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CUA50420 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

Applications for 2023 are now closed. Applications for 2024 intake will open in June 2023.
More information on 2024 courses register your interest below

Register Interest

If you require assistance, please contact applications@nida.edu.au.

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NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in theatre, film, television or other areas.

NIDA welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

About the course

This course is an intensive year of practical study that equips you with the skills and knowledge to set up and take down equipment, sets and other staging elements related to live events and productions. You will also learn how to set up and operate lighting, audio and vision systems.

Your tutors will be current practising professionals from the entertainment arts industry. The course is supported by Opera Australia and Foundation Theatres and includes site visits to a range of Sydney venues including Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Lyric Theatre.

Classes are practical, providing you with a hands-on approach to learning. Throughout the course, you will apply your skills to live performance and film projects, collaborating with students from other creative disciplines across NIDA. The course includes placement on Student Productions which are at the heart of NIDA’s calendar year.

As a key part of the course, you will also undertake an industry placement, enabling you to develop networks and pursue an area of specialisation.

The CUA50420 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.

This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training.

Read more information about the AQF.

Course dates and times

2023 Course dates

In 2023 the course will be delivered at our Sydney campus.

Term 1             Monday 24th April – Friday 30th June

Term 2             Monday 17th July – Friday 29th September

Term 3             Monday 9th October – Friday 15th December

Classes are scheduled 4 days per week, 9am–5pm.

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

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.

2022 Course dates

In 2022 the course will be delivered at our Sydney campus.

Term 1             Monday 25th April – Friday 1st July

Term 2             Monday 18th July – Friday 30th September

Term 3             Monday 10th October – Friday 16th December

Classes are scheduled 4 days per week, 9am–5pm.

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

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.

Course overview

Subjects

The CUA50420 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services course comprises the following units of competency:

  • BSBLDR522 Manage people performance
  • CPCCWHS1001 Work safely in the construction industry
  • BSBAUD514 Interpret compliance requirements
  • CUAPPM431 Compile production schedules
  • CUAPPM514 Manage bump in and bump out of shows
  • CUALGT413 Set up and operate lighting cues and effects
  • CUASOU414 Manage wireless audio operations
  • CUALGT511 Realise lighting designs
  • CUASOU506 Create a final sound balance
  • CUAVSS502 Implement vision system design
  • CUALGT512 Manage installation of lighting systems
  • CUAIND412 Provide freelance services
  • BSBPMG541 Manage complex projects
  • CUAIND512 Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
  • CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

The CUA50420 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

Admission criteria

Essential requirements for admission

Admission criteria

To be eligible for entry to the CUA50420 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen. This course does not accept international students.
  • Have reached the age of 18 before the commencement of the course (in some circumstances NIDA may select candidates who turn 18 during their course).
  • Have completed their Higher School Certificate or equivalent; ATAR is not required
  • Demonstrate a high level of practical ability, potential and motivation.
  • Provide experience and training in at least 1 technical area: staging, lighting, sound or vision.
  • Respond to workplace challenges and requirements in line with current industry standards.
  • Have understandings acquired through work experience, or previous formal study.

Essential requirements

We select applicants who:

  • Are able to demonstrate technical production skills in at least one area of specialisation, such as:
    • lighting
    • audio
    • staging
    • vision systems
  • Exhibit a capacity to collaborate
  • Communicate effectively
  • Respond to direction and feedback

How to apply

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in the entertainment industry.

A summary of the application process for this course can be found in the

Application Guide and Fee Schedule 2023

How to apply

All applications must be submitted online via the NIDA website. You will be required to submit a video audition via a YouTube link as part of your application.

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in the entertainment industry.

How to apply

There are five steps to applying:

STEP 1

New Applicants: Create your application account here. You will be sent an automatic email with your log in details to continue your application.

Returning Applicants: If you have previously applied (in 2019-2020) and your email address already exists in the application system you will not be able to create a new account. Please follow the link below to reset your password, use your email address as your User Login ID. Reset your password here.

