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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI2709 Performance Design

20 creditsClass Size: 21

Module manager: Dr Joslin McKinney

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module investigates the spatial, technological and material aspects of contemporary performance. Through practical workshops and reference to examples of contemporary international performance design practice that uses structures, objects, costume, lighting and other material elements as a central focus students will gain an understanding of the possibilities of performance design


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

demonstrate understanding of key concepts in performance design;
- apply understanding to the realisation of scenography;
- design, construct and evaluate scenographic ideas in a variety of media;
- draw on the theories and practices of key scenographic practitioners to reflect on their own work and that of others;
- adopt a reflective approach to their own performance design practice;
- evaluate scenographic ideas in the context of performance events.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should:

Be conversant with examples of contemporary performance design practices and scenographic principles

Use experimentation and reflection in realising ideas for performance design
Use relevant concepts and theories to interrogate practice

Demonstrate appropriate discipline and rigour in their practice for this level of study.

Articulate knowledge and understanding about performance design through practice and in writing

Skills outcomes
Developing and expressing ideas for performance design;

Planning and organising practical work within available resources;

Using experimentation and reflection to test and develop ideas
Reflecting on practice to further refine ideas;

Articulating ideas verbally and in writing;

Developing vocabulary appropriate to performance design practice and processes


Workshops include:
Light and space
Props, objects and puppets
Body and costume
Sound and space
Projection and multimedia

Seminars include:
Pioneers and contemporary practitioners, e.g. Tadeusz Kantor, Robert Wilson, Heiner Goebbels, Romeo Castelluci, Olafur Eliason, Dries Verhoeven, Kris Verdonck, Sasha Waltz, Katie Mitchell, Mike Pearson, Lucy Orta, Cloudgate,

Through the module the focus shifts from staff-led content towards student-led in both seminars and workshops. Students present scenographic practice in the context of small groups and submit an individual illustrated essay on concepts in contemporary scenographic

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment13.003.00
Group learning103.0030.00
Private study hours136.00
Total Contact hours64.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to seminars (especially those that are student-led).
Development and presentation of design-led performance (formative and summative feedback).

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayIllustrated essay 3-3500 words50.00
Project(Group) Design-led performance50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Alternative assessment is set according to individual circumstances and approved by Exams Tutor and Pro-Dean for Student Education

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:43:25


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