BFA 3/4: EDT Production Touring Welcome to the EDT Production Touring course page

The EDT Production Touring course is block taught in week 1 of Semester A by two visiting guests who specialise in lighting, video and sound for band shows. The course is designed to provide an oppotunity for students of all the EDT study streams to come together as a team applying their own skills to achieve a series of small scale band shows. The course is taught in the Studio Theatre and is taught each day, all week.

EDT Production Touring course information
TITLE : Entertainment Design and Technology Production Touring
DURATION : 1 semester
CONTACT HOURS (A) (Class time) : 28 (28 hours for week 1)
STUDENT WORK HOURS (B) (Homework) : 56 (4 hours per week)
EXPECTED STUDY LOAD HOURS (A) + (B) : 84 (6 hours per week)
  • : TEDT 1202 Lighting Design Theory & Technique II or
  • : TEDT 1208 Lighting Technology II or
  • : TEDT 1242 Sound Design II or
  • : TEDT 1244 Sound System Design II or
  • : TEDT 1249 Pop Music Recording Techniques I or
  • : TEDT 1222 Technical Direction Seminar II
Course Description

This course builds on the EDT courses offered in BFA 3 and provides the opportunity to bring together all the EDT study streams providing a very practical based opportunity to apply current skills and newly learnt skills in the challenging environment of production touring.

The course is open to all BFA 4 EDT students and will require the students to apply skills already learnt within their chosen discipline to be integrated with new skills required to take a production on tour. Skills learnt from the Lighting Design, Lighting Technology, Sound System Design, Technical Direction, Project Management and Sound Operations curriculums and courses can be realistically applied, whilst new skills based around the requirements of producing a production on tour such as; tour preparation and management, lighting design, sound system design, front-of-house, monitor live sound mixing, live recording, freight planning, custom document preparation, staging, load calculation, power distribution and systems installation will be covered along with the necessary problem solving skills required when “out on the road”. The student will be able to put their skills to the test in the live environment interacting with real-world challenges, learning how to ensure that things run smoothly – and how to maintain order when problems arise.

Learning Outcomes
1 Apply prior knowledge to the challenging and unpredictable environment of live production touring;
2 Employ specialist knowledge of the major theories and techniques, operational and managerial skills of relevant disciplines and adapt them to the requirements of the situation;
3 Act autonomously, with minimal supervision or direction, within the context of live production touring;
4 Confidently identify and define complex problems, and apply appropriate knowledge, tools and methods to their solution;
5 Communicate effectively and in an appropriate manner, evaluating information and presenting conclusions in a clear, coherent and well-structured form.
Course Timetable
Week Date Class Teacher Venue
Week 1 2nd Sept 2013 Introductions; Site visit & planning and preparation for touring productions; Assessment & allocation & Production meeting Andy & Pip Studio Theatre
Week 1 3rd Sept 2013 Production meeting; Design & equipment prep & Production meeting Andy & Pip Studio Theatre
Week 1 4th Sept 2013 Production meeting; Collection of equipment from Bethanie; Equipment load in & setup & Production meeting Andy & Pip Bethanie Annex & Studio Theatre
Week 1 5th Sept 2013 Production meeting; Programming; Band set up & Band soundcheck & Production meeting Andy & Pip Studio Theatre
Week 1 6th Sept 2013 Production meeting; Rehearsals; Show; Production meeting & Load out & return to Bethanie Andy & Pip Studio Theatre & Bethanie Annex

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Course Assessment & Weighting

The assessment for the EDT Production Touring course requires students to work on a minimum of 2 out of 4 live events. The formal assessment methodology is outlined in the table below.

1 Class Participation Requires students to articulate their ideas and discuss issues related to the subject in class. The Attendance Policy is covered in the Student Handbook. It will be reflected in the final grade. 20%
2 Practical Assignment 1 Requires the student to prepare a set of paperwork for planning and preparing of a touring production, working collaboratively as a production team and related to their study stream area. 20%
3 Practical Assignment 2 Requires the student to propose, plan and complete a touring production performance, working collaboratively as a production team and related to their study stream area. 60%

The assignment briefs can be downloaded from the links below. Assignment 1 covers the preproduction work and production of the necessary paperwork prior to the event.

Assignment 2 covers the requirements for the event itself.

Assignment 1 Brief →

Assignment 1 Brief →

Class Participation →

The EDT Department has teamed up with YRock again this year to provide the EDT Production Touring course with 4 live events to work on as the practical assessment component of the course. The students will be split into 2 teams, so that each student works on 2 out of the 4 events.

Which students work on each event will be determined before the end of the course in week 1.

The schedule and venues of the 4 events is outlined in the table below:

Date 13th & 14th Sept 27th & 28th Sept 5th Oct 19th Oct
Venue APA Studio Theatre South Island School DB North Plaza DB Main Plaza

As part of the course it will be necessary for the students to create a detailed production schedule for the events, but as a rough guide the schedule will be based around the sequence listed below. Each event will be completed within a Friday and Saturday.

This is a very different schedule to working on an Academy production and therefore the student should consider how to make the most effective use of the time available. This is to replicate the timelines when working on a tour as well as ensuring that the time allocated to the course does not go beyond the course allocation.

Day Time Action
Friday 10:00 to 12:00 Collect equipment ready to load into trucks
12:00 to 13:00 Lunch
13:00 to 14:00 Load Trucks
14:00 to 14:30 Travel to Venue
14:30 to 18:00 Unload trucks and set up
18:00 to 19:00 Supper (Split LX & SD supper)
19:00 to 22:30 LX focusing & plotting. SD line test & balancing
22:30 to 23:00 Tidy up
Saturday 09:00 to 13:00 Rehearsal with bands
13:00 to 14:00 Lunch
14:00 to 17:00 Rehearsal with bands
17:00 to 18:00 Supper
18:00 to 19:00 Show preset
19:00 to 21:00 Showtime
21:00 to 22:00 Strike
22:00 to 22:30 Travel to Bethanie & APA
22:30 to 23:00 Unload trucks


The course syllabus can be dowloaded from the link below.

Download Syllabus→

Course Teachers

The EDT Production Touring course will be block taught during SEmester A week 1 by two visiting guests. Andy Coules will cover the sound aspects of the course. Whilst Pip Rhodes will cover lighting and video. Some components of the course will be taught by both guests whilst other subjects will split into the respective lighting and sound teams.

Andy Coules CV →

Pip Rhodes CV →


Below are links to resources to assist with organising the touring events. Most of the information covers specific issues linked to Health and Safety for live events

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