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Lighting Control Systems

Course Code: STGE 2400
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 1.0
Semester: 5 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

Methods of Instruction

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

course prerequisites

STGE 1112 and 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.


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