A Lighting Designer will work with the Director, Artistic Director and/or Lighting Technicians to create the visuals for lighting, lasers, strobes, spots and sometimes video screens for a performance.
While you do not need a degree for this role, here are some useful subjects and courses that you can study to gain knowledge and experience.
School subjects that are relevant for lighting design are:
Further education at colleges or universities:
These are the desirable skills to have to be a candidate for a Lighting Designer role:
You could start as crew or Assistant Stage Manager (ASM) to gain experience before moving on to become a Lighting Technician or Theatre Technician and then, once you have more experience, move into a Lighting Designer role.
Most Lighting Designers are employed on a freelance basis, meaning that you are self-employed. In bigger theatres, some employ a resident Lighting Designer which pays an annual salary, however this is rare. These are the typical rates you can charge as a freelance Lighting Designer, however it mainly depends on the project and what is expected of you.
Starting pay/salary: from £100 a day
Experienced pay/salary: up to £225 a day
Published: 04 March 2019