Students learn about the technical theater process of lighting design by engaging and series of lighting design tasks and challenges. First students learn about the principles of lightening design including the four controllable elements of lighting (intensity, color, distribution, and movement). They work in teams to create a lighting design for student one-act plays and work together to hang the lights appropriately for the performances. Students also design lights for a song of their choice. They present the work to the class for feedback and improvement.
Because the limitations of the studio space were removed, students had a lot more creative freedom in the types of lighting instruments they could incorporate into their design. For example, we have no intelligent (movable) lights in the studio space. I had also told the students they would not be able to use the LED lights, due to complicated programming. Keeping their projects at the design phase gave them new creative freedom and almost all of them used intelligent lights in their design. To my surprise, I really enjoyed the letter to the artist, and would also keep that component. However, I would build in more time and add a peer review before the final turn in. I would also demonstrate more examples and styles of lighting design, as many of them gravitated towards the same style from one of the few examples I did show them." - Devon Fisher