STEP 2

Log in, select the green ‘New Application’ button and complete the online form.

You will be asked to submit your personal details, examples of previous experience, and reasons for interest in this course.

STEP 3

Upload the following documentation to the online form:

  • Evidence of your most recent qualification if you have one (e.g. a school report, Higher School Certificate, university transcript, statement of attainment)
  • Proof of identification and citizenship (e.g. Australian passport, Australian driver’s licence, birth certificate. The scanned document needs to show your date of birth).
  • A recent photograph (head and shoulders, in colour, well lit, plain background).
  • One introduction/ Audition video as a link to an unlisted YouTube video.

STEP 4

Agree to the Terms and Conditions of application and click submit. You will receive a confirmation email when your submission is completed in full.

STEP 5

You will be contacted in early October regarding the outcome of your application and whether we are able to meet with you at a call-back session. You will be provided with an opportunity to notify us of the best available date and time for your interview/ call back, either face to face or via zoom. To assist with your planning, we will publish suggested dates and times on the course pages on our website.

If we have invited you, please attend your call-back session. Not everyone who submits a video will be invited to a call back.

Terms and conditions of application

  • There are no application fees for the 2023 applicants.
  • Applications for NIDA's diploma level courses (that commence in 2023) close on 30 September 2022. NIDA may not be able to accept applications after this date or late applicants may be required to pay a late submission fee of $75.00.
  • There are a limited number of places available in each of our diploma courses. Selection is based on merit; not all applicants who meet the published entry requirements will receive a study offer.
  • All applicants are required to review the course information, including the schedule of tuition fees, published on the course page on our website.
  • It is not possible to provide applicants with individual written or oral feedback on their audition.
  • Applicants who receive a study offer for 2023 must accept the offer within the time frame indicated. It is not possible to defer a study offer at NIDA.
  • NIDA encourages applications from people from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in their chosen area of interest.

Interview requirements

As part of your application, you are required to provide a link to a pre-recorded video interview. The following information should act as guide for how to set up and film your introductions.

Filming your Interview

Your video submission needs to be a short, 1 minute introduction to camera (introduce yourself and explain your experience).

Your video interview should be submitted as an unlisted YouTube video link, in the appropriate field of your application. You will only be able to upload one audition video.

Click HERE for instructions on how to upload an unlisted YouTube video.

Tips for your video submisson

Filming your Interview

Your video submission needs to be a short, 1 minute introduction to camera (introduce yourself and explain your experience).

Your video interview should be submitted as an unlisted YouTube video link, in the appropriate field of your application. You will only be able to upload one audition video.

Click HERE for instructions on how to upload an unlisted YouTube video.

Please make sure you review the guidance below and prepare what is required for your interview/ audition submission before you start to record anything.

1. Set up

You can use a stand or surface or have someone hold the camera/ phone for you. Do not look directly into the camera for your monologues, but just to one side; to the left or right or alternatively ask a friend to stand to one side of the camera so that you have an eyeline and someone to deliver the monologues to.

2. Background – you must be seen clearly.

Try to record against a plain, light background, with no harsh shadows behind you. Avoid busy, distracting images, and ‘hard’ colours like green and red. Ideally, the background should be plain. Grey can work well for a wide range of skin tones on screen.

3. Lighting – you must be seen clearly.

Try to light yourself so that there are minimal shadows across your face. This can be done with free standing lights or using natural light sources. Whatever you chose make sure that we can see you.

4. Sound – you must be heard clearly. Check the space/room you have chosen to record in for sound disturbances. i.e. close any windows, turn off any devices playing music in the background, air-conditioning, noise/talking/cooking sounds etc.

Call back interview dates

Interview dates for the 2023 intake will be announced after applications open.

Call back interviews

Callback Interview process

  • All applicants will be notified regarding their outcome of their application status.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted to arrange a suitable call back session.
  • Call back dates to be advised via the course page on the NIDA website.
  • Call backs may be conducted face to face or via zoom in November.
  • More information will be available on the website when applications close.

