Module code: PRO1032

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.  The module will include all relevant and up to date industry specific information around working responsibly and sustainably in line with UN sustainability goals and those outlined in the Theatre Green Book.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 30

Independent Learning Hours: 110

Seminar Hours: 10

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:


Industry orientation.

Industry standard stage lighting equipment identification and it’s 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 Console operation.

Hard-patching and Soft-patching.

Basic Lighting communication protocols.

Fault finding.

Basic equipment Maintenance.

Stage Lighting paperwork and supporting paperwork.

Discipline specific Health & Safety.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Practical assessment 100

Alternative Assessment

Written Reflective Essay

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Practical based task to be completed in small groups, and assessed individually.  

Formative assessment

  • On going formative feedback from practical lessons – ( Formative )


Summative mark sheets returned to students via surrey learn within 3 weeks.

Module aims

  • Introduce the working practices associated with the lighting team engaged in theatre production.
  • Develop knowledge of contemporary and emerging technologies,
  • Develop knowledge of the current legislation (e.g. Health and Safety).
  • Develop knowledge of practical skills associated with the roles associated with that team.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Apply working practices learned in taught modules to the production process. P
002 Demonstrate accurate application of practical skills. P
003 Independently research to support their subject knowledge and practical skills. C
004 Engage in the theatre production process adopting the procedures and methods at every stage of the process. KP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Encourage the students to engage in practical taught sessions, alongside classroom based theory lessons. 


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Taught practical lessons in a studio space – 30 hours

  • Taught sessions in a classroom enviroment – 15 hours

  • Independent study 105 hours

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
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Other information

GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.

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 2025/6 academic year.