Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the fundamental skills of stage management for live performances, festivals or musical productions. Students will learn about the safe and efficient installation, operation and design of lighting, sound, actors/performers and projections. They will learn the basics of stage management for a range of public events and venues, and the role of the stage manager, lighting and sound designers and engineers.

Students will engage in practical and technical skill-based learning, learn strategies for time-management and practice collaboration and team-work during staged events.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Work safely with appropriate tools, technologies and electrics;

2. Apply basic construction and programming techniques in light, sound and set design;

3. Describe the different roles of stage production teams;

4. Manage collaborative work-flows from concept design to build, run and strike;

5. Explain the stage manager’s roles and responsibilities.


Topics will include:

  • Creative thinking relevant to the staging and production of live events, performances, installations and concerts;
  • Introduction to electrics and programming of light and sound;
  • Technical aspects of set up and operation of sound, lighting and projections for staged events;
  • Practical exercises in the collaborative processes supporting contemporary performances in a range of settings;
  • Industry best practices, Work Health & Safety and Risk Analysis.

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Technical Proficiencies (30%) *

Log / Workbook: Document Procedures (30%)

Performance: Live Event (40%)

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 29 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Tutorials will be 2 hours per week from Weeks 1-10 For the final weeks of term, tutorials will be 3 hours per week from Weeks 11-13

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.