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Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

Live Production

VTAC Code: CUA50415 CRICOS: 095306G VTAC Number: Prahran 6900868614

Overview

Campus

Prahran

Campus

Prahran

Duration

10 months full time

Duration

11 months

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

Follow your creative dreams

This Diploma CUA50415 is currently awaiting accreditation to CUA50420 in 2023

Channel your passion for all aspects of theatre and live production with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services CUA50415. Our course will teach you everything you need to know about being backstage and behind the scenes. Home to over 50 theatres, the city of Melbourne and its inner suburbs are the perfect place to study Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services.

Make sustaining industry connections

In this very hands-on course, you will have extensive training in all technical aspects of the theatre industry. Our Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services CUA50415 is taught at our Prahan campus, home to Melbourne Polytechnic’s lively artistic community. You will learn in a state-of-the-art training venue and collaborate with other students to develop a number of large-scale theatre productions. Students will have the opportunity to stage performances at David Williamson Theatre. This is Melbourne Polytechnic’s 120-seat theatre, with industry-standard lighting and sound equipment, flying systems, a set and prop construction area and stage storage spaces. Our Performing Arts Department has enduring industry connections with small and large-scale theatre companies such as Arts Centre Melbourne, La Mama, Carlton Courthouse, Red Stitch Theatre Company, Black Hole Theatre Company and Impro Melbourne and the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA).

Shine a spotlight on a career in theatre production

Graduates of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Live Production and Technical Service CUA50415 will have learned extensive skills in production, theatre lighting and sound, stage and event management, vision systems and set and prop making. As a multi-skilled technical theatre worker with proficiency in audio/visual systems, you may choose to apply for positions as a technician in theatre lighting or sound. You will also be suitably trained to enter stage management and event management roles in small or large festivals and events.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

On successful completion of the Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services CUA50415 you will be suitably qualified to apply for positions as a technician in theatre lighting, theatre sound and using audio visual systems. You will also be suitably trained to enter stage management and event management roles in small or large festivals and events
  • Theatre Technician
  • Event Manager
  • Stage Manager

Course Details

Delivery methods

Blended (combination of face to face learning on the Prahran campus, remote delivery, self-directed learning and project work including performances and productions).

  • Performances and Productions
  • Computer Lab
  • Project work
  • Blended delivery
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

A combination of observation, written assignments and project work, with small and large scale events based learning. The course is designed to engage students in hands-on practical learning wherever possible. This may be delivered on campus, online or in the related industry where possible. Consequently, assessments will vary throughout the course, depending on the unit. As required by the training package, employability skills will form part of the assessment of the qualification, including communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, and learning and technology. It is anticipated that learning activities and assessments will involve working with students and staff from other Dramatic Arts courses.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBCOM501 IDENTIFY AND INTERPRET COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS Core 20
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts Elective 30
BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace Elective 60
BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness Core 60
CPCCOHS1001A WORK SAFELY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Core 6
CUADES502 REALISE PRODUCTION DESIGNS Elective 100
CUAIND502 MAINTAIN AND APPLY CREATIVE ARTS INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE Core 50
CUALGT501 REALISE LIGHTING DESIGNS Elective 110
CUALGT502 MANAGE INSTALLATION OF LIGHTING SYSTEMS Elective 110
CUAPPM504 Manage bump in and bump out of shows Core 150
CUASMT501 STAGE MANAGE PRODUCTIONS AND EVENTS Elective 120
CUASOU401 MIX LIVE AUDIO Elective 140
CUASOU505 IMPLEMENT SOUND DESIGNS Elective 50
CUASTA501 MANAGE SPECIALIST STAGING OPERATIONS Elective 50
CUAVSS502 IMPLEMENT VISION SYSTEM DESIGNS Elective 100

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $12400 $18450
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $12650 $18700
Per year $22100
Per semester $11050

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

All materials are provided by Melbourne Polytechnic as part of tuition fees.
All materials are provided by Melbourne Polytechnic as part of tuition fees.

Book an interview

This course requires an interview for entry. Please make a booking for your interview time by clicking book an interview

Requirements

  • Apply through VTAC or direct to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Attend an interview

To assess applicants meet Entry Requirements - It is required that candidates undergo an interview before offer of a place can be made and submit:

  • Resume or CV which includes evidence of technical skills and previous experience in at least one of the areas of live production: sound, lighting, stage management, prop making, set building.
  • A written statement with the reasons for wanting to undertake course.
  • Photograph of themselves – head and shoulders only.

To enter this qualification, individuals must provide evidence of their skills in in live production and technical services and the ability to:

  • develop solutions in at least one technical area
  • produce a body of work demonstrating skills in at least one technical area
  • respond effectively to workplace challenges and requirements in line with current industry standards
  • apply knowledge of trends and traditions in at least one technical area

Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study at a secondary or tertiary level.

Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Other: An interview is required before an offer can be processed.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

You will be asked to attend an interview to ensure that this is the right course for you.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

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Nationally Recognised Training

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