Module Identifier DR22310  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Simon Banham  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite DR23810  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   20 Hours 10 x 2 hour  
  Workshop   1 x 2-day workshop  
Assessment Project work   Notebook - 20%, design - 80%   100%  


- To introduce students to the principles and practice of set design in contemporary theatre and performance.
- To focus on practical set design methodologies involving an introduction to the tools of the set designer.
- To initiate a process that questions the necessity and phenomenon of scenic design.

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, upon completion of this module, the student will be able:

- To analyse the role and employment of stage design within the construction and presentation of public performance.
- To employ a vocabulary and practice sufficiently developed to enable the formation and articulation of initial design concepts.
- To demonstrate an increased sensitivity for the structures and qualities of space, and the consequences within their reorganisation.
- To employ research material (both documentary evidence and physical resources) that supports and informs a design proposition.


A series of inter-related practical assignments explored and analysed across ten distinct workshop seminars developing perceptual awareness and methods of articulation through individual responses to a shared brief.
These workshops lead into and inform the production of a theoretical design/scenographic proposition.
The weekend workshop brings diverse design disciplines together to collaborate in the conception and fabrication of a themed 'event'.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Brooke, Peter. (1968) The Empty Space. Penguin
Berger, John. (1986) Ways of Seeing. BBC/Penguin
Burian, J (ed.). (1993) The Secret of Theatrical Space. Routledge
Shaw, Phyllida (ed.). (1996) Make Space! (Design for Theatre and Alternative Spaces). S.B.T.D.
Ruthven, Peter & Burnett, Kate (eds.). (1999) Time + Space (Design for Performance and Alternative Spaces). S.B.T.D.
** Recommended Text
Goldberg, Rose Lee. (1990) Performance Art. Thames & Hudson
Adcock, Craig. (1990) James Turrell: The Art of Light and Space. University of California
Shank, Theodore. (1982) American Alternative Theatre. Macmillan
Beacham, Richard C. Adolphe Appia, Artist and Visionary of the Modern Theatre.
Holmberg, Arthur. (1997) The Theatre of Robert Wilson. Cambridge
Parker, Oren W & Wolf, Craig. (1997) Scenic Design and Stage Lighting. Harcourt Brace