DN5013 - Scenography, Text and Place (2018/19)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2018/19|
|Module title||Scenography, Text and Place|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2018/19||No instances running in the year|
Scenography, Text and Place, alongside SM5009 Performing the Text, explores ways of utilising various forms of text in theatre practice. It will develop analytical research and performance design skills in relation to differing design contexts. In addition, it will broaden the notion of ‘text’ – exploring other forms of ‘text’ as stimuli.
Prior learning requirements
Pass and complete previous level
The module seeks to:
- test specific analytical skills related to working with text
- introduce you to the wider concept of text and exploring texts to demonstrate conceptual, social, economic and values and focus
- demonstrate the importance of research and development in relation to designing for theatre and film
- enable you to design for specific space and its audience
- develop an understanding of the relationship between design, text and place
The module will be taught in a studio setting.
In the first section of the module students will be introduced to a variety of contemporary play texts with a social context or agenda, for example Wertenbaker, Williams, Tucker Green, Bean ,Neilson, Osment, Kirkwood, Jacob, Churchill, Kane and Pinnock. Students will explore through a series of short projects and design exercises approaches to designing for some of these texts in a range of contexts (eg small scale theatre, large scale theatre, film, multimedia). Students will develop their own design approach alongside an understanding of the challenges of different design contexts and explore to the notion of audience and audience configuration.
In the second section of the module students will be introduced to an expanded notion of text which might include factual information, biography, prose, comic books, visual material, film; and explore approaches to designing for those texts in performance.
The final part of this module will link directly with SM5009 Performing the Text and DN5015 Designing The Performance, serving as research, development and reflection. Students will utilise the same text as in Designing The Performance to explore alternative approaches and will develop a design proposal for the same text in a different setting.
Learning and teaching
Learning and teaching strategies for this module will include:
A series of short design projects set as both individual and small group tasks
Self and peer observation and evaluation
Independent research tasks
Practical assessments with group and individual feedback
On successful completion of the this module you will be able to:
- understand the wider sense and the notion of text
- read and deconstruct a play text in context
- apply techniques and skills related to exploring a text from a designer’s viewpoint
- work with a more complex understanding of notions of audience applied in practice
- undertake research and development towards a practical performance project
- present and demonstrate skills in both independent and collaborative ways of developing performance work
There will be three formative assessment points in advance of the final summative assessment.
- A presentation of work showing the range of design approaches and challenges tackled in section one. This could include any or all of the following: sketch or finished models, storyboards, costume drawings, notebooks and sketch books.
- A presentation of work showing the range of design approaches and challenges tackled in section two. This could include any or all of the following: sketch or finished models, storyboards, costume drawings, notebooks and sketch books.
- A presentation of a design scheme for the given text in section three. This could include any or all of the following: sketch or finished models, storyboards, costume drawings, notebooks and sketch books
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