Course Title: Implement lighting designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: PERF5088C

Course Title: Implement lighting designs

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4374 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 50

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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:

CUALGT402 Implement lighting designs


1. Clarify design requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss lighting designs and plans with relevant production personnel to determine overall production needs

1.2 Generate a range of creative ideas to resolve technical and production issues relating to lighting and effects

1.3 Seek feedback on ideas from relevant production personnel to maximise creative input into lighting effects

1.4 Confirm availability of lighting equipment and lighting accessories to implement different options for lighting effects

1.5 Use a range of criteria to decide which options are most feasible and obtain necessary equipment and accessories according to enterprise procedures

1.6 Select design options that provide a correct visual interpretation of the script and production


2. Set up and test lighting options.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Set up lighting equipment and accessories to test different options for lighting effects using appropriate light and exposure meters

2.2 Interpret information readouts and make necessary adjustments to achieve desired light quality

2.3 Adjust lighting equipment and lighting accessories to take account of camera types and capture media to be used

2.4 Correct mixed light sources to achieve a uniform colour balance, using corrective filters to meet creative and technical requirements

2.5 Participate in production meetings and evaluation of work-in-progress on lighting effects

2.6 Consult with relevant production personnel to reach agreement on final lighting configuration to be used and inform others as required


3.Participate in technical rehearsals.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Rehearse technical aspects of a production and make changes to the lighting set-up according to production requirements and within required timeframes

3.2 Modify cue sheets and update pre-programmed automated systems according to final shooting requirements

3.3 Amend lighting effects in consultation with relevant production personnel to take account of limitations imposed by the type of camera or other aspects of productions

3.4 Check required changes to lighting operations are implemented and relevant documentation is completed prior to actual production

3.5 Arrange appropriate supervision to maintain continuity of lighting throughout the production period


4. Monitor lighting operations during productions.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check operational aspects of lighting equipment and lighting set-up are correctly prepared for production within required timeframes

4.2 Confirm placement of lighting equipment and accessories is mapped and connections to correct power sources and consoles meet legislative and work health and safety (WHS) requirements are recorded

4.3 Maintain lighting conditions throughout production so image and light quality meet required stylistic effects and technical quality requirements for editing and post-production

4.4 Identify and rectify basic problems and faults using appropriate test equipment and according to enterprise and WHS procedures

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, review discussions/lectures and independent project based work.


Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and location excursions/production work. Online research and occasional outside of class time group discussions will be required to maintain project work.

Teaching Schedule

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. 



Schedule of Planned Activities (Subject to change)

Sem 1 VE week 1

Clarify design requirements and set up and test lighting options. Introduction to lighting components, the eye, electro-magnetic spectrum, colour temp, colour, hard/ soft light, contrast.

3 point for TV. Backlight - Key for Contrast from 360deg ‘Eggcercise’ - Fill for contrast control. Drawing Plans. North, scale, plan view, a rule,

Gels – ND - diffusion

Home work- Read ‘Lighting’ chapters from ‘Martha’

Explore the contents of Canvas and check out via the RMIT library.


Set up and test lighting options. Practical lighting set ups in studio. Colour Temp & Safety.


Technical rehearsals Practical lighting set ups and Monitor for continuity.


Assignment - Light1of3.

Implement a 3 point lighting plot from pre-set lighting options 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.

All students to rotate through Lighting stations to practice Interior, Exterior, daylight, Tungsten and Mixed light set ups.


Lighting theory - from your eyes to persistence of vision.


Lighting theory - from the electromagnetic spectrum to colour temperature.


Revision of theory and practical set up of Depth of field


Assignment - Light2of3.  60 minute Underpinning Knowledge Lighting test


Analyse ‘Drama Productions’ for lighting requirements and workshop lighting options


Assignment - Light3of3.

  1. Prepare your draft plan for ‘Drama’ segment lighting and participate in Lighting technical rehearsals
  2. Implement the lighting design for a ‘Drama’ segment weeks 13 - 15.
  • Produce your lighting Plan
  • Check lighting fixtures and refocus where required
  • Reset program on lighting desk
  • Operate  and Monitor lighting during production

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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



Basic Photography, Michael Langford any edition

Other Resources

You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.


It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;

a pen and notepaper or a laptop computer. You will need to have either a USB thumb drive or a USB/Thunderbolt Harddrive (or both) to store and manage your media. Your teacher will advise you what to get when classes commence.


The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. is available via your Library login.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

[Ungraded Course]


To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and once you have demonstrated competency you will also receive a result after your final assessment task.


Ungraded assessment tasks

  • Light1of3 – Implement studio 3Pt Lighting Plot.    Due week 4
  • Light2of3 – Complete an underpinning knowledge lighting test.    Due week 8
  • Light3of3 – Set up, rehearse, operate and monitor lighting for ‘Drama’ productions. Due weeks 13-15.


You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on myRMIT for full assessment criteria.

Results that apply to Ungraded courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA     Competency Achieved

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 matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

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

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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