Introduction to Stage Lighting
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.
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.
See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.
Discipline-level learning outcomes:
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 Objectives||Discipline-Specific |
|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||Th1, Th2, Th4|
|Analyze theatrical lighting production process from script to implementation||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:
The instructor will introduce students to stage lighting fundamentals via a combination of lectures, videos, reading assignments, collaboration, out-of-class assignments and practicum. In addition to classroom time, there will be production hours required outside of class. Each student will be expected to read all assigned material as well as complete all assignments. The instructor will provide timely feedback on assignments and hold weekly office hours to address further questions and student needs outside of class time. The final grade will be based on class participation, exams and quizzes, practical assessments and a cumulative final exam.
Students are expected to:
- Arrive to class on time
- Turn in assignments on time
- Participate in discussions and be focused in class
- Read all assigned readings of text, plays and outside sources
- Complete all written assignments, quizzes, practical assessments and final exam
- Participate on a technical crew for a Chipola College production
- Attend one theatrical production produced by an organization other than Chipola College
Make‑up work is the responsibility of the student, as covered in the instructor’s First Day Handout.
PLAGIARISM is academic dishonesty and may be defined as submitting another’s work as your own. It includes failure to use quotation marks or other conventional marking around material quoted from any printed or electronic source. Plagiarism shall also include paraphrasing a specific source without indicating accurately what the source is. Plagiarism shall further include downloading essays or letting another person compose or rewrite a student's written assignment. Plagiarism will result in a zero (0) for the assignment.
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