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PECI5501M Performance Design Praxis

30 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Joslin McKinney

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module asks students to work experimentally and creatively with a range of scenographic materials to refine their own creative practice. Alongside creative workshops, we will examinecritically and creatively evaluate current issues and debates in the practice of Performance Design and ask students to incorporate this understanding into reflection on their own practice.


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

refine their own creative practice through mature and sophisticated self-reflection and critique within the context of wider contemporary practice;

critically and creatively evaluate current issues and debates in the practice of Performance Design.

Learning outcomes
A range of international contemporary performance design practice;
Issues and debates about performance design practice;
Processes of documentation of practice;
Practice-led research as a means of developing creative; practice;
Reflection on and analysis of practice


Staff-led practical workshops which map on to the lecture themes and cover specific scenographic materials and techniques(e.g. lighting and projection, object theatre, site-specific performance, mask and costume, practice-led research approaches, documentation of practice).

Indicative content for lectures and seminars on trends in contemporary performance design practice:

- Postdramatic (e.g. Wooster Group, SRS, Robert Wilson, Katie Mitchell, Kris Verdonck, Sasha Waltz, Lola Arias, chelfitsch, Hooman Sharifi, Teater Garasi)
- ‘Immersive’ (e.g. Punchdrunk, dreamthinkspeak, Shunt, Back to Back, De La Guarda)
- Socially- engaged (e.g. street protest/Occupy, Kathleen Irwin, Hamid Pourazari, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Guillermo Gomez-Peña/La Pocha Nostra, Rabih Moure, Astrid Hadad, Lotte van den Berg)
- Installation/performance (e.g. Olafur Eliasson, Miroslaw Balka, James Turrell, Marina Abramovic, Bill Viola, Verdensteatret)
- Environmental/site-specific ( e.g. NVA, Mike Pearson, Blast Theory, Reza Abdoh, Louise Ann Wilson, Dries Verhoeven)

Students will develop an original design-led performative intervention in response to creative brief utilising PCI resources. Following an assessed showing of their practice they will then develop a Portfolio (documentation and visualisations accompanied by written statements) for the ways the work might be expanded/modified to address particular contexts for performance design.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning103.0030.00
Private study hours244.00
Total Contact hours56.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Reading and viewing for seminars = 30 hrs
Preparatory work required for staff-led workshops = 30 hrs
Research and development for own creative practice = 90 hrs
Documentation and analysis = 60 hrs
Development of portfolio = 44 hrs

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Contribution to workshops and seminars – formative feedback on this will be provided.
- First tutorial (in week 6 or 7) will be an opportunity for formative feedback on their own creative work.
- Second tutorial will be an opportunity to discuss (summative) feedback on the shared work and give formative feedback towards their plans for development.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalPublic presentation of realised work60.00
PortfolioDocumentation and analysis of work with plans for future.40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/11/2018 09:25:38


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