Course Title: Implement lighting designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: PERF5064C

Course Title: Implement lighting designs

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4230 - Certificate IV in Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Simon Embury

Phone: (03) 99254345


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

No pre-requisites or co-requistes are required.

Course Description

To enable learners to address the lighting requirements of audiovisual and video productions in a range of environments including single and multicamera recording and events.
You will attend separate classes for Promote Team effectiveness but will also be presented with opportunities to learn and practice elements from that course within Implement Lighting designs. Refer teaching schedule in Promote Team Effectiveness.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFLGT401A Implement lighting designs


1.    Clarify design requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss lighting designs/plans with relevant
production personnel to determine overall
production needs.
1.2 Generate a range of ideas for the execution of
lighting that provide creative solutions to technical
and production issues.
1.3 Seek feedback on ideas with relevant production
personnel to maximise creative input into lighting
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 Ensure that options selected provide a correct visual
interpretation of the script/production.


2.    Set up and test lighting operations

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 Ensure lighting equipment and lighting accessories
are adjusted 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 ongoing production meetings and
evaluation of work in progress on lighting effects.
2.6 In consultation with relevant production personnel,
agree on the 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
execute changes to the lighting set-up according to
production requirements.
3.2 Modify cue sheets and update preprogrammed
automated systems according to final shooting
3.3 In consultation with relevant production personnel,
amend lighting effects to take account of limitations
imposed by the type of camera or other aspects of
3.4 Check that required changes to lighting operations
are implemented and that relevant documentation is
completed prior to actual production.
3.5 Ensure appropriate supervision is arranged 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 to ensure they are correctly
prepared for productions.
4.2 Ensure placement of lighting equipment and
accessories is mapped and connections to correct
power sources and consoles are implemented and
4.3 Maintain lighting conditions throughout filming to
ensure that image and light quality meet the stylistic
effect required.
4.4 Identify and rectify basic problems and faults using
appropriate test equipment and according to
enterprise and OHS procedures.
4.5 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

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Formative assessment task 1 - Simple plan  

1 Clarify design requirements.

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2 Set up and test lighting options.

Week 3 Three point lighting demonstration and practical exercises.  Lighting
3 Participate in technical rehearsals.

Week 4

Lighting theory

Videocamera theory 

4 Monitor lighting operations during productions

Week 5 Labour Day holiday - No class  Lighting

Week 6

Formative assessment task 2 due -  Lighting Implementation Plan

Revision for theory test

Week 7

Summative assessment 1 - Theory Test (Open Book)

Pre-production meetings


Week 8

Summative assessment task 2 - Lighting Design Implementation 

Lighting Group A1 

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Week 9 Summative assessment task 2 - Lighting Design Implementation

Lighting Group B1


Week 10 Summative assessment task 2 - Lighting Design Implementation

Lighting Group A2 

Week 11 Summative assessment task 2 - Lighting Design Implementation

Lighting Group B2 


Week 12 Course review and feedback





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

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 as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded

For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessment.

Formative Assessment
1. Simple Location Plan       Due Class #2

2. Lighting Design Implementation Location Plan       Due Class #6

Details of these assessment tasks will be discussed in class. 

Summative Assessment
1. Theory test (Open Book)   Class #7

2. Implement your lighting design as part of a work team.    Conducted across Classes 8 - 11

Details of these assessment tasks will be discussed in class.

For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:


  • CHD   Competent with High Distinction
  • CDI    Competent with Distinction
  • CC     Competent with Credit
  • CAG  Competency achieved with grading.
  • NYC  Not Yet Competent
  • DNS   Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated 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 students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

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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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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