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Introduction to Lighting

Short study – adults and young people

Introduction

The art of stage lighting can make or break the intention and impact of a theatrical scene. This short course introduces the basic elements of lighting in the theatre, exploring how it can affect atmosphere and mood on the stage.

The course includes an introduction to a range of equipment and software including basic console operation. Delivered in a professional theatre environment, the course is primarily a hands-on learning opportunity, supported by the teaching and creative talents at the Royal Conservatoire.

The excellent facilities at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland put us in a useful position to offer an insight to the world of stage lighting and also into the full-time training opportunities available at RCS.

As a student on this course you will have an introductory lecture on the key principles of lighting in theatre followed by a hands-on introduction to the equipment used.

Practical exercises will then further deepen your understanding of lighting for theatre and the processes and techniques involved.

You will be introduced to the variety of venues at RCS and discuss that various attributes and styles of lighting that can be employed depending on the type of stage and production to be lit.

This links to a session on the key principles of lighting design and the various types of equipment available for lighting theatre today.

Throughout the two-day course you will be engaged in practical experiences that will enrich and deepen your knowledge of the skills and techniques required to light a stage effectively.

Introduction

The art of stage lighting can make or break the intention and impact of a theatrical scene. This short course introduces the basic elements of lighting in the theatre, exploring how it can affect atmosphere and mood on the stage.

The course includes an introduction to a range of equipment and software including basic console operation. Delivered in a professional theatre environment, the course is primarily a hands-on learning opportunity, supported by the teaching and creative talents at the Royal Conservatoire.

The excellent facilities at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland put us in a useful position to offer an insight to the world of stage lighting and also into the full-time training opportunities available at RCS.

As a student on this course you will have an introductory lecture on the key principles of lighting in theatre followed by a hands-on introduction to the equipment used.

Practical exercises will then further deepen your understanding of lighting for theatre and the processes and techniques involved.

You will be introduced to the variety of venues at RCS and discuss that various attributes and styles of lighting that can be employed depending on the type of stage and production to be lit.

This links to a session on the key principles of lighting design and the various types of equipment available for lighting theatre today.

Throughout the two-day course you will be engaged in practical experiences that will enrich and deepen your knowledge of the skills and techniques required to light a stage effectively.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs



Entry requirements

This course is suitable for anyone aged 16+ with an interest in a career in theatre, a taster for those considering our degree course in Production Technology and Management, drama teachers with an educational interest in lighting techniques and anyone with an interest in the technical aspects of producing theatre.

Short course feedback

100% of 2013 Introduction to Lighting students would recommend the course.

“It helped me improve my understanding of board programming, the history of lighting in theatre & introduced me to new concepts that I can use in future productions.” 2015/16 student, Introduction to Lighting

“It was like Lighting 101 – everything you need to know to get started.” 2015/16 student, Introduction to Lighting

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Who is this course for?

This short study is particularly useful for young adults, possibly with an interest in a career in theatre, as taster for those who might be considering our degree course in production arts, drama teachers with an educational interest in lighting techniques and adults with an interest in the technical aspects of producing theatre.

The course introduces the basic elements of lighting for theatre, exploring how it can affect a variety of elements in a production.

By the end of the experience students should have and understanding of:

– The basic equipment used in lighting

– The basic setup of a lighting system

– Basic console operation

– The key principles of lighting design in theatre

Teaching staff

Christoph Wagner

Christoph trained at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, from where he graduated with distinction. He also graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education.

For the Royal Conservatoire he has designed Hamlet and Victory (both at the Tron Theatre).

He was Head of Lighting for Soho Theatre for many years where he designed Everything Must Go, The Diver, The Tiger Lillies – Seven Deadly Sins, Moonwalking in Chinatown, Thom Pain (based on nothing) (original Edinburgh and London production), How to Act Around Cops and How To Lose Friends And Alienate People. As part of Soho Theatre’s cabaret and comedy program he lit hundreds of shows, including Eddie Izzard, Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr, Russell Brand, Catherine Tate, Dylan Moran, Kiki & Herb and many more. He also worked on many education and community projects with the Soho Theatre Education Department.

Other designs for theatre include Khamsa (NYT, Saudi Arabia), The Bee (HKCC, touring), Etherdome (touring), Verona Road (Intermission Theatre), Miss Lily Gets Boned (Finborough Theatre), The Missionary’s Position (Hoxton Hall, touring), Wasted (Intermission Theatre), Bitches Ball (Hoxton Hall, touring), House (Finborough Theatre), Risk (Actors’ Centre), Perfect (touring), The Garden (Camden People’s Theatre, touring), Robin Hood (Riverside Studios), City Lost 0.11 (touring), Moments in Time (Tuplow Court Festival), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (touring) and Horses, Horses, Coming In In All Directions (The Arches Theatre Company).

Christoph has worked extensively in corporate events, including car and product launches and fashion shows.