National code: CUA50420

Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (Production Design)

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Overview About this course

Deepen your expertise and take your production design career to the next level as you research, plan, create and showcase all elements that go into a successful set production in this highly practical course.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Design lighting for film, theatre and live events

  • Coordinate stage and set design for film, theatre and live events

  • Apply special effects and makeup

  • Maintain safe creative practice

  • Develop computer graphic skills

  • Manage events and live production

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • The ability to design and create sets, costumes and props

  • The skills and confidence to bring your design creations and ideas to life in the creative industries

  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Live production skills, knowledge and experience, as evidenced by your portfolio of relevant design work

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A strong interest and a desire to work in the creative industries

  • Eagerness to learn and to build on your existing production design skills

  • The ability to source design materials to undertake your study

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: production designer, art director, props designer or supervisor, lighting designer and costume designer.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 2 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (Production Design) does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (Production Design) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 units of competency, including 4 core and 11 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Manage complex projects BSBPMG541

  • Establish and maintain safe creative practice CUAPPR515

  • Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge CUAIND512

  • Manage people performance BSBLDR522

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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