PERF07045 2019 Lighting Design and Digital Theatre

General Details

Full Title
Lighting Design and Digital Theatre
Transcript Title
Lighting Design and Digital Th
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Niall Colleary, Rhona Trench, Vanya Lambrecht, Katarina Rozvadska, Niall Rea
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

This module introduces learners to lighting design and digital technologies used in the theatre. The aim of this module is to provide opportunities for learners to develop skills in technical design practices for performance. Learners will participate in an individual and/or group project related to the performing arts and will also be advised to take an approved work placement relevant to the field. Learning experiences available include the opportunity to design, plan and deliver a collaborative and inter-disciplinary creative project over the duration of the semester working with other students and with visiting professionals. Field trips are arranged to nurture investigative and research skills. Students learn how to encounter a physical performance space and its technical facilities, using computer controlled lighting boards, robotic lighting instruments and audio visual projection.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


undertake a project that will develop technical abilities as a designer and creative practitioner


have reflected on the interchange between theatre, performance,art, film, digital media and other disciplines


further develop digital and media skills


explore the use of lighting design as a creative element in the dramaturgy of a performance


have enhanced awareness of theatre and interdisciplinary disciplines through contemporary use of digital technologies and explore the wider landscape of performance related technical disciplines


demonstrate best practice in productivity, time management and planning for the technical requirements of lighting and digital design

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Self Directed Learning

Develop individual pathway. Special interest subject. Expanding the boundaries of performance related to chosen project.

All students should be fully aware of Health and Safety issues when working with specific equipment.


Module Assessment Strategies

Learners must comply with the following:

Continuous Assessment: attendance and professional practice.

Performance related (design/acting/creative writing/film/directing for example) project and presentation.

Log book


Indicative Syllabus

Designing a play for the theatre

Film Project

Technical designs - lighting/soundscapes

Work experience relevant to Performing Arts


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop / Seminar Performance Space Guided Lighting Design and Audiovisual Design 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Keller, Max, Light Fantastic, Prestel, 2006

Shelly, Steven L., A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, Focal Press 1999

Benjamin, Walter and Michael W. Jennings (eds.s), The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media, Harvard: Belknap Press, 2011.

Berger.John   Ways of Seeing Penguin Modern Classics   2008

Bilton, Chris, Management and Creativity: From Creative Industries to Creative Management, Blackwell Publishing, 2007

Brook.Peter  The Empty Space, Penguin Modern classic   2008

Burnell. Kate. Editor  Collaborators. UK Design For Performance  2003-2007, The Society of British Theatre Designers

Dodd, Pamela and Sundheim, Doug, The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Techniques: How to Get More Done Without Driving Yourself Crazy, Dodd and Sunheim 2005-2009.

Gombrich.Ernst Hans The Story Of Art, Thames and Hudson 1978

Hagen, Uta. Respect for Acting. New York: Wiley Publishing 1973.

Henry, Colette, Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries: An International Perspective,UK: Edward Elgar, 2007.

Howard. Pamela  What is Scenography? Second edition, Routledge Press 2009

Snead, G. Lynne and WycoffTo, Joyce, Do Doing Done: A Creative Approach to Managing Projects & Effectively Finishing What Matters Most, New York: Fireside, 1997

Willett.John Editor Brecht on Theatre The development on an aesthetic, Methuen press   1964.


Other Resources

Digital resources for lighting design and audio visual projection

Resources to attend performances and field trips

Guest creative practitioners


Additional Information

The process for creative projects should include appropriate environments for producing designs and working with the acting process/creative writing workshops etc. The lighting design process involves performance design ideas, visual material, model making, technical drawing, colour application, digital and media skills, measurement, recording and drawing and assessing the venue; rehearsal time and space, workshops, readings, realisations and technical production for example.