PERF06078 2019 Theatre Design 1

General Details

Full Title
Theatre Design 1
Transcript Title
Theatre Design 1
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_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

This studio based module prepares the learner with specialist skills to understand the nature of scenography. Texts are explored through reading, discussion and in-depth analysis to develop imaginative responses. Practical exercises are created to demonstrate the integrity of the proposed scenographic ideas. Students learn how to encounter a physical performance space and how to collaborate. Visual research, with particular emphasis on Art History is encouraged. Learners acquire techniques in two and three dimensional  forms to express their ideas and interpretations of text. Presentation to their peers is an integral part of the design process.

Learning Outcomes

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


Develop in-depth exploration and interpretation of the written text in the context of design for performance along with advanced research skills,


Recognise scenography as a reflection of the emotional world of the play.


Explore the use of space for the physical and imaginative requirements of the text.


Produce a portfolio of scenographic designs that will include research, moment drawings and scale models for a prescribed play in a specific theatre venue.


Develop critical abilities in research of histories of art, culture and visual representation.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment

Project based learning


Indicative Syllabus

  • In depth exploration of texts
  • techniques in two and three dimensional forms developed
  • Visual research
  • Theatre and Art history
  • Presentation skills
  • Collaborative skills

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Design realisation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Continuous Assessment Design realisation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Design Studio Design projects 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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

Brocket, Mitchell and Hardberger, Making the Scene: A History of Stage Design and Technology, Tobin Theatre Arts Fund 2010

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

range of art materials, model making tools  and technical drawing equipment

resources for field trips and to attend performances


Additional Information