Module Information

Module Identifier
TP31140
Module Title
Scenography Production Project
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Pre-Requisite
External Examiners
  • Mr Paul D Barrett (Programme Director - Birmingham City University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 20 x 8 Hour Practicals
Lecture 1 x 1 Hour Lecture
Seminar 5 x 1 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1. Contribution to the collaborative conception, development and realisation of a design for a departmental production.  70%
Semester Assessment 2. The generation and development of a Design Portfolio containing a 1000 word evaluative statement.  30%
Supplementary Assessment 1. 7,000 word essay.  The scale and nature of this essay will be determined by the Module Co-ordinator and the Institute Director of Undergraduate Studies, according to the percentage of work missed.  70%
Supplementary Assessment 2. Creative portfolio documentation or research essay.  The scale and nature of this essay will be determined by the Module Co-ordinator and the Institute Director of Undergraduate Studies, according to the percentage of work missed.  30%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate the ability to apply selected principles and methodologies of scenography pertaining to a range of production practices.

2. Demonstrate the ability to conduct and execute the shared and negotiated investigation of a collaborative production design process.

3. Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to engage, under close supervision, a range of working practices appropriate to a diversity of departmental productions.

4. Present effective and appropriate and critically engaged documents of research, representation, communication and process pertinent to specific practices of scenography in production.

Brief description

This module aims to examine, in the context of the practical implementation of a performance event for a public audience, selected principles and methodologies of scenography pertaining to a range of production practices. The module is offered in close conjunction with TP34940 Production Project, and students will be working on the design for the production projects, which will be performed in departmental performance venues or appropriate site-specific locations.

Building upon the studies of semester 1, students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to engage a range of scenographic working practices appropriate to a diversity of departmental productions.

Working in small groups and under the supervision of the course tutors, students will have the opportunity to both observe and execute collaborative design processes, and share responsibility in bringing these processes through to realisation in performance.

Individually, students will generate and collate documents of research, representation, communication and process pertinent to specific practices of scenography in production. These documents will be organised as folios of material, and should function not simply as records, but as both the instrument and embodiment of thought in which they contextualise their experience through a developed and sensitive understanding and analysis of appropriate performance theories, compositional vocabularies and methods.

Content

Course delivery:

Lectures: 1 x 1 hour introductory lecture
Seminar/Tutorials: 5 x 2 hour seminar
6 x 2 hour production meeting tutorials
Practicals: 5 x 4 hour workshop sessions

90 hours of rehearsal across the semester. This includes 4 days of initial intensive rehearsals.

35 hours of intensive production time.
12 hours of performance and related preparation


The module is delivered through a structure of seminars, tutorials, production meetings and practical work. The research tasks, reading and the precise content of each teaching component are tailored by the course tutors to the specific demands and opportunities of each production project created in conjunction with TP34940.

Working in project groups, students will be allocated roles appropriate to the scenographic requirements of the project (for example, set design, costume design, lighting design, sound design or if appropriate any combination of these roles).

The project will involve working for at least 16 hours per week during the semester, during which students will apply appropriate compositional and design strategies to developing the project, while also contextualizing their work in relation to the work of relevant theatre practitioners, scenographers and artists.

Students will be expected to undertake and apply independent research to develop individual scenographic solution to feedback into the collaborative process. All students on the module will also take part in five tutorial feedback sessions in which a member of staff will aid them in reflecting on the progress across the range of projects and the differing scenographic procedures and requirements involved.

Students will keep a working portfolio documenting significant developments and challenges they have encountered in the process and will use these to reflect on the project. Throughout the project students will be expected to work responsibly, constructively, creatively and safely with fellow students, solving problems as they arise and undertaking the specific challenges inherent to the nature of their project.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number • The use and conversion of scale • The manipulation and documentation of technical data • Tackle problems involving number within IT data handling
Communication • Knowledge sharing through discussion. • Understand the concept of group dynamics • Play an active part in group activities. • Contribute to the setting of group goals • Contribute effectively to the planning of group activities • Exercise negotiation and persuasion skills • Read in different contexts and for different purposes • Speak in different contexts and for different purposes (inc presentation and discussion) • Listen effectively
Improving own Learning and Performance • Devise and apply realistic learning and self management strategies
Information Technology • Use a range of commonly used software packages • Use specialist C.A.D. programs • Present information and data • Use email /internet appropriately and effectively
Personal Development and Career planning • Whilst not an especial focus or assessed element of teaching and learning, the module extends a range of analytical, conceptual, practical and creative skills, and students are made aware of the transferable applications of these across academic and career borders.
Problem solving • Identify conceptual problems • Identify factors which might influence potential solutions • Develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving • Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions • Construct a rational proposal in response to a problem
Research skills • Understand a range of research methods • Plan and carry out research
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statement (Version 2007). The following subject specific skills are developed and directly or indirectly assessed: • Engaging in performance and production, based on an acquisition and understanding of appropriate performance and production vocabularies, skills, structures and working methods; • Contributing to the production of performance and/or film and/or television, scenography, sound and lighting production; • Achieving expertise in the use of various technical apparatus necessary to realise the demands of production in live performance and/or recorded media;
Team work • Understand the concept of group dynamics • Play an active part in group activities. • Contribute to the setting of group goals • Contribute effectively to the planning of group activities

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6