Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2022)


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

Why take Action Design?

1. You will increase your practical design skills involving production lighting, sound, video and set design.
2. You will understand how scenography is used to support text, and deliver visual and aural nuance and significance to performance.
3. You will enrich your understanding of contemporary theatre practice, and learn about celebrated designers.

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
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