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DRAM8004 - Advanced Stage Lighting

Title:Advanced Stage Lighting
Long Title:Advanced Stage Lighting
Module Code:DRAM8004
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Drama
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 6 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: JOHN O CONNOR
Module Author: Kieran Prendergast
Module Description: Lighting Design for practical, creative theatre projects
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Programme a complete set of lighting cues for a digital desk
LO2 Design, plot and operate a coherent lighting design for a theatrical event
LO3 Draw up detailed plans and elevations to be rigged by a technical team
LO4 Demonstrate a good working knowledge of a range of techniques involving colour, focus, intensity, gobos and special effects
LO5 Integrate digital projection to lighting designs and operate and programme projection software
LO6 Lead and direct a team of lighting technicians and operatives
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

Must have successfully completed module DRAM7019, Lighting Design, or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Draughting and CAD
Using theatre lighting modelling software
Programming cues into the Digital Desk, importing and exporting shows
Light Quality
Manipulating light, colour, intensity, focus, special effects, use of cracked oil and smoke effects, shadow and silhouette
Digital, Film, Slide and Gobo projection; reflective media
Practical Rigging
Rigging procedures and techniques; teamwork; risk assessment; physical and electrical health & safety
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project A complete production lighting design 1,2,3,4,5 40.0 Sem End
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous assessment of practical work 1,4,6 20.0 Sem End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 3,4 40.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lighting Design Principles & Techniques 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Programming the Lighting Desks 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning (Non-contact) Hands-on theatre session 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study, Research & Writing/Planning 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • W Oren Parker & Craig Wolf 2008, Scene Design & Stage Lighting, ninth Ed., Wadsworth [ISBN: 0495501905]
  • Richard Pillbrow 2008, Stage Lighting Design: The Art, the Craft, the Life, Nick Hern Books [ISBN: 1854599968]
  • Richard Cadena 2002, Focus on Lighting Technology, Entertainment Technology Press [ISBN: 1904031145]
  • Brad Schiller 2004, The Automated Lighting Programmer's Handbook, Focal Press [ISBN: 0240806026]
  • Clare P. Rowe 2007, Drawing & Rendering for Theatre: A Practical Course for Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Designers, Focal Press [ISBN: 0240805542]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Brad Schiller 2016, The Automated Lighting Programmer's Handbook, 3rd Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 1138926248]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUTH_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre 5 Elective
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 5 Elective
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 7 Elective
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 8 Elective
CR_GMUTE_9 Master of Arts in Music and Technology 2 Elective
CR_GMUST_9 Master of Science in Music and Technology 2 Elective

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