Lighting Control Systems

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Course Code
STGE 2400
Semester Length
5 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Students will be introduced to stage lighting control systems. Basic operation of stage lighting consoles will be developed through a combination of study and hands-on laboratory exercises. Analog and digital control systems such as DMX-512 and stage lighting networks will also be explored. Basic programming for moving light fixtures and accessories will be introduced.
Course Content
  1. Stage lighting control systems – dimmers, networks, DMX-512
  2. Stage lighting control consoles – basic operation
  3. Stage lighting control consoles – advanced features
  4. Stage lighting control consoles – moving light programming
  5. Stage lighting control systems – wireless controls and accessories
Learning Activities

Students will receive 3 hours of lecture/demonstration per week that includes independent work and one-on-one instruction.

Means of Assessment

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

Professionalism: 5 indicators X 10% 50%
In-class practical test X 4  40%
Quiz 10%
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain basic lighting console layout and architecture
  2. program a basic series of lighting cues using stage lighting consoles
  3. program various stage lighting consoles for moving light fixture control
  4. program various stage lighting consoles for accessories control
  5. patch and address fixtures using DMX-512 and network hubs
Textbook Materials





No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for STGE 2400
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV THTR 2nd (1)
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit

Course Offerings

Fall 2023