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Stage Lighting

Course Code: STGE 2312
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

Methods of Instruction

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.

course prerequisites

STGE 1212

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.


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