Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Space, Time, Material and Form
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Critical Reflection  3000 Words  60%
Semester Assessment Presentation  15 Minutes  40%
Supplementary Assessment Critical Reflection  3000 Words  60%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  15 Minutes  40%

Learning Outcomes

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

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

Demonstrate a capacity to apply complex ideas drawn from the case studies to the formation and presentation of their own critical analysis.

Brief description

This module presents students with a broad field of analysis in which to place and contextualize their interest in advanced creative practice. The module examines the practices of performance-makers and scenographers as existing in an expanded field marked by the axes of space, time, material and form. Students will be introduced to, and examine, these four axes at the beginning of the module and will then explore the variety of ways in which performance makers and scenographers work with them. The module provides students with an understanding and appreciation of the various elements which combine to allow performance to function as a medium, and presents ideas and approaches to performance-making with can directly inform and inspire the student’s own creative practice


The first four lecture/seminars will provide a focus and stimulus for the presentation, which will ask students to concentrate on a specific axis (Space, Time, Material or Form) and to examine its nature, organization, and context as a constitutive element of performance and/or scenography. The second half of the lecture/seminars on the module will provide students with specific case study material which will enable them to place their own emerging practice in a formal, historical and strategic context. The case studies will examine contemporary practitioners and groups whose work may be seen as conjectural outcomes of research into the possibilities of performance.

Fortnightly seminars will accompany the module, offering support for the precise requirements of assessments. These will cover research methods, the performance of knowledge, libraries and archives, practice-led research, and critical writing

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication The ability to communicate ideas effectively is assessed directly through Assessment 1 and 2. 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 Assessments 1 and 2.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to use the web and the numerous e- learning resources in the library in order to search for and locate journal articles and other primary materials that have relevance to their assessments.
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.
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 2019). 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.


This module is at CQFW Level 7