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Course: BA (Hons) Event TechnologyDuration: 3 Years
Launching: September 2021Study Mode: Full-Time
OverviewEntry RequirementsStructureFees and Payments

Course Overview

Our Event Technology degree is the perfect choice for aspiring sound, video and lighting technicians. The course is focused on developing a range of technical skills required within the live events industry, while simultaneously allowing you to develop your own areas of specialism. Throughout your study, you will receive expert tuition and practical experience in the areas of audio engineering, lighting technology and video systems whilst also looking to understand how these systems will evolve in the coming years. Further modules in event design and live events management add to your professional skillset. 

As an Event Technology student you will study directly alongside musicians and songwriters. This unique environment provides regular opportunities to hone your skills through hands-on involvement in professional shows, concerts and events.  

In order to fully develop both technical and creative skill, Nexus ICA has built strong links with the Event Technology industry and have designed this course in partnership with SFL Group—one of the UK’s leading events solutions companies. This collaboration gives you access to the latest technology as well as training opportunities in real-world learning environments. When combined with the strong Biblical discipleship ethos that exists at Nexus ICA, the result is that you will be better equipped within your career, church and beyond. 

A vibrant, faith-filled community

Nexus ICA is committed to the education of the whole person, and a strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do. There are regular opportunities to spend time together as a whole school, and staff and students come together weekly in order to socialise, pray and worship together. 

It is a key part of our educational ethos that teaching best takes place in smaller groups. Our staff-to-student ratio allows us to adopt a unique approach, where staff have the time to work alongside each student and create an experience that is tailored to them. 

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. Students are encouraged to contribute to a wide range of causes and events during their time here, creating a diverse learning experience that will enrich many aspects of your life. 

Committed to your career

There is a huge demand for skilled sound, video and lighting technicians in the events industry. Through our partnership with SFL Group, the Event Technology degree can be the springboard between you and an incredibly rewarding and long-lasting career. 

The course is designed to develop the many employability skills that enable people to thrive within their careers. Beyond your technical skill, you will leave Nexus ICA with radically improved communication and interpersonal skills, work ethic and time management—the attributes that, time and time again, companies say are the most valuable within their employees. 

If you aspire to become a professional sound, lighting or video technician then our BA (Hons) in Event Technology can help turn these dreams into a reality. 

The requirements for entry will be finalised shortly as part of the approval process. As an indication, we expect them to be similar to our current undergraduate courses, as outlined below:

Academic

64 UCAS tariff points
GCSE English at Grade 4 (Grade C if you studied previous to 2017)

Non native English-speaking students need to meet our following English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Visit our International Students page for more information.

Interview

Prospective students will be required to undertake an interview to assess their suitability for the course. Interviews take place over Skype, or in-person at Nexus ICA should this be preferable.

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Year One

Event Technology – Stagecraft

The modern technician needs a core set of skills and knowledge regardless of their specialism. This is especially true in an industry that is becoming increasingly networked, however, there are core offline skills that are still required in the practical event environment. Written in collaboration with industry experts, Event Technology – Stagecraft is designed to give you a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge common to all the various disciplines of event technology.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • An understanding of the essential technology in common use across all event technology disciplines
  • A practical set of skills ensuring you can begin to operate safely and effectively in a live event environment
  • The importance of teamwork, collaboration, and communication in a live event environment

History & Principles of Modern Event Technology

All the technology and techniques used for live events are the result of generations of engineering and development. This module sets out this wider context for modern event technology. This includes the history and culture of live events, key inventors and innovators, and the terminology and language unique to the sector. It will also provide a foundation in the technological building blocks of modern audio, lighting, and video. Inventions like the valve, transistor, microchip and LED are all examples of key technologies that will be explored, as well as essential mathematics and physics.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • A history of live event technology, its key innovators and influential figures
  • A working knowledge of essential technology components
  • A practical understanding of the mathematics and physics applied within live event technology

Pursuit of Worship 1; Identity & Principles

Through this module, you will be equipped with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. The structure of the module allows you to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

Throughout this module, you will move towards being able to describe and define spiritual, biblical worship and its implications in real-life responses. A growing recognition of the intrinsic integration of this module and other areas of study would lead to a further understanding of the nature of worship and its impact on daily life.

