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Diploma of Live Production Design

  • National Course Code: CUA50513
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA50513-01V02-20DCE-004

Location – Design Centre Enmore

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

19 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • VET Student Loans Available
  • Non Government Subsidised

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who design for live theatre performance. They execute judgements across a broad range of technical functions in the entertainment industry and have a wide range of specialised technical, creative or conceptual skills. They have autonomy in performing and can be responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating the work of others within broad parameters.

National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work:
Sets and staging for some performances or events may fall within the definition of construction work. If so, people entering the construction site are required to complete the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (Australian Safety Compensation Council, May 2007). Achievement of the unit 'CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry' from the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package fulfils this requirement.

Information on occupational licensing and its intersection with vocational education and training can be found in Licensing Line News at

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


To be selected for a place in this course, you will need to:

  • Have completed the unit, CUSOHS301A or the equivalent updated unit CUAWHS302 - Follow occupational health and safety procedures, or can demonstrate equivalence
  • Demonstrate your production design skills that support learning at Diploma level

To be eligible for this course, you will need to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Engage with the design process by developing solutions through research, reflection and generating and refining ideas
  • Produce a body of design work demonstrating the ability to respond effectively and creatively to design challenges and requirements
  • Refine concepts in line with current industry standards

You will also need to demonstrate that you have knowledge of trends and traditions in at least one of the following areas:

  • Costume
  • Lighting
  • Scenery and props
  • Screen and media
  • Sound
  • Staging
  • Vision systems

Your skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Creative thinking and problem solving skills
  • Adept at design thinking
  • The ability to seek constructive feedback on work
  • The ability to collaborate and work as part of team

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


There are many different employment outcomes in the live production industry and which career path you choose can impact on the licensing requirements you will need to achieve. Depending on the electives you study, you may have to complete additional units to be eligible to apply for a licence.

Construction white card

Sets and staging for some performances or events may fall within the definition of construction work. When it does, people entering the construction site are required to have a white card. This is specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).

Visit the Safework NSW website for more information on applying for your white card.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become qualified after successful completion (e.g. carpenter, electrician, hairdresser, etc.)
  • Production design skills in relation to theatre & or stage.
  • You will be required to present a portfolio of original drawings and design work that support learning at Diploma level.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a face to face, full time course. You will need to attend approximately 19 hours of class a week, over 3 - 4 days per week, for 36 weeks.

You can also expect approximately 16 hours of additional study each week including private study, assignment preparation and research outside of class hours.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Minimum pre-requisite Certificate IV in Design / or equivalent.
  • This Learner group consists of individuals that have completed one or a combination of the following:
  • CUA30715 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals
  • CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design
  • Degrees of parts thereof in Visual Arts
  • Diplomas & Advanced Diplomas in other design disciplines (i.e. Fashion, Industrial, and Interior).
  • Experience in the workplace for example: professional and community theatre and festivals.
  • In exceptional circumstances learners that have excelled in Design & Technology and/or Visual Arts at high school and/or design and construction for school theatrical productions.

There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:
? Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
? Accessibility and Disability Services
? Personal Counselling
? Vocational Counselling
? Learning Support
? International Student Support
? Scholarships
? Multicultural Support
Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available to staff and students at
Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

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As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Tuesday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

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Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed below. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
Additonal resources will be required to successfully complete this course and will cost approximately $190.00 for materials/consumables, subsidising field trips and visits, safety equipment and/or toolkits and general resources.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


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Core Units
Number Title
CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry
CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice
CUADES502 Realise production designs
BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
BSBDES501 Implement design solutions
BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace
Elective Units
Number Title
CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques
CUAPPM502 Realise productions
CUAGRD502 Produce graphic designs for 2-D and 3-D applications
CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings
CUASET401 Make sets
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
CUACOS509 Design costumes
CUAINN501 Adopt an innovative approach to creating production elements

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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Course Location

Design Centre Enmore
110 Edgeware Road, Enmore
Phone 131 601

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