Lighting Design and Technology

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At CCM, a hands-on, experiential philosophy guides the development of our BFA and MFA Lighting Design and Technology programs. Students gain real production opportunities, where lighting designers work closely with stage directors to bring out the intent of the production through mood, atmosphere, composition and focus.

The drama, and the actors themselves are unexpressive unless we can see them on stage. Great lighting design goes beyond the need for basic visibility into the realm of shadows, angles and colors as well as the subtleties of timing and rhythm. Technicians must work with the sensitivity of an artist so that onstage dramatic effects and timing can be effectively communicated.

Theoretical knowledge forms a solid base, but is only the beginning of the education process at CCM. Students in the four-year undergraduate program take studio and production courses in all areas, beginning with introductory and basic courses and progressing to advanced sequences in a major area.

Additionally, students study theater history, script analysis, dramatic literature, English, world history and arts history, as well as other liberal arts and electives.

Graduate students follow a similar, more special­ized structure in a two-year (or three-year) program. The balance among theater-related, academic and free- elective courses is established by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theater), which has accredited our programs.


What's new and exciting at CCM?

Disguise Media Server

Since it began, disguise (formerly d3 Technologies) has been used on the largest and most complicated of projects. Creating shows for the likes of Massive Attack and U2, from live events, concert touring, theatre, fixed installs and broadcast, disguise has brought a new way of working.

WATCHOUT Media Server

WATCHOUT multi-display software is your fast track to creating spectacular shows. Use WATCHOUT to compose and manage all the different media elements in your show — video, still images, animations, graphics, live feeds, sound — and play it back on multiple displays. Perfectly synchronized, high resolution and right-on-cue.

Previsualization Suite & Vision/WYSiWYG

WYSiWYGis an all-in-one lighting design software with fully integrated CAD, plots, data, visualization and virtual show control. WYSiWYG features the largest CAD library with thousands of 3D objects you can choose from to design your entire show. The seamless integration between Vectorworks Spotlight and Vision allows you to create design documents, automate paperwork, and visualize your design in rendered 3D views. When you're done, easily send fixture and model information directly to Vision to previsualize, program and cue your show

Touch Designer

TouchDesigner is a node based visual programming language for real time interactive multimedia content, developed by the Toronto-based company Derivative. It's been used by artists, programmers, creative coders, software designers, and performers to create performances, installations, and fixed media works.

Resolume

Resolume puts you in charge. You can play your videos when you want, how you want. Forwards, backwards, scratch and adjust tempo to the beat. Mix and match your visuals quickly and easily and play Resolume like an instrument. Whatever your style is, Resolume offers you an easy interface to rock it. Use as little or as many videos and effects as you like. The only limit is your computer's raw power and your imagination.

ISADORA

Whether you are an artist, a designer, a technician or a student and you need to weave together video, audio and other media, ISADORA is ready to serve your creative impulses. The software combines the video and audio processing engine of a media server with a hyper-flexible visual programming environment to create an incredibly versatile media playback platform.

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Gregory S. Falcione

Master Electrician; Adjunct Instructor of Lighting Design and Technology

513-556-9490

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Sharon Huizinga

Assistant Professor of Lighting Design & Technology

513-556-9440

CCM's admissions process begins on August 1 (undergraduate) and September 1 (graduate) for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Pre-screening and Interview Requirements

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • Current resume
  • 500-word applicant statement
    • Use the 500-word statement to express: how you came to your area of theater design and production, what you expect to gain out of the CCM experience, and what direction you intend to go upon graduation. What are your personal and professional goals and how does CCM get you closer to those goals?
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio (include theatre, artistic, and/or craft work)
  • Theatre Design and Production questionnaire

Interview

Interview Requirements

  • Application materials, along with experiences, achievements and long-range goals will be discussed at the applicant’s interview. All applicants will interview with faculty from the Theatre Design and Production department.

Additional Information

  • Candidates should only apply to one major within Theatre Design and Production unless seriously considering two areas

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • Current resume
  • 500-word applicant statement
    • Use the 500-word statement to express: how you came to your area of theater design and production, what you expect to gain out of the CCM experience, and what direction you intend to go upon graduation. What are your personal and professional goals and how does CCM get you closer to those goals?
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio (include theatre, artistic, and/or craft work)

Interview

Interview Requirements

  • Application materials, along with experiences, achievements and long-range goals will be discussed at the applicant’s interview. All applicants will interview with faculty from the Theatre Design and Production department.
  • MFA Interviews should be scheduled directly through the appropriate faculty. Visit the Theatre Design and Production website for the faculty directory.

You will gain valuable hands-on experience working with our industry standard professional lighting and video equipment, software and inventory, including:

  • Martin, High End Systems and Vari*Lite automated fixtures
  • ETC Eos Family consoles, GrandMA consoles, High End Systems Hog consoles
  • LED Lighting fixtures including a large inventory of ETC Source4 Lustr Series 2 fixtures
  • A huge inventory of conventional fixtures
  • Previsualization computer with both Vectorworks Vision and Wysiwyg by Cast Software
  • Disguise Media Server
  • Watchout Media Server
  • Touchdesigner, Resolume and Isadora installed on custom built media computers
  • High output laser projectors for large venues
  • Light lab for student use to explore your lighting and projection ideas
  • Four different performance spaces

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