PERF07020 2019 Theatre Design (for Production)

General Details

Full Title
Theatre Design (for Production)
Transcript Title
Theatre Design (for Production
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, 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) SG_DINAD_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design

This studio based module further prepares the learner with specialist skills for exploring the nature of scenography from research and design through to full production. 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 work with budgets and collaborate on a realistic basis to achieve a finished and, in collaboration with others, a fully realised 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


Develop the ability to work in a team and within a budget and time frame to fully realise a design for production

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment: attendance and professional practice.

Set and costume design project and presentation.

Log book

Sets and Costumes realised in a production




Indicative Syllabus

Designing a play for the theatre

Reading and analysing a script. 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, set construction, costume realisation, scenic arts,


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Project Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Design Presentation Project 1 Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical / Laboratory Design Studio project 2 Weekly 2.00
Workshop / Seminar 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

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 and model making equipment, range of paints and materials for set and costume construction

resources to attend performances and field trips

Additional Information