Course Title: Conceive and develop lighting designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: PERF5063C

Course Title: Conceive and develop lighting designs

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6087 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Mr Mark Lane
Phone: 9925-4976
Email: Email:

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

In this course you will cover the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop lighting designs for screen productions.

Conceive and develop lighting designs CUFLGT501A is co-delivered and assessed alongside Devise camera coverage CUFDRT604A and Direct cinematography for screen productions CUFCAM601A.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFLGT501A Conceive and develop lighting designs


1 Interpret creative briefs.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse performance outlines/scripts to determine overall production concepts.
1.2 Participate in preliminary concept meetings with relevant personnel to discuss lighting requirements.
1.3 Identify factors that may determine and affect the lighting design.
1.4 Prepare relevant documentation and brief team on lighting requirements as required.


2 Conduct and evaluate research.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and source references that may inform the design process.
2.2 Critically analyse sources and references in the context of design projects.
2.3 Consider the impacts and potential of new and emerging technologies to inform the design.
2.4 Collect, collate and adapt materials to develop initial design concepts.


3 Generate and assess ideas.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Generate a range of ideas for designs that respond sympathetically to briefs and provide creative solutions to technical issues.
3.2 Discuss ideas and collaborate with relevant personnel to maximise their contribution of ideas to initial concepts.
3.3 Continuously reflect on and appraise ideas for implications on cost and time, technical feasibility, and suitability to meet briefs.
3.4 Provide strategic information to effect improvements in the management of production outcomes.


4 Develop and document designs.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Hold ongoing discussions with relevant personnel so that additional or changed requirements and new ideas are considered and incorporated during the development of designs.
4.2 Ensure that agreement is reached with relevant personnel in relation to consistent artistic interpretation.
4.3 Evaluate initial concepts and select the most appropriate approach, giving due consideration to budget, research findings and ongoing reflection/discussion.
4.4 Use initial concepts as the basis for developing lighting designs, taking into account a range of criteria and factors.
4.5 Accurately complete documentation according to production requirements and enterprise procedures.
4.6 Ensure that lighting designs and plans can be achieved within budget constraints and production schedules.
4.7 Ensure relevant OHS requirements are incorporated into the lighting design process.


5 Communicate design ideas and make amendments.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Present draft lighting plans and specifications to relevant personnel in an appropriate format.
5.2 Participate in the initial and ongoing evaluation of draft designs.
5.3 Negotiate and agree to modifications to designs and undertake necessary amendments.
5.4 Agree to final designs and produce accurate and comprehensive documentation to support implementation.
5.5 Present final designs, plans and specifications to relevant personnel and confirm that all production requirements have been met.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to work collaboratively with others to create effective lighting designs.

Details of Learning Activities

You learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• presentations
• discussions
• industry speakers
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• class exercises
• group planning & development of camera & lighting assessments.
• analysis/critique of writings of students’ work
• screenings

2. Out-of-class activities:.
• independent project based work
• reading set texts
• online and other research
• practice
• screenings
• independent study

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.

WeekClass ContentCompetencies/Elements
1Course Introduction.
Assessment tasks explained.
Multiple Choice Q & A (ungraded assessment).
Film Versus Video.
First scheduling round for Assessment Task 8.
Intro to camera coverage and camera plans.
CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
2 Introduction to film cameras.
Loading and handling techniques.
Camera operation and principles.
Focus pulling
 CUFCAM601A / 1, 2
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
3 Camera coverage plans (ungraded assessment).
Exposure meters.
Film Stock characteristics.
Exposure tests using digital cameras (ungraded assessment).
 CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
4 Lenses, Depth of Field and Field of View.
Filters - Colour Temperature and Colour Correction.
Film labs and digital telecine.
Logging, shooting ratios and continuity.
Second scheduling round for Assessment Task 8.
Pre Production for week 6.
 CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 3
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
5 Approach to lighting
Lighting plans
Contingency plans
 CUFCAM601A / 2
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
6 Film, lens and camera tests. (Send exposed stock to lab.)
Pre production.
Labour Day public holiday (Monday)
Group 2B Monday class will be rescheduled.
 CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1,2,4
7 View rushes from camera tests (ungraded assessment).
Lighting plans.
Camera and lighting crew roles.
Communication with other departments.
Shoot protocols and slating procedures.
Final scheduling round for Assessment Task 8.
 CUFCAM601A / 1, 2
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
8 Lighting plans (ungraded assessment).
Skills and knowledge review.
Pre production for graded assessment task.
 CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
9 Production A, Assessment Tasks 6, 7 & 8 CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
10 Production B, Assessment Tasks 6, 7 & 8 CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
11a Production C, Assessment Tasks 6, 7 & 8 CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
11b Production C, Assessment Tasks 6, 7 & 8 CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
12 Production D, Assessment Tasks 6, 7 & 8 CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
13 Production E, Assessment Tasks 6, 7 & 8 CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
14 Production F, Assessment Tasks 6, 7 & 8 CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
15 Production G, Assessment Tasks 6, 7 & 8 CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
16 Production H, Assessment Tasks 6, 7 & 8  CUFCAM601A / 1 - 4
CUFDRT604A / 1 - 4
CUFLGT501A / 1 - 4
17 Assessment Week Screenings (Date to be announced)
Combined class presentations, 2A, 2B and 2C,
including Q & A sessions (Location to be announced)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Burum, Stephen H., 2007, American cinematographer manual Vol. 1 and 2, ASC Press Hollywood, Calif

Lorenze, Catherine, 2004, Dream gear : cool and innovative tools for film, video, and TV professionals, Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions

Viera, Dave and Maria, 2005, Lighting for film and digital cinematography, Belmont, Calif. : Wadsworth ; London : Thomson Learning

Uva, Michael, 2009, The grip book, Amsterdam ; London : Focal


• Camera manual for Panasonic P2
• Camera manual for 16mm Aaton LTR
• Camera manual for 16mm Aaton A-Minima
• Camera manual for 16mm Arriflex SR
• Hollywood Camera Work DVD box set (Vol. 1-6)
• Screen Production Guide
• Production docs on Screen Blackboard
All manuals are held at the schools equipment store.
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

You will require a personal hard drive as well as camera assistant / gaffer items and expendables, eg: various pens, torch, wooden pegs etc. A full ‘assistants’ kit will be described in class.

In the case of film student teams purchase their own film stock and laboratory services.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester and will involve practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and practical group projects.
Conceive and develop lighting designs CUFLGT501A is co-delivered and assessed alongside Devise camera coverage CUFDRT604A and Direct cinematography for screen productions CUFCAM601A.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

All students will be required to plan and produce ’mini’ productions (in teams of 2 or 3) to a final cut standard for presentation and graded assessment. Students are also required to crew on and support fellow student productions. Attendance is vital to the successful outcome of all productions and the completion of all assessment items.

Advanced Diploma staying with 2010 grading system until 2012 so you will need to give graded assessment pieces a numerical grade

Semester 1
1. Multiple choice Q & A
2. Camera coverage plans
3. Exposure tests
4. 16mm film camera tests
5. Lighting plans
6. Production documents (Due at start of production)
7. Workplace observation of crew roles

Edited and graded production (Due in Week 17, date to be announced.

Grades used in this course are as follows:

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

For further details on these assessment tasks and the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

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

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information including information on late submissions and plagiarism

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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