El Camino College: Computer Applications for Lighting



Computer Applications for the Entertainment Lighting Industry Credit 3.0 CEUs

08/23/2014-12/12/2014 Music Room 3

Lecture Tuesday 02:00PM – 02:50PM Lab Tuesday 02:50PM - 04:55PM

Lecture Thursday 02:00PM – 03:05PM Lab Thursday 03:05PM - 05:10PM

Instructor: Sheila Malone

 office hours: Thursdays by appt.


Course Description:

This course is an introduction to two-dimensional and three-dimensional computer aided design/drafting, lighting database applications, and real-time lighting visualization for various entertainment industries. Emphasis is placed on the drafting plan, cross-section, isometric, and 3-D shaded views for entertainment venues; creating lighting databases and formatting spreadsheets; and developing computer generated real-time lighting models.

Course Objectives:

In this course students will learn basic organizational software for lighting paperwork. By addressing the needs of the designer, master electrician, board operator and stage manager, students will develop strategies of presentation and documentation of lighting information. Students will analyze a lighting plot, develop corresponding paperwork in several different software possibilities. After familiarizing and analyzing a playscript, students will create an original lighting plot with the assigned software and then will generate corresponding paperwork, included in this process, students will fabricate the necessary preparatory information- i.e. floor plan, lighting positions, lighting inventory. As part of the design process, students will conceptualize video projection design for the same script. Students will create and produce sample video content for their lighting project. Students will learn the fundamentals of video production including camera work, editing, output principles.

Course General Outline:

1) Students will have individual assignments, midterm exam, final project. While students will author projects individually, students are expected to collaborate and assist each other in video production.

2) Operating the computer and related hardware.

3) Drafting complete two-dimensional ground plans, light plots and cross-sections for theatrical, motion picture, television, and concert events.

4) Creating three-dimensional shaded views for different types of entertainment venues.

5) Inputting data into lighting database and spreadsheet applications for various types of entertainment events.

  1. Creating and generating original video content for video server/projectors used in various types of entertainment events.

Student Learning Outcomes

1) Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to organize and create a lighting database.

2) Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to locate and assemble visual content for the use in media servers.

3) Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to identify and compose a lighting diagram.

Required Materials

external hard drive or USB flash drive (minimum 10 gigabytes)

tracing paper

ruler and/or architectural scale ruler

#2B pencils, eraser

headphones or earbuds with 1/8” mini plug

DVD-R (5-pack)

Grading Policy

Assignments – 25% (5 assignments at 5% each)

Participation – 25%

Midterm Exam – 25%

Final Project – 25%


1) Student attendance policy – Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Students whose absences exceed 10% of the scheduled class meeting time may be dropped by the instructor.

2) Academic Honesty – Include a statement regarding Academic Honesty consistent with ECC policy and procedures (BP5500 Section I and AP5520 Section A), such as this one: El Camino College places a high value on the integrity of its student scholars. When an instructor determines that there is evidence of dishonesty in any academic work (including, but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, or theft of exam materials), disciplinary action appropriate to the misconduct as defined in BP 5500 may be taken. A failing grade on an assignment in which academic dishonesty has occurred and suspension from class are among the disciplinary actions for academic dishonesty (AP 5520). Students with any questions about the Academic Honesty or discipline policies are encouraged to speak with their instructor in advance.

3) An ADA compliance statement must be included, such as the following:

Accommodations: It is the policy of the El Camino Community College District to encourage full inclusion of people with disabilities in all programs and services (BP1600 and BP4055). Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class should contact the ECC Special Resource Center at (310) 660-3295, as soon as possible, to ensure that they are able to fully participate.



Assignment 1 – Drawing a Floorplan, plan view, section view, 3-d modeling, import file format

Assignment 2 – Basic Lighting Plot, symbols, scale, positions

Assignment 3 – Generating Paper work, channel list, dimmer list, hookup list, focus chart, color cut list

Assignment 4 – Still Images, animating, aspect ratio, file types, Photoshop, Premiere, Powerpoint

Assignment 5 – Video content, camera- shooting, resolution, image size, video format, abstract, realistic, mood, specific location

Midterm Exam- terms, vocabulary, tool palettes, symbols

Final Project (Portfolio) – Light Plot with floor plan, paper work, video design with sample content

Course Schedule (subject to change for pedagogical purposes.)

Week 1

Tuesday Aug. 26 – Intro, Syllabus, Lab, Software, Digital etiquette, Tutorial #1

Thursday Aug. 28- Vocabulary #1, Intro to DraftSight, Intro LX Free Tutorial #2

Week 2

Tuesday Sept. 2- work on Assignment 1

Thursday Sept. 4 Assignment 1 Due, introduce Assignment #2

Week 3

Tuesday Sept. 9- Intro to symbols, set up of plot, importing floorplans, Vocabulary #2, Tutorial #3,

Thursday Sept. 11- work on Assignment #2

Week 4

Tuesday Sept. 16- work on Assignment #2

Thursday Sept. 18 Assignment 2 Due, introduce Assignment #3

Week 5

Tuesday Sept. 23 – generating paperwork from Lxfree to Excel

Thursday Sept. 25 – using apps for color, lighting instruments, photometric data

Week 6

Tuesday Sept. 30 – work on Assignment #3

Thursday October 2 Assignment 3 Due, introduce Assignment #4

Week 7

Tuesday October 7- Photoshop Tutorial #1

Thursday October 9- Photoshop Tutorial #2

Week 8

Tuesday October 14 review for Midterm

Thursday October 16 Midterm Exam

Week 9

Tuesday October 21- work on Assignment #4

Thursday October 23- work on Assignment #4

Week 10

Tuesday October 28 – Intro to Video

Thursday October 30 Assignment 4 Due, introduce Assignment #5, Premiere Tutorial #1

Week 11

Tuesday November 4- Premiere Tutorial #2

Thursday November 6 – Premiere Tutorial #3

Week 12

Tuesday November 11 work on Assignment #5

Thursday November 13 Assignment 5 Due, introduce Final Project

Week 13

Tuesday November 18 Sketchup, Blender demos

Thursday November 20 – NO CLASS- Lab work

Week 14

Tuesday November 25 Demo of LXBeams

Thursday November 27- NO CLASS

Week 15

Tuesday December 2 - Lab work on Final Project

Thursday December 4 - Lab work on Final Project

Week 16

Tuesday December 9 – Presentations of progress, Lab work on Final Project

Thursday December 11 Final Projects Due

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