Stage Lighting

I.     Course Prefix/Number: THE 115

       Course Name: Stage Lighting

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces physical properties and usage patterns of theatrical light. Content includes practical experience in lighting design, introduction to equipment and fixtures, preparation of lighting plots and integration of lighting with other elements of play production.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  • To gain an advanced understanding of lighting design and technical practices for theater and live performance.
  • Beginning with an expanded vocabulary from THE 135, students will learn basic functions of conventional and intelligent lighting systems as well as the physics of engineering that make the function.
  • Acquire the procedures of DMX programming, console setup, instrument addressing and programming, and advanced conventional fixture maintenance and repair.
  • Work as lighting designer and master electrician for an actual production – learning the step-by-step process of theatrical lighting from designing a light plot to hanging and focusing the lights to programming the console and running the show.
  • Learn about the collaborative process of theater by studying the aesthetics of light and its effects on the show and other production elements.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

See separate page from instructor.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture and practical lab experience.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

  1. Set Lighting Technicians Handbook, 3rd edition, by Harry Box. Focal Press, New York, 2003. ISBN: 020804953.
  2. Handouts
  3. Materials and Supplies

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation of submitted practical projects
Observation papers

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.