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CUA50415 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

Course code C65

This nationally-recognised qualification is the first year of a two-year vocational Production and Design program at WAAPA.

This course may appeal to those who have an interest in design, lighting, props, scenery, stage management and similar aspects of production.

The course is structured to provide skills and experience consistent with the growing needs of the entertainment industry. Students work as directed on productions mounted by WAAPA and begin by assisting, until sufficiently skilled, to perform designated tasks. In the final year of the program, students will be expected to provide service at a professional level of competence.

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C65

Fees

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1 year full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C65

Fees

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1 year full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to normally be turning at least 18 by 30th June the year of commencing the course, and provide a folio. An interview is also required. Additionally applicants must complete Training Package requirements. To enter this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their technical skills in either costume, lighting, scenery and props, screen and media, sound, stage management, staging or vision systems and the ability to develop solutions in at least one technical area, produce a body of work demonstrating skills in at least one technical area, respond effectively to workplace challenges and requirements in line with current industry standards, apply knowledge of trends and traditions in at least one technical area, and have completed CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices or can demonstrate equivalence. Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study, with equivalents considered.

    Note For more information, including guidelines for specific disciplines, please see our Interviews, folios and auditions web page.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 1) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 10 English completion or equivalent.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Structure

Students may select a specialisation in Costume for Performance. Alternatively, there are streams available in Design, Lighting, Props and Scenery, and Stage Management.

Students undertaking the Design stream should complete the following units:

Year 1 - VET Full

Design Studio Scenery / Design Studio Costume / History of Costume
Unit Code Unit Title
BSBDES501Implement design solutions
Drawing 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADRA502Investigate drawing materials and processes
Model Making 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAACD508Refine model making skills
Production Process 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPPM504Manage bump in and bump out of shows
CUAPRP502Develop prop construction plans
Production Process 1 (Wardrobe / Technology / Art Finishing)
Unit Code Unit Title
CUACOS509Design costumes
Scenic Art 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPAI502Investigate painting materials and processes
Technical Drawing / CAD 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASET502Develop set construction plans

Year 1 - Semester 1

OHS and Whitecard
Unit Code Unit Title
BSBCOM501Identify and interpret compliance requirements
CPCCOHS1001AWork safely in the construction industry
BSBWHS501Ensure a safe workplace
Theatre Studies
Unit Code Unit Title
CUARES503Analyse cultural history and theory

Year 1 - Semester 2

Ensure Team Effectiveness
Unit Code Unit Title
BSBWOR502Lead and manage team effectiveness
Industry Knowledge
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAIND502Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
Props Construction
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPRP403Make props using mixed media

Students undertaking the Lighting stream should complete the following units:

Year 1 - VET Full

Electrics 1
Unit Code Unit Title
UEENEEE101AApply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
UEENEEP024AAttach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply
UEENEEP026AConduct in-service safety testing of electrical cord connected equipment and cord
Flying Systems
Unit Code Unit Title
CUALGT401Operate complex lighting
CUASTA403Operate flying systems
Lighting for Performance 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPPM504Manage bump in and bump out of shows
CUALGT502Manage installation of lighting systems
Prax & Ops 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAINN501Adopt an innovative approach to creating production elements
Tech Drawing
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAACD503Select and refine a specialised drawing technique

Year 1 - Semester 1

OHS and Whitecard
Unit Code Unit Title
BSBCOM501Identify and interpret compliance requirements
CPCCOHS1001AWork safely in the construction industry
BSBWHS501Ensure a safe workplace
History of Performance
Unit Code Unit Title
CUARES503Analyse cultural history and theory

Year 1 - Semester 2

Ensure Team Effectiveness
Unit Code Unit Title
BSBWOR502Lead and manage team effectiveness
Industry Knowledge
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAIND502Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

Students undertaking the Props and Scenery stream should complete the following units:

Year 1 - VET Full

Flying Systems
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASTA403Operate flying systems
Production 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPPM504Manage bump in and bump out of shows
Scenic Art 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPAI502Investigate painting materials and processes
Set Construction 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASET401Make sets
Technical Drawing / CAD 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASET502Develop set construction plans
Props Construction 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPRP403Make props using mixed media
Sculpting and Molding 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPRP502Develop prop construction plans

Year 1 - Semester 1

OHS and Whitecard
Unit Code Unit Title
BSBCOM501Identify and interpret compliance requirements
CPCCOHS1001AWork safely in the construction industry
BSBWHS501Ensure a safe workplace
Theatre Studies
Unit Code Unit Title
CUARES503Analyse cultural history and theory

Year 1 - Semester 2

Industry Knowledge
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAIND502Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
Ensure Team Effectiveness
Unit Code Unit Title
BSBWOR502Lead and manage team effectiveness
Drawing 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADRA502Investigate drawing materials and processes
Set Costings
Unit Code Unit Title
CPCCCM2003BCalculate and cost construction work

Students undertaking the Stage Management stream should complete the following units:

Year 1 - VET Full

Stage Management 1.2 / Production 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASMT501Stage manage productions and events
CUASMT401Assist in stage managing performances
CUASMT402Assist in stage managing creative rehearsals
CUAPPM412Organise and facilitate rehearsals
Staging
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPPM504Manage bump in and bump out of shows
Dance / Score Reading
Unit Code Unit Title
CUASET502Develop set construction plans
CUASMT506Plot and manage cues from musical scores
CUASMT505Manage plotting sessions
Props
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPRP401Coordinate props

Year 1 - Semester 1

OHS and Whitecard
Unit Code Unit Title
BSBCOM501Identify and interpret compliance requirements
CPCCOHS1001AWork safely in the construction industry
BSBWHS501Ensure a safe workplace
Theatre Studies
Unit Code Unit Title
CUARES503Analyse cultural history and theory

Year 1 - Semester 2

Industry Knowledge
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAIND502Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
Ensure Team Effectiveness
Unit Code Unit Title
BSBWOR502Lead and manage team effectiveness

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

VET Specialisations you can study in this course

Professional Recognition

Nationally Recognised by: Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

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Fees and Scholarships

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VET course fees are set by the WA Government and they vary from course to course. For more information, please go to Fees and Scholarships.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in the film, television, theatre, festival, performing arts and allied entertainment industries, depending on the area of specialisation.

Possible future job titles

Scenic Designer, Costume Designer, Stylist, Art Finisher, Costumier, Dresser, Film Standby, Milliner, Muralist, Stage Manager

Courses you can consider if you are interested in progressing further in this area.

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