Course Title: Implement lighting designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: PERF5064C

Course Title: Implement lighting designs

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4295 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Andrew Harrison

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

To enable you to address the lighting requirements of Television and video productions in a range of environments including single and multi-camera recording and events.
Senior lighting technicians apply the skills and knowledge outlined in this unit. On large-scale productions, they are most likely to work collaboratively with a lighting designer who has devised the lighting plan.
On smaller productions (including televised outside broadcasts), a senior lighting technician may be required to devise and implement a lighting plan which includes filler lighting and lights for presenters on location.
A significant aspect of the role described in this unit is the need to understand fully the correlation between lighting and the cameras, lenses and stock formats being used in a given film or television production.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFLGT401A Implement lighting designs


1 Clarify design requirements.

Performance Criteria:

Discuss lighting designs/plans with relevant production personnel to determine overall production needs.
Generate a range of ideas for the execution of lighting that provide creative solutions to technical and production issues.
Clarify design requirements.
Seek feedback on ideas with relevant production personnel to maximise creative input into lighting effects.
Confirm availability of lighting equipment and lighting accessories to implement different options for lighting effects.
Use a range of criteria to decide which options are most feasible and obtain necessary equipment and accessories according to enterprise procedures.
Ensure that options selected provide a correct visual interpretation of the script/production.


2 Set up and test lighting options.

Performance Criteria:

Set up lighting equipment and accessories to test different options for lighting effects using appropriate light and exposure meters.
Interpret information readouts and make necessary adjustments to achieve desired light quality.
Ensure lighting equipment and lighting accessories are adjusted to take account of camera types and capture media to be used.
Correct mixed light sources to achieve a uniform colour balance, using corrective filters to meet creative and technical requirements.
Participate in ongoing production meetings and evaluation of work in progress on lighting effects.


3 Participate in technical rehearsals.

Performance Criteria:

Rehearse technical aspects of a production and execute changes to the lighting set-up according to production requirements.
Modify cue sheets and update pre-programmed automated systems according to final shooting requirements.
In consultation with relevant production personnel, amend lighting effects to take account of limitations imposed by the type of camera or other aspects of productions.
Check that required changes to lighting operations are implemented and that relevant documentation is completed prior to actual production.


4 Monitor lighting operations during productions.

Performance Criteria:

Check operational aspects of lighting equipment and lighting set-up to ensure they are correctly prepared for productions.
Ensure placement of lighting equipment and accessories is mapped and connections to correct power sources and consoles are implemented and recorded.
Maintain lighting conditions throughout filming to ensure that image and light quality meet the stylistic effect required.
Identify and rectify basic problems and faults using appropriate test equipment and according to enterprise and OHS procedures.
Monitor lighting operations during productions.
Ensure that technical quality is consistent with editing and post-production requirements.


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to.
•    Use technical jargon/terms to describe, the quality and quantity of light, typical lighting equipment and photographic and other principles
•    Use industry techniques and practical methods to solve common location lighting issues and problems with Key, Fill and Backlighting.
•    Apply the Power Formula and familiarity with a range of lighting equipment and specifications to safely operate in a range of situations.
•    Apply the Inverse Square law and theories of persistence of vision, visual acuity, colour theory, the electromagnetic spectrum and the properties of light to solve common audiovisual problems.
•    Use filters, meters and camera settings to control colour temperature and exposure.
Use camera lenses to manipulate Depth of Field taking into consideration Focal length, focusing distances, exposure values and f.stops.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include a range of teacher directed group activities/projects class exercises to review discussions/lectures independent project based work online research group discussion
Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and location excursions.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.


Week    Class content                                                                                                             
Week 1 Intro to lighting components, the eye, electro magnetic spectrum, colour temp, colour, hard/ soft light, contrast.
3 point for TV. Backlight - Key from 360deg - Fill for contrast control.
Gels – ND - diffusion
Home work- Read ‘Lighting’ chapters from ‘Martha’
Explore the contents of Blackboard and check out via the RMIT library.
 Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6. 1.7
Week 2Practical lighting set ups in studio. Colour Temp & Safety. Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
Week 3Practical lighting set ups and continuity of lighting. Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Week 4 LIGHT Formative Assessment # 1
Implement a lighting plot from pre-set lighting options for 3 point for a single subject. In the studio operate the lighting desk to choose three lights from those set to light a single subject. Lights to be dimmed / adjusted to provide correct exposure at f5.6 on a single camera set for a mid shot on a subject.
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6

Week 5Lighting theory from your eyes to persistence of vision. Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6. 1.7
Week 6Lighting theory from the electromagnetic spectrum to colour temperature. Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6. 1.7
Week 7Revision of theory.

LIGHT Formative Assessment # 2
Show draft plans for Roy Melba segment lighting

Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6. 1.7
Week 8 LIGHT Summative Assessment #3
60 minute Lighting test &
Implement a lighting design for a Roy Melba segment from week 9- 16.
Produce a lighting Plan
Set lighting fixtures and focus
Program lighting desk
Operate lighting
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Mollison, M., 2010, Producing Videos, ‘A Complete Guide’ 3rd Ed, Allen and Unwin, Sydney


Basic Photography, Michael Langford
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;
a pen and notepaper
a laptop computer

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Plan and implement a lighting design on location and complete a written test of underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course.

Formative Assessment
1. Implement a studio lighting plot. Due week 4 of Semester 2.
2. Show draft plans for Television segment lighting. Due Week 7 of Semester 2.

Summative Assessment
Complete a 60 minute closed book lighting test &
Implement a lighting design for a Television segment from week 9- 16.
Produce a lighting Plan
Set lighting fixtures and focus
Program lighting desk
Operate lighting.

Due between weeks 9 - 16 of Semester 2.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment

CHD   Competent with High Distinction
CD      Competent with Distinction
CC      Competent with Credit
CAG   Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC   Not Yet Competent
DNS   Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
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Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

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Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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