Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

CRICOS Code: 090379G
National Code: CUA50415


If you wish to work behind the scenes in the exciting and creative world of theatre, film or TV this course can help you realise your career goals. Behind every show a team of people are building sets, making props, designing lighting, creating costumes, running audio, switching vision, calling cues and managing the stage.

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78 weeks
60 weeks
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Certificate IV in Live Production & Technical Services or equivalent.
  • Other Entry: Successful completion of CUSOHS301A Follow occupational health and safety procedures (a unit within the Certificate III in Live Production & Services) or equivalence. This topic can be studied concurrently with the Diploma for approximately A$100.

Work Placement Duration:   280 hours

Students will undertake 10 weeks (or more) of full time placement in local or on campus productions.

Course Notes

  • Students will typically complete the package of Certificate III in Live Production & Services, the Certificate IV and Diploma in Live Production & Technical Services for a total duration of 3 years.
  • Students will continue in the elected streams as chosen in the Certificate III:
    - Construction
    - Design
    - Stage Management
    - Technical
  • Students will work collaboratively in both their studies and productions with TAFE SA dance, acting and other creative arts students.
  • Included in the Live Production courses and course costs is the unit 'Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry' commonly known as a White Card.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $7200
AUD $150*
Semester 2
AUD $7200
Semester 3
AUD $7200
Fee Totals
AUD $21600
AUD $150*
Total Course Cost
AUD $21750

* Students will need to purchase tools and workwear at a cost of approximately A$150. Cost will depend on the study stream chosen by the student.

Note: TAFE SA course fees are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • Employment Outcomes

    Occupational outcomes may include: Stage Manager; Head Audio/Lighting/Staging Technician; Leading Hand Set Builder/Props Maker/Scenic Artist.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (CUA50415)
    This qualification reflects the role of individuals who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, coordinate, carry out and evaluate technical requirements for productions, events or exhibitions in creative arts industry environments. They have autonomy in carrying out their own work and can be responsible for the output of others within broad parameters. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 5 core units and 10 elective units.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Identify and interpret compliance requirements 20
    Lead and manage team effectiveness 60
    Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge 50
    Manage bump in and bump out of shows 150
    Work Safely in the Construction Industry 6


    Name Nominal Hours
    Construct mechanical props 100
    Construct mechanical sets 100
    Design costumes 100
    Develop and implement sound plans 35
    Develop set construction plans 100
    Ensure a safe workplace 60
    Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief 65
    Implement design solutions 60
    Implement sound designs 50
    Incorporate creative and technical needs into management processes 150
    Investigate painting materials and processes 70
    Manage risk 60
    Manage specialist staging operations 50
    Manage the operation of stage monitor systems 70
    Manage WHS risks 50
    Mix live audio 140
    Operate complex lighting 155
    Produce computer-aided drawings 50
    Realise costumes 60
    Realise lighting designs 110
    Realise production designs 100
    Realise productions 250
    Refine painting techniques 80
    Research and apply light and colour 45
    Select and refine a specialised drawing technique 45
    Stage manage performances 100
    Undertake project work 60
  • If your goal is to achieve a bachelor degree in your chosen field of study, TAFE SA offers two different types of pathway to university - a University Packaged Program or Credit Transfer.

    A University Packaged Program allows you to select the course and the university you wish to study at, before commencing your studies at TAFE SA.

    This course is available as a University Packaged Program. This allows students to accept a joint packaged offer with a local South Australian University, and upon successful completion of TAFE SA qualification, the student is eligible for a guaranteed entry into a nominated University Program. Find out more about University Packaged Programs.

    The table below shows current packages available for this course.

    Institution Course Indicative Package Cost
    Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts) AUD$95,600
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts)
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