Qualification details

CUA50513 - Diploma of Live Production Design (Release 1)


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Is superseded by CUA50420 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services 15/Apr/2021

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Units of competency

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CUVPRP504A - Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practiceEstablish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practiceElective
CUALGT503 - Manage lighting operations for outdoor eventsManage lighting operations for outdoor eventsElective
CUASET402 - Construct mechanical setsConstruct mechanical setsElective
BSBRSK501B - Manage riskManage riskElective
CUVRES401A - Research history and theory to inform own arts practiceResearch history and theory to inform own arts practiceCore
BSBREL401A - Establish networksEstablish networksElective
CUAPRP401 - Coordinate propsCoordinate propsElective
BSBPMG517A - Manage project riskManage project riskElective
BSBPUR402B - Negotiate contractsNegotiate contractsElective
CUFCAM401A - Shoot a wide range of television contentShoot a wide range of television contentElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 212316 Stage Manager 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 2536-23 Technical Director 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1001 Performing Arts 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Film Production,Lighting and Sound,Scenery and Set Construction,Costumes and Makeup,Staging 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Special Effects Designer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 212316 Stage Manager 05/Mar/2014 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 2536-23 Technical Director 05/Mar/2014 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1001 Performing Arts 05/Mar/2014 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 21/Nov/2013 
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Modification History



Release 1

This qualification first released with CUA Live Performance and Entertainment Training Package Version 1.0.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who design for live theatre performance. They execute judgements across a broad range of technical functions in the entertainment industry and have a wide range of specialised technical, creative or conceptual skills. They have autonomy in performing and can be responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating the work of others within broad parameters.

National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work 

Sets and staging for some performances or events may fall within the definition of construction work. If so, people entering the construction site are required to complete the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (Australian Safety Compensation Council, May 2007).

Achievement of the unit 'CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry' from the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package fulfils this requirement.

Information on occupational licensing and its intersection with vocational education and training can be found in Licensing Line News at www.licensinglinenews.com.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is limited to those who:

  • Have completed CUSOHS301A Follow occupational health and safety procedures or can demonstrate equivalence; and
  • Are able to demonstrate production design skills that support learning at Diploma level.

In particular, they must be able to provide evidence of their ability to:

  • engage with the design process by developing solutions through research, reflection and generating and refining ideas;
  • produce a body of design work demonstrating the ability to respond effectively and creatively to design challenges and requirements;
  • refine concepts in line with current industry standards; and
  • apply knowledge of trends and traditions in at least one of the following areas:
  • costume
  • lighting
  • scenery and props
  • screen and media
  • sound
  • staging
  • vision systems.

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

Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 15 

7 core units plus 

8 elective units , of which:

  • a minimum of 1 unit must be from Group A
  • a minimum of 1 unit must be from Group B
  • of the remaining units:
  • up to 6 units may be from Group A, B and/or Group C
  • up to 3 units may be from Group D
  • up to 3 units may be from an accredited course or any currently endorsed Training Package qualification at Diploma level or above
  • up to 1 unit may be from an accredited course or any currently endorsed Training Package qualification at Certificate IV level.

The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.

