PERF06044 2019 Design for Performance 1 - Introduction to Set Design

General Details

Full Title
Design for Performance 1 - Introduction to Set Design
Transcript Title
Design for Performance 1 - Int
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Tom Weir, Una Mannion, Rhona Trench, Niall Rea, Vanya Lambrecht, Katarina Rozvadska
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

This module is designed as an introduction to the role of set design in the production of a play. Using practical workshops learners explore texts to develop awareness of what theatre and performance is. In a studio environment, the learner is guided through the process of designing a play. Learners recognise how to read and interpret plays from a design perspective that will reflect the emotional and imaginative world of the play. Prominence is given to nurturing personal response, and practical exercises are used to express visual language, generate curiosity and foster an imaginative approach to the work.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


recognise the importance of theatre design as an integral part of the collaborative process.


use skills of analysis, exploration, research and interpretation of written texts in the context of theatre design.


demonstrate a basic understanding of theatre design as an expressive language.


realise a basic set design for a play in three dimensional scale model form.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continual assessment: attendance and professional practice,

Log book. Evaluation of understanding of process.

Presentation of final design project.

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to theatre design: role of designer in the collaborative process. Reading and interpreting the script from a design point of view.

The performance  space: how to look at space (usually theatre) a play takes place in. Importance of visual research. Skills in drawing, painting collage. Exploring imagination.

Basic design skills: drawing, model making, colour application,

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment project 1 Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % Week 15 1,2,3,4
2 Project project 1 Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 15 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Studio Project 1 2 Weekly 2.00
Design Projectwork Design Studio Project 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Howard. Pamela, What is Scenography? Second edition, Routledge Press 2009

Mack. John Editor, Masks The Art of Expression, British Museum Press 1994

Burnell. Kate Editor, Collaborators. UK Design For Performance  2003-2007, The Society of British Theatre Designers

Willett. John Editor, Brecht on Theatre The development on an aesthetic, Methuen Press 1964

Collins. Jane & Nisbet. Andrew Editors, Theatre and Performance Design a reader in Scenography, Routledge 2010

Other Resources