TH 3501
Digital Technology for the Theatre

MWF 8:00-9:15 AM
MPAC 49, MPAC Main Stage, Dudley Theatre (and possibly other places to be determined).

Mark Harvey

Jon Brophy

Course Objectives:

1. To explore the advantages of digital technology in all aspects of the theatre.
2. To become proficient in programming the ETC Ion lighitng console.
3. To analyze and compare the functionality of different types of LED and moving light fixtures.
4. To understand the uses and techniques of DMX 512 protocol, CAT5 gateways, and RC4 wireless dimming.
5. To explore the use of QLab 3 for projected imagery, including the use of live cameras, and multiple projectors


Cadena, Richard. Automated Lighting: the Art and Science of Moving Light in Theatre, Live Performance, Broadcast, and Entertainment. Boston: Focal Press, 2006.
Moody, James L. Concert Lighting: Techniques, Art and Business. Boston: Focal Press, 1989.
Schiller, Brad. The Automated Lighting Programmer's Handbook. Boston: Focal Press, 2004.
Vasey, John. Concert Sound and Lighting Systems. Boston: Focal Press, 1993.

Class Expectations:

Attendance Policy: This course involves practical hands-on efforts of each student enrolled. Attendance each day the course meets is expected. Role will be taken each day. Without prior arrangement, each absence beyond five will result in the lowering of the final grade.

Grading Policy:

Late projects are not accepted. Any project submitted late will receive a grade of 0. Demonstrated progress, made evident during class work periods, may qualify the project for late penalty waiver.

Students will be required to demonstrate each project for the class, so all assignments are due at the beginning of class.

Note: Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to perform in this class are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the quarter. Adaptations of methods, materials or testing may be made as required to provide for equitable participation.

University of Minnesota
Code of Conduct
Mental Health Service

Return to Mark Harvey's Home Page
Return to Class Index