Foundation Skills in Lighting and Sound

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
02 July 2019


Requisites for this module


EA198, EA199

Key module for

BA DKAS Stage and Production Management

Module description

The Foundation Skills – Lighting and Sound Module will enable students to:
- Understand the roles and responsibilities within the lighting and sound departments within the production
- Understand how to rig, focus, programme and operate a production from a lighting perspective
- Understand how to set up and operator a production from a sound perspective
- Understand the safe use of electricity, including elementary electrical theory
- Recognise and understand the usage of a variety of different lanterns and lighting effects.
- Understand how to read and interpret Lighting plans in a variety of different formats
- Develop computer literacy with lighting and sound software – e.g. Q-lab for sound operation.
- Create and use lighting & sound plots
- Understand how the collaborative production process and how information from rehearsals is communicated
and acted up.
- Use a script as the basic source for lighting and sound effects and cues.
- Fault find and problem solve equipment, and develop maintenance skills
- Gain an understanding of Health & safety and importance of risk assessment

Module aims

The aims of this module are to:
* To support the development of the stage and production management skills in the areas of lighting and sound at introductory level.
* introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of the Lighting and Sound departments within the theatre production process
* teach basic Lighting and Sound practical theory
* introduce students to methods and processes to interpret texts and designs effectively; think analytically; research possible outcomes; communicate ideas, possible solutions, and technical information
* Introduce students to the core practical skills of rigging, focussing, programming and operating lighting for a theatre production.
* Introduce students to core practical skills of setting up a sound system and operating sound for a theatre production.
* Develop the ability to work effectively, independently and collaboratively within a production department.
* Introduce students to the importance of Health & Safety and risk assessments.

Module learning outcomes

Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the lighting and sound department and how the skills can
support the stage manager
- Understanding of the basic principles of lighting and sound within the production processes.
- Understand the principles of lighting and sound operation within a performance
- Ability to work within a production team and to work to deadlines and schedules.
- Understanding of lighting and sound equipment, desks, and computer software.
- Awareness of Health and Safety procedures
- How to manage a team
- How to work independently

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Small group practical classes, seminars, tutorials, independent work and supervised productions.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Found skills in lighting - Reflective evaluation     20% 
Practical   Found skills in lighting - Continuous Assessment     80% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Alexander Purser, email: a.purser@essex.ac.uk.
Alex Purser and staff
abpurs@essex.ac.uk East 15 Acting School Hatfields Campus Rectory Lane Loughton, IG10 3RY



External examiner

Mr Kevin Scarnell
Head of Production
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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