module specification

DN6024 - Major Project Realisation: Theatre and Film Production Design (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module title Major Project Realisation: Theatre and Film Production Design
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 300
180 hours Guided independent study
120 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Assessment of design in performance production
Coursework 50%   Portfolio of developmental and presentation work.
Running in 2019/20 No instances running in the year

Module summary

Together with their Design and Development module (DN6001), this module is intended to prepare Theatre and Film Production Design students for independent practice, entry into the professional workplace, or for higher studies.

Through synthesis of knowledge of processes and principles, using an appropriate range of intellectual, creative and practical skills, you will design a realised production.

A negotiated and approved proposal will confirm your individual project. This could be an ‘in-house’ production in conjunction with the module Production: Performance and Practice (SM6P04), an internal film studies project, a self-generated installation or performance or an external production.

The module will ensure that you critique and reflect upon your own work and that you understand your position in your creative sector.

Prior learning requirements

Pass and completion of prior level

Module aims

This module seeks to enable you to:

  • evidence your ability to utilise the required research and development and construct a realisation plan and process suitable for successful completion of the project
  • utilise sector specific practice, techniques, materials and resources to realise the design
  • affirm your creative identity as you enter your professional field and indicate your sense of your future direction and position
  • evidence self-management of the project in respect of planning, monitoring, recording and evaluation


The module will provide opportunities to test;

  • problem exploration and definition
  • construction and conduct of production programmes
  • application of project research and development to realisation in a professional context
  • presentation and defence of proposals to a professional standard
  • refinement and presentation of personal professional creative identity
  • articulation of position in discipline context

Learning and teaching

Projects will seek to enable a range of learning opportunities such as;

  • formative feedback from industry-specialist staff
  • self-directed and managed study and practice
  • live critique and creative feedback from peers
  • online forum to share progress and support
  • advanced visual and material experimentation
  • specialised publication, presentation or exhibition practice

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

  • plan and carry out the entire process of performance design from inception through research, development of ideas up to and including realisation of designs and use in performance
  • manage and continuously evaluate the project realisation process in the context of complex and changing problems
  • design and undertake a sustained design realisation process using an appropriate range of sector-specific resources, techniques, materials, media and discipline-specific knowledge
  • develop a personal design identity and articulating their creative direction

Assessment strategy

At regular critiques or tutorials, students are expected to produce a coherent account of their project in progress, together with critical evaluation of successes and issues for further research, development or revision. Formative feedback will be given in response to the project plan.

The final mark is given at the end of the module, following assessment of the design through performance and review of a comprehensive portfolio of all relevant developmental and presentation work.

Work must be carefully organised and presented to indicate the development of work and the content clearly labelled. Students are required to attend timetabled studio and workshop sessions.


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