Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

National Code: CUA50415
TAFE SA Code: TP00981


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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Full Time or Part Time equivalent

  • Employment Outcomes

    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.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

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

    * 2020 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective 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
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