On completion of this module, you will be have learned:

  • How to understand the biblical principles of worship and incorporate them into your own life
  • How to apply your understanding of worship into a variety of individual and corporate contexts
  • How to relate the theological foundations of worship to your holistic education
Event Technology – Core

Audio, Lighting and Video are primary elements of live events and the focus of this course. This module introduces the essentials of all three, beginning with a focus on core technologies. This is then expanded to include all elements of modern systems, with a focus on workflow rather than equipment to ensure that the module can adapt to changes in technology. As with all parts of this course, this module is constantly updated in collaboration with industry.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • An understanding of the professional workflow used in each of the primary event technology disciplines
  • A practical set of skills in audio, lighting and video
  • Teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills practised in a live event environment.
Creative Event Design

This module is designed to explore the current approach to effective event design, with an emphasis on the creative use of technology as a communication tool. You will examine and critique examples of effective event design and the use of technology. Alongside this you will develop a foundation in the creative design process using event-centric software applications. This will then lead to the creation of your own original event design concepts.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • The creative design process, and how it is applied to live events
  • How to use physical and virtual tools in the process of event design
  • How to find inspiration and creative ideas that can be applied to event design
Live Performance Workshop

In whichever area of specialism your knowledge and competence increases, the ability to confidently deliver performances of a high standard remains a key area for focus. This module aims to equip you with the relevant core skills and competencies relating to the live performance of music. Designed to build concurrently with the rest of your studies at level 4, this module is the platform for applying lots of the content you are learning.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • How to deliver a high-quality performance
  • How to apply your studies in a performance context
  • The ability to work well in a group
  • The requirements of differing performance environments

Year Two

Event Technology – Advanced

This advanced module goes into the technical details of modern event technology systems, covering the main pathways of audio, lighting and video but bringing in additional elements where necessary. There is an emphasis on workflow over equipment in order to build adaptability and resilience into your skill set. This will allow you to quickly adapt to new equipment, clients, working environments and changes in the industry. As with all parts of this course, this module is constantly updated in collaboration with the industry.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • A critical understanding of the professional approach to event technology
  • An advanced set of practical skills in audio, lighting and video
  • An appreciation of the wider context of event technology including risk management and compliance
The Integration of Art & Faith

In this module, you will critically engage with the creative arts as they intersect with the Christian faith, throughout church history and into the modern era. Topics will include the nature and purpose of art within the Christian tradition, and the relationship between the artist and their personal faith.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • A range of artist expressions within the Christian tradition
  • The relevant research pertaining to this subject
  • How your own faith can be communicated through your artistic endeavours

Pursuit of Worship 2; Application & Context

Building on the core skills and competencies learned at level 4, the Pursuit of Worship 2; Application and Context module enables you to continue to develop your understanding within the area of worship. With a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply those skills at a personal and wider cultural level, this module examines responses in worship from biblical, personal, wider cultural and corporate perspectives. You should be able to draw from others’ experience and opinions in forming a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church and be able to articulate their findings both verbally and in written form.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • How to engage with the biblical and theological principles relating to worship leading
  • How to research the field of Worship Studies and communicate your findings
  • To engage with the personal, practical, and intellectual skills required to lead congregational worship
Event Technology – Production

Although most events tend to feature elements of audio, lighting and video, other technologies and skills are also used in equal measure. This module widens the course focus to these advanced and supporting elements. It provides the platform for you to progress to your third year, discover an area of individual expertise, and learn production management skills. This module is under continual revision in collaboration with the industry in order to closely track shifts in industry practice.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • An understanding of the wider set of skills required of the modern event techn
  • An appreciation of the logistics of event production
  • A variety of the practical skills needed to harmonise the wide variety of technical disciplines on large and small events
  • The planning and preparation approach used for professional standard events.
Industry Qualification & Training

