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University of Bolton: Creative Technologies for Live Events

Institution University of Bolton View institution profile
Department Live Events, Visual Design and Stage Management at Backstage Academy
Telephone 01977 659 880
Study type Taught


The MSc Creative Technologies for Live Events aims to equip students with the technical, academic and professional skills necessary to become the creative innovators and technologists who will transform the future of live events and the wider creative industries.

The MSc Creative Technologies programme will be delivered using a blended learning approach, combining face-to-face sessions with online and practical work as appropriate. Face-to-face delivery will take place at Backstage Academy on Production Park.

The programme seeks to provide students with a challenging, supportive and inclusive environment where students learn through praxis; combining critical thinking, practical experimentation and reflection. Depending on their eventual career direction, students are encouraged to develop their own area of expertise and can opt to explore a range of technological practices or focus on a particular area of specialism (for instance, lighting, sound, video, interactive and immersive systems or system programming and control).

A range of learning and teaching methods will be employed, including (face-to-face or online) lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion groups, guest speakers and masterclasses. A significant amount of personal study time is expected to be undertaken by the student comprising, for example, background reading, online activities, assessment work and preparation for sessions.

The course includes three subject specialist modules and two modules that you will share with students on other postgraduate courses. During the course, students are encouraged to use their continuing professional practice as part of their research process and build on our close relationships with the live events industry; engaging in live projects and developing plans for new creative projects coupled with a higher level of academic study and learning.

This course is ideal for you if...

  • You are excited about the challenge of solving technical problems on large scale events and experimenting with new technologies.
  • You’re about to graduate from a BA/BSc course in a related area and wish to increase your employability and gain a competitive edge with an advanced qualification in your area of specialism.
  • You want to expand your knowledge and experience into live event spectacles such as arena and stadium shows.
  • You want to diversify from related fields such as engineering, software development or computer science.
  • You want to develop your own product/service and launch to the live events marketplace.
  • You want to change career direction to develop and establish yourself as a creative technologist.
  • You have worked in the industry and are now looking to validate your experience with an advanced recognised qualification.


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