Stage Lighting

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Course Code
STGE 2312
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Students will become familiar with the methods and skills required for stage lighting design. Emphasis will be placed on the skills required to perform the tasks of an assistant designer in the professional theatre. Portfolio samples will be developed as part of assignment work.
Course Content

  • Research:  
    • script analysis
    • playwright
    • period and style
    • previous productions
    • set and costume design
    • director
    • budgets and schedule
  • Developing the Concept:
    • directions and colours
    • brightness and key light
    • composition
    • timing
  • Documentation:
    • wish list
    • reality list
    • lighting plot, rough and final
    • instrument schedule, dimmer hook-up
  • Related topics:
    • hang session
    • focus session
    • cueing session
    • rehearsals and run of show
  • Other topics:   
    • lighting for film/tv
    • special effects and pyrotechnics
    • gels, filters, and accessories
    • technical packages for theatres

Learning Activities

Students will receive three hours of lecture/demonstration per week that includes independent work and one on one instruction.

Means of Assessment

Ten assignments, worth 10% each, that will include design projects, script analysis, lighting plot, documentation and rationale.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. learn and demonstrate industry standard practices for lighting design for the stage.
  2. be able to develop samples of various document styles for use in their portfolio.
  3. learn and demonstrate appropriate concepts and documentation as preparation for their own design or to assist a professional designer.
Textbook Materials

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester. eg;

Gillette, Michael. Theatrical Design and Production. 3rd Ed. Toronto: Mayfield Publishing, 1997.




No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for STGE 2312
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV THTR 2nd (2)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV THEA 3XX (2)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC THEA 2XX (1)

Course Offerings

Fall 2023