TH 433 – Lighting Design 2

University at Buffalo - Syllabus – Fall Semester, 2006


Assistant Professor: Lynne M. Koscielniak

Office: Alumni Arena 186          

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00 or by appointment           

Office Phone: (716) 645-6898 x1310                                        



Course Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:20

Classroom: as announced on Course Outline


Course Description:

It is the job of the lighting designer to manipulate the controllable properties of light to create a desired effect that supports a given text and production approach.  How the lighting designer plans to do this must be articulated orally and visually by him/her to his/her collaborators.  Graphics must be drawn to communicate the placement of lighting systems that will be utilized to create the desired effects.  TH 433 is a course that exercises the lighting designer’s ability to communicate orally, visually, and graphically in the production process.  Emphasis is given to visualization techniques and both hand and computer generated rendering techniques are explored.  Graphic standards for both proscenium and black box venues are introduced through paper projects and realized work.  Design implementation is exercised through cuing sessions on conventional and moving light boards, where students develop a language for programming while experimenting with advanced cuing techniques.  Lighting for dance culminates the course, as students work in collaboration to light the Studio Dance Ensemble Concert.  The student will leave the course with a portfolio that demonstrates their ability to provide appropriate information to the light shop, attack advanced design problems, and work in collaboration.


Course Objectives:

  • Implement WYSIWYG technology as a tool for pre-production communication
  • To explore how a lighting designer fits into the collaborative/production process
  • To acquire the skills necessary to execute a realized design
  • To gain inspiration from lighting designers past and present
  • To discuss varying methods of presentation
  • To realize a lighting design for dance
  • To work as an ensemble



All grades are based on the following:

                Project # 1 – Charting Beams/Detailing Focus                                         15%

            Project # 2 – Dramatic Lighting, a Complete Package - “LDJIN”                25%

            Project # 3 – Lighting and Sound Syncopation                                        15%

            Project # 4 – Studio Dance Ensemble                                                    25%

            Lighting Design Response Papers                                                         10%

            Spotlight on a Lighting Designer Presentation                                         10%

Attendance, Preparation, and Participation1 


Class Policies:

1Preparation and participation relate to your success in this class.  All students are expected to honor due dates and to read the text in order to partake in class discussions.  Problems in these areas will be reviewed on an individual basis with lower project and/or course grades as a possible consequence.  The instructor may return assignments for revision or completion.  This additional work does not exempt the student from meeting other deadlines.  Please note that assignments not turned in on the due date will be marked down by one letter grade for each subsequent class period they are not turned.


Failure to submit a required project may result in an incomplete grade in the course. 


This course allows for two absences without penalty.  Each subsequent absence will lower your overall course average by one letter grade.  Arrival in class more than 15 minutes late, unless prearranged with the instructor, will be considered an absence. A “closed door” policy will be enforced if the instructor determines that late arrival constitutes a problem in this class.  Sickness and weather delays do happen and this is why excused absences are provided. Please inform the instructor in case of crisis or emergency in order for appropriate considerations to be made. 


TH 433 – Lighting Design 2

University at Buffalo - Syllabus – Fall Semester, 2006

Assistant Professor: Lynne M. Koscielniak



Pilbrow, Richard

Stage Lighting Design: The Art, the Craft, the Life (Paperback)

Quite Specific Media Group


O’Neill, Eugene


Yale University Press; Reissue edition (September 10, 1962)





Photometric Handbook

Broadway Press





            Field Template, must have ½” scale instruments


            Rosco Swatchbook (provided by instructor)


            Blank CD

            8 ½”x11” black paper

            Set of colored pencils

            Set of tray or tube watercolors  

            Watercolor brushes

            Circle Template



            Triangles (30deg., 45deg./60deg.) or Adjustable triangle

            Architectural Scale Rule

            Mechanical Pencils (.3H, .5HB, .7HB)

            Drafting Paper (vellum) – (36” x 10yds. suggested)

            Drafting tape/masking tape

            Eraser (Mars plastic)

            Erasing Shield

            Jump Drive