University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Located just minutes from some of the world’s top-rated entertainment, attractions, resorts, restaurants, and convention spaces, the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management provides students with an unrivaled opportunity to learn and work in the industry’s leading market. Situated in the heart of hospitality, UCF Rosen College also looks like it belongs in a world-class destination: our 159,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, Mediterranean resort-style campus is the largest facility ever built for hospitality management education.

Available courses:

Event Sales, Event Promotions, Hospitality and Risk Management, Event Services, Event Tourism Strategies, Event Technology, Strategic Event Design, Entertainment Arts and Events, Destination Marketing Management, International Events, Fairs and Festivals, Advanced Trade Show Management, and Event Operations.

The CoiL Learning Center

The Coil Learning Center is a learning environment for those interested in the entertainment technology field that encourages its participants in each of its programs to Lead Modestly, Teach Generously, Learn Intently; to help them discover and develop their purpose and strengthen their personal and professional growth.

The CLC offers five programs that facilitate an environment for learning and sharing. The five CLC programs include Knowledge Speaks, Community Connects, Bootcamps, Classroom, and Apprenticeships.

The Coil Learning Center is brand under the ETP family of brands which are leaders of the events and entertainment industry (LMG, Premier, EventEQ, BrainHub, pixl., audio.)

Available courses:

Vectorworks Fundamentals
L-Acoustics Systems Fundamentals
Intro to LED
Intro to Audio
Intro to Lighting
Intro to Video
Intro to Rigging
Intro to Power

Pixl Evolution

With over 200 years combined industry knowledge the Pixl Evolution team have been responsible for the delivery of some of the most iconic live event experiences in recent years. Operating primarily in the corporate and special events sectors, we work closely with production agencies to deliver exceptional solutions. Pixl Evolution was founded by a group of like-minded, technical video specialists, who created an environment that values quality, expertise and the personal touch.

During 2020 the company has pivoted to delivering broadcast quality virtual presentations. We have partnered with John Henrys to provide permanent walk in studio environment within Central London. Whilst offering LED greenscreen studios we also offer an Extended Reality (XR) Space. This is cutting edge technology which blends the physical with the virtual world, allowing presenters to have an accurate visual reference during their performance and provides infinite scope for creatives to deliver truly immersive spaces.

Cheshire College South & West

Cheshire College South & West offers exciting opportunities for learners to access high-quality teaching and learning at modern Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester, providing learners with skills, experience and qualifications to prepare them for their future career or higher-level study. We offer a range of courses from Entry to Level 7 with access to world-class inspirational facilities, the result of a £140m investment in the latest technology and real work environments. We pride ourselves on strong links with local businesses who benefit from tailored training and we work with many major local employers across the regions.

Available courses:
L3 National Foundation Diploma in Technical Theatre
L3 National Extended Diploma in Technical Theatre
L4 HNC in Technical Theatre (Technical Arts)
L5 HND in Technical Theatre (Technical Arts)
L6 BAHons Top Up Degree in Technical Theatre

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University is a modern university, in a great global city, here to make an impact on Manchester, our nation and beyond, with a driving ambition to discover and disseminate knowledge, and make higher education accessible and beneficial to all those with the passion and ability to succeed.

We work closely with our city, with business, the community and our academic peers - locally, nationally and internationally - to be inventive and creative, generate great opportunities, and enable our students, colleagues and everyone whose lives we touch to make an impact.

Available courses:
BA (Hons) Events Management
MSc International Events Management
MSc Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis

NRG - Next Robe Generation

Next Robe Generation (NRG) is a networking community for students, apprentices, graduates and young professionals – supporting the next generation of lighting designers, technicians and operators.

We normally organise informal networking socials with guest industry experts; offer technical tours of venues, rental houses and live productions in TV, theatre and touring; provide exclusive training opportunities. We are also proud of NRG’s unique, real-life work experiences.

Currently we support NRG members via online meetings and through our ‘members only’ Facebook page.
Please get involved! NRG is supported by Robe UK and we’d love to welcome you as part of the “Robe family”.

Production Park

A community of studios, businesses and educational facilities. Working together we create live events technology, produce live experiences and share live industry best practice.

Founded in 2015 with the express intent of being ‘Where Live Industry Lives’, Production Park is now home to more than 20 live events businesses, 2 studios and a dynamic and creative cohort of over 200 students. It is an international destination of choice for technically challenging live productions and the only place on earth where that pioneering work is continually fed back into the educational ecosystem that will sustain our unique industry into the future.


ISCVE (The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers) is a professional organisation promoting excellent technical standards and practices within the industry. Membership is awarded in a variety of grades, depending on levels of experience. As well as experienced professionals, we welcome Students, Graduates and those who are new to the industry, so we can offer support and guidance through our training and networking opportunities. ISCVE is the only professional body authorised to issue the ISCVE Sound Engineer ECS card to its members in order to gain access to sites.

SAE Institute

SAE, The Home of Creatives offers industry focused creative media honours degrees, 1-year diplomas and short courses across six subject areas - Animation, Audio, Film, Games, Music Business and Web Development.

SAE students graduate in just two years and benefit from hands-on access to industry standard equipment, learning in small classes with exceptional levels of one to one support.

Our global community of inspirational alumni are winners of Oscars, Grammys and BAFTAS.

Our influence and reach in the sector is worldwide.

