DES110 Lighting Design (8)

This subject provides fundamental knowledge of the relationship between the physical properties of light and human visual-perception with a focus on the creative use of lighting for design. Students are guided through core skills required in the interpretation of design briefs from client/script through to implementation in stage, screen or public/commercial application. The subject covers requisite workplace health and safety requirements for site specific design work in real world design scenarios.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have previously completed DES107 Design Implementation.
Not available to students who have completed subject DES108.

Subject Relationships

DES108 Design Communication made obsolete by this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the relationship between the physical properties of light and human visual perception;
  • be able to demonstrate the use of lighting as a creative medium;
  • be able to apply fundamental practical principles of lighting design in a range of contexts;
  • be able to generate and document lighting designs in response to creative briefs; and
  • be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of lighting systems.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The physical properties of light
  • Fundamentals of visual perception
  • Interpretation of design briefs
  • Stage, screen, space and public/commercial lighting design
  • Lighting planning and paperwork
  • Rigging and operation
  • Creative use of light
  • Workplace health and safety

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of DES110 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online test
Online review journal
Lighting design brief & paperwork

Special Resources

Students will be required to access a range of dedicated lighting design studio space.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.