Qualification details

CUA50513 - Diploma of Live Production Design (Release 4)


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Is superseded by CUA50420 - Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services 15/Apr/2021

ReleaseRelease date
4 (this release) 20/Dec/2018
(View details for release 3) 02/Nov/2017
(View details for release 2) 15/Jan/2016
(View details for release 1) 21/Nov/2013

Units of competency

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CUASOU505 - Implement sound designsImplement sound designsElective
CUALGT503 - Manage lighting operations for outdoor eventsManage lighting operations for outdoor eventsElective
CUASOU507 - Compile music for soundtracksCompile music for soundtracksElective
CUASET402 - Construct mechanical setsConstruct mechanical setsElective
CUASOU411 - Coordinate sound recording operations on locationCoordinate sound recording operations on locationElective
BSBIPR501 - Manage intellectual property to protect and grow businessManage intellectual property to protect and grow businessElective
BSBSMB401 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small businessEstablish legal and risk management requirements of small businessElective
CUAPRP401 - Coordinate propsCoordinate propsElective
CUAPPR502 - Develop own sustainable professional practiceDevelop own sustainable professional practiceElective
BSBLDR403 - Lead team effectivenessLead team effectivenessElective
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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 4

This version released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package version 4.0.

Release 3

This version released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package version 3.0.

Addition to unit elective list

Release 2

This version released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package version 2.0.

Release 1

This version first released with CUA Creative Arts and Culture 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:

1. Have completed CUSOHS301A Follow occupational health and safety procedures or can demonstrate equivalence; and

2. 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 

BSBCMM401 Make a presentation

BSBDES501 Implement design solutions

BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace

CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry

CUADES502 Realise production designs

CUARES403 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

CUACOS507 Construct costume corsetry and undergarments

CUACOS509 Design costumes

CUALGT504 Develop lighting designs

CUASOU503 Develop sound designs

CUAWHS406 Interact appropriately with children in performing arts environments

Group B  

CUALGT501 Realise lighting designs

CUAPPM502 Realise productions

CUAVSS502 Implement vision system designs

CUACOS510 Realise costumes

CUASOU505 Implement sound designs

Group C  

BSBADM502 Manage meetings

BSBCOM501 Identify and interpret compliance requirements

BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts

BSBDIV501 Manage diversity in the workplace

BSBINN501 Establish systems that support innovation

BSBINN502 Build and sustain an innovative work environment

BSBIPR501 Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business

BSBPMG514 Manage project cost

BSBPMG517 Manage project risk

BSBPMG518 Manage project procurement

BSBPMG522 Undertake project work

BSBRSK501 Manage risk

BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development

BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness

CUAACD503 Select and refine a specialised drawing technique

CUAACD504 Research and apply light and colour

CUAACD508 Refine model making skills

CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements

CUACOS501 Make period costumes

CUACOS502 Make character costumes

CUACOS503 Create theatrical millinery

CUACOS504 Make specialised costumes

CUACOS505 Coordinate costume manufacture

CUACOS506 Manage an off-site wardrobe department

CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques

CUADIG509 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art

CUADRA502 Investigate drawing materials and processes

CUAFIM501 Source funding for projects

CUAINN501 Adopt an innovative approach to creating production elements

CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

CUALGT502 Manage installation of lighting systems

CUALGT503 Manage lighting operations for outdoor events

CUAPAI501 Refine painting techniques

CUAPAI502 Investigate painting materials and processes

CUAPHI513 Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace

CUAPPM503 Incorporate creative and technical needs into management processes

CUAPPR408 Integrate disability access and inclusion

CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice

CUAPPR504 Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice

CUAPRP502 Develop prop construction plans

CUARES502 Critique cultural works

CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory

CUASET502 Develop set construction plans

CUASOU501 Manage audio operations for outdoor events

CUASOU502 Manage the operation of stage monitor systems

CUASOU504 Produce sound recordings

CUASOU506 Create a final sound balance

CUASOU507 Compile music for soundtracks

FNSORG501 Develop and manage a budget

MSS027005A Contribute to improving environmental performance

SITXMPR501 Obtain and manage sponsorship

Group D 

BSBADM405 Organise meetings

BSBCON401 Work effectively in a business continuity context

BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process

BSBDES401 Generate design solutions

BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief

BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice

BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright

BSBLDR403 Lead team effectiveness

BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals

BSBMGT402 Implement operational plan

BSBMKG408 Conduct market research

BSBPUR402 Negotiate contracts

BSBREL401 Establish networks

BSBREL402 Build client relationships and business networks

BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

BSBSMB402 Plan small business finances

BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning

BSBWRT401 Write complex documents

CPCCBC4021A Minimise waste on the building and construction site

CPCCCM2003B Calculate and cost construction work

CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings

CUAACD401 Integrate colour theory and design processes

CUAACD402 Experiment with moulding and casting techniques

CUAANM303 Create 3D digital models

CUAANM401* Create advanced 3D digital models

CUABRD402 Vision mix television productions

CUACAM401 Shoot a wide range of television content

CUACOS401 Make costumes for dance and physical theatre

CUACOS402 Make costume accessories

CUADIG405 Produce innovative digital images

CUAFIM401 Obtain revenue to support operations

CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields

CUAIND402 Provide freelance services

CUAIND403 Communicate effectively with arts professionals

CUALGT401 Operate complex lighting

CUALGT402 Implement lighting designs

CUALGT403 Set up and operate lighting cues and effects

CUAPOS402 Manage media assets

CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project

CUAPPR405 Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work

CUAPPR406 Plan work space

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

CUASFX401 Create special effects items

CUASFX402 Coordinate the logistics of special effects operations

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

CUASOU405 Record sound

CUASOU406 Develop and implement sound plans

CUASOU407 Edit sound

CUASOU408 Edit dialogue

CUASOU411 Coordinate sound recording operations on location

CUAVSS401 Operate complex vision systems

CUAWOO401 Experiment with techniques to produce wood objects

FNSCUS401 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

MSS014001A Improve sustainability through readily implementable change

SITXCOM401 Manage conflict

SITXHRM402 Lead and manage people

*Note the following prerequisite unit requirements:

Unit in this qualification 

Prerequisite unit 

CUAANM401 Create advanced 3D digital models

CUAANM303 Create 3D digital models

Qualification Mapping Information

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Equivalence status 

CUA50513 Diploma of Live Production Design (Release 4)

CUA50513 Diploma of Live Production Design (Release 3)

Addition to elective unit list. Unit codes updated.

Equivalent qualification


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