Western Michigan University
THEA 332: Lighting and Sound Design

The Final Project


The final project is designed to be comprehensive proof of your understanding of the lighting process. In this project you will design the lighting for a production from the point of conception through the preparation of the drafting that would be used to hang the instruments.


You may select any published script for your final project with my approval. You will however need to provide a scenic designer's plan, section and elevations. If you have an existing project from scenic design course you may choose to work on that same production or I will provide the scenic plan, section and elevations for a show of my choosing. The scenic work is not part of the final project and will not effect your grade in this course. The project will be due in three phases on the dates specified on the syllabus for the class.

The show I am providing scenic design drawing for is Oedipus the King by Sophocles. Below are links to PDF files of Scenic Elevations and PDF files of reduced ground plans and section drawings. 1/4" scale blue lines of the composit plan and section will be made available to students choosing to use this production as their final project.

Oedipus Elevations

Oedipus Plan

Oedipus Section


Phase 1 - Concept and Sketches. I will look these over and return them to you to make sure you are on track. There will not be points assigned to them, but you will be docked 20 points if they are not turned in on time. If there are problems you will have a chance to correct them before the final points are assigned.

I. Concept Statement

A. Point of View
B. Approach
C. Implementation

II. Sketches

Front Elevations Comming Soon

A. At least three full stage drawings of the lighting at specific
            moments in the play.
B. May be black and white or color.
C. Must communicate information about the lighting of the
D. Must support your concept statement.
E. Identify specific moment on drawing.
F. No stick figures.

Phase 2 - Moments, Key and Hookup. These too will be reviewed and returned. The same 20 point penalty applies if they are not complete by the due date. Please turn in your concept statement with these items. At this point unit numbers may be omitted from the Channel hookup, they are not assigned until the plot is finished.

III. Moment Breakdown - EXAMPLE

A. Spread Sheet format.
B. Columns for Page #, Moment , and Description.
C. Must support your concept statement and sketches.

IV. Color Key - EXAMPLE

A. Presentation quality graphic representation of color pallet and
            directions of distribution. (arrows and color numbers)
B. Must support your concept statement and sketches.
C. Label with name and title of show.

V. Channel Hookup - EXAMPLE

A. Follow format of example.
B. Dimmer column and Group column may be left blank.
C. Logically organize channels by purpose, not by position.
D. Must support your concept statement, sketches and Color Key.

Phase 3 - Presentations of Completed Projects. You will present your project to the class during the final examination period. At that time you will turn in all seven of the components of the project; Concept Statement, Sketches, Moment Breakdown, Color Key, Channel Hookup, Lighting Plan (Plot), and Lighting Section. Points will be assigned after the entire project is completed. Elements and evaluations for the drafting is as follows:

VI. Lighting Section

A. Should Include:

1. Building Section.
2. Scenery Section.
3. Masking Locations at trim height.
4. Sight point(s).
5. Electrics locations at trim.
6. Fixed Lighting Positions as used.
7. Elevations of all booms, torms and alcoves visible in
            the view as used.
8. Rigging Schedule
9. Notes (if needed to aid in clarity)
10. Title Block

Note:  Any object that crosses center line should be drawn in a visible lineweight and cross hatched in a light lineweight.  Any object visible in the view, but not crossing center line, should be drawn in a light lineweight.

B. Evaluation

1. Neatness and Clarity
2. Accuracy to plan and Hookup
3. Appropriateness to Concept and Sketches.

VII. Lighting Plan

A. Should Include:

1. Building Plan (visible lineweight, cross hatching in
            light lineweight)
2. Scenery Plan  (all in light lineweight)
3. Lighting Pipes (visible lineweight)
4. Lighting Instruments (visible lineweight)
5. Channel and Focus Information (text)
6. Unit Numbers (text)
7. Rigging Schedule (visible lineweight) - EXAMPLE
8. Position Labels with trims (text)
9. Symbols Key - EXAMPLE --  Include all instrument types used in
            plot and typical unit labeling.
10. Notes - EXAMPLE (text)
11. Instrument placement dimensions (light lineweight)
            -- Accommodate with notes, dimension lines,
                and/or hatch marks.
12. Title Block - EXAMPLE
13. Elevations of all Vertical Lighting Positions - EXAMPLE
            (visible lineweight)

B. Evaluation

1. Neatness and Clarity
2. Accuracy to section and Hookup
3. Appropriateness to Concept, Sketches and
               Color Key.

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Matthew A. Knewtson, Associate Professor of Theatre
Western Michigan University
Comments to:  matt.knewtson@wmich.edu
Revised :  January 2015