Module code: PRO1015

Module Overview

This module is designed to introduce students to the basics of lighting and stage electrics for theatre and live events. Students will gain an understanding of the mainstay of lighting equipment, associated techniques and the fundamental processes used in a professional production environment.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

BURGESS Michelle (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W453

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • Industry orientation.

  • Industry standard stage lighting equipment identification and its uses.

  • Basic lighting design theory. Colour, depth, and form.

  • Lighting positions.

  • Electrical calculation and safety.

  • Industry standard tools.

  • Rigging, labelling and preparing a lighting rig.

  • Basic manual and memory console operation.

  • Hard-patching and soft-patching.

  • Basic lighting communication protocols.

  • Fault finding.

  • Basic equipment maintenance.

  • Stage lighting paperwork and supporting paperwork.

  • An introduction to stage lighting software such as Vectorworks, WYSIWYG and Lightwright.

  • Discipline specific Health & Safety.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate practical skills and understanding, as specified by the learning outcomes.

Thus, the Summative assessment for this module consists of:


  • Lighting Design Project:

- Including both lighting plan and supporting lighting paperwork, as well as written,  explanatory notes on design concepts.


  • Stage Lighting Portfolio:

Detailing the learning from the taught sessions. Written submissions should be no more than 1000 words in total.


Formative assessment and feedback


Formative assessment (verbal feedback) will be provided by weekly tutorial with the subject (teaching) module co-ordinator.  formative feedback will be both individually and group structured.  Written feedback will normally be available 3 weeks after submission of assignments 

Module aims

  • Introduce students to the common technical vocabulary and recognition of equipment found within a stage lighting environment
  • Introduce students to the practical technical skills supporting professional lighting design
  • Explore the planning, preparation and process underpinning current industry standard working practice

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
1 Rig and operate a basic lighting system which includes the following steps: multiple lighting unit types; single core and multi-core electrical cabling; dimming and non-dimming power; manual and computer control systems; basic lighting system communication methods PT
2 Analyse a script and construct a lighting design for a given brief including related supporting lighting paperwork KCP
3 Recognise, distinguish and operate unfamiliar equipment through the application of previously introduced concepts, categories and operating principles KCT
4 Demonstrate their understanding of the application of all relevant health and safety legislation and codes of practice to lighting work KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 105

Lecture Hours: 3

Seminar Hours: 6

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Provide students with the concepts and knowledge to fulfil the learning outcomes of this module and to provide time and resources for students to develop their skills in connecting and operating standard equipment and software.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Taught practical sessions either in studio or class environment

  • Attendance at workshops, seminars, master-classes

  • Site visits/industry field trips

  • Timed practical exercises

  • Written examination

  • Group presentation/tutorials

  • Individual tutorial/viva voce

This module attempts to facilitate key areas of the Programme learning and teaching strategy specifically those defining demonstration and review within workshops, rehearsals, productions, practical classes, laboratory/studio-based practice, screenings, lectures, seminars, tutorials and tutor and learner-directed practical projects evidencing core, elementary theory and practice.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.