University of Technology Sydney

88555 Design for Theatre: Special Performances

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject introduces students to the specialised area of design for performances in theatre spaces. Using either a classic or contemporary script and/or choreography as a starting point, students learn how to design for a stage production that expresses the performance through set and costume design. Areas of dance, opera, and performance art may form the basis for the project. A series of lectures, workshops, and assignments on: the design process, the history of appropriate stage and costume design, set design, costume design, script/score analysis, and associated technologies is delivered to support the design project. The relationship to the particular musical score is discussed as appropriate. The project tests the understanding that the student has attained in reference to the key areas of theatre design, through the synthesis of a design for a special performance. This is a multidisciplinary subject that brings together students to solve specific design problems through group and individual tasks.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Have an increased awareness of the diversity of the Performing Arts discipline;
2. Understand the basic principles of designing for stage and theatre, involving costume, lighting, set and property design;
3. Understand the issues that are pertinent to contemporary design for stage and theatre;
4. Demonstrate an ability to analyse “scripts” both at a fundamental literacy level and for the specific purpose of preparing a theatrical design realisation; and,
5. Demonstrate a clear and progressive work method throughout each project, by keeping a journal, to encourage organisation and logical design process.

Teaching and learning strategies

Face-to-face sessions will incorporate a range of active learning strategies including experimentation, modelling, presentations, videos, simulations, and discussion alongside case studies, field studies, readings and reflection. These will be complimented by independent student engagement with projects through iterative exploration of design propositions, research and development.

Content (topics)

This subject addresses the following issues and topics :

a. History of costume

b. Research techniques used in designing for special performances

c Script and score analysis

d. Costume rendering techniques

e. Model construction techniques

f. Stage lighting implications

g. Introduction to storyboarding

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Performance / Event Proposal

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

.0, .0, .0 and .0

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 2: Design Project

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

.0, .0 and .0

Weight: 50%

Assessment task 3: Process Journal

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 3, 4 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

.0 and .0

Weight: 20%

Other resources

Condee, WF, 1995, Theatrical Space : a guide for directors and designers, Scarecrow Press, London

Davis, T, 2001, Stage Design, RotoVision, Crans-Pres-Celigny

James, T, 2000, The Theatre Props Handbook : a comprehensive guide to theatre properties, materials, and construction, 2nd ed, Players Press, Studio City, CA

Kaye, D, 2000, Sound and Music for the Theatre : the art and technique of design, 2nd ed, Focal Press, Boston

Parker, WO, 1990, Scene Design and Stage Lighting, 6th ed, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Pubs, Fort Worth

Wong, W, 1993, Principles of Form and Design, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co, New York

Marson, L, 1992, Arts Training Australia : analysing the design process, Arts Training Australia, Potts Point, NSW

Pecktal, L, c1995, Designing and drawing for the theatre, McGraw Hill, New York

Wallschlaeger, C, 1992, Basic visual concepts and principles for artists, architects, and designers, Wm C Brown Publishers, Dubuque, Iowa

Warre, M, 1966, Designing and making stage scenery, Reinhold, New York

Woodbridge, P, 2000, Designer drafting for the entertainment world, Focal Press, Boston

Ian Appleton 1996 (paperback) Buildings for the Performing Arts Architectural Press Oxford

Iain Macintosh 1993 (paperback) Architecture, Actor & Audience Routledge London

Mulryne & Shewring 1995 (paperback) Making Space for Theatre Mulryne & Shewring Ltd Stratford-upon-Avon

Mulryne & Shewring 1999 (paperback) The Cottesloe at the National Mulryne & Shewring Ltd Stratford-upon-Avon

Kate Burnett & Peter Ruthven 1994 (paperback) make SPACE ! design for theatre & alternative space The Society of British Theatre Designers London