Validated by University of East Anglia

Validated by University of East Anglia

2 or 3 years

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.

For undergraduates we offer two training levels: a two-year Foundation Degree (FdA) which provides a fast-track training and a three-year BA (Hons) bringing greater experience and the possibility of design roles. 

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 in theatres across London, the UK and internationally each year giving lighting students 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 marketing 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
  • Construction of electrical practicals
  • Programming and operating state-of-the-art lighting consoles
  • Computerised drafting and visualisation (Vectorworks and WYSIWYG)
  • 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

Course Content

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn term 2 September – 6 December 2019
Spring term 6 January – 4 April 2020
Summer term 20 April – 10 July 2020


Introduction to key practical and research skills

Production skills: lighting, sound, stage management & applied arts

Scenography and applied practice

Professional career development


Assistant level role/s on a public production

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn term 27 August – 14 December 2019
Spring term 6 January – 4 April 2020
Summer term 20 April – 11 July 2020


Masterclasses and advanced technical lessons further developing key lighting production skills

Professional career development

Work based learning (FdA only)


Deputy level role/s on public productions

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn term 27 August  – 14 December 2019
Spring term 6 January – 4 April 2020
Summer term 6 April – 5 June 2020


Professional development: career planning, websites, CV writing, mock interviews and work placements

Specialist practical research project


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


  • 2019/20 UK/EU Students
  • £9,360p.a.
  • 2019/20 International Students
  • £17,165p.a.
  • Application Fees
  • Free
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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 £400.

The Peter Coxhead Bursary is available for FdA and BA (Hons) students in Theatre Production Arts and provides two students a bursary of £3,250 per year towards course fees for three years. This bursary is based on financial need.

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

Irrespective of the outcome of Britain’s proposed withdrawal from the European Union, EU citizens commencing training at Mountview in September 2018 will continue to pay the same fee as UK citizens for the duration of their course.

Funding and Scholarships

Entry requirements

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, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.

Interview information

Candidates visit Mountview for a half-day of workshop experiences and a chance to see the campus. As part of this there is a short interview at which they can talk about their production arts experience.

Auditions and Interviews
2020 Prospectus