Core units 

BSBCMM401A Make a presentation

BSBDES501A Implement design solutions

BSBDES502A Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

BSBWHS501A Ensure a safe workplace

CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry

CUADES502 Realise production designs

CUVRES401A Research history and theory to inform own arts practice

Elective units 

Group A 

CUADES501 Design events

CUAPRP501 Design props

CUASET501 Design sets

CUAVSS501 Develop vision systems

CUFCOS502A Design and construct costume corsetry and undergarments

CUFCOS504A Design costumes

CUFLGT501A Conceive and develop lighting designs

CUSSOU501A Develop sound designs

Group B 

CUALGT501 Realise lighting designs

CUAPPM502 Realise productions

CUAVSS502 Implement vision system designs

CUFCOS505A Realise costumes

CUSSOU503A Implement sound designs

Group C 

BSBADM502B Manage meetings

BSBCOM501B Identify and interpret compliance requirements

BSBCRT501A Originate and develop concepts

BSBDIV501A Manage diversity in the workplace

BSBINN501A Establish systems that support innovation

BSBINN502A Build and sustain an innovative work environment

BSBIPR501A Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business

BSBPMG514A Manage project costs

BSBPMG517A Manage project risk

BSBPMG518A Manage project procurement

BSBPMG522A Manage projects

BSBRSK501B Manage risk

BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

BSBWOR501B Manage personal work priorities and professional development

BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness

CUACOS501 Make period costumes

CUACOS502 Make character costumes

CUACOS503 Create theatrical millinery

CUACOS504 Make specialised costumes

CUACOS505 Coordinate costume manufacture

CUAINN501 Adopt an innovative approach to creating production elements

CUALGT502 Manage installation of lighting systems

CUALGT503 Manage lighting operations for outdoor events

CUAPPM503 Incorporate creative and technical needs into management processes

CUAPRP502 Develop prop construction plans

CUASET502 Develop set construction plans

CUASOU501 Manage audio operations for outdoor events

CUASOU502 Manage the operation of stage monitor systems

CUFCMP501A Manage and exploit copyright arrangements

CUFCOS501A Manage an off-site wardrobe department

CUSFIM501A Secure funding for projects

CUSSOU502A Produce sound recordings

CUSSOU504A Create a final sound balance

CUSSOU505A Compile music for soundtracks

CUVACD503A Select and refine a specialised drawing technique

CUVACD504A Research and apply light and colour

CUVACD508A Refine model making skills

CUVDIG501A Refine digital art techniques

CUVDIG502A Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art

CUVDRA502A Investigate drawing materials and processes

CUVIND501B Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

CUVPAI501A Refine painting techniques

CUVPAI502A Investigate painting materials and processes

CUVPHI529A Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace

CUVPRP502A Prepare for sustainable professional practice

CUVPRP504A Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice

CUVRES501A Critique cultural works

CUVRES502A Analyse cultural history and theory

FNSORG501A Develop and manage a budget

MSS027005A Contribute to improving environmental performance

SITXMPR501 Obtain and manage sponsorship

Group D 

BSBADM405B Organise meetings

BSBCON401A Work effectively in a business continuity context

BSBCRT402A Collaborate in a creative process

BSBDES401A Generate design solutions

BSBDES402A Interpret and respond to a design brief

BSBDES403A Develop and extend design skills and practice

BSBIPR401A Use and respect copyright

BSBLED401A Develop teams and individuals

BSBMGT402A Implement operational plan

BSBMKG408B Conduct market research

BSBPUR402B Negotiate contracts

BSBREL401A Establish networks

BSBREL402A Build client relationships and business networks

BSBSMB401A Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

BSBSMB402A Plan small business finances

BSBSMB404A Undertake small business planning

BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness

BSBWRT401A Write complex documents

CPCCBC4021A Minimise waste on the building and construction site

CPCCCM2003B Calculate and cost construction work

CUACOS401 Make costumes for dance and physical theatre

CUACOS402 Make costume accessories

CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields

CUALGT401 Operate complex lighting

CUAPRP401 Coordinate props

CUAPRP402 Use casting and moulding techniques to make props

CUAPRP403 Make props using mixed media

CUAPRP404 Make prop furniture

CUAPRP405 Construct mechanical props

CUASCE401 Create special effects for scenic art

CUASET401 Make sets

CUASET402 Construct mechanical sets

CUASMT403 Develop and implement work plans

CUASOU401 Mix live audio

CUASOU402 Manage audio input sources

CUASOU403 Manage audio system control networks

CUASOU404 Manage wireless audio operations

CUAVSS401 Operate complex vision systems

CUFANM401A Prepare 3D digital models for production

CUFBRD402A Vision mix television productions

CUFCAM401A Shoot a wide range of television content

CUFIND401A Provide services on a freelance basis

CUFLGT401A Implement lighting designs

CUFLGT402A Set up, record and operate lighting cues and effects

CUFPOS402A Manage media assets

CUFSFX401A Create special effects items

CUFSFX402A Coordinate the logistics of special effects operations

CUSSOU401A Record sound

CUSSOU402A Develop and implement sound plans

CUSSOU403A Perform advanced sound editing

CUSSOU404A Edit dialogue

CUSSOU407A Coordinate location sound recording

CUVACD302A Produce computer-aided drawings

CUVACD401A Integrate colour theory and design processes

CUVACD402A Experiment with moulding and casting techniques

CUVDIG401A Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images

CUVFIM401A Obtain revenue to support operations

CUVIND401A Communicate effectively with arts professionals

CUVPRP401A Realise a creative project

CUVPRP405A Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work

CUVPRP406A Plan work space

CUVWOO401A Experiment with techniques to produce wood objects

FNSCUS401A Participate in negotiations

LMTCL4002A Assemble and fit commercially tailored or bespoke garments

LMTCL4003A Measure, lay-up and cut custom-made garments

LMTFD4020B Use electronic fashion design tools

MEM05037C Perform geometric development

MSS014001A Improve sustainability through readily implementable change

SITXCOM401 Manage conflict

SITXHRM402 Lead and manage people

UEPMNT418A Perform mechanical and fabrication drafting

Qualification Mapping Information

No equivalent qualification.


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