Course Title: Set up and operate lighting cues and effects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: EEET7374C

Course Title: Set up and operate lighting cues and effects

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4371 - Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Deborah Hatton


Nominal Hours: 50

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

Lighting programmers or operators in the live events industry are required to set up appropriate lighting control systems as required by the given production. You will be taught to use a variety of consoles, along with reading the appropriate documentation. Skills in lighting console operation are developed through practice. You will learn to work autonomously and in a team environment as you take responsibility for operating lighting consoles in class and on live events.

This is the designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for C4371 Certificate in Live Production and Technical Services. This course includes a WIL experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

As part of this course you are required to undertake 8 hours of supervised learning/assessment in your chosen industry area, gaining invaluable experience and industry contacts.

Workplace Assessment Requirements
An agreement including schedule and relevant insurance documentation is required to be completed before commencing each assessment placement. In the case where a placement ends early, please refer to 6. Early Termination of Placements in the Work Integrated Learning Procedure.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUALGT403 Set up and operate lighting cues and effects


1. Connect and format control system for productions

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Connect dimmers to control desk or console using appropriate control protocols, checking designer’s control channel requirements are met

1.2 Connect to peripheral accessories and control devices, including display, storage and printing equipment

1.3 Check system for nature of soft patch from previous production, and ensure patch meets default or production soft patch according to enterprise requirements

1.4 Integrate geographic, grouping, scaling and use of peripheral accessories into the patching process

1.5 Check dimmer reception of data and operation meets required technical parameters of production

1.6 Complete set-up tasks according to work health and safety (WHS) requirements, test control systems for overall functionality, and resolve problems or escalate as required

1.7 Establish, connect and test remote controls for relevant production personnel


2. Plot and operate advanced cue types

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Liaise with relevant production personnel to determine the nature of cue type required, contribute ideas to lighting plots, and use console appropriately to establish capabilities

2.2 Make the elements required for the cue type available, and correctly record them

2.3 Demonstrate cue types to relevant production personnel and modify cues and relevant documentation as required


3. Plot and operate effects

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Discuss types of effects required and the console capacity to produce them with relevant production personnel

3.2 Use the effects menu, demonstrating effects to colleagues as required

3.3 Identify and record the sequence of steps needed to achieve chosen effect

3.4 Demonstrate effects to relevant production personnel, make appropriate modifications to effects and documentation as required, and rehearse with relevant items and personnel


4. Use lighting control system during production

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check operational aspects of lighting console, lighting cues and effects, and back-up system are correctly prepared and in working order within required timeframes and according to WHS requirements

4.2 Maintain lighting cues and effects throughout production to meet creative and technical requirements

4.3 Identify lighting problems and faults promptly and use control desk or console features and functions to resolve them safely and effectively within scope of own role and without disrupting the production

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

You will:

  • be able to set up a variety of lighting control systems including the Martin M1 and M2Go series
  • use the more complex functions of these consoles
  • have mastered the basic elements of lighting design and console operation appropriate to a variety of live events
  • work with lighting crew, including heads of crew, as well as other production specialists like set designers, producers amd directors

Details of Learning Activities

These classes cover a range of learning experiences, from theory and class discussion, to practical work in groups on Operating Lighting Consoles.

Teaching Schedule

Please note that this unit is taught and assessed alongside two other units; 'BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a Creative Process GEDU6110C' and 'CUAPPM401 Contribute to the Organisation of Productions PERF5080C'.

VE Week # DELIVERY DATE ASS # LESSON TITLE Set up and Operate Lighting cues + fx Collaborate in a creative process  Contribute to the Organisation of prod.
        CUALGT403 BSBCRT402 CUAPPM401
3.1 Wk & Mondays) 16/07/18   Welcome.  Intros. Projects.  Course intro and cabling Class discussion and intros  Expectations around Assessments
3.2 Wk & (Tuesdays) 17/07/18   Stage Positions and Terminology      Stage Positions and Terminology -KC
4.1 23/07/18   Setting up Lighting Systems - DMX E1. Connect and format control system.. E1. Enter into a creative process   
4.2 24/07/18   Production Roles and Sub-industries Include role of Lighting Operator  Roles and responsibilities Focus on Stage Manager + Production M
5.1 30/07/18   Programming Parameters  E1-4 E1.  
5.2 31/07/18   Lighting Theory - Angles and Colour Foundation Knowledge (incidental)  
6.1 6/08/18   Cuelists and Documentation - LX E1-4 E1.  
6.2 7/08/18   Documentation and Reporting Reiteration of yesterday's prac - LX   E1.Contribute to the planning of prods
7.1 13/08/18   LX Workshop - Catch up and review Catch up workshop and review E.1-3  
7.2 14/08/18   Calling Cues and using Comms (incidental) E.1+2. E.2+3
8.1 20/08/18   Calling Cues and Comms #2 E.1-4 E.1+2. E.1-3
8.2 21/08/18   Assist in Productions (incidental) E.1-3 E.1-3
9.1 27/08/18   LX - Power / Distribution / Rigging E.1+4 E.1-3 E.1-3
9.2 28/08/18   Power + Logistics-Delivery on events (incidental) (incidental) E.1-3
10.1 3/09/18   Collaboration + ethics + teams - TBC (incidental)  E.1-3 Dealing with Performers' Anxiety - KC
11.1 10/09/18   Effects equipment + hire companies Emerging technologies + industry Lecture and discussion E.1.
11.2 11/09/18   Design Principals and Setting the stage KC   KC
N/A     TERM BREAK      
N/A     TERM BREAK      
12.1 1/10/18   Design Principals and LX accessories KC - in practical workshop E1-3 KC
12.2 2/10/18 1 ALTERNATIVE FOR ASS 1       
13.1 8/10/18   Prep for Assessments 2 and 3  LX workshop - different control systems E1-3 All
14.1 15/10/18 3 PRACTICAL ASSESSEMENT TASK E 1-4 E. 1-4  
14.2 16/10/18 2 ALTERNATIVE FOR ASS 2 KC KC KC
15 22/10/18 3 ALTERNATIVE FOR ASS 3 E. 1-4 E.1-4  
N.B.  If the contingencies are not required time-wise; the trainer will seek other guest speakers in those times.
Other minor adjustments in the order / dates of delivery, may occur without notice. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of your knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

