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Theatre Design & Production - TFT00020I

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Katherine Graham
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This module is designed to introduce you to a range of disciplines in the design and production aspects of taking a play from script to performance. You will have the opportunity to undertake training and initial explorations in these areas, which may be further developed in subsequent production modules. The module will cover a range of disciplines, e.g. Lighting Design, Marketing and Producing, Set and Costume Design, Production Management, and Stage Management. You will be taught by a team of department academic and technical staff, and professional practitioners.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

  • To develop students’ understanding of and basic proficiency in a wide range of processes involved in theatre design and production, including: set, costume, lighting and sound design; planning, scheduling and budgeting; marketing and event management.
  • To develop students’ capacity to reflect critically upon their practical experience and contextualise it against the work of professional practitioners and existing literature on the subject and related areas of practice.
  • To enable students to undertake a small-scale independent project in an area of specialism of their choice as preparation for undertaking that role in one of the degree programme’s subsequent production projects.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module students are expected:

  • To be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of a range of design and production processes.

  • To be able to demonstrate proficiency in at least one area of practical specialism within the range of disciplines offered by the module
  • To possess the necessary skills and aptitudes to generate, effectively communicate and deliver to a deadline an effective and original design or marketing campaign for a given production.
  • To have begun to develop an individual and distinctive approach to their chosen area of specialism and an aesthetic language which reflects their concerns and interests.


Task Length % of module mark
Design/Production Portfolio
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Presentation / Viva
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Design/Production Portfolio
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Presentation / Viva
N/A 40

Module feedback

Students will receive written feedback on all assessments and reassessments. This will happen in a formative manner in practical workshops and seminars, and in a summative manner in feedback sheets on assessment tasks, which students will receive within 20 working days after the assessment.

Indicative reading

Byrnes, William James (2015) Management and the Arts. Abingdon: Focal Press.

Collins, Jane and Andrew Nisbet (2010) Theatre and Performance Design: A Reader in Scenography. Abingdon: Routledge.

Di Benedetto, S. (2012) An Introduction to Theatre Design. Routledge: London.

Howard, Pamela (2009) What is Scenography. London: Routledge

McKinney, J and Butterworth, P. (eds) (2009) The Cambridge introduction to scenography. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

O’Reilly, Daragh and Kerrigan, Finola (eds) (2010) Marketing the Arts: A Fresh Approach. Abingdon: Routledge.

Seabright, James (2010) So you want to be a theatre producer? London: Nick Hern Books.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.