Curriculum Guideline

Stage Lighting

Effective Date:
Course Code
STGE 1112
Stage Lighting
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 12 hrs. per semester Laboratory: 36 hrs. per semester
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Students will receive 1 to 1 ½ hours of lecture/demonstration followed by 2 ½ to 3 hours of lab that includes independent work and one-on-one instruction.

Course Description
Students will become familiar with industry standard working procedures for hanging, focusing and maintaining theatrical luminaires. Other topics will include light, colour, lenses, reflectors, lamps and basic electricity as they apply to lighting equipment for the stage.
Course Content

1. Basic Theory of Optics:

  • Composition of light
  • Reflection: spherical, ellipsoidal, parabolic
  • Refraction: fresnel, stepped, plano-convex

2. Light Sources:

  • Incandescent
  • Tungsten – halogen
  • Arc and discharge
  • LED
  • Other sources including fluorescent, laser, fiber optics, low voltage

3. Equipment:

  • Lens and lensless luminaires
  • Spots and floods: fresnel, projectors, floods and scoops, par and r, follow spots

4. Hang and Focus:

  • light plot and schedules
  • Selection and preparation
  • Circuitry and patch
  • Troubleshooting and repair
  • Focus

5. Basic Electricity for the Stage:

  • Safety
  • Introduction to certifications: LPEC, LE, FE
  • Quantities and measurement:power, resistance, EMF, current
  • Basic wiring and maintenance for luminaires and cable: grounding, GFCI
  • single and three-phase circuits
  • connectors: u-ground, twist lock, cam-lock
  • cable: cabtire, csa type and use
  • metering: volt meter AC/DC, continuity
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. demonstrate safe working procedures and precautions when dealing with theatrical luminaires and related equipment
  2. demonstrate a working knowledge of theatrical luminaires including:
    • basic lens and reflector characteristics
    • theatrical light sources
    • function and use of theatrical luminaires
  3. demonstrate a working knowledge of the procedures and techniques for hanging and focusing of theatrical luminaires
  4. understand basic electrical theory and practices for the stage

Means of Assessment

Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, and the ability to meet deadlines.


Professionalism: 5 indicators x 2% 10%
Practical Test 30%
Written Test x 2 30%
In-class Quizzes x 3 30%
Total 100%
Textbook Materials

Recomended text: Carter, Paul Douglas. Backstage Handbook. Shelter Island, NY: Broadway Press, 1994.



Acceptance to Stagecraft Program or permission of the Stagecraft Program Coordinator.

Which Prerequisite