Introduction to Stage Lighting

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:
Fall 2020



Course Description:
This course is an introduction to stage lighting fundamentals. Students will be introduced to principles of electricity, stage lighting instrumentation, control, and color theory. This course will also touch on the lighting design process. In addition to lecture, there will be production hours outside of class.

Course Details


Connie Smith
Building X, Office:  X223


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Cadena, Richard. Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician. 2nd ed. Focal Press.  ISBN: 9780415714839.

Dunham, Richard.  Stage Lighting: Fundamentals & Applications. 2016. Routledge. ISBN: 9780205461004.

The Norton Anthology of Drama, Vol I and II. 3rd ed. J. Ellen Gainor, Stanton B. Garner Jr. & Martin Puchner. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.  ISBN: 9780393283495.


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

College-Level Competency: Interpret, evaluate, and appreciate works of human culture

H-1      Compare works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music) in various cultures or literary movements

H-2      Analyze artistic expressions (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)

H-3      Communicate informed responses to works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)

H-4      Explain thematic connections among works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)


Theatre Studies Competency: Interpret, evaluate, and appreciate dramatic texts, the methods by which dramatic texts are realized in production, and engage in the collaborative communication and processes of theatre production.

Th-1:   Identify aspects of the theatrical production process including performance, directing, design, technical production, marketing, and management.

Th-2:   Analyze dramatic texts and theatrical productions.

Th-3:   Apply performance and/or production practices through work on various theatrical productions.

Th-4:   Demonstrate knowledge of the history, literature, theories, and skills needed for advanced study or a career in theatre arts and entertainment industry.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level Student Learning ObjectivesDiscipline-Specific 
Learning Outcomes
Assessment Methods
Define principles of electricity, theatrical lighting terms and equipment used for the theatre Th1, Th3, Th4 Homework, Quizzes, Test, Cumulative Final, Projects,  Practicum, Skills Performance, Skills Demonstration
Demonstrate the skills required to safely hang and focus lights in theatrical venues Th1, Th3,  Th4  
Analyze dramatic texts, genres, and theatre history as it relates to stage lighting H1, H2, H3, H4, Th1, Th2, Th4  
Analyze theatrical lighting production process from script to implementation H2, H3, Th1, Th2, Th3, Th4  
Employ skills and professional demeanor essential for effective participation in a lighting crew Th1, Th3, Th4  



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  1. Assigned readings of text, plays, and outside sources
  2. Class lecture, notes, handouts, and practicum.
  3. Quizzes, exams, and practical assessments.
  4. Participation on a technical crew for a production.
  5. Attend one theatrical production outside of Chipola College.


College-wide policies and resources

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