PERF07046 2019 Theatre Design (for Production 2)

General Details

Full Title
Theatre Design (for Production 2)
Transcript Title
Theatre Design (for Production
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
15 - 15 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Tom Weir, Una Mannion, Rhona Trench, Vanya Lambrecht, Katarina Rozvadska, Niall Rea
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 allows the learner to exploring the nature of event and performance in theatre and non-theatre settings from research and design through to full production. Skills of analysis, experimentation and interpretation of a wide range of sources can be explored using a variety of methods and skills, expanding the context of theatre design and design for performance. Themes will be explored through investigation, reading, discussion and in-depth analysis to expand imaginative responses. Practical exercises and skill based exploration will inform the direction of the design and performance as well as critically and practically informing the decisions for the overall production. Students learn how to encounter new platforms and situations for performance, allowing for a new interpretation of space, audience and scenarios. Learning experiences available include the opportunity to design, plan and deliver a collaborative and inter-disciplinary creative project over the duration of the semester. Visual research is crucial and practical theatre ‘makings’ skills are developed. The learners will bring together the audience, place and event in a cohesive, professional and innovative way, encouraging broad and creative thinking as well as advancing the skills needed in the production of any type of performance.

Learning Outcomes

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


Develop in-depth exploration and interpretation of events and performance in the context of design for production.


Recognise scenography as a reflection of the emotional world of event and performance.


Explore the use of space and place for the physical and imaginative requirements expression and story telling


Produce a portfolio of designs for performance that will include research, moment drawings and scale models for a performance or event.


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



Develop the ability to work in a team and within a budget and time frame to realise a fully produced event/ performance.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment: attendance and professional practice.

Set and costume design project and presentation.

Log book.

Production development and running.

All additional requirement (health & safety etc).


Indicative Syllabus

Designing a performance in a variety of settings.

Reading and analysing the brief and the potential location(s). The importance of research and contextual material as well as practical considerations of the location(s), audience etc. Development of an intervention, event, installation, happening, cinematic experience or performance.

The performance space: Assessing the venue/ place/ space. Measurement, recording and drawing. Technical information. Analysis of the site for other hazards/ interruptions/ potential opportunities. Health and Safety.

Producing designs: Set/ setting, prop and costume ideas, Visual material, modelling and prototyping, costume renditions, technical drawing, colour application, construction, costume realisation, prop and transport solution etc. A wholistic and fully realised production concept of the event or performance.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Coursework assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5
2 Final Production Project Performance Evaluation 40 % End of Semester 3,4,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Studio Guided Design and Research workshops for production 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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

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

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

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

Doherty, Claire. Situation (Documents of Contemporary Art) MIT Press. 2009

Bishop, Clare. Participation (Documents of Contemporary Art) MIT press. 2006

Brayshaw, Teresa. The Twentieth Century Performance Reader, Routledge, 2013

Goldberg, Rosalee. Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present, Thames & Hudson, 2011

Pearson, Mike, Site-specific Performance, Palgrave, 2010

Other Resources

Range of art materials and model making equipment, range of paints and materials for set and costume construction, resources to attend performances and field trips