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A.C. Lighting Supply new Performance Technology Course in Derby

13th July 2000

A.C. Lighting has supplied an extensive amount of new lighting equipment to the University of Derby for their Live Performance Technology course that was recently launched.

Student cohorts of 24 progress to degree level over the programme's three years, which aims to produce technically competent researchers, designers and operators for the growing entertainment industry.

Formulated as an engineering degree, as opposed to a performing arts degree, the programme is run by the Division of Electronic Systems within the School of Engineering at the University. As the course leads on to the use of a wide range of equipment in performance situations, so programme leader Simon Lewis contacted leading industry supplier A.C. Lighting for the supply of the course's lighting equipment. A whole plethora of equipment was needed to cover the course's needs and so it seemed natural to approach A.C. Lighting with their massive and comprehensive stocks.

Equipment from manufacturers such as James Thomas, ETC, Anytronics, Vision, Zero 88 & Manfrotto were supplied along with a multitude of cables, internally wired bars and power distribution equipment. All of this equipment is now located in Richardson Hall, the main training & performance area for the programme. Along with Richardson Hall, the programme uses a number of other resources such as a 24 track digital recording facility, a surround sound / ambisonics evaluation suite, a high specification computer aided design suite (currently being fitted out with the EASE acoustic simulator package) and a number of digital audio laboratories.

The BSc(Hons) Live Performance Technology programme covers a wide range of subjects over its three year period and is designed to promote a comprehensive understanding of the technical design and operation of Live Performance Systems. Areas of study include electrical and electronic engineering, lighting & optical theory and the design and construction of live performance spaces. Students therefore gain knowledge of how systems work at a fundamental level as well as the creative and innovative use of sound, lighting and control systems for live performance. The programme is accredited by the Institution of Incorporated Engineers, and is delivered by specialist staff within the University's School of Engineering.

Further details on the degree course are available from the programme leader, Simon Lewis MSc, by telephoning 01332 591761.