Community Dance, Theatre and Events

This course provides essential training for individuals wanting to work in a variety of community-based performance and production contexts. It assists students to develop discretion, judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. They may provide support to others involved in productions.


CUA30220 – Certificate III in Community Dance, Theatre and Events.

Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years. It may be possible to undertake a 120 hour course in Community Dance, Theatre and Events.

HSC Information

This is a Board Endorsed Course and therefore has no HSC examination. It cannot be counted towards an ATAR.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete madatory work placement for Community Dance, Theatre and Events. Work placement needs to include participation in at least two performance events in a professional theatre which must be completed prior to the student’s last HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Traineeship on stage in a theatre will satisfy this NESA requirement.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for CUA30220 you must successfully complete: 13 units: 4 Core, 9 Electives:


  • CUAWHS312 Apply work health and safety practices (Core)
  • CUADAN331 Integrate rhythm into movement activities
  • CUAACT311 Develop basic acting techniques for performance
  • CUAVOS312 Develop vocal techniques for use in performance
  • CUADAN313 Develop and apply dance partnering techniques
  • CUAPRF316 Develop basic musical theatre techniques
  • CUAVOS311 Use music and singing in performance


  • BSBTWK301 Work inclusive work practices(Core)
  • CUAPRF314 Develop audition techniques
  • CUAPRF317 Develop performance techniques
  • CUACOS304 Develop and apply knowledge of costume
  • CUAIND311 Work effectively in the creative arts industry (Core)
  • CUAIND314 Plan a career in the creative arts industry (Core)
Further Study
  • CUA40415 Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services
  • CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
  • CUA50513 Diploma of Live Production Design
  • CUA60213 Advanced Diploma of Live Production and Management Services
Career Information

Job Roles

Possible job titles include:

  • Assistant lighting technician
  • Assistant prop maker
  • Assistant set builder
  • Assistant sound technician
  • Assistant venue technician
  • Assistant wardrobe technician
  • Booking clerk
  • Box office customer service representatives (csr)
  • follow spot operator
  • Fly operator
  • Mechanist
  • Scenic art assistant (brush hand)

Duties and Tasks

A sound technician’s assistant may conduct microphone checks, ensure that the cables are properly plugged in and other tasks as directed by the sound technician.

The fly operator operates the theatrical rigging system, and related devices within a theatre. The rigging apparatus is a system of ropes and pulleys that quickly, quietly and safely hoists components such as curtains, lights, scenery and stage effects

A follow spot operator operates a specialised stage lighting instrument known as a follow-spot”, to physically move a light to follow an actor on stage through the show. A follow-spot can move, change size, beam width, and colour easily by hand.

Lighting, Audio and Staging Assistants perform a mix of basic lighting, staging and audio duties in theatre venues.

Props Assistants help to construct, shift, maintain and assemble props for theatre, television and film, or for arts events.

Sound Assistants help to operate technical equipment to amplify, enhance, record, mix or reproduce sound. They may set up equipment, check batteries and recording stock, and operate simple equipment.

Stagehands work backstage or behind the scenes in theatres, film, television, or location performance. Their duties include setting up and operating the scenery, lights, sound, props, rigging, and special effects for a production.

Attendants work in arts and cultural environments such as galleries, museums, theatres, film and television production companies, providing visitor and guest support services.

Personal Attributes

  • A good ear for detail in all areas of sound
  • Aptitude for working with computers and audio equipment
  • Flexible attitude toward working hours and conditions
  • Able to work under pressure.
  • Interested in electronic sound and vision production, and recording equipment
  • Enjoy communicating information
  • Normal eyesight and colour vision
  • Good technical ability.

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