Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Successful completion of Part 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 3 Hour Lecture/Workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Critical Portfolio 2,500 words  50%
Semester Assessment Group Project & Documentation 1,500 words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Critical Portfolio 2,500 words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Individual Project & Documentation 1,500 words  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

To identify and employ conceptual procedures appropriate for conceiving non-textual performance;
To demonstrate an awareness and critical understanding of various theories and practices of dramaturgy

To demonstrate an awareness and critical understanding of compositional procedures involved in writing for modes of performance other than those of dramatic dialogue

To compose and organise intellectual and dramatic material specifically for live exposition within an academic context


The aims of the proposed module are:

1. To introduce theories and practices of generating performance that does not rely upon the exposition of dramatic literature
2. To examine structures of dramaturgy and principles of dramatic and visual composition
3. To introduce approaches and strategies of writing for performance which provide alternatives to the conventions of dramatic dialogue
4. To provide conceptual and practical techniques for the creation of performance events

Brief description

The module is structured and delivered across three elements:

1. A series of lectures and classes, timetabled biweekly, across the first five weeks of the semester
2. Parcitipation in a collaborative performance process, led by 3rd year Performance Studies students
3. Development and presentation of assessed submissions


The module offers an initial series of lectures and exploratory classes introducing theories and principles of devising: addressing the generation, composition, juxtaposition, dramaturgy, placing and exposition of physical, visual, aural, and textual performantive material

These classes will be followed a weekend workshop, during which students will be involved in the realization presentation of short performance etudes.

Students will then develop a conceptual group project for presentation and assessment

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number This element is not assessed
Communication The individual students' ability to articulate and communicate their ideas and opinions is developed and encouraged across all aspects of the module; the assessment forms recognise effective communication across written, verbal and performative material
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management are demanded to maintain engagement with the development of the course and the completion of its concommitant assessed assignments. Assessment procedures recognise effective self-management and self-motivation
Information Technology Skills of information handling are exercised through the conduct of research, presentation processes, and the collation of materials within both assessed submissions. These are recognised in the assessment of submissions
Personal Development and Career planning The module encourages the initial development of skills directly applicable to careers within cultural (particularly theatre/performance) industries. Further transferable skills (project planning and execution, the development of personal creative initiatives) are also developed through the completion of assessment tasks, though careers need awareness, does not of itself constitute an assessed element
Problem solving Creative problem solving, outcome recognition, and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures, are encouraged and assessed across the duration of the module
Research skills Appropriate personal research and the development of effective personal research practices, are implicitly encouraged throughout the module, and are assessed through their impact on the development and presentation of the assessed submission
Subject Specific Skills The generation and ordering of intellectual and dramatic material in context outside either the play script or the auditorium; group creation, organisation and presentation; textual composition; and the organisation of alternative sites of exposition
Team work Group working is addressed across the duration of the module. Practical clases demand the application of skills necessary to conduct successful collaborative activity. The assessed group project relates directly to the development and employment of such skills


This module is at CQFW Level 5