NIDA Lighting Design

Lighting Design

For adults 18 years +

Level: Core Techniques

Collaborate with a lighting designer. Learn how to use equipment and understand technical procedures. Put ideas and theory into practice by assisting with the design, rig, focus and operation for a presentation in one of NIDA’s performance spaces.

Course components

  • Discover the history of theatrical lights and how they can enhance the staging of a production.
  • Utilise colour theory to develop a lighting concept which will assist in the creation of a lighting design plan.
  • Work in a theatre venue and put your design ideas into practice. Discover how to rig, apply gels and scrims, and operate lights safely in a practical approach to lighting in the theatre.


  • Ability to draw on lighting and colour theory to develop lighting design plans for the theatre.
  • Technical awareness of theatrical lights and luminary positioning.
  • Appropriate use of production, staging and lighting terminology.

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Some experience recommended

Important information

  • Please read our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.
  • Flights and Accommodation: From time to time we may need to cancel an advertised course. Before booking flights and accommodation for travel to attend a NIDA Open course, please contact the NIDA Open office to confirm if your course will proceed as planned. NIDA does not accept liability for any associated costs of attendance or cancellation.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in for all drama and performance related courses. Clothing that restricts movement is inappropriate.
  • Please wear closed-in shoes. Shoes may be removed in the rehearsal room on the direction of the class tutor.
  • Please bring along a pen, notebook or electronic device and a bottle of water to all classes.

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