• Live Production and Technical Services
  • Live Production and Technical Services
  • Diploma Live Production
  • Diploma Live Production
  • Diploma Live Production

Live Production and Technical Services

NIDA’s Vocational Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services is an 8 month intensive course. It prepares you for technical roles in the live production and events industries including theatre, dance, opera, concerts, functions, ceremonies and events.

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

Training is industry driven with content delivered by practising 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 a placement on NIDA’s student production program, giving you the opportunity to collaborate with expert NIDA tutors and guests from the entertainment arts industry.

Classes are practical providing you with a hands-on approach to learning. At the end of 6 months face-to-face training you undertake an individual project, enabling you to develop an area of specialisation.

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

How to apply

Application process

Applications open 1 July and close 30 September. Late applications will be accepted if there are spaces available.

Application and interview

  • The first step to applying is to book and pay for an interview session.
  • Applications for open 1 July to 30 September. Late applications will be accepted if there are spaces available.
  • Attend your interview in person. Interview via video or other electronic means may be considered in certain circumstances.
  • Interviews take place in Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Prepare for your interview by reading the information below.
Interview

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

Contact

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

Email: vocational@nida.edu.au

Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7516

Mail:

Vocational applications
NIDA
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033

 

Course structure

Course dates and times

2017 Course dates

Duration of the course is 24 July 2017– 23 February 2018, 5 days per week, usually 9am–5pm.

Term 1

Monday 24 July – Friday 29 September

Term 2

Monday 9 October – Friday 15 December

Individual project

Individual projects will occur in January and February of 2018.  You will have regular contact with NIDA whilst you are working on your projects.

Course overview

Subjects

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 

Careers

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

Fees

Fees

Tuition Fees for 2017 for the Vocational Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services: $11,000.

Students are required to pay tuition fees on or before enrolment day.

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. 

Duration of course is 24 July–15 December 2017, 5 days per week, usually 9am5pm. Additionally, an individual project needs to be completed by Friday 23 February 2018. There may be additional placement opportunities outside the scheduled course times with a partner organisation.

Download 

Schedule of 2017 tuition fees for the Vocational Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (PDF 192KB) 

Further financial information

VET FEE-HELP

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

Students do not have to repay the loan until their income is above the minimum repayment threshold for compulsory repayment. For the 20142015 income year, the threshold is $53,345.

The FEE-HELP limit available to students is $97,728.

For further information please visit Study Assist.

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

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