Validated by University of East Anglia

2 or 3 years full-time

Mountview has been training lighting designers and technicians for over 40 years.

Our vocational, hands-on course has seen graduates go on to be Chief Electrician at the Royal Shakespeare Company, freelance production electricians, and notable lighting designers.

We offer three training levels: a two-year Foundation Degree (FdA) which provides fast-track training and a three-year BA (Hons) bringing greater experience and the possibility of design roles. For students with previous experience who are looking to formalise their skills and develop industry contacts we also offer a one-year Diploma in Theatre Production Arts specialising in lighting.

Our practical training runs over 30 hours per week, 36 weeks per year. It begins with workshops covering core skills in all areas of Production Arts in small cohorts with training from experienced industry professionals. You then move quickly on to practical show roles in lighting.

Mountview produces around 26 plays and musicals each year giving you a vast array of learning experiences.

Strong emphasis is placed on learning through practice. There is continuous assessment across all the compulsory modules. Assessment is based on coursework covering the skills elements of the course and marking of practical show roles. Students gain first-hand experience of working alongside professional lighting designers, technicians and programmers.

Lighting training covers:

  • Hands on training with contemporary lighting equipment, both generic and moving lights
  • Lighting systems and supporting paperwork
  • Understanding and designing of temporary power systems
  • Rigging and focusing to industry standard
  • Construction of electrical practicals
  • Programming and operating state-of-the-art lighting consoles
  • Computerised drafting and visualisation across a range of industry software
  • Networking, soldering and other skills needed by the modern production professional
  • Lighting design for plays and musicals of all sizes (BA only)

Training and productions produced with generous support from industry leading lighting specialists – White Light Ltd.

‘What Does A Lighting Student Do?’ – watch here

Read an interview with one of our Lighting students here.

BA (Hons)

2021/22 TERM DATES
Autumn term 10 September – 17 December 2021
Spring term
10 January – 9 April 2022
Summer term
21 April – 15 July 2022


  • Introduction to key practical & research skills
  • Production skills: lighting, sound, stage management & applied arts
  • Scenography & applied practice
  • Professional career development


Assistant level role/s on public productions

2021/22 TERM DATES
Autumn term 6 September – 18 December 2021
Spring term
4 January – 14 April 2022
Summer term
21 April – 16 July 2022


  • Masterclasses & advanced technical lessons further developing key lighting production skills
  • Professional career development
  • Work based learning (FdA only)


Deputy level role/s on public four to six productions

2021/22 TERM DATES
Autumn term 6 September – 18 December 2021
Spring term
4 January – 14 April 2022
Summer term 21 April – 27 May 2022


  • Professional development: career planning, websites, CV writing, mock interviews & work placements
  • Specialist practical research project


Lead lighting roles on public productions including lighting design work if appropriate

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Application FeeFree
2022/23 UK/Republic of Ireland Students Course Fee£9,930 p.a.
2022/23 International Students Course Fee£18,215 p.a.

Fees are subject to annual review and may increase in years 2 and 3 in line with inflation. One term’s notice will be given of any increase.

Additional costs include a basic tool kit and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (boots, hard hat, gloves, reflective bibs) and transport – allow around £250.

The Peter Coxhead Bursary supports two FdA and BA (Hons) students in Theatre Production Arts for their three years of study. This bursary is based on financial need.

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

Funding and Scholarships

Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course. Entry is based on an interview at which you will be invited to talk about previous experience, interests and inspiration. There are no formal academic requirements, however one of the following is desirable:

• Five GCSE passes and two A-Levels or
• Four SCE Higher Grade passes
• BTEC National or Higher National Certificate or Diploma with merit grades
• Foundation course
• Access to Higher Education Diploma

If an applicant’s first language is not English, and they have not been taught in English or studied to A Level standard in the UK, they will need to demonstrate an acceptable minimum level of competence through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Band 6.5).

Mountview welcomes applications from people with disabilities and is keen to support all applicants to achieve their best. If applicants have any special requirements or access needs, these should be discussed with the course leader/administrator.

Mountview is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for students in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. No applicant will receive less or more favourable treatment on grounds of sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.

For Theatre Production Arts candidates there is a short online interview at which they can talk about their interests, influences and production arts experience.

Auditions and Interviews

2022 Prospectus