Graduation Project: Lighting Design

As part of their third year studies, each student in the Production Arts department completes a Graduation Project. This can take the form of a written dissertation, a production folder or a creative project – the choice is entirely up to the student! Students also choose the content of the project themselves, in the past we’ve had model boxes, TV recording events, apothecary cabinets, escape room events, Alice’s tea party and all sorts of other wonderful projects.

Before Christmas, third year Stage Management student Tash Holdaway undertook the lighting design for the Autumn Opera Scenes production as her Graduation Project. She had this to say about her experience:


Autumn Opera Scenes, photo credit Matthew Ferguson

As part of our final year at Guildhall, we have to complete a graduation project than can be anything you want it to be! For mine, I chose to develop some skills that I learnt in 2nd year and was the lighting designer for Autumn Opera Scenes.

Throughout this, I learnt a huge amount about lighting and the creative process behind a design. As Opera Scenes is a collection of scenes it gave me the challenge of creating 11 different lighting states along with being able to use some specials such as pendants.

This was a huge challenge for me but it was one of the most rewarding things I have done, seeing my creative ideas come to life. Although there were many obstacles along the way, I was able to take away so much from it“.

Photo credit: Tash Holdaway

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