At the callbacks, you will:

  • Detail your experience and training in at least one technical area: staging, lighting, sound or vision.
  • Provide us with the testimonial from a teacher, colleague or employer outlining why you would be a good candidate for the course.
  • Undertake a written short-answer questionnaire.
  • Participate in one or more group problem-solving tasks.

Outcome

If we are able to offer you a place on the course, we will contact you in December 2022 via phone and email to advise you of your course offer. You will be given a time period in which to accept or reject the course offer for the 2023 intake.

Tips for the day

  • Bring your application form outlining your previous training and/or experience.
  • Bring a written testimonial from a teacher, colleague or employer.

Fees

Fees

The CUA50420 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.

Tuition Fees for CUA50420 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

2023 Full course fee: $14,925

DLPTS Application Guide, Fee Schedule & Entry Requirement 2023

Tuition Fees for CUA50420 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

2022 Full course fee: $14,220

DLPTS Fee Schedule  Application Guide 2022

Further financial information

VET Student Loans

NIDA is an approved VET Student Loans provider.

For more information on VET Student Loans and eligibility criteria please refer to our VET Student Loans page.

Enrolled vocational students can defer part of their fees using VET Student Loans (Australian citizens and permanent residents only). A 20% loan fee applies to VET Student Loans. The amount of the VET Student Loans provided for a part of a course or unit, plus the VET Student Loan fee of 20% is referred to as the VETSL Debt. More information regarding VET Students Loans can be found here;

https://www.dewr.gov.au/vet-student-loans/vet-information-students/information-vet-student-loans-students

VETSL Debt repayments are generally made after the student commences full time employment, repayment amounts are taken out of their pay by the Australian tax system. Students can make voluntary repayments at any time to reduce their balance; payments are made directly to the Australian Tax Office.

More information about paying back your VETSL Debt can be found here;

https://www.studyassist.gov.au/

https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Study-and-training-support-loans/Voluntary-repayments/

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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 (ASQA) under the National Vocational Education and Regulator Act 2011 to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. NIDA is a NVR Registered Training Organisation (RTO): ID number 90349.

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Videos

2021 Online Info Sessions

Vocational Studies Manager, Marnie Campbell, and a recent graduate take you through the Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services, focusing on the practical skills taught in this one-year course including setting up and operating lighting, audio and vision systems, and answer questions about the course.

27 July 2021

Careers

As a graduate of the NIDA CUA50420 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 operator
  • Lighting operator
  • Vision systems operator

See NIDA's list of Alumni.

Further info

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

Further information regarding NIDA's vocational training products can be found at Training.gov.au

RPL/ Credit Transfer

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Credit Transfer

Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

NIDA may grant credit for:

  • Formal study undertaken in recognised education institutions in Australia, including universities, colleges, TAFE and other post-secondary education institutions and for study at recognised overseas institutions.
  • Credentialed courses provided by recognised professional bodies, employers and other authorities, where appropriate certification is available; and
  • Prior learning, where such learning can be sufficiently evidenced.

The principles underlying the assessment of credit transfer/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applications are that the policy and procedures are:

  1. Aligned to the Higher Education Standards Framework and the Vocational Standards for RTOs.
  2. Designed to maintain the integrity and reputation of NIDA’s accredited courses for which credit or RPL is applied and support the collaborative nature of NIDA’s conservatoire training model.
  3. Consistent, equitable, transparent, and accountable.
  4. Based on processes of comparable standard and integrity to those used to assess the relevant subject.
  5. That students are not disadvantaged in achieving the expected learning outcomes for the course of study or qualification.

NIDA Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

Apply for a Credit Transfer and/or RPL

Read more about NIDA's Deputy Director – Learning and Innovation (Vocational Education and Training) Mark Gaal


NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. RTO (Registered Training Organisation) code: 90349

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