Live Experience Design & Production
From rock concert stage design to immersive installation art, experience designers use creative technology to engage the senses and stimulate emotional reactions to performers, stories, and environments.
In this four-year progressive program, you’ll learn the technical, design, and management areas of live events including production, lighting design and technology, live sound, and live visuals. You’ll also learn the business of live events in areas like theater, live music, concert touring, and corporate and sporting events. Through a core curriculum in art/design history, theory, technology, hands-on studio work, and practical field experience, you’ll gain foundational knowledge of the skills used in experience design.
The College partners with the Academy of Live Technology on the Rock Lititz campus in Lititz, PA. Most recently, graduates from the UK-based ALT have worked on shows from the West End stage to Hollywood film production to the global tours of such musical giants as Beyonce & Jay-Z, and Ed Sheeran.
As a student at PCA&D, you’ll work with world-renowned professionals from the Academy of Live Technology (ALT) at Rock Lititz and receive cutting-edge instruction using the latest technologies.
Need help with your Portfolio?
PCA&D requires all students interested in our BFA degree program to have a portfolio review in a variety of media. Sign up to attend a free, week-long online workshop that will help you prepare a portfolio for admission to PCA&D.
Why LiveX at PCA&D?
The BFA in Live Experience Design & Production at PCA&D strikes a balance between theory and practice, preparing you to be a creative, contemplative problem-solver and experience designer. Through teamwork and mentorship, you’ll acquire firsthand experience, knowledge of the industry, and concrete skills you can carry with you into a wide range of professional practices after graduation.
During your Junior and Senior years, you’ll learn on the Rock Lititz campus in their world-class studios. The Rock Lititz Campus is 96 acres of state-of-the-art facilities, custom fit to support innovative productions of all kinds. You’ll gain professional experience at an internship site and complete a year-long senior studio, culminating in the creation of an interactive experiential environment as part of PCA&D’s Senior Show.
Did we mention, you’ll learn in the #1 best small city to live in the U.S., and a vibrant arts-rich environment of more than 125 galleries and creative spaces?
Four scholarships will be awarded to the Fall 2023 incoming class, courtesy of the humanitarian organization, “Just a Bunch of Roadies“. The scholarships are in memory of two industry professionals who were giants in the field of live events production, Lori Tierney and John Campion.
Customize your program
At PCA&D students have the opportunity to explore multiple interests by incorporating a minor or certificate into their major studies. Expanding your skill sets to cross disciplines will make you more appealing to future employers and broaden your potential career path.
Where could your creative life take you?
Real-world experiences in and out of the classroom are opportunities to network and work with others in their fields, making connections that can lead to lifelong mentors or even pre-graduation job offers. Here you will build skill sets allowing you to land positions in:
- Advertising Consultants
- Production Manager
- Tour Manager
- Lighting Programmer
- Sound Engineer
- Stage Manager
- Lighting Designer
- Video & Content Designer
- Artist Liaison
- Experience Designer
- Technical Manager
- Video Production Manager
where are Alumni now?
PCA&D students find work in a wide variety of fields and with prestigious companies and organizations nationally and all over the world.
From Cardi B to Bon Jovi, Lizzo to Nickelback, Chris Brown, and Green Day, it’s been a busy and demanding couple of years of work and clients for Class of 2020’s Kevin Foss. Yet the magna cum laude Graphic Design graduate of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design probably wouldn’t
A faculty of working professionals
As experienced working professionals with strong ties to resources and opportunities in the field, your faculty assign competitive, real-world projects to enhance your portfolio with professional work well before you graduate.
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how to apply
Make your creative life, a way of life
While you’re still deciding on a school, go ahead and start an application, it’s free! Submitting an application isn’t a commitment to PCA&D but it helps us get to know you better. Or you can start by submitting 8-10 pieces of your art to help us assess your potential.