• Live production students working on sound board
  • Music video shoot seen through the monitor screen
  • Diploma Live Production student filming a live music event

CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

This course equips you with the skills and knowledge to implement lighting, sound and vision designs, operate equipment and plan and conduct the bump-in and bump-out of productions.

Training is industry-driven with content delivered by practising professionals and guest tutors from the entertainment arts industry.The course is supported by organisations such as Opera Australia and Foundation Theatres, and includes site visits to a range of Sydney venues including Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Lyric Theatre.

Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to apply your skills on live performance and film projects, collaborating with students from other creative disciplines in an environment that mirrors the live performance industry.

The course includes placement on Student Productions which are at the heart of NIDA’s calendar year, and around which all disciplines of the school unite. This gives you the opportunity to work with NIDA tutors and industry guests, and to collaborate with Acting, Design for Performance, Directing, and Technical Theatre and Stage Management students.

Assessments take place throughout the course, allowing you to build on the skills you develop.

Classes are practical, providing you with a hands-on approach to learning. As a key part of the course, you will also undertake an industry placement, enabling you to develop networks and pursue an area of specialisation.

Applications to study at NIDA in 2021 will open on Monday 6 July.

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About the course

Course dates and times

2020 Course dates

In 2020 the course will be delivered at our Sydney campus. Duration of the course is 13 July 2020 – 5 March 2021, 4 days per week, 9am–5pm.

Term 1

Monday 13 July – Friday 18 September

Term 2

Monday 28 September – Friday 18 December

Term 3

Monday 4 January 2021 – Friday 5 March 2021

Individual project

An individual project will take place in Term 3 where you will undergo a short placement

at a venue or performing arts company.

The scheduling and delivery of this course each year is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.

Course overview


The vocational CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services course comprises the following units of competency:

  • CPCCOHS1001A          Work safely in the construction industry
  • BSBWHS504                 Manage WHS risks
  • CUAPPM504                 Manage bump in and bump out of shows
  • BSBCOM501                 Identify and interpret compliance requirements
  • CUALGT501                  Realise lighting designs
  • CUALGT502                  Manage installation of lighting systems
  • CUALGT403                  Set up and operate lighting cues and effects
  • CUASOU404                 Manage wireless audio operations
  • CUASOU506                 Create a final sound balance
  • CUAVSS502                  Implement vision system designs
  • BSBWOR502                Lead and manage team effectiveness
  • CUAPPM411                 Compile production schedules
  • CUAPPM402                 Coordinate production operations
  • CUAIND502                   Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
  • CUAIND402                   Provide freelance services

Training will also include the General Construction Induction- White Card. This training will provide a statement of attainment for

  • CPCCWHS1001           Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

The CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services has a number of valuable learning outcomes.

You will:

  • develop skills to successfully and safely bump-in and bump-out shows
  • prepare to work as a part of a crew for live productions and events
  • develop problem solving skills for a range of collaborative situations
  • develop autonomy in responding to lighting, sound and vision briefs
  • learn industry standard requirements regarding the use of lighting, sound and visions equipment

Admission criteria

Essential requirements for admission

Admission criteria

To be eligible for entry to the CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services you must:

  • Have reached the age of 18 before the commencement of the course.
  • Demonstrate a high level of practical ability, potential and motivation.
  • Provide experience and training in at least one technical area: staging, lighting, sound or vision.
  • Respond effectively to workplace challenges and requirements in line with current industry standards.
  • Have completed the unit ‘CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices’ or can demonstrate equivalence (if you are not able to demonstrate equivalence, you will have the opportunity to do so on the day of the interview).

Your prior skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

The CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services is not open to international students.

Essential requirements

We select applicants who:

  • Are able to demonstrate technical production skills in at least one area of specialisation, such as:
    • lighting
    • audio
    • staging
    • vision systems
  • Exhibit a capacity to collaborate
  • Communicate effectively
  • Respond to direction and feedback



The Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services is only open to domestic students. Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

Tuition Fees for CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

2020 Full course fee: $13,770

Schedule of VET tuition fees 2020

Further financial information

VET Student Loans

NIDA is an approved VET Student Loans provider.

