PERF07020 2019 Theatre Design (for Production)
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.
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.
Sets and Costumes realised in a production
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
|Learning Outcomes Assessed
|Continuous Assessment Project
|Design Presentation Project 1
Full Time Mode Workload
|Practical / Laboratory
|Workshop / Seminar
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
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