Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Space, Time, Material and Form
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 Essay  (3,000 words)  50%
Semester Exam Group Performed Lecture  (15-20 minutes)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (3,000 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Individual Performed Lecture  (15-20 minutes)  50%

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of critical approaches to the major axes of performance examined during the module: space, time, material and form.

2. Demonstrate a capacity to evaluate and synthesize complex ideas drawn from the initial lecture material in the composition of conceptual and practical outcomes.

3. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of strategic methodologies for group work based on the lecture material and case studies.

4. Demonstrate a capacity to apply complex ideas drawn from the case studies to the formation and presentation of their own creative practice.

Brief description

This module will present students of MA Theatre Practice: Performance and Scenography with a broad field of analysis in which to place and contextualize their interest in advanced creative practice. The kinds of tasks which theatre-makers and scenographers set themselves will be described as elements within a series of continua along the axes of space, time, material and form. These will be considered in the first four seminars of the module, and will be illustrated with reference to contemporary and historical practice in theatre and associated creative arts.

Whilst introducing and examining these various axes, the module will also explore the variety of ways in which creative groups, ensembles, collectives and networks of theatre makers may operate; and the second half of the seminar schedule will be devoted to a series of case studies outlining the work and organizational strategies of some significant groups in the field of theatre and creative arts. The aim is therefore to provide the MA group with an understanding and appreciation of the various elements which go together in order to allow theatre to function as a medium; to present them directly with ideas and approaches to theatre-making with may directly inspire their own practice on the MA degree; and to show how the creative direction and outcomes of theatre work may be related to the internal organizational structures and group ethics.

The first four lecture/seminars will provide a focus and stimulus for the written essay, which will ask students to concentrate on a specific axis and to examine its nature, organization and context as a constitutive element of theatre performance and/or scenography.

The second half of the lecture/seminars on the module will provide students with more specific case study material which will enable them to place their own emerging constitution as a creative group into a formal, historical and strategic context. The case studies will examine the groups under consideration as dynamic bodies, whose work may be seen as conjectural outcomes of research into the ethics, erotics, economics and ecology of performance.

Fortnightly Research Seminars will accompany the module, offering support for the precise requirements of assessments on the MA Theatre Practice, and preparing students for TPM0680 Research Project.


Indicative Lecture/Seminar content:

Axis 1: Space and spatiality

Axis 2: Time and temporality

Axis 3: Material and materiality

Axis 4: Form and conceptualization

Case Study I: Bauhaus

Case Study II: Black Mountain College

Case Study III: The Magdalena Project

Case Study IV: Odin Teatret

Case Study V: Brith Gof

Case Study VI: Builders Association

Indicative Research Seminar content:

1. Research Methods

2. Practice-led Research

3. Libraries and Archives

4. The Performance of Knowledge

5. Preparing Assessments

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication The ability to communicate ideas effectively is assessed directly through Assessment 1 and 2. Written communication is developed through Assessment 1.
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 Assessments 1 and 2.
Information Technology
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 2 provides students with an awareness of planning and staging collaborative performance work, which is valuable preparation for moving 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). A number of subject specific skills are developed and partly assessed e.g. engaging in performance and production, based on acquisition and understanding of appropriate perfomance and production vocabularies, skills, structures, working methods and research paradigms.
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 Assessment 2.


This module is at CQFW Level 7