Production Lighting for Live Events


18 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Want to learn how to design, install and operate a light show for live events?Over three full days learn how to set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects. Explore how to mix colour and utilise different types of lighting in order to design and achieve creative lighting effects. This course also covers how to safely prepare, install and test lighting equipment. Gain experience with industry-standard lighting equipment, including intelligent lighting control and fixtures.

Course content

  • Basic Physics of light; Typical organisational structures for live events
  • Industry terminology
  • Families of light-fixtures and when and how to use them - including Martin fixtures and generic lanterns (fixtures)
  • Introduction to lighting-control-systems; progressing through older systems, then introducing the LSC Mantralite, then Martin’s Ma2 on PC.
  • Set up and pack down of lighting systems; including DMX, addressing and patching
  • Colour theory and practice
  • General applications and communications for lighting design and operation in live events
  • Any questions or equipment, specific to your workplace, or project(s)


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Leather rigging gloves (available from hardware stores); or cycling gloves, Shifter (any size) - is recommended but not compulsory. Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

Suited to

Technicians starting out early in their career or those wanting a refresher course in lighting. Also suitable for Production/Tour Managers, Producers, Educators, Performers and others who want a grounding in Lighting for Live Performance.

Additional notes

Completion of this course will not guarantee entry into an RMIT Program.


Students will develop a useful and practical overview of how to devise a lighting concept for a show and follow through the steps needed to achieve your vision. Along the way students will cover the theory needed for basic lighting design and the practical steps required to safely assemble and de-rig their lighting equipment and gain advice on lighting technology and further development.

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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