PERF07020 2013 Theatre Design 3

General Details

Full Title
Theatre Design 3
Transcript Title
Theatre Design 3
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench, Jo Conway, Frank Conway
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERT_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

This studio based module further prepares the learner with specialist skills for exploring the nature of scenography. Skills of analysis, exploration and interpretation of written texts in the context of theatre design are expanded. Texts are explored through reading, discussion and in-depth analysis to expand imaginative responses. Practical exercises are advanced to demonstrate how 'action' is the basis of design. Field trips are arranged to nurture investigative and research skills. Students learn how to encounter a physical performance space. Visual research is particularly encouraged. Skills in rendition are developed. Learners use two and three dimensional forms to express their interpretation of text and present to their peers. Learners design for plays in specific venues and collaborate on a realistic basis to achieve a finished design.


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

Continous Assessment: attendence and professional practice.

Set and costume design project and presentation.

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Indicative Syllabus

Designing a play for the theatre

Reading and analysing a sript. Importance of research.Contextual material.character analysis. Moment drawing. Play interpretation.

The performance space:

Assessing the venue. Measurement, recording and drawing. Technical information. Health and Safety.

Producing designs: Set and costume ideas, Visual material, model making, costume renditions, technical drawing, colour application


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Design Presentation Project 1 Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Design Studio project 2 Weekly 2.00
Workshop Design Studio Design Project 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Willett.John Editor     Brecht on Theatre  The development on an aesthetetic, Methuen press   1964 

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

Gombrich.Ernst Hans   The Story Of Art, Thames and Hudson 1978

Berger.John      Ways of seeing Penguin Modern Classics   2008

Brook.Peter     The Empty Space, Penguin Modern classic   2008

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

Other Resources

range of art materials and model making equipment

resources to attend performances and field trips

Additional Information