​Lighting Design
Course Objectives
  • To help the student become a keen observer of light in real, painted, photographic and theatrical environments.

  • To understand the functions of light in theatrical usage and in our everyday environments.

  • To learn how to read and interpret a script in visual terms and methods of communicating ideas verbally, visually, and in written documentation. 

  • To develop a design process that involves analysis, research, exploration, questioning, problem-solving, and implementation of a successful design product. 

  • To introduce students to lighting technology, color theory, drafting, lighting history, and other lighting-related topics. 

Robert Thomson, Associate Professor of Lighting Design   Carnegie Mellon University

#Lab Exercise  Exploring the properties of Light
Intensity, color, Distribution (angle and form), and Movement
Scene Scenarios:  
It's sunset on a high mountain lake as you stealthily cast out your #16 pale-blue dun to a rising trout. An osprey circles over your head while three Canadian geese glide in on a wing to your west and settle on the glass-like surface of the lake; the sun drops behind the pines.
Scene Scenarios:  
It's a warm summer night in Northern California's wine country. You are at a Festival of the Grape, a party atmosphere to say the least. Lots of music, food, and rides for the kids. You are sitting in a tent drinking the best glass of wine you have ever had.
#Lab Exercise  Creating Genre Images
Create distinct and static lighting states that convey the film genres
Genre:  Comedy 
Genre:  Road Movie 
Genre:  Slasher Horror 
#Design Collaboration Project   
Matched up with a Set, Costume and Sound Designer
plus a Director and Dramaturge.  Silent Sky 
Angle Key
showing each lighting system or concept you would use to realize the lighting of your production. Show each system with a Color  Name & Gel number at the end of an arrow depicting and labeled with Horizontal Angle (H: +75 ̊) and label with Vertical Angle (V: +45 ̊).
Design Concept
Written Design Concept Statement about your approach to this production
Lighting Scene Analysis
Create a Lighting Scene Analysis Chart for the entire play following the method you used in The Seagull. (Scene breakdown methodology as appropriate to your script)
#Project  Visual Research
Sense of Place and Light & Character Images      
The Seagull  an overall lighting concept for the play and production
Related Projects​
Spot Robot
Led Lighting Effect, Theming, Color
Interactive Fashion
Lighting Effect, Interactive, Color Detection
Interactive Lighting, VR Installation, Projection
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Starry Dream
Blowing Star, Theming Lighting, Installation
Star Fall
Spatial Audio, Theming Lighting, Dark Ride
Little Star
Music Lighting, LED, Interactive Installation