Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Compositional Practices
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Practical group presentation  Working in small groups, to conceive and present a short performance/scenographic event for a given location on a given theme. (Note: This presentation will be videoed for scrutiny by the external examiner and departmental records. Assessment of this assignment will include procedures of disaggregation.)  (30 Minutes).  60%
Semester Assessment Critical Evaluation & Supporting Documentation  (3,000 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Practical Solo Presentation  (20 Minutes)  60%
Supplementary Assessment Critical Evaluation & Supporting Documentation  (3,000 words)  40%

Learning Outcomes

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

​1. To demonstrate advanced understanding of the complex strategies and techniques involved in making contemporary theatre, performance and scenography.

2. To take responsibility for putting into operation, in an ordered and meaningful way, the methodological and representational principles studied.

3. To display an ability to work effectively and co-operatively in a collaborative project, including in a leadership capacity.

4. To employ advanced skills in conducting well-informed independent research and creative practice.

5. To evaluate critically complex strategies and techniques of composition, structuring and staging, leading to the creation of a group practical presentation.

Brief description

This is a practical, participatory module that explores and enacts strategies, methodologies and physical techniques of making contemporary theatre, performance and scenography. Each session will concentrate upon a specific aspect of the compositional, dramaturgical process of making work and culminate in the creation of a short performance work that demonstrates the principles under examination. Whilst particular emphasis is placed upon the professional practices of staff involved, models and frameworks will also be drawn from key contemporary European theatre and performance makers.


Course delivery:
5 x 1 hour seminars
10 x 3 hour practical sessions

Module content includes: 
Elements of composition; conceptual strategies; devising, writing and choreographic methodologies; the generation and accumulation of material; the ordering, articulation and modulation of material; uses of space, body, time, site, text, scenography, audience. (Content may be adjusted to capitalize upon the specific expertise of those delivering the module.) 

A fortnightly Seminar will accompany the module, helping students to develop strategies for reflecting critically on their practical work.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication The ability to communicate ideas effectively is assessed directly through both assessments. Written communication is developed through Assessment 2.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management skills are developed through the module and are demanded for the successful completion of its assignments. These skills are directly assessed through Assessment 1.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realizing assessment project) are developed through the completion of Assessment tasks 1 and 2. Assessment task 1 students with an awareness of and skills in the creation and staging of performance work, which are regarded as being valuable preparation for their move into professional practice.
Problem solving Analytical problem solving, outcome recognition and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed through both assessments.
Research skills Appropriate personal and collaborative research and the development of effective personal and collaborative research practices are encouraged and assessed through both assessments.
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statement (Version 2015). The following subject specific skills are developed and partly assessed: - engaging in performance and production, based on acquisition and understanding of appropriate performance and production vocabularies, skills, structures, working methods and research paradigms. - developing a repertoire of interpretative skills, practices and making techniques (physical/aural/spatial) and applying them effectively to engage with an audience/performance. - contributing to the production of performance, for example through direction, choreography, dramaturgy, stage management, scenography, sound and lighting production, media, promotion, administration and funding. - realising the performance possibilities of a script, score and other textual and documentary sources and/or creating new work using the skills and crafts of performance making/writing. See department for more details.
Team work The application of skills necessary to conduct collaborative activity, such as negotiating ideas and opinions, are developed throughout the module and directly assessed through Assessments 1 and 2.


This module is at CQFW Level 7