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Unit information: Introduction to Design for Performance in 2023/24

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Unit name Introduction to Design for Performance
Unit code THTR10010
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mr. Rod Terry
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)


Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)

Introduction to Performance Practices

Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department Department of Theatre
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

Through a mixture of presentations, demonstrations, workshops, individual and group exercises, students will be introduced to design concepts and practices necessary for creative, effective and safe participation in practical units in the Department’s theatre spaces and elsewhere. Using a combination of directed exercises and independent work in small groups, the unit will introduce students to the key concepts and practices in one or more of: stage management, costume design, lighting design, set design, sound design, multimedia and digital design.

Students will explore the work of influential practitioners to investigate their methods and approaches. Students will then apply their learning in a small-group production assignment, such as presenting a design concept for an intended production in a specific theatre space, managing or contributing to a technical rehearsal and reflecting on the development of their ideas and group working. Students will be given practical support in creating materials for their concept pitch, for instance model boxes/set designs; mood boards or sample costume; lighting plots &/or soundscapes/scores.

Within their groups, students will have the opportunity to choose and focus in more depth on a design area that interests them.


To teach students how to assess and implement safe working practices in a theatre and other performance spaces;

To introduce students to design concepts in theatre and performance;

To prepare students to interpret and implement design concepts in later practical work

Your learning on this unit

On successful completion of the unit, students will:

(1) be able to demonstrate understanding of key design concepts in theatre and performance;

(2) be able to demonstrate the significance of design as an interpretive tool;

(3) be able to evaluate and reflect upon their own strengths and weaknesses in key design areas

(4) be able to demonstrate an understanding of effective collaborative working

How you will learn

Students will receive a range of demonstrations and workshops from core staff and from visiting practitioners, where possible

Formative production and design assessments will take place in these workshops throughout the Teaching Block

How you will be assessed

Group design presentation and associated paperwork (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.