This module will critically examine the landscape of training and professional qualifications specific to the events industry. The aim is to equip you to make objective decisions on how to develop specific skill sets, and feeds into the Professional Development and Career Planning module at level 6. It also includes industry work placements with trusted partners to stimulate the continuous learning process.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • How to assess the current qualifications and skills needed to satisfy the description of ‘competent person’
  • The need for continuous professional development
  • The learning ability, global awareness and resilience needed for success in any industry sector
Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module gives you the opportunity to conduct enquiry-based learning into the various social and practical contexts within which the creative arts and/or worship resides. This will allow opportunity to broaden your awareness and understanding of the relevant evidence base as well as develop critical thinking skills within an area of focus that is of interest to you.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • How sociological, practical and political contexts are affecting the areas of the creative arts and/or worship
  • How to conduct enquiry-based learning, including using suitable research methods
  • How to produce a culturally relevant artefact in written, spoken or video form

Year Three Compulsory

Professional Development & Career Planning

Now at the final leg of your studies, this module spans the entire length of your year to prepare you for the journey that is come. As the culmination of all the professional skills you have learned at levels 4 and 5, this is your opportunity to focus in on both what might be considered ‘traditional’ employability skills and how to focus those skills, in partnership with your entire educational journey, to look towards your career aspirations.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • The requirements of professional environments and how to prepare for them
  • The breadth of careers available to you
  • How your personal faith intersects with the world of employment
  • The key skills you need to be successful
Music Performance & Professional Practice

Now as an accomplished performer or technician, this module enables you to prepare for the professional world of performance that may follow. As a consolidation of lots of the curriculum from your previous two years of study, this is your opportunity to work towards a large-scale performance outside the walls of Nexus Institute of Creative Arts.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • What it takes to put on a high-quality musical show
  • How to apply the skills you’ve developed throughout your degree to a performance context
  • The diverse aspects of musical performance in professional environments
Research Project

This module is your opportunity to undertake a negotiated research project in a subject of your choosing, within the broad parameters of your chosen degree subject. Potential topics could include, but are not limited to, the past, present, and/or future of event technology, worship, creativity, a contextualised and/or historical study of songs and/or artists, the relationship between art and faith, and popular music culture.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • How to design a research project
  • How to integrate your creativity and career aspirations with academic research
  • How to communicate your research in a clear and rigorous way
Live Events Management

This module aims to equip you with the transferable professional skills appropriate to a wide range of real-world contexts. It also provides opportunity for you to apply knowledge in the planning and evaluation of a live event.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • What is required in order to manage a live event
  • How to connect with clients in the planning and management of a live event
  • How to design, create and deliver a live event

Year Three Options

Understanding Creative Industries

The subject of creative enterprise is a rich and ever-changing tapestry of small, medium and large organisations woven together to support, collect, represent, export and generate income for the artist, performer or technician. You may already know what many of these discrete organisations do but why is the wider business the way it is? Where does faith impact your business model? How does it all operate? And what could be better?

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • How to analyse and interpret the many roles creative industries play and how they apply to you
  • How to question the way the creative industries operate and to begin to create new solutions
  • The importance of understanding the wider creative industry

Future Event Technology

This module allows a deep exploration of the uses of current and future technology through the lens of creativity and live performance. There will be a natural focus on cutting edge technologies across all industry sectors and the implications and implementations for live performance and event design.

On completion of this module, you will have learned:

  • How research and innovation from across all technology sectors has been used in the current and context of event technology
  • A greater awareness of the future of event technology based on the current global trends in research and development
  • An appreciation of the reliance that event technology has on other sectors

Tuition fees for the forthcoming academic year are set at £7,500 per academic year*. This is in addition to a £300 registration fee (£500 for international students) required to confirm your place on the course. Please see the Fees and Payments page for more details.

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