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THE 221 - Introduction to Lighting Design

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: THE 121  

In this course, students develop the skills needed to work as a lighting designer, lighting technician or master electrician in a professional theatre setting. They analyze lighting design, safely operate lighting equipment and implement lighting designs. Students also explore related roles and responsibilities within theatrical lighting. Through hands-on experience, students gain expertise that prepares them for careers in lighting for live performances.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify various lighting fixtures.
  2. Demonstrate tools used in lighting design.
  3. Interpret lighting functions.
  4. Configure stage lighting systems by hanging, focusing and circuiting lighting fixtures as necessary.
  5. Operate a computer lighting board.
  6. Build a light plot.
  7. Collaborate with a student director to design and implement lighting that realizes their directorial concept for a one-act play.

 Listed Topics

  1. Principles of electricity as they apply to the theatre
  2. Drafting techniques
  3. Tools and functions of lighting design
  4. Lighting plots
  5. Digital multiplex protocol and computer lighting control
  6. Photometrics of lighting fixtures
  7. Relationship of the designer and the creative team
Reference Materials
Contemporary texts
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 04/12/2024
Last Reviewed: 04/12/2024

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