Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
TP21920
Module Title
Technical Theatre
Academic Year
2019/2020
Co-ordinator
Semester
Intended for use in future years
Pre-Requisite
Successful completion of Part 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Creative Portfolio  50%
Semester Assessment Group Presentation and Documentation  50%
Supplementary Assessment Creative Portfolio  50%
Supplementary Assessment Individual Presentation and Documentation  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Analyse contemporary practice in performance technology and its application in relation to collaborative practice in a range of scenographic and theatrical contexts;
Develop and apply the appropriate technologies and technical skills in the context of contemporary performance

Understand the specific and relevant management systems & structures, equipment, processes of exploration, technologies, equipment and software aimed at achieving the realisation of creative perfromance and scenographic aims;
Create both the documentation which records the associated creative decision-making process and that which manages the process of and cueing of live perfromance

Develop critical and self-critical skills in respect of the management and technical decision-making processes;
Meet the technological and creative encounters that they will experience in the practical explorations of their third year

Brief description

1. This module will explore and analyse contemporary practice in performance technology and its application in relation to collaborative practice in a range of scenographic and theatrical contexts
2. It will encourage students not only to recognise, develop and apply the appropriate technologies and technical skills in the context of contemporary performance but also to develop a clear understanding of technology as a tool for the creative process rather than as an end in itself
3. It will introduce students to specific and relevant management systems and structures, equipment, processes of exploration, technologies, equipment and software aimed at achieving the realisation of creative performance and sceongraphic aims
4. It will introduce students to the creation of documentation recording the creative decision-making process as well as the more practical accounting, recording and cueing of live performance
5. It will introduce students to the notion of reflective evaluation of processes, encouraging them to develop critical and self-critical skills in respect of the management and technical decision-making processes employed and to create a sense of responsibility for and ownership of the theatrical event
6. It will, through a series of technical workshops, lecture/workshops, seminars and tutorials challenge their preconceptions about the nature and function of theatre technology, as well as deliver relevant contemporary technological performance knowledge, skills and experience
7. It will prepare them for the technological and creative encounters that they will experience in the practical explorations of their third year

Content

Lecture/Seminars (10 x 1 hour)

Seminar/Workshops (5 x 2 hrs)

1. The Contexts: Sustaining collaborative practice
2. Lighting: Functions, principles, systems (hard and soft), structure, equipment, processes, documentation
3. Sound: Function, principles, systems (hard and soft), structure, equipment, processes, documenation
4. Stage Management: Function, systems, processes, documentation
5. Production Management: Function, systems, processes, documentation

Workshops (5 x 2 hrs)

1. Lighting 1: Practical workshop on lighting plans, scale, representation and documentation
2. Lighting 2: Practical workshop on location, rigging and focusing, lighting control systems, performance plotting and replay
3. Sound 1: Practical workshop on digital sound recording, live studio and sound effects
4. Sound 2: Practical workshop on digital multi-track editing and processing, digital performance plotting and replay
5. Stage Management 1: Practical workshop on processes and systems

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Much of the software and much of the planning, organising and mapping of rehearsal and performance space requires the application of number and some simple geometry
Communication The development of communication skills is intrinsic to the assessed aspects of this module. The ability to communicate design and technical ideas and solutions to fellow students and tutors is an essential part of the project presentations
Improving own Learning and Performance Progress throughout the module and the ability to evaluate and reflect critically on individual achievement attained
Information Technology Students will have to master a number of generic as well as specific and technically complex software systems in order to fulfill the requirements of the module
Personal Development and Career planning Personal development and career planning will be developed through this module. Many of the specific and generic skills developed through the analytical and practical work of this module will have significant transferability to a wide range of contexts
Problem solving These skills are developed as the student respond to the different challenges that emerge during the process of finding solutions to the creative and practical challenges of the case studies and presentations
Research skills These skills are developed through research into contemporary practice, the background of the two case studies, and assessed presentations
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statement (Version 2007)
Team work The development of team working skills is intrinsic to the group presentations

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5