PERF06060 2019 Theatre Design 2

General Details

Full Title
Theatre Design 2
Transcript Title
Theatre Design 2
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 further prepares the learner with specialist skills exploring the nature of scenography, Students are introduced to the history of Theatre Design and Stage Technology.  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 design/performance ideas and how 'action' is designed . Field trips are arranged to develop investigative skills. Students learn how to encounter a physical performance space. Research, particularly visual, is encouraged. Skills in costume design and rendition are developed. Learners use two and three dimensional  forms to express their ideas and interpretation of text and present to their peers as an integral part of the design process. Learners design sets and costumes 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

Continual assessment,



Indicative Syllabus

Script analysis. In depth reading. Character analysis. Imaginative, emotional and physical needs of the play. The importance of lighting. Field research. Venue research.

Design Process: Model, exploring space. Learning scale. Model as a tool for the creative and technical teams. Visual research. Character and costume design and research. Expressing character. The costume rendition.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Design presentation Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Continuous Assessment Project and log book Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
3 Continuous Assessment costume presentation Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Design Studio Design and costume 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 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

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

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

resources for field trips and to attend performances

Additional Information