In the UK for over 40 years, we have provided creative media training and education to thousands of students on four campuses in Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Oxford.

Available courses:

BA/BSc(Hons) Game Art Animation
BA/BSc(Hons) Visual Effects Animation
BA/BSc(Hons) Audio Production
BA/BSc(Hons) Digital Film Production
BA/BSc(Hons) Games Programming
BA/BSc(Hons) Web Development
BA/BSc(Hons) Music Business

MA/MSc Professional Practice (Creative Media Industries)

Rose Bruford College

Welcome to Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Our goal is to inspire, excite and train you as a creative artist and practitioner who can use reflective practice and research, along with the world class teaching we provide, as tools to become an independent thinker and a fulfilled and successful working professional.

Available courses:

Audio Production (Technology, Music, Sound Design) BA/BSc (Hons)
Costume Production BA (Hons)
Creative Lighting Control BA (Hons)
Design for Theatre and Performance (Set and Costume) BA (Hons)
Digital Content Design for Theatre and Live Events BA (Hons)
Lighting Design BA (Hons)
Lighting Design for Architecture BA (Hons)
Scenic Arts (Construction, Props & Painting) BA (Hons)
Stage and Events Management BA (Hons)
Virtual Theatre and Digital Experiences BA (Hons)


Vectorworks Spotlight is the entertainment industry-leading software that’s an all-in-one design, documentation and production solution. With an extensive suite of entertainment-focused drawing, modelling and rendering tools, Spotlight can produce detailed paperwork and presentations. Create an immersive experience with cutting-edge technology like virtual and augmented reality and rendered panoramas.

Vectorworks Spotlight 2021 offers customisable Smart Options Display, direct Excel Import/Export, multithreaded Vectorworks Graphics Module providing faster speed and performance along with improvements to 3D modelling, rigging objects and lighting devices.


With a history of innovation that began in 1925, Shure has turned a passion for making great microphones and audio electronics into an obsession. Shure continues to set the worldwide industry standard for superior, reliable products.

We’re a company of engineers. But we’re also performers, artists, presenters, concertgoers, and sometimes yeah, fans.

Whether you’re a musician, audio engineer, podcaster, lecturer, broadcaster, IT manager, sound contractor, YouTuber, or simply a music lover, Shure has an innovative audio product to exceed your expectations.


For over 75 years, our microphones, professional headphones and wireless systems come with a built-in mission: to stay true to the sound and soul the music was given by its artist. From the fragile intimacy of a whispered word to the deep dark punch of an attacking bassline, we deliver pure emotion and excitement. A quality that has convinced a broad spectrum of artists – from Franz Ferdinand to the White Stripes to the Sugababes, and of course music lovers all over the world.


NEXO has been designing ground-breaking sound reinforcement solutions at its Parisian headquarters since 1979. The company’s pioneering technology, innovative designs and sonic excellence have enhanced live events across the globe for decades, gaining the respect and trust of sound professionals everywhere.

Lockdown Q&A: Young Freelancer of the Year, Oli Crump

Taking place this year from 9 to 13 November, TPi’s Production Futures goes online, offering a week of free web-based learning, resources and engagement with the global live events industry. The event also marks the return of the TPi Breakthrough Talent Awards, where students, freelancers and young people can be in with a chance of winning a seat at the TPi Awards 2021. TPi’s Jacob Waite catches up with last year’s Young Freelancer of the Year, Oli Crump to discover how he is keeping occupied in lockdown…

Where when the lockdown came into force?

“I was out with Stereophonics as a PA tech for Capital Sound when people started having serious conversations about how this would effect our industry. Three shows before the end of the tour the Support band flew back home to Texas early due to the impending travel restrictions, and pretty much as soon as I got home after the last show I found out that my next tour (Rick Astley for BCS Audio) was being postponed, and then soon after that the full lockdown was announced.”

Have you managed to find any industry-related work / projects during the past six months?

“Unfortunately not, I was happy with a bit of a break after a busy tour, but once it became apparent that the festival season would be affected too I started to look elsewhere. I was fortunate to find some work in a local factory assembling ultrasonic transducers, and I stayed there for a few months before moving out of the area for unrelated reasons. A few weeks ago I started working for a company installing and wiring up recording studios, so it’s nice to be back on team audio again.”

Have you developed or enhanced any industry-related skills in lockdown?

“In the first couple of months I followed a lot of the videos and webinars by L-Acoustics, DiGiCo and other manufacturers/freelancers – it was really great to see so many great resources being put online. I wish I could say I’d done more with my time, but with full-time work and then moving house I’ve kept pretty busy.”

How has this sudden change in work life balance and the luxury of time affected you?

“It’s certainly been interesting and I must say I’ve come to appreciate having my weekends and evenings back, but I’ve missed the constant pressure and responsibilities of my normal work.”

How do you see the next few months panning out for you?

“Your guess is as good as mine but I’m lucky enough to have some work for now, so I imagine I’ll continue to ride it out and dream of the gigs on the other side.”

What advice would you offer to young people looking to break into the industry at this strange time?

“There’s loads of resources online now – L-Acoustics/DiGiCo/Rational Acoustics have put loads of really useful content on YouTube, and a lot of software has extended trial periods now. Livestreams seem to be the main game at the moment so there’s no better time to be brushing up on your networking knowledge and getting nerdy about how to change your mix for broadcast.”

This article originally appeared in issue #254 of TPi, which you can read here.