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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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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C65

Fees

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Duration

1 year full-time

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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 empty) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

      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
      unit-popup" data-unit="CUASET502" rel="nofollow" href="javascript:void(0)">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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      Student stories

      Hannah Portwine

      Hannah Portwine

      WAAPA Stage Management graduate

      "Going to WAAPA not only gives you a top of the line education in your chosen field, but guarantees you a group of life-long friends"

      The people you meet and work with over your time at WAAPA become your second family – and having that support network for the rest of your career is so important.

      My WAAPA family extends across the world now and constantly continues to grow, presenting all manner of career opportunities.

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