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Introduction to Production Practice: Course Information

The Intro to Production Practice course provides the student with the opportunity to work on a total of 4 APA productions. 3 roles as EDT crew in Lighting, Sound and Stage, and 1 production in another TEA area. These roles will be allocated amoungst the productions supported by the EDT Department. APA Drama Dance and Opera productions, plus EDT productions such as EDT touring

TITLE : Entertainment Design & Technology Apprenticeship
COURSE CODE : TEGCV 1003
PROGRAMME & YEAR : Fast Track Vocational
MODE OF DELIVERY : Practice
DURATION : 1 semester
CREDITS : 4
CREDIT ALLOCATION TYPE (CAT) : 4
CONTACT HOURS (A) (Class time) : As required
STUDENT WORK HOURS (B) (Homework) : 168 (12 hours per week)
EXPECTED STUDY LOAD HOURS (A) + (B) : 168 (12 hours per week)
REQUISITES : None
QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK LEVEL : 3
Course Description

This course provides the Vocational student with opportunity to understand the practical roles of Lighting, Sound or Stage Crew. Students can undertake minor assisting duties on various assignments relating to Academy or other productions, but the students’primary requirement is to gain a practical understanding of the work & roles being undertaken by more senior members of the technical crew and creative teams. Students will be expected to compile a journal with a report/assessment of their assignment after the role is completed. The students will be allocated roles in their major area of lighting, sound or stage technology and can elect one other EDT area.

Learning Outcomes
1 A detailed knowledge of the roles and requirements of a Lighting, Sound or Stage Crew and an awareness of the application of those theories/ideas, contexts and frameworks;
2 Comprehend specialist operational roles and gained an understanding of their practical application;
3 Communicate effectively, (enquire, question and enter discussions) in an appropriate manner;
4 Can develop working relationships of a professional nature within the discipline.

Roles & Responsibilities

There are carefully defined job definitions for each student role when working on a production as well as assessment criteria to measure the ability of the student to fulfil the specified role.

Students will be assigned to productions and to specific technical areas depending upon their major study area.

Role of the Lighting Apprentice
  • 1. Attend all calls as necessary from the first set up call through to the strike out.
  • 2. To work with the Lighting Crew (Production Electrician Lighting Operator and Lighting Technician/Electrician, Lighting Designer), observing, questioning, and discussing aspects regarding the installation of the lighting equipment for the production and realisation of the lighting design.
Role of the Sound Apprentice
  • 1. Attend all calls as necessary from the first set up call through to the strike out.
  • 2. To work with the Sound Crew (Production Engineer, Sound Operator, Sound Technician and Sound Designer) observing, questioning and discussing aspects regarding the installation of the sound equipment for the production and realisation of the sound design
Role of the Stage Technology Apprentice
  • 1. Attend all calls as necessary from the first set up call through to the strike out.
  • 2. To work with the Stage Technical Crew (Technical Director, Assistant Technical Director and Stage Technician), observing, questioning and discussing aspects regarding the installation of the stage equipment for the production.
Absences, Lateness, and Unavailability
  • 1. Students are expected to BE READY TO WORK at the scheduled time. Therefore, please arrive a few minutes prior to the call time.
  • 2. Negligence in reading the Callboard cannot serve as an excuse for lateness or absences.
  • 3. In case of an unforeseen circumstance that causes an absence or lateness for a call, student must inform the Student Technical Director AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, in order to limit the inconvenience to your colleagues.
  • 4. Absences from crew will be presented to the supervisors accordingly, and follow the same conditions as absences from class, that is, an “absent” will be recorded.
  • 5. Student, who will be unavailable (N/A) for any Call that takes place in the following week, is required to inform the Student Technical Director by 18:00 on the Wednesday before.

Introduction to Production Practice: Assessment

Production Practice work is reviewed by a variety of means including Departmental and School staff and by visiting professionals who come to the Academy to work on productions or to teach intensive workshops. The production supervisor after consultation with, other production personnel and student Lighting and Sound Designers and Technical Directors will award grades and assessments for production work. The final grade will be given for the total work completed by the students throughout each individual full production process.

Assessment Criteria Percentage
1 Craft Skills as an EDT Crew 40%
2 Communication Skills 10%
3 Problem Solving Skills 10%
4 Time Management Skills 10%
5 Personal Skills 30%
Breakdown of the Assessment Criteria for EDT Crew
1. Craft Skills as an EDT Crew

The student’s ability to perform and successfully complete the work associated within the area of the student’s assigned specialism.

The student will demonstrate:

  • The ability to implement the instructions of from the Technical Director, Lighting Technician, Sound Technician or Stage Technician on the installation and strike of all production related equipment.
  • The ability to interact with other Departments in the installation and strike of all technically related equipment.
  • The ability to operate stage cues such as fitting of radio mics or operating follow-spot during the performance.
  • the ability to make constructive contributions to formulating and solving required tasks.
2. Communication Skills

The student’s ability to communicate well with all EDT team members, and other members of the production team.

The student will demonstrate:

  • The ability to express ideas clearly.
  • The ability to listen and respond to other people’s ideas.
  • Skills in interpersonal negotiation and group collaboration.
3. Problem Solving Skills

The student’s ability to solve problems and work with others in providing an effective solution.

The student will demonstrate:

  • The ability to recognise problems when they arise and prioritise the problems in order of importance to the production.
  • The understanding of the problem and the implication of the problem on the current situation.
  • The selection, categorisation and use of new information and sources, assessing its validity and relevance to solve necessary problems.
  • Decision making skills in the selection of the solution to the problem.
  • Implementation of the solution and verification that the chosen solution is working. The implementation of revised solutions if the original is not working.
4. Time Management Skills

The student’s ability to manage their time and to work efficiently during the production call time.

The student will demonstrate:

  • The scheduling of the EDT Crew’s time to fulfil all requirements as required./li>
  • The ability to prioritise work and tasks of the EDT Crew.
  • Punctuality and appropriate attendance of calls.
  • The ability to achieve all deadlines.
5. Personal Skills

The student’s commitment to the project, sense of responsibility and understanding of the demands (and requirements) of the job will be considered.

The student will demonstrate:

  • A positive attitude and commitment to the assigned role and the production
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt and make necessary changes.
  • A passion to the assigned role and to the production.
  • Confidence in fulfilling the assigned role and to the production.

Introduction to Production Practice: Syllabus

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