PERF07011 2019 Studio Skills 4 (CAD for Theatre Design: 3D Modelling)

General Details

Full Title
Studio Skills 4 (CAD for Theatre Design: 3D Modelling)
Transcript Title
Studio Skills 4 (CAD for Theat
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Tom Weir, Adrian Durcan, 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 module has been developed to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills associated with Technical Drawing and Model Making for practitioners of Theatre Design. The skills are intended to concisely and clearly communicate all needed specifications to transform an idea into a physical form. The learner shall be able to interpret and communicate designs and ideas in 2D and 3D. The learner will further develop skills in CAD for Theatre Design including 3D computer modelling.

Learning Outcomes

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


Request plans, elevations and technical specifications of a national performance space.


Use plans and translate same to execute an AutoCAD plan and elevation of a performance space.


Use plans and translate same to execute a detailed 3D model of the designated performance space.


Produce an AutoCAD ground plan and elevation of the set design, as well as 3D modelling of set elements.


Use digital media to capture theatrical moments illustrated within the constructed 3D model for presentation and portfolio purposes.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment is continuous and is undertaken at the conclusion of each block or project.

Indicative Syllabus

The semester commences by facilitating a project assigned by Design Studies Staff. The following content shall be taught in order to aid the fruition of the project:

CAD for Theatre Design 3

Creating Ground Plans in AutoCAD

Creating Elevations in AutoCAD

3D CAD Modelling


Basic Walkthrough animation.

Combining AutoCAD with other digital media products.

Creation of presentations and portfolios.

Architectural Representation for Theatre Design 3

2d and 3d Orthographic Drawing

Analytical Diagramming

Perspective drawing and rendering

Modes of Presentation

Rendering techniques

Models as part of the design process.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project AutoCAD Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 8 1,2,4
2 Project Digital Media Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 5 % Week 8 5
3 Project Model Making Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Week 8 3
4 Project AutoCAD Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 13 1,2,4
5 Project Digital Media Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 5 % Week 13 5
6 Project Model making Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Week 13 3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Design Studio Model Making 2 Weekly 2.00
Design Projectwork Computer Laboratory AutoCAD / Digital Media 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Ripley, David AutoCAD - A Handbook for Theatre Users Entertainment Technology Press (2005)

Bielefeld, Bert Basics Technical Drawing Birkhauser Verlag AG (2006)

Simmons, Colin The Manual of Engineering Drawing Butterworth-Heinemann (2009)

Piper, Tom Model Making for the Stage: A Practical Guide The Crowood Press Ltd (2004)

Winslow, Colin The Handbook of Model-Making for Set Designers The Crowood Press Ltd (2008)

Other Resources