Lighting for Film, Television & Theater
Summer 2008

Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 to 9:10 p.m.
115 General Classroom Building

Mr. Bryan Cardinale-Powell
Room 817-A, One Park Place

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1 to 3 pm, or by appointment

Course Description:
This course is about exploring the possibilities for expression afforded by the use of lighting equipment. There will be intensive, hands-on demonstrations conducted in the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to operate lighting and grip equipment and work together to light various scenarios. In addition, classroom discussions will help students develop their ability to determine, discuss, and explore the technical and artistic choices made whenever a subject is illuminated.

Course Objectives:
At the successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate the following:
  • familiarity with the vocabulary and fundamental principles of lighting design
  • operation of lighting and grip equipment in a manner consistent with high standards of safety
  • thoughtful analysis and discussion of various lighting objectives and setups
  • planning and execution of “appropriate” lighting scenarios
Required Supplies:
  • Coursepack. Available for purchase through The Printshop.
  • Department Supply Card. Due by Monday, June 16th!
  • Leather Gloves
Additional readings may be assigned during the term. Any additional readings either will be distributed in class or electronically via email. More information will be provided as necessary.

Readings assigned for this course were selected to complement class activities and demonstrations. Therefore,
reading assignments should be completed before attending class.

Course Requirements:
Student requirements for this course include the following:
  • Attendance and active participation in classroom activities
  • Lighting Analysis
  • Mid-Term Exam
  • Lighting Scenario
  • Final Exam
Attendance and Participation: Each student is entitled to one unexcused absence, but keep in mind that failure to attend class is the best way to fail class. Your attendance and participation in classroom activities is expected and will be monitored.

Lighting Analysis: Each student will select and analyze an example of lighting he or she admires. The analysis will include explanation of the lighting objective achieved through consideration of four general categories of lighting choices: intensity, quality, direction, and color. The analysis will be delivered as a 5-7 minute presentation.

Mid-Term Exam: The mid-term exam is designed to test each student’s understanding of vocabulary and fundamental concepts like the application of electricity in lighting design and characteristics of light. The exam will consist of 30 to 50 multiple-choice and/or matching questions.

Lighting Scenario: The Lighting Scenario is a semester-long project that provides students with an opportunity to establish a lighting objective, design and execute a plan for meeting that objective, and analyze the results. This project involves individual and group participation. Further information will be handed out in class.

Final Exam: The Final Exam will be cumulative, and like the Mid-Term Exam, will test each student’s understanding of material covered in class. This test will likely include short answer questions in addition to multiple choice/matching questions.

IMPORTANT! Throughout the semester, class-related information will be communicated via email. To ensure that this works as smoothly as possible, please be sure you have access to your email account, and that you check that account regularly. If you’d rather use a different email address for class-related correspondence, please let the instructor know by the end of the first week of classes.

Plagiarism, cheating, and/or academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated in this course. Please refer to the Policy on Academic Honesty available online at for further details.

Students will earn final grades based on the following formula:

10% Attendance
20% Lighting Analysis
25% Midterm Exam
20% Lighting Scenario
25% Final Exam

Assignment scores and calculated totals will correspond to letter grades according to the following scale:
94-100 A 75-78 C+
90-93 A- 72-74 C
86-89 B+ 68-71 C-
83-85 B 60-67 D
79-82 B- 0-59 F

Withdrawal Policy:
There is a new withdrawal policy for all undergraduates starting Fall 2006: All undergraduates are allowed to withdraw with a grade of "W" a maximum of six times in their entire careers at Georgia State. Students who exceed the limit will automatically receive a grade of "WF" which will count as an "F" for GPA calculations. Withdrawals taken before Fall 2006 will not count against the limit and neither will hardship withdrawals, withdrawals at other institutions or withdrawals after the midpoint. Withdrawals after the semester midpoint are automatically given a grade of "WF."

To avoid withdrawals, a student is encouraged to attend class regularly and complete every assignment on time. Students should seek the instructor via e-mail or during office hours to discuss any problems with the course. A student who does not perform well in class and/or on assignments and exams will be sent an e-mail by the instructor seeking a meeting to discuss any problem(s) the student is having with the course. The purpose of the meeting will be to remedy the problem(s) and allow the student to find ways to succeed in this course.

The department of communication's Undergraduate Studies Office will also be notified of apparent student underperformance, and an advisor will be available to provide confidential mentorship or to put you in contact with other university resources that can help you navigate this class. At any time in the semester a student can seek an appointment for an advisement session with the Undergraduate Studies Office by sending an e-mail to or by going to 835 One Park Place.

July 2nd is the last day students can withdraw from this class and receive a grade of WP. If you choose to withdraw from this course, please be sure to follow the Registrar’s procedure to make sure your withdrawal is official before the deadline, otherwise you will receive an F for the course.

Make-up exams and grades of Incomplete (I) are reserved solely for verifiable hardships.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time during the semester to discuss your classroom performance.

They’re your grades. You earn them.