Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other Seminar/Workshop 5 x 2 hour


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1. Conceptual project and exhibition presentation. Applying understanding and skills derived from the specialised study of two scenographic elements, students complete and exhibit TWO from the following as constituents of a self-determined project: 1. A 1:25 scale model. 2. Costume designs and one realised costume. 3. Lighting plans, plot and illustrative material. 4. Sound plans, plot and illustrative material. Students will present their work as part of an exhibition, and articulate and evaluate the choices made in the form of a twenty minute presentation before two examiners. The presentation should draw upon documents of research and concept development generated throughout the process   100%
Supplementary Assessment The form of assessment permits re-sit via re-submission. 

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate the independent ability to conceive, develop and implement an appropriate and cohesive scenographic design within a self-directed conceptual project.
2. Show a significant development in conceptual and methodological understanding of two specialist elements of scenography and the representation of these within a self-directed project
3. Conduct objective and critical analysis of a self-directed scenographic process.
4. Present documents of research and conceptual development to articulate and evaluate scenographic choices made.

Brief description

This module extends the range of study of SG20520 and develops understanding and skills pertinent to the more specialised scenographic interests of the students, and demands the application of this learning in the form of more independent and self motivated project work. Students ultimately elect to undertake specialised study of two elements of scenography (from the total of four addressed by both modules) and focus this study in the generation and exhibition of a self-directed conceptual project utilising these elements.


This module extends the range of study of SG20520 and develops understanding and skills pertinent to the more specialised scenographic interests of the students and demands the application of this learning in the form of independent, self-motivated, project work.

Specifically, this module:

  • Develops conceptual and methodological understanding of specialist elements of scenography within the framework of an independently conceived project.
  • Develops specialist skills required for the representation and communication of scenographic concepts.
  • Provokes objective and critical evaluation of the employment of specific scenographic elements.
  • Encourages the development of individual responsibility for achieving self determined goals in relation to an independent project.
  • Extends effective and appropriate individual generation and collation of documents of research and concept development, pertinent to specific practices of scenography.


Students follow TWO from the following series of seminar/workshops, before extending their studies
through the project-specific tutorials:


1. Light and darkness, a possible beginning: key notions of light, focus and duration.
2. Colour temperature: primary structural and ambient principals (1).
3. Contrast: the primary structural and ambient principals (2).
4. Direction, intensity, reflection and diffusion: the qualities of light.
5. Theatre lanterns, their function and status: the construction, primary qualities and use of key lantern types.
6. General conventions of a venue based practice.
7. Form and style: light within the definition and animation of a sustained spatial and dramatic construct.
8. Structure, ambient and the dramatic quality of space: primary tasks in the creation of a credible and effective design.
9. Towards the construction of a design.
10. Towards the realisation and manipulation of a design.


1. Clothing and social context 1: the language of clothes.
2. Clothing and social context 2: the resonance of fabrics.
3. The biography of clothing: reading the history and body memory of clothing.
4. The body and place: extrapolating from abstracted and actual locations.
5. The body in performance: from street to stage and from page to stage.
6. The scenic figure 1: the notion of costume.
7. The scenic figure 2: dilating the performer.
8. The scenic figure 3: costume as scenery.
9. A period perspective: researching historical garments.
10.Case notes: contemporary costume designs.


1. objects in space 1: abstract form and structure
2. objects in space 2: resonant relationships
3. objects in context 1: inhabiting given perimeters
4. objects in context 2: defining/delineating place
5. space/place/location: the specifics of site - the appropriateness of choice
6. shaping space 1: the body and structure ? physical and temporal considerations
7. shaping space 2: scenographic text - physical and temporal considerations
8. mapping space: scale and the virtual site
9. conceiving space: tension, balance, juxtaposition, repetition, rhythm, viewpoint
10. case notes: 2/3 contemporary practitioners


1. An analysis of the major functions of sound in relation to performance
2. Uses of sound in modern performance practice
3. Technical sound requirements within performance production
4. Requirements and intentions of sound design within modern performance
5. Assessing the needs, research and sources
6. Sound generation, manipulation and editing
7. Sound design: the underlying creative processes
8. Preparation of a soundscape
9. Structure and construction of a soundscape
10. Production and presentation

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number * Tackle problems involving number within IT data handling * The use and conversion of scale * The manipulation and documentation of technical data
Communication * Read in different contexts and for different purposes * Listen effectively * Articulate and evaluate ideas verbally
Improving own Learning and Performance * Devise and apply realistic learning and self management strategies
Information Technology * Use a range of commonly used software packages * 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
Team work * Knowledge sharing through discussion.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Adcock, Craig (1990) James Turrell: The Art of Light and Space U.C.L.A. Primo search Barba, Eugenio & Savarese, Nicola (1991) The Secret art of the Performer Routledge Primo search Berger, John (1986) Ways of Seeing Penguin, Primo search Burian, J (ed.) (1993) The Secret of Theatrical Space Routledge Primo search Fraser, Neil (1989) Lighting and Sound New York, Primo search Peacock, John (1991) The Chronicle of Western Costume T&H, Primo search Pillbrow, Richard (1988) Stage Lighting Cassell Ltd Primo search Ruthven, Peter & Burnett, Kate (eds) (1999) Time + Space (Design for Performance and Alternative Spaces S.B.T.D. Primo search Shaw, Phyllida (ed.) (1996) Make Space (Design for Theatre and Alternative Spaces) . B.T.D., Primo search Taymor, Julie (1999) Playing With Fire Abrams, Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5