Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Introduction to Stage Lighting

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO STAGE LIGHTING

 Department:    DRMA

 Course #:    163

 Credits:    4

 Variable:     Yes

 IUs:    4.5

 CIP:    500501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

An introduction to the basic concepts of stage lighting, including the operation of stage lighting, planning and rigging; theory of lighting design, color and basic electricity; implementation of light plots, lighting equipment, control systems, technical rehearsal/performance procedures and operations.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify, define and describe terminology commonly used in theatrical lighting design and execution.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of responsibilities of the theatrical lighting designer.
  3. Recognize and explain the theatrical lighting designer collaboration with other theatrical production personnel.
  4. Identify the controllable qualities of light.
  5. Identify functions of stage lighting developed by the lighting designer.
  6. Recognize and explain the different types of drawings and paperwork the theatrical lighting designer used to communicate with other theatrical personnel.
  7. Recall and explain electrical current theory and its application to electricity?s three units of measurement.
  8. Demonstrate understanding of electrical services.
  9. Calculate the capacity of electrical wire in both gauge and safe current flow.
  10. Recall and practice safety information concerning electrical hazards.
  11. Predict the path of light when it is refracted or reflected.
  12. Identify the different types of reflectors and lens used to control the path of light within lighting instruments used in theatrical lighting.
  13. Identify different studio lamps and their proper used in theatrical lighting equipment.
  14. Demonstrate an understanding of the function of various theatrical lighting instruments and their rigging.
  15. Identify the different types of connectors used.
  16. Perform proper wiring techniques by wiring cables to connectors.
  17. Identify the different types of fuses and breakers used to protect electrical service.
  18. Recall the different steps of the design process that a theatrical lighting designer uses.
  19. Participate in the hanging, focusing and operation of theatrical lighting equipment.
  20. Demonstrate through recall and participation, the proper and safe use of ladders, lifts and other types of equipment used in the rigging and operation of theatrical lighting equipment.
  21. Demonstrate an understanding of style, color, texture, angle, and mood of light.
  22. Design a basic lighting scheme and all paperwork appropriate to its execution.
  23. Assess and apply specific of a simple lighting design from reading all necessary paperwork and drawings.
  24. Exhibit neat, orderly and organized work habits.
  25. Analyze importance of teamwork in carrying out a group project.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Theatrical and technical technology
  2. Lighting plans and paperwork
  3. Optical and reflective theory
  4. Basic equipment and accessories
  5. Color theory
  6. Applications of lighting design
  7. Relationship of designer to production staff
  8. Basic electrical theory
  9. Theory of composition
  10. Support equipment and lamps
  11. Implementation and execution of theatrical lighting