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Stage Lighting

Course Code: STGE 1212
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 the responsibilities of, and processes related to, the Head Electrician. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of lighting design as they relate to that position. The techniques and theories of lighting design as required by a Head Electrician working in a road house situation will be included.

Course Content

  1. Circuit distribution systems.
  2. Lighting Paperwork including technical packages for theatres.
  3. Cabling and patching procedures.
  4. Head Electrician duties for sessions including lighting hang, focus, cueing, rehearsals and the run of an event.
  5. Gels, filters, templates and other accessories.
  6. Concepts of stage lighting design.

Methods of Instruction

Students will receive 1 to 1 1/2 hours of lecture/demonstration followed by 2 1/2 to 3 hours of lab that includes independent & group 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%
Lab Test 30%
Written Exam 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, dimmers, patch and control systems
  2. demonstrate all procedures of a Head Electrician during a lighting hang, focus and related sessions
  3. demonstrate the use of the Power Law to calculate loading of circuits for theatrical lighting
  4. demonstrate an understanding of connection procedures for circuit cabling
  5. apply the basics of lighting design theory to a roadhouse situation

course prerequisites

STGE 1112

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.

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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.


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