BA Digital Design & Production

Key information:

Art form:
Production Arts
Application Fee: £36 GBP; Tuition Fees: See Fees section below
Apply by 4.30pm on 31 January 2024 for September 2024 entry (applications open on 29 September 2023)
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This dynamic and innovative programme is for students interested in the fast-moving world of digital design and production for events and live performance. It has been shaped by the practical, hands-on ethos of Guildhall School’s Production Arts Department – and it extends that ethos into work with new technologies that underpin current productions and will shape the future of performance, media and entertainment.

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About the programme

The programme will provide you with specialist training in the rapidly expanding field of digital design and production across event and entertainment artforms, such as theatre, live performance and VJing; installations and outdoor events; and animation and motion-graphics. It uses state of the art equipment and facilities in line with the latest industry developments. The teaching is practical and project-based.

You will work with professional designers, programmers and animators on a range of projects such as video design and operation for Guildhall theatre, opera and concert productions, conceiving and realising gallery installations, as well as a range of commercial projects with Guildhall Live Events, which creates immersive and interactive digital experiences across live and VR/XR settings with external partners, providing excellent industry experience.

The programme shares some of the professional theatre/live performance skills and theory modules with BA Production Arts. These are complemented by a more specialised series of modules related to interactive digital design, video design and content creation, technical management, system design and live operation/programming. Throughout the programme you will be able to attend cross-year seminars and lectures given by visiting guest artists.

Festivals and arts commissions

Recent work created and presented by the Department includes:

  • Future and Form, multi-installation virtual and physical exhibition exploring the very interface between contemporary literature and storytelling and creative technology, presented as part of the 2021 Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
  • Beasts of London, an immersive multimedia exhibition telling the story of how animals have helped to shape the history of the capital, presented in partnership with the Museum of London and visited by around 60,000 people
  • Installations at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, including large-scale projections on the façade of the Manor’s stables, a sculptural light tunnel and an ambitious audio trail. The installation ran for nine weeks and was visited by over 181,000 people.
  • Blackpool Light Odyssey, “an epic journey of light, space and sound”, for which students created 3D animations to transform the opulent interior of Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom, and assisted QED Productions with technical delivery of the show.
  • Celebrating 125 Years of Tower Bridge, a site-specific light and sound installation in the Bascule Chamber beneath London's defining landmark.
Video design students installing large video projectors in the Tower Bridge Bascule Chamber

Programme Structure

Future careers

As a Guildhall School graduate in Digital Design & Production, you may expect to pursue a career as a video designer, animator, video engineer/ technician, VJ, video operator/ programmer or 3D designer.

Our graduates have an excellent track record of achieving employment at industry-leading organisations. Former students work in roles at companies such as 59 Productions, D3 Technologies and XL Video (now part of PRG), as well as in successful West End shows. The ongoing development of this specialised programme is expected to further enhance our relationship with these employers.

Two actors standing on the set of Senseless in front of a video projected background

Our Facilities

All of our venues are particularly well-equipped for lighting and sound and provide dramatic and adaptable environments. They are stimulating and exciting at the same time as being practical, safe and ideal for learning.

Lecturer teaching students at a computer


Meet our Production Arts staff, including programme leaders, lecturers and technicians.