Coming soon in February 2018!

This course is continues on from the Introduction To Busking Stage Lighting BUSK101 course and is suitable for learner who have completed BUSK101.  The course is also open to anyone else who understands the basic principles of controlling stage lighting 'live' by busking with a combination of programmer, palettes and playbacks.

In BUSK101, we focused on creating a simple busking setup and worked towards being able to light a single music track using busking techniques.

The BUSK201 course raises the stakes considerably.  In this course, you will develop your own approach to creating a busk file to provide good lighting for whatever a multi-genre festival throws at you.  You will be given a base house rig to work with that contains a range of fixture types and positions, allowing you to respond to all the different performance types.

In order to create your busk file, you will need to make decisions based on information (or lack of information) for all the proposed acts.  You may also get some last minute additions to the festival line-up and you'll need to be prepared for this.  Your file will also need to be used by guest LD/Operators too.

During the course, you will be undertaking tasks that develop your busk file for the Cham Sys MagicQ and submit a final assignment as proof of your learning which will include a viva/demonstration with your tutor.

In order to approach the assigned tasks, the course content will teach you a range of intermediate busking skills, concepts and tools.  These will include specific workflows as they relate to the Cham Sys MagicQ, and also broader concepts that apply to any desk.  This learning will allow you to create YOUR busk file, making your own decisions about your busking strategies.

Upon completing the course, you will be fully equipped to approach the design and execution of a console show file for use in anything from a complex festival, right down to a single performance.  You will understand busking in stage lighting control to a higher level than many operators working in the industry right now!

The course is taught by Senior Lecturer Rob Sayer who is not only an expert in lighting design and busking with 30 years of professional stage lighting experience, but also a leading figure in online learning of production technology.

Like all the courses at Learn@OnStageLighting, this is a unique programme designed and delivered by a subject expert and educator.

The Intro To Busking Techniques Micro Course is a highly specialist and unique piece of training that introduces the learner to some of the techniques used in programming and running lighting for live music by improvising.  Playing the lighting desk like a musical instrument allows for a small amount of preparatory programming to be used to create a large and flexible array of lighting looks.  This is particularly good for multi-act festivals and also for running lights for DJs / clubs etc.

Like all of my courses, this is the only course of its kind in the world where you can start from scratch and learn stuff that can take the professionals years to pick up from others on the road.

Once you have completed this Micro Course, you will have a solid understanding of how to create and run lighting in a busking environment.

Unit 1 - Understanding Busking
This week starts at the very beginning.  You will learn the key elements in busking and the concepts behind what we will do in future weeks.

Unit 2 - Core Lighting Control Skills
In order to create effective busking setups, there are some core lighting control concepts and skills needed to make progress.  We work through the more important ones here.

Unit 3 - Designing and Creating Busking Setups
This week, we look at specific themes and ideas in designing busking show files and start to create a flexible busk page to use.

Unit 4 - Running The Show
In this final unit, we put your understanding of busking together with your skills in the creation of a busking file.  Now you just need to run a show.

How the schedule works

Each unit is released weekly, starting on the official start date of the course.  The deadlines for the unit assignments are set to start on the 5th week.  This gives you a total of 8 weeks to complete a 4 week part-time course.  Here are some examples:

  • You are able to start on the official start date, have plenty of time to engage with the course and can manage to finish after 4 weeks.
  • You can't complete one of the units in that week as you have a particularly week during the course.  You still have time to 'catch up'.
  • You are unable to really start until the 5th week, but still have 4 weeks to complete when you have more time.

This schedule is designed to allow for flexibility, while giving you a clear structure to help you manage your workload and actually complete the course.  

The bonus material is best enjoyed after you have completed the final assignment and therefore the course. 

All material remains available to you after the course is over.

There is a new version of this course running soon.  If you'd like to take part, get your name on the Waiting List by emailing me at

The Lighting Designer Startup is a creative course rather than technical one and focuses on being able to evaluate light and use it effectively to enhance any performance.