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Live Production and Technical Services

NIDA’s Vocational Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services prepares you for technical roles in the live production industry, including theatre, dance, opera, concerts, functions, ceremonies and events.

Applications for 2018 are now closed.

Applications for 2019 open July–September, 2018.

Through this course, you will gain the skills and knowledge to implement lighting, sound and vision designs, to operate equipment, and to plan and conduct the bump-in and bump-out of productions.

Training is industry-driven, with content delivered by practising industry professionals and guest tutors from the entertainment arts industry. The course is supported by Opera Australia, and includes site visits to a range of Sydney venues, including the Opera Centre and the Sydney Opera House.

The course includes collaboration with other NIDA students on productions, giving you the opportunity to work with industry experts.

The learning style is hands-on. As well as face-to-face training at NIDA, you will undertake an individual project offsite, enabling you to explore an area of specialisation in the industry.

Assessments take place throughout the course, allowing you to build on the skills you develop.

Want to know more about this course? Orion Jovanovic and Charlotte Smith, students in the class of 2016, explain.

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Interviews and how to apply


Admission requirements

To be eligible for entry to the Vocational Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services you must have:

  • Reached the age of 18 before the commencement of the course.
  • At the interview, demonstrate a high level of practical ability, potential and motivation.
  • Produce a body of work demonstrating skills in at least one technical area (audio, lighting, vision or staging) and apply knowledge of that area.
  • Respond effectively to workplace challenges and requirements in line with current industry standards.
  • Have completed the unit ‘CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices’ or can demonstrate equivalence (if you are not able to demonstrate equivalence, you will have the opportunity to do so on the day of the interview).

Your prior skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

The Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services is not open to international students.

Interview requirements

All applicants must attend an interview. In certain circumstances, a live interview may be arranged via electronic means.

Prepare, and bring to the interview: 

  • A short testimonial from a teacher, colleague, or employer, outlining why you would be a good candidate for the course. 

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience.

We are unable to provide you with individual feedback. The decision of the selection committee is final.

It is not possible to defer an offer of a place at NIDA.

Interview process

On the day

At the interview, you will:

  • Complete an application form.
  • Discuss your previous training, or relevant experiences, with the selection committee.
  • Undertake a written short-answer questionnaire.
  • Participate in one or more group problem-solving tasks.
  • If applicable, undertake the CUAWHS302 Apply Work Health and Safety Practices unit of competency.


Outcome of your interview

If we are able to offer you a place on the course, we will contact you in mid-December.

Selection of students

Selection criteria

We select applicants who:

1. Are able to demonstrate technical production skills in at least one area of specialisation, such as:

  • lighting
  • audio
  • staging
  • vision systems

2. Exhibit a capacity to collaborate

3. Communicate effectively

4. Respond to direction and feedback


If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:

Email: vocational@nida.edu.au

Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7516


Vocational applications
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033


Course structure

Course dates and times

2018 Course dates

In 2018 the course will be delivered at our Sydney campus. Duration of the course is 30 April 2018– 14 December 2018, 4 days per week, usually 9am–5pm.

Term 1

Monday 30 April – Friday 6 July

Term 2

Monday 23 July – Friday 28 September

Term 3

Monday 8 October – Friday 14 December

Individual project

An individual project will take place in Term 3 where you will undergo a short placement at a venue or performing arts company.

The scheduling and delivery of this course each year is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.

Course overview


The vocational CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services course comprises the following units of competency:

  • CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry
  • BSBCOM501 Identify and interpret compliance requirements
  • BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
  • CUAPPM504 Manage bump in and bump out of shows
  • CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
  • BSBWHS504 Manage WHS risks
  • CUALGT501 Realise lighting designs
  • CUALGT502 Manage installation of lighting systems
  • CUALGT403 Set up and operate lighting cues and effects
  • CUAVSS502 Implement vision system designs
  • CUASOU506 Create a final sound balance
  • CUASOU404 Manage wireless audio operations
  • CUAPPM411 Compile production schedules
  • CUAPPM402 Coordinate production operations
  • CUAIND402 Provide freelance services

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

The Vocational Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services has a number of valuable learning outcomes.

You will:

  • develop skills to successfully and safely bump-in and bump-out shows
  • prepare to work as a part of a crew for live productions and events
  • develop problem solving skills for a range of collaborative situations
  • develop autonomy in responding to lighting, sound and vision briefs
  • learn industry standard requirements regarding the use of lighting, sound and visions equipment 


As a graduate of the NIDA Vocational Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services you have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a range of industries, including theatre, dance, opera, concerts, functions, ceremonies and events.

Potential careers:

  • Backstage crew member
  • Sound board operator
  • Lighting board operator
  • Vision systems operator



Tuition Fees for 2018 for the Vocational Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services: $12,500.

The Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services is only open to domestic students. Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

Schedule of tuition fees 2017 for the Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

Schedule of tuition fees 2018 for the Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

Further financial information

VET Student Loans

NIDA is an approved VET Student Loans provider. Eligible students may be able to obtain an Australian Government student loan for all or part of their tuition fees.

For further information, please visit VET Student Loans.

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Financial assistance

Eligible students, who are Australian residents, can apply to Centrelink for financial assistance through Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY. Visit Centrelink or call 132 490 for more information. 

NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority under the National Vocational Education and Regulator Act 2011 as an NVR Registered Training Organisation (RTO): ID number 90349. 


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NIDA is an approved delegate of the Australian Skills Quality Authority. Registered Training Organisation (RTO) ID number 90349.

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