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Stage Lighting

Course Code: STGE 1112
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

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.

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%

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

course prerequisites

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

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.