Enrolled vocational students can defer part of their fees using VET Student Loans (Australian citizens and permanent residents only). A 20% loan fee applies to VET Student Loans. The amount of the VET Student Loans provided for a part of a course or unit, plus the VET Student Loan fee of 20% is referred to as the VETSL Debt. More information regarding VET Students Loans can be found here;


VETSL Debt repayments are generally made after the student commences full time employment, repayment amounts are taken out of their pay by the Australian tax system. Students can make voluntary repayments at any time to reduce their balance; payments are made directly to the Australian Tax Office.

More information about paying back your VETSL Debt can be found here;



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Financial assistance

Eligible students, who are Australian residents, can apply to Centrelink for financial assistance through Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY. Visit Centrelink or call 132 490 for more information.

NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) under the National Vocational Education and Regulator Act 2011 to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. NIDA is a NVR Registered Training Organisation (RTO): ID number 90349.

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How to apply

How to apply

There are six steps to successfully applying for a NIDA course:


New Applicants: Create your application account here. You will be sent an automatic email with your log in details to continue your application.

Returning 2019 applicants: If your email address already exists in the application system you will not be able to create a new account . Please follow the link below to reset your password, use your email address as your User Login ID. Reset your password here.


Log in, select the green ‘New Application’ button and complete the online form.


Upload the following documentation to the online form:

  • A passport style photograph (less than six months old, in colour, well lit, plain background).
  • Proof of identification (e.g. passport, driver’s licence, birth certificate; ID must show your date of birth).
  • Evidence of your most recent qualification (e.g. school report, Higher School Certificate, university transcript or testamur).


Make payment of the AUD$75 administration fee by credit/debit card. This is a
non-refundable fee


Book your audition or interview date in your nearest capital city.


Attend your interview in person. Interview via video or other electronic means may be considered in certain circumstances.

Interviews will take place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Prepare for your interview by reading the information below.

Interview dates


  • Thursday 7 November 2019


  • Monday 2 December 2019
  • Tuesday 3 December 2019


  • Friday 6 December 2019

Interview dates are subject to availability. You may be contacted after you have submitted your application to arrange an alternative date or time if necessary.


Interview requirements

Applicants must attend an interview. In certain circumstances, a live interview may be arranged via online services such as Skype.

When you book an interview:

  • Provide us with an outline of your previous experience and training.

Ahead of the interview:

  • Obtain a short testimonial from a teacher, colleague or employer outlining why you would be a good candidate for the course.

Entry to this course requires you to have completed the CUAWHS302 Apply Work Health and Safety Practices unit of competency, or be able to demonstrate equivalence (you will have the opportunity to demonstrate equivalence on the day of the interview).

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience.

We are unable to provide you with individual feedback. The decision of the selection committee is final.

It is not possible to defer an offer of a place at NIDA.

Interview process

At the interview, you will:

  • Detail your experience and training in at least one technical area: staging, lighting, sound or vision.
  • Provide us with the testimonial from a teacher, colleague or employer outlining why you would be a good candidate for the course.
  • Undertake a written short-answer questionnaire.
  • Participate in one or more group problem-solving tasks.
  • Have the opportunity to demonstrate equivalent knowledge of the CUAWHS302 Apply Work Health and Safety Practices unit of competency.

Outcome of your interview

If we are able to offer you a place on the course, we will contact you in mid-December.


As a graduate of the NIDA CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services you have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a range of industries, including theatre, dance, opera, concerts, functions, ceremonies and events.

Potential careers:

  • Backstage crew member
  • Sound operator
  • Lighting operator
  • Vision systems operator

See NIDA's list of Alumni.

Further info

If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:

Email: vocational@nida.edu.au

Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7516


Vocational applications
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033

Further information regarding NIDA's vocational training products can be found at Training.gov.au

Read more about NIDA's Executive Director Pathways and Partnerships Mark Gaal

NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. RTO (Registered Training Organisation) code: 90349

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