CUA50420 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
Applications to study Live Production at NIDA in 2022 have now closed.
NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in theatre, film, television or other areas.
NIDA welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.
About the course
This course is an intensive year of practical study that equips you with the skills and knowledge to set up and take down equipment, sets and other staging elements related to live events and productions. You will also learn how to set up and operate lighting, audio and vision systems.
Your tutors will be current practising professionals from the entertainment arts industry. The course is supported by 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.
Classes are practical, providing you with a hands-on approach to learning. Throughout the course, you will apply your skills to live performance and film projects, collaborating with students from other creative disciplines across NIDA. The course includes placement on Student Productions which are at the heart of NIDA’s calendar year.
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.
The CUA50420 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.
Course dates and times
2022 Course dates
Term 1 Monday 25th April – Friday 1st July
Term 2 Monday 18th July – Friday 30th September
Term 3 Monday 10th October – Friday 16th December
Classes are scheduled 4 days per week, 9am–5pm.
The scheduling and delivery of this course each year is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.
2021 Course dates
Enrolled students will received the qualification CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
Monday 12 July – Friday 1 October
Monday 18 October – Thursday 31 March
The CUA50420 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services course comprises the following units of competency:
- BSBLDR522 Manage people performance
- CPCCWHS1001 Work safely in the construction industry
- BSBAUD514 Interpret compliance requirements
- CUAPPM431 Compile production schedules
- CUAPPM514 Manage bump in and bump out of shows
- CUALGT413 Set up and operate lighting cues and effects
- CUASOU414 Manage wireless audio operations
- CUALGT511 Realise lighting designs
- CUASOU506 Create a final sound balance
- CUAVSS502 Implement vision system design
- CUALGT512 Manage installation of lighting systems
- CUAPPM432 Coordinate production operations
- CUAIND412 Provide freelance services
- BSBPMG541 Manage complex projects
- CUAIND512 Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
- CUAPPR515 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
The CUA50420 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services has a number of valuable learning outcomes.
- 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
Essential requirements for admission
To be eligible for entry to the CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services you must:
- Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen. This course does not accept international students.
- Have reached the age of 18 before the commencement of the course (in some circumstances NIDA may select candidates who turn 18 during their course).
- Demonstrate a high level of practical ability, potential and motivation.
- Provide experience and training in at least 1 technical area: staging, lighting, sound or vision.
- Respond 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).
- Have understandings acquired through work experience, or previous formal study.
- Are able to demonstrate technical production skills in at least one area of specialisation, such as:
- vision systems
- Exhibit a capacity to collaborate
- Communicate effectively
- Respond to direction and feedback
How to apply
Information on how to apply for the 2023 intake will be available from mid-2022.
How to apply
All applications must be submitted online via the NIDA website. You will be required to submit a video audition via a YouTube link as part of your application.
NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in the entertainment industry.
How to apply
There are five steps to applying:
New Applicants: Create your application account here. You will be sent an automatic email with your log in details to continue your application.
Returning Applicants: If you have previously applied (in 2019-2020) and 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.
You will be asked to submit your personal details, examples of previous experience, and reasons for interest in this course.
Upload the following documentation to the online form:
- Evidence of your most recent qualification if you have one (e.g. a school report, Higher School Certificate, university transcript, statement of attainment)
- Proof of identification and citizenship (e.g. Australian passport, Australian driver’s licence, birth certificate. The scanned document needs to show your date of birth).
- A recent photograph (head and shoulders, in colour, well lit, plain background).
- One introduction/ Audition video as a link to an unlisted YouTube video.
Agree to the Terms and Conditions of application and click submit. You will receive a confirmation email when your submission is completed in full.
You will be contacted in early October regarding the outcome of your application and whether we are able to meet with you at a call-back session. You will be provided with an opportunity to notify us of the best available date and time for your interview/ call back, either face to face or via zoom. To assist with your planning, we will publish suggested dates and times on the course pages on our website.
If we have invited you, please attend your call-back session. Not everyone who submits a video will be invited to a call back.
Terms and conditions of application
- There are no application fees for the 2022 applicants.
- Applications for NIDA's diploma level courses (that commence in 2022) close on 29 October 2021. NIDA may not be able to accept applications after this date or late applicants may be required to pay a late submission fee of $75.00.
- There are a limited number of places available in each of our diploma courses. Selection is based on merit; not all applicants who meet the published entry requirements will receive a study offer.
- All applicants are required to review the course information, including the schedule of tuition fees, published on the course page on our website.
- It is not possible to provide applicants with individual written or oral feedback on their audition.
- Applicants who receive a study offer for 2022 must accept the offer within the time frame indicated. It is not possible to defer a study offer at NIDA.
- NIDA encourages applications from people from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in their chosen area of interest.
Tips for your video submisson
Filming your Interview
Your video submission needs to be a short, 1 minute introduction to camera (introduce yourself and explain your experience).
Your video interview should be submitted as an unlisted YouTube video link, in the appropriate field of your application. You will only be able to upload one audition video.
Click HERE for instructions on how to upload an unlisted YouTube video.
Please make sure you review the guidance below and prepare what is required for your interview/ audition submission before you start to record anything.
1. Set up
You can use a stand or surface or have someone hold the camera/ phone for you. Do not look directly into the camera for your monologues, but just to one side; to the left or right or alternatively ask a friend to stand to one side of the camera so that you have an eyeline and someone to deliver the monologues to.
2. Background – you must be seen clearly.
Try to record against a plain, light background, with no harsh shadows behind you. Avoid busy, distracting images, and ‘hard’ colours like green and red. Ideally, the background should be plain. Grey can work well for a wide range of skin tones on screen.
3. Lighting – you must be seen clearly.
Try to light yourself so that there are minimal shadows across your face. This can be done with free standing lights or using natural light sources. Whatever you chose make sure that we can see you.
4. Sound – you must be heard clearly. Check the space/room you have chosen to record in for sound disturbances. i.e. close any windows, turn off any devices playing music in the background, air-conditioning, noise/talking/cooking sounds etc.
Call back interview dates
Due to current COVID 19 restrictions in NSW we are reviewing our interview dates and will update them as soon as possible.
Call back interviews
Callback Interview process
- All applicants will be notified regarding their outcome of their application status.
- Successful applicants will be contacted to arrange a suitable call back session.
- Call back dates to be advised via the course page on the NIDA website.
- Call backs may be conducted face to face or via zoom between October- November.
- More information will be available on the website when applications close.
At the callbacks, 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.
If we are able to offer you a place on the course, we will contact you in December 2021 via phone and email to advise you of your course offer. You will be given a time period in which to accept or reject the course offer for the 2022 intake.
Tips for the day
- Bring your application form outlining your previous training and/or experience.
- Bring a written testimonial from a teacher, colleague or employer.
Tuition Fees for CUA50420 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
2022 Full course fee: $14,220
Tuition Fees for CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
2021 Full course fee: $14,220
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;
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.
2021 Online Info Sessions
Vocational Studies Manager, Marnie Campbell, and a recent graduate take you through the Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services, focusing on the practical skills taught in this one-year course including setting up and operating lighting, audio and vision systems, and answer questions about the course.
27 July 2021
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.
- Backstage crew member
- Sound operator
- Lighting operator
- Vision systems operator
See NIDA's list of Alumni.
If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:
Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7516
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033
Further information regarding NIDA's vocational training products can be found at Training.gov.au
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NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. RTO (Registered Training Organisation) code: 90349