Module code: PRO1029

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the practice of scenography, set design and their processes.


This module reflects the programme’s aim to produce practitioners with specialist knowledge- here specifically in the field of set design.


This module will serve as a general introduction to set design for students whose area of professional interest may lie elsewhere and as an introduction to professional practice for students who intend to make a career in set design for performance or related crafts such as scenic painting, prop-making or scenic construction.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 129

Lecture Hours: 9

Seminar Hours: 3

Practical/Performance Hours: 9

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes: -


  • An introduction to practitioners of theatre design and scenography, past and present.


  • The practical tools of the designer: mood-boarding, model-making and design presentation skills.


  • The power of the object in space to contribute to storytelling.


  • The use of other means besides the internet to inform visual research e.g, self generated images, found objects and the library.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Individual Presentation to peer group - 8-10 mins 100

Alternative Assessment

(Resit only) Reflective essay (1500 words)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge acquired about practitioners engaged with scenography past and present. It also offers students the opportunity to develop practical skills in design and presentation.


Summative assessment


Assessment  - Design Presentation


Students will be expected to create a design presentation based on a brief given to them at the beginning of the module. This will require analysis of the production or play and interpretation into a set design for performance.






Formative assessment




Students will receive feedback on their performance during practical taught sessions, or at times when the student is engaged in independent work, developing their designs and presentations.




Continuous feedback will be offered throughout the process, regarding both their practical skills and professional behaviour in the studio.

Module aims

  • Introduce students to the practical skills required to design sets for performance.
  • Place the practice of scenography in context, with reference to professional scenographers and theatre designers: