Module Identifier SG31830  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Simon J Banham  
Semester Available semesters 1 and 2  
Other staff Mr Richard D Downing, Mr Nick Strong, Miss Rebecca A Mitchell  
Pre-Requisite SG31730  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   7 x 2 hour Seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 1. The student will be solely responsible for the conception, development and realisation of one element of the scenography for a departmental production, whilst also contributing to the collaborative methodologies established in the previous module. Concentrating principally upon one production he/she will make a minor contribution to (usually) two others. 70%
Semester Assessment 2. A designed documentation of the process and performance event. Presented as a mapping of selected sources, this should further elaborate the initial aims and intentions and consider the actual outcome and possible repercussions of the live event; it is an alternative outcome rather than an historical record.20%
Semester Assessment Viva Voce Examination10%
Supplementary Assessment The particular Learning and Teaching structure and requirements of this module dictate that the first element of assessment (70%) can only be re-submitted by re-taking the module. The second and third elements of assessment (20% and 10% respectively) may be re-submitted during the August supplementary period The Third100%

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 specific mode of theatrical production.
2. Show a significant development in conceptual and methodological understanding of a specialist element of scenography and the ability to apply this within the framework of a collaborative and holistic approach to production.
3. Conduct objective and critical analysis of an independent scenographic process.
4. Present sophisticated individually generated and collated documents of research, conceptual development, representation and communication pertinent to specific practices of scenography in production.

Brief description

Following on from SG31730, this module aims to encourage and foster the independent ability to conceive, develop and implement an appropriate and cohesive scenographic design within a single, specific mode of theatrical production. Emphasis is placed upon independent practice and responsibility, and the module structure allows for and encourages personal development in the application of specialist elements of scenography within the framework of a collaborative and holistic approach to production. This structure demands the generation and collation of specific process materials, the assumption of responsibility for liaison with directors and presentations at production meetings, and management of the realisation and operation of the final design. At the end of the module, students are encouraged to reflect objectively and critically upon their personal work.


This module aims to further examine and develop, in the context of practical implementation, selected principles and methodologies of scenography pertaining to a range of production practices.
Specifically, this module:


The module is delivered through a structure of seminars, tutorials, production meetings
and practical work . Research tasks, reading and the precise content of each teaching
component is tailored by the course tutors to the specific, demands and opportunities of
each production.

Module Skills

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  
Communication * Read in different contexts and for different purposes * Speak in different contexts and for different purposes (inc presentation and discussion) * Listen effectively  
Improving own Learning and Performance * Devise and apply realistic learning and self management strategies  
Team work * Knowledge sharing through discussion. * Understand the concept of group dynamics * Play an active part in group activities. * Contribute to the setting of group goals * Contribute effectively to the planning of group activities * Exercise negotiation and persuasion skills  
Information Technology * Use a range of commonly used software packages * Use specialist C.A.D. programs * Present information and data * Use email /internet appropriately and effectively  
Application of Number * Tackle problems involving number within IT data handling * Use scale and scale conversion  
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.  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Achim Freyer (1989) VIDEO - On The Disruption of Fixed Routines Inter Nationes
Bachelard, Gaston (1986) The Poetics of Space Beacon
Baugh,Christopher (2005) Theatre, Performance and Technology Palgrave
Davis Tony: (2001) Stage Design: Roto Vision
Dorn & Shanda (1992) Drafting for the Theatre S.Illinois Univ. Press
Elkins, James (2000) How To Use Your Eyes Routledge
Hall, Stuart (ed) (2000) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices Sage
Kastner, Jeffrey (1998) Land and Environmental Art Phaidon
Mackintosh Iain: (1993) Architecture, Actor and Audience Routledge
Svoboda, Josef (1993) The Secret of Theatrical Space Applause


This module is at CQFW Level 6