by professionals     concepts and models appertaining
                                                                   in the industry to fully recognise these     to live events production industry
                                                                   very important sustainable factors. You      operational practices.                                                                                This course is currently awaiting validation. If you would like to learn more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      about it please contact Ria Forsyth (ria.forsyth@backstage-academy.co.uk)
                                                                   will also critically appraise pre and post
                                                                   event evaluation techniques.
                                           TRAINING ON THE LIVE SOUND DESK

                                                                                                                                                                SETTING UP A STAGE

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Year 1                  Live Events Management
                        MA

MANAGEMENT THEORY                            CREATIVE PRACTICE                           OPTIONAL MODULES                           PRODUCTION PATHWAY                          PRODUCTION
AND LEADERSHIP FOR                           IN EVENT PRODUCTION                                                                    Along with the core modules, those you      MANAGEMENT AND
LIVE EVENTS                                  IMPLEMENTATION                              PRINCIPLES OF                              who qualify for the production pathway      IMPLEMENTATION OF
This module will investigate and             AND DESIGN                                  INTERNATIONAL                              can choose from the following optional      LIGHTING DESIGN
                                                                                         EVENT MANAGEMENT                           modules:
elaborate on the different management        You will develop an appreciation of the                                                                                            Modern events are forms of cultural
and leadership styles deployed across        design process and implementation           AND RESEARCH                               PROJECTION MAPPING                          consumption and require a vast
the live events industry. There will         of production equipment within a live       The module will give you a deeper                                                      understanding and technical
be a particular focus on the positive        event setting. Examples of product
                                                                                                                                    AND LIVE PERFORMANCE                        appreciation to achieve successful
                                                                                         insight into the operational, technical
and negative outcomes to ensure              innovation will be introduced to gain       and delivery requirements of               The module will give an enhanced            outcomes for attendees and
compliance and acceptance to deliver         an understanding of the role it plays to    international events, taking on a global   insight, investigation and practical        stakeholders. This module will
major festivals and events. Original case    enhance client expectation and attendee     perspective. The module will also focus    application of ‘Visual Design’. You will    investigate the technical and
studies will be inserted throughout the      engagement. This will be taught against     on the commercial, social and political    explore and interpret, through design       commercial endeavours to bring about
teaching cycle, to explore and develop       a backdrop of the competitive business      influences that can have a major impact    and implementation, the technical           a unified outcome. You will bring to
a greater understanding between theory       landscape from an international             on the bidding and operational success     specification directly associated for       this module prior expertise in light
and practice.                                perspective.                                and final outcome for international        projection and visual mapping within the    propagation that can be developed and
                                                                                         events. An industry visit will also        digital environment. The professional       tested within a real world environment.
SPONSORSHIP,                                 MAJOR RESEARCH /                            be included as part of the learning        use of video walls, media servers and
MARKETING AND THE                            INDUSTRY PROJECT                            requirement for this module.               projection mapping will enable you to
DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT                          In this module you’ll be taught how to
                                                                                                                                    push forward your creative and technical    PRODUCTION
                                                                                         ENVIRONMENTAL                              appreciation culminating with critical      MANAGEMENT AND
FOR LIVE EVENTS                              prepare and interpret data for business
                                                                                                                                    analysis for the future deployment of the
The module has been designed to allow        and research projects, which will help      EVENT MANAGEMENT                                                                       IMPLEMENTATION OF
                                                                                                                                    technology within the sector.
you to grasp the theoretical principles      your decision making skills, and develop    AND FUTURE PRACTICE                                                                    SOUND REINFORCEMENT
of sponsorship and marketing and             an appreciation of the diverse nature of    The module is designed to improve your                                                 This module works with the latest
how it is translated within the digital      research. You will be required to produce   understanding of the environmental                                                     technological advancement in sound
environment. You will be required to         a dissertation or a comprehensive           impact within the event industry.                                                      reinforcement, you will be required
critically articulate the commercial value   industry inspired research project.         You will be required to investigate                                                    to design and critically analyse the
of sponsorship and how to maximise                                                       sustainable and environmental impacts                                                  acoustic and sound amplification within
its commercial footprint for consumers                                                   on consumers who attend festivals                                                      different venues. You should bring to
and stakeholders. The module will take                                                   and events. The module is constructed                                                  this module practical knowledge and
its lead from a collection of sporting,                                                  to push forward the global issues of                                                   prior expertise in sound reinforcement.
festivals and business related events to                                                 climate change, with a specific focus                                                  The module will give you theoretical
express the fundamental principles.                                                      on sustainability within the UK event                                                  and practical appreciation of the
                                                                                         industry.                                                                              technological advancement and
                                                                                                                                                                                implementation of sound systems
                                                                                                                                                                                within the live event industry.

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