Entertainment Design and Technology

SCED Code: 05056
Virginia Extended Description: III
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 140
Credits: 1
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: Yes

Students will learn and apply skills related to the creative process of live entertainment production. They will explore scenic design and construction, lighting design and technology, and live sound reinforcement. Hands-on experiences using techniques used in the industry will help students investigate the dynamic and growing industry of live entertainment. Students will also explore job opportunities and careers in live entertainment production. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Class Size Regulation

The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Industry Credentials (Only apply to 36-week courses)

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Project Management Specialists
  • Architectural and Civil Drafters
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Interior Designers

Pathway Occupation
A/V Technology & Film
  • Audio and Video Technicians
  • Editors
  • Graphic Designers
  • Sound Engineering Technicians
Journalism & Broadcasting
  • Art Directors
  • Broadcast Technicians
  • Editors
Performing Arts
  • Lighting Technicians
  • Computer Programmers
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
Visual Arts
  • Fashion Designers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Interior Designers
  • Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
  • Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders

Pathway Occupation
Engineering & Technology
  • Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
  • Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other
  • Civil Engineers
  • Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Commercial and Industrial Designers
  • Computer Hardware Engineers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Electrical and Electronics Drafters
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Engineers, All Other
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Landscape Architects
  • Materials Engineers
  • Mechanical Drafters
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Power Plant Operators
  • Project Management Specialists
  • Technical Writers

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