THEA 148 Stage Lighting Spring
Professor David Jacques
TA: Paige Stanley
Office Telephone: 985-4044
Office Hours: Mon/Wed 10:00 - 11:00
Class Times: Mondays/Wednesdays 9:00 - 9:50 Room: TA-33
Course Objective and Outcomes:
This is an introductory course in the art and craft of lighting design. Tools
of the lighting designer are explored along with an introduction to design approaches
and techniques. The students will be instructed in proper lighting crew and safety
The student will attend all the plays produced by the department so they may
be discussed in class.
The student is expected to attend all classes and labs. An excused absence is
defined in the CSULB University Catalog. Projects turned in after the due date
will not be accepted unless for compelling reasons. Exam and project dates are
subject to change.
There is a laboratory section to this class. The student will be graded on their
participation and attendance for this lab.
The student is also required to fulfill one lighting or sound crew assignment
during the semester. The student may chose from the three undergraduate productions
and two CalRep productions. The student must be present for all performances
and technical rehearsals for that production. The student is also responsible
for taking an activity credit for this lab. IF YOU CANNOT FULFILL THIS CREW REQUIREMENT
YOU MUST WITHDRAW FROM THIS CLASS DURING THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF THE SEMESTER
AND RE-TAKE THE CLASS DURING A LATER SEMESTER WHEN YOU ARE ABLE TO FULFILL YOUR
CREW REQUIREMENT. ONCE YOU COMMIT TO A CREW YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE TO SERVE ON
THAT CREW, OR RECEIVE A GRADE OF “INCOMPLETE” FOR THIS CLASS.
The student will be evaluated on the following:
There will be one exam scheduled for this class. The exam will be administered
on or around Week #10.
Lighting Lab: 20%
The Lighting Lab class grade is determined by the student's progress in learning
the technical skills applicable to theatre production. A student's overall Lighting
Lab grade will also be affected by unexcused absences.
Dramatic Imagination Essay: 10%
The student is responsible for an essay on Robert Edmund Jones’ The Dramatic
Imagination. This essay must be at least 500 words.
Class Participation (Attendance): 30%
For each unexcused absence the student will be penalized one letter grade in
their Class Participation grade. One unexcused absence will equal a B, two unexcused
absences will equal a C, three unexcused absences will equal a D, and four or
more unexcused absences will equal an F. Documentation of excused absences is
the responsibility of the student.
Final Project: 20%
The Final Project will be a team project presented to the entire class on the
final exam date.
The student’s Class Participation grade is determined by class attendance.
Regular on-time attendance is mandatory. Attendance is crucial since student
participation in this course is essential. Absence from this course may impact
upon the work and participation of other students. Students who anticipate extended
or multiple absences during a particular semester should consult with the faculty
member before enrolling in this class to determine whether it will be possible
to complete the requirements for the course. Students who realize after enrollment
that they will have extended or multiple absences should consult with the faculty
member to see whether it will be possible to complete the course requirements.
Excused absences will be granted only if written evidence (e.g. a doctor's written
notice, a letter for jury duty, or other official documentation) is provided
in a timely manner. (University Attendance Policy PS 01-01, defines excused absences
as 1) illness or injury to the student; 2) death, injury, or serious illness
of an immediate family member or the like; 3) religious reasons (California Educational
Code section 89320); 4) jury duty or government obligation; 5) University sanctioned
or approved activities.). On-time attendance at each class is expected. Points
may be deducted for tardiness, leaving early, or disrespectful or disruptive
behavior to other students or the instructor, e.g. talking while other students
or the instructor is speaking to the whole class.
In rare cases, due to a documented emergency or a "serious and compelling
reason" (PS 02-12) a student may need to request an authorized incomplete
or withdrawal. In such a case University Policy will be strictly adhered to.
The full text of University Policy Statements may be seen at http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/grad_undergrad/senate/policy/
Refer to the official CSULB attendance policy located at: http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/grad_undergrad/senate/documents/policy/2001/01/
In observance of the Veterans Day holiday no classes will be held on Thursday,
November 11. Classes that normally meet on Thursdays will meet on Tuesday, November
9 at the same times and in the same classrooms normally occupied on Thursdays.
Students who cannot attend class on Tuesday, November 9 must inform their instructors
in advance so that arrangements can be made to allow the students to make up
the missed work.
It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from classes. Instructors
have no obligation to withdraw students who do not attend courses, and may choose
not to do so. The deadline to withdraw from a class without a “W” is
stated in the official Schedule of Classes. Withdrawal from a course after that
date requires the signature of the instructor and the department chair, and is
permissible only for serious and compelling reasons. [Severe or extensive medical
problems would be a reason to drop after that date, but fear of receiving a final
grade lower than desired, or change in one’s work schedule are not considered
a serious and compelling reasons.] A “W” will appear on the student’s
DURING THE FINAL THREE WEEKS OF INSTRUCTION WITHDRAWALS ARE NOT PERMITTED EXCEPT
IN CASES SUCH AS ACCIDENT OR SERIOUS ILLNESS WHERE THE CIRCUMSTANCES CAUSING
THE WITHDRAWAL ARE CLEARLY BEYOND THE STUDENT’S CONTROL. THE CAUSE MUST
BE DOCUMENTED. ORDINARILY, WITHDRAWALS IN THIS CATEGORY INVOLVE TOTAL WITHDRAWAL
FROM THE UNIVERSITY. YOU WILL NEED THE APPROVAL OF THE COLLEGE DEAN AS WELL AS
THAT OF THE CLASS INSTRUCTOR AND THE DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON FOR EACH CLASS YOU
All electronic devices that have the potential to disrupt the class, its members,
or the instructor must be turned off or silenced (unless approved by instructor).
It is the students' responsibility to notify the instructor in advance of any
need for accommodation of a disability that has been verified by the University.
On Line Power Point Presentation, Jacques
Located at: http://www.csulb.edu/~djacques/page_powerpoint_presentations.htm
The Dramatic Imagination - Jones - Available at the Bookstore
1. "An Introduction to Designing with Light" - Video – Intro
2. The Functions and Qualities of Light
3. What is Light?
The Physics of Light
Conductors and Insulators
5. Reflection and Reflectors
6. Refraction and Lenses
7. Light Sources
8. Conventional Lighting Fixtures
Fixture Types and Uses
Gobos and Projections
9. Automated Lighting Fixtures
Video – Pulse
Moving Heads and Scanners
10. EXAM –
11. History of Lighting Control – Dimmers and Controllers
Conventional and Moving Light Controllers
12. Color in Light
13. Design – Script Analysis for Lighting and Design Development
“The Dramatic Imagination” Essay Due
Communicating Your Ideas
14. Design – Developing the Light Plot
Key and Fill Light
15. CAD and Virtual Lighting
16. Final Projects