ASSESSMENT 1 - Will be a project-based task; largely completed in the students' own time.   It will include evidence of students contributing to the organisation of productions, by producing at least ONE of;
a) A Stage Manager's Show Report  b) A Production Schedule  c) A Prompt Copy for a theatre production d) A Collection of a Cue sheet + Patch Sheet as a lighting operator.
Plus: 1 - 3 photographs of the work in progress.
Plus: A short paragraph describing two different productions; and an outline of the participant (student)'s role in at least one of those two.    
Plus; Participation in a review session, such as a post-production-meeting / debrief.
These shall include evidence of an understanding of industry terminology; convention and company-structure in production, on events. 
There will be a minumum of two opportunities offered by the Trainer and RMIT.  One on campus and one off.  The student / participant may source their own opportunity.
Due Date:   September 4th 2018
ASSESSEMENT 2 - Will be a knowledge assessment task - comprising of approximately 10 x short Q + A.   This will provide evidence of the knowledge criteria of Stage Management and Lighting.
Conducted in Classroom.
Due Date: 9th of October 2018
ASSESSMENT 3 - Will be a Practical Assessement task and will take the form of an observation checklist.  Conducted in RMIT's Radio Theatre (Bldg 9) - With industry standard lighting console.
This task will provide evidence of the students' ability to set-up and record / store lighting cues as directed by a lighting designer / director.  This task may have to be split into two groups.
This task will also provide evidence of the students' ability to engage in a collaborative process
Due Date:  22nd of October 2018 

Assessment Matrix

ASSESSMENT NUMBER  TASK STYLE  Set up and Operate Lighting cues + fx Collaborate in a creative process  Contribute to the Organisation of prod.
ASSESSMENT TOOL #1 Project / Folio / Report   Element 1 - PC all Element 1 - PC all
      Element 2 - PC all Element 2 - PC all
      Element 3 - PC all  Element 3 - PC all 
    Knowledge evidence Knowledge evidence  Knowledge evidence 
ASSESSMENT TOOL #2 Knowledge task      
  13 short answer Q + A      
    Knowledge evidence Knowledge evidence  Knowledge evidence 
ASSESSMENT TOOL #3 Practical  Element 1 - PC all Element 1 - PC all  
  (simulated workplace) Element 2 - PC all Element 2 - PC all  
  Obs checklist  Element 3 - PC all  Element 3 - PC all   
    Element 4 - PC all     

Other Information


Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • explore options for implementing lighting cues and effects, using a diverse range of techniques, and operating and interpreting production, creative and technical information
  • set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects using the full range of console features safely and effectively according to production documentation, performance requirements, enterprise instructions and safety procedures
  • test lighting cues and effects and associated equipment are prepared and operational pre-production
  • make decisions about lighting operations quickly and effectively in a high-pressure environment
  • observe dimmer control protocols during production, including those related to advanced features
  • identify problems and faults in equipment and operations prior to and during production and resolve in a timely and safe manner within scope of own role
  • collaborate effectively with creative and technical team members to devise and implement lighting cues and effects that meet production requirements
  • produce and adjust documentation throughout the process, according to enterprise procedures, using appropriate lighting terminology, and demonstrating attention to detail in recording and reproducing lighting cues.


Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.


Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • describe key features and purpose of basic elements of the lighting design process and their impact on the set-up of lighting control systems
  • describe advanced features and effects associated with different lighting systems
  • explain optical and mechanical features and operations of the main types of lanterns and lantern accessories
  • describe how different combinations of lanterns and accessories, and lighting and lighting control systems, are used for different types of production cues and effects
  • describe lighting control concepts used in various lighting systems
  • discuss operational parameters of automated lighting and lighting effects accessories
  • describe safety requirements and procedures that apply to operating lighting cues and effects.


Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in creative arts industry environments. The assessment environment must include access to:

  • lighting equipment including range of dimmers, peripheral accessories, control devices, and control desks or consoles
  • an appropriate production venue.

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