PERF08035 2019 Theatre Design 3 Design for Performance Adv

General Details

Full Title
Theatre Design 3 Design for Performance Adv
Transcript Title
Theatre Design 3 Design for Pe
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 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

This module is designed to challenge the learner's interpretative and collaborative abilities. By engaging with a major Shakespearian play,Shakespeare offers an opportunity for both critical and creative thinking; learners will design a major play by Shakespeare or equivalent playwright. They reflect constructively on their strengths and weaknesses by interrogating the text from a spatial, imaginative, cultural, visual and philosophical perspective.The relationship of director and designer and the nature of the creative collaboration is examined. Problem solving requiring technical, imaginative and aesthetic responses is broadened. Evidence of research into the political, social, historical, cultural and psychological background of the selected text, along with clear professional, presentation and communication skills, will form an integral part of the project design.

Learning Outcomes

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


Devise and present a design project based on a major play expressed through a chosen performance related discipline in collaboration with a professional director


Explore and expand boundaries of visual communication through interrogation of selected text.


Deliver visual and oral presentations of design ideas to justify approaches and choices.


Assess the technical and creative requirements of their project and harness the resources available to them for the production of their project.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment:

Reflective journal of research and process.

Presentation: Full model box/design solution, moment drawings, technical drawings, evidence of visual research, set and costume presentation,  lighting approach.

Indicative Syllabus

Shakespeare: How to read a Shakespeare play. Research across the spectrum of Shakespeare in contemporary culture, from the historical context, visual history of Shakespearean representation, through to contemporary relevance.   In all cases examining both critical thinking and approaches to problem solving.

Collaboration with professional director/practitioner: practical experience, nature of collaboration. direction of project. Ideas and approach to production, costume, set, lighting, props.  Choice of form, e.g. film, theatre etc. Choice of venue/location. Dynamic with contemporary audience. Professional lighting designer to discuss scenographic approach. 

Presentation: finished project work, visual, oral, integrated research, communication skills.

Digital media, develop skills, integrate into project through documentation and/or production for film

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous assessment costume design Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Continuous Assessment Scenography Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
3 Design Presentation Scenography Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Design Studio project 3 Weekly 3.00
Design Projectwork Design Studio costume 3 Weekly 3.00
Practical Design Workshop film production 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 10.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Howard. Pamela      What is Scenography? Second edition

Routledge Press 2009

Hearn.Karen .Editor    Dynasties. Painting in Tudor and Jacobean England 1530-1630

Tate Gallery Press 1995

Burnell. Kate. Editor     Collaborators. UK Design For Performance  2003-2007

The Society of British Theatre Designers

Baugh. Christopher           Theatre Performance and Technology. The Development of Scenography in the 20th Century

Orgal.Stephen                 Imagining Shakespeare.

Palgrave Macmillan   2008.

Brocket, Mitchell and Hardberger, Making the Scene: A history of stage design and technology, Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, 2010

Collins, Jane and Nisbet, Andrew eds., Theatre and Performance Design: A reader in scenography, Routledge, 2010

Other Resources

art materials, model making and technical drawing tools and equipment

camera, projector and computer facilities

resources for field trips and attending performances

Additional Information