- Course Number:
- TA 113
- Course Title:
- Introduction to Stage Lighting
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Explores theater and studio lighting. Focuses on elements of electricity, optics, stage lighting design, color in light, stage lighting instruments and intensity controls. Participate in stage lab activities. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Introduction to Lighting Design is designed to introduce elements of technical theater including practical hands-on experience designing, installing and realizing lighting techniques implemented in conjunction with the mainstage set(s) (number of sets may vary). The lecture/lab format provides time for individualized projects.
Intended Outcomes for the course
The student will:
Demonstrate the lighting pros and cons of three traditional stage types: Proscenium, Thrust and Arena.
Produce the following drawings/schedules: light plot, instrument schedule, cheat sheet.
Demonstrate the pros & cons of four stage lighting instruments:
d. Source Four ERS
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment shall include:
An examination based on the text readings and lecture materials.
A group of scaled drawings & schedules, including: light plot, instrument schedule, cheat sheet.
A cumulative final lighting design project.
At least two of the following additional measures:
a. Graded homework
b. Group projects
c. Attendance and participation
d. Shop projects
e. Participation in the technical crew for the mainstage production
Evaluation of the light design, hang, focus, gel and lighting tech for the mainstage show and PCC dance department TA 114 final project/concert.
Evaluation of the design and building of props, scenery, and costumes for the mainstage show.
Successful performance of the selected/assigned tech crew position for the mainstage show.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
a. Visually - Color, distribution and texture
b. Physically -Movement through the exclusive use of lighting
c. Verbally - Effectively communicating lighting design terms and concepts orally
b. Scaled drawings/schedules
c. Finished stage lighting & scenery
a. Script as the source
b. Directors Vision
c. Production Staff (Producer, Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Technical Director, Scene Shop Artisans, PR staff)
d. Design team (scenery, lights, props, costumes, sound)
a. Light plot
b. Instrument schedule
c. Cheat sheet
Reading & translating lighting design paperwork properly.
Successfully working with materials and tools/equipment common to stage lighting practices.
Installing & focusing lighting fixtures common to a mainstage show.
Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills:
TA 111, Fundamentals of Technical Theatre & TA 112, Introduction to Scenic Design is preferred, but not required.
Oral and written command of college level English is suggested.