Production Lighting for Live Events


Want to learn how to design, install and operate a light show for live events?

Over three full days you will learn how to set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects. You will explore how to mix colour and utilise different types of lighting in order to design and achieve creative lighting effects. How to safely prepare, install and test lighting equipment will also be covered. RMIT have a range of industry-standard lighting equipment to access and familiarise with during the course; including intelligent and generic 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 including an introduction to Ma on PC and generic consoles such as LSC Maxim
  • Set up and pack down of lighting systems; including DMX, addressing and patching
  • Colour theory and practice
  • OHS practices
  • General applications and communications for lighting design and operation in live events
  • Any questions or equipment, specific to your workplace, or project(s)

Ideal for

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.

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You 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 you will cover the theory needed for basic lighting design and the practical steps required to safely assemble and de-rig your lighting equipment. Get advice and contacts about lighting technology, and further development.



Materials supplied

All relevant course materials are included.

Materials to bring

Leather Rigging Gloves (available from hardware stores) or cycling gloves, a Shifter (any size), Pen/pencil and notebook.


Participants receive an RMIT Statement of Participation

Additional notes

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


Deborah Hatton

Deb Hatton is an industry professional, starting out in the 1990’s and is still sought out professionally, on live productions, as a Lighting Designer / operator, Stage Manager and Production Manager / Co-ordinator. Deb is formally qualified, and has been teaching casually across the VE and private sectors over the past 18 years.
Career highlights include; Lighting Design for the ARIA nominated live DVD of The Go-Betweens’ “That Striped Sunset Sound” and the recent Lighting Design and Installation of MEMO Music hall’s in-house lighting system.
Deb was the Deputy Stage Manager at the Dark MOFO festival in Hobart in June 2018, and was the touring Lighting Director / Stage Manager and Production Co-ordinator for “Tapestry – The Songs of Carole King” – Australia-wide, in recent years.
Deb’s career spans through Live Theatre; Live Music Venues; Festivals; Exhibitions; Corporate AV; and Touring production.
She continues to be inspired by, and inspires others, while advocating for the live performance sector.


  • The facilitator's expert knowledge and excellent teaching style really helped me understand the more technical aspects. Erin

    The practice scenarios were engaging and extremely helpful. Zoe

    Balance between theory & practical experience; the range of equipment available for hands-on experience; the experience of Deb and her willingness to share.  Robin

    Building understanding of procedures and processes - some were reinforced, most were new to me. Having begun 35 years ago, my knowledge of DMX and LED is relatively 'nothing'; this has certainly helped me get more of a handle on this 'new' technology. Matthew

    Both the theoretical and practical were excellent and useful for the workplace. Carlos

    Deb was amazing. The basic overview of general systems answered a lot of questions I had. Mitchell

    This course gave a really great overview & helped me to achieve a more thorough understanding of lighting for theatre. Deb was a fantastic facilitator. Dixie


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Available course dates

Friday 28 June 2019

  • Code S345236
  • Start date 28.06.19
  • End date 30.06.19
  • Hours 18
  • Campus City
  • Fee $660.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Fri 28.06.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 29.06.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sun 30.06.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00

Friday 06 September 2019

  • Code S345236
  • Start date 06.09.19
  • End date 08.09.19
  • Hours 18
  • Campus City
  • Fee $660.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Fri 06.09.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 07.09.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sun 08.09.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00

Friday 29 November 2019

  • Code S345236
  • Start date 29.11.19
  • End date 01.12.19
  • Hours 18
  • Campus City
  • Fee $660.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Fri 29.11.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 30.11.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sun 01.12.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00

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