Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2020)

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Action Design

Level 5 (30 credits)

This module provides a practical and theoretical introduction to technical production for performance. Looking closely at specific examples though the 20th century to the present day, you will develop a theoretical understanding of the design systems of (among others) Edward Gordon Craig, Josef Svoboda, Jaroslav Malina, Robert Lepage, Robert Wilson, Maria Frankov and Es Devlin, for example, and develop an appreciation and active practical response to the term scenography and various design movements.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

There is no obligatory advance academic preparation for this module. If you wish, you may like to acquaint yourself with the term 'scenography' which we will be discussing throughout the course, and attempting to define during the first week. 

It is currently envisaged that this module will use MS Teams for its online classes. Please download, and acquaint yourself with this program. If you wish to meet me online for a chat about module content or any other matter concerning how it might pan out during social distancing/Covid-19 related issues please drop me a line on

I look forward to seeing you all in September. 

There are no costs for taking this taking this module during 2020-21. We may, should social distancing rules allow attend a model supplies shop in Aldgate, which may require two siingle tube journeys from Mile End.

Learning Context Practice-based
Semester 1
  1. Written Exercise (Design Analysis) (1500 words), 20%
  2. Group Presentation (25-35 minutes), 50%
  3. Essay (1800 words), 30%
Mode of reassessment Standard
Contact Julian Deering