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PECI5502M Critical Concepts in Performance Design

30 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Joslin McKinney

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module examines the critical concepts and theories which have informed recent developments in performance design. Beginning with the rise of scenography through the 20th century, we will consider how forms of performance design, in the theatre and beyond, manifest themselves in the 21st century.


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

critically evaluate current issues and debates in Performance Design within the wider landscape of the creative and cultural industries;

- apply theory critically in order to develop an understanding of contemporary performance design practice.

To this end they will be asked to read about and discuss topics arising from lectures and then form their own positions as practitioner/theorists through presentation and through writing.

Learning outcomes
Theories and concepts of performance design which will include:

Visuality and the theatre
Multi-sensorial and ‘syn-aesthetic’ performance
Post-dramatic performance
Audience experience and spectatorship
Spatiality and performance
Interculturality and performance design


Staff-led lectures which address the following (indicative list):

Scenography and performance design – an historical context;
Visuality and the theatre;
Multi-sensorial and ‘syn-aesthetic’ performance;
Post-dramatic performance;
Audience experience and spectatorship;
Spatiality and performance;
Interculturality and performance design

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours276.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Reading and preparing for lectures = 40hrs
Preparatory work for short paper presentation = 66 hrs
Research and reading for essay = 80 hrs
Writing essay = 90 hrs

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to seminars in the first 2/3 weeks – informal formative feedback on this will be provided at the first tutorial ;
First tutorial (in wk3 or wk4) will address their short paper topic and plans for this ;
Second tutorial will be an opportunity to discuss (summative) feedback on the presentation and implications for their final essay;
Third tutorial will address their essay plan and their annotated bibliography

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayEssay (4,000 – 5,000 words)60.00
PresentationVerbal presentation of 3,500 - 4,000 word paper to seminar group40.00
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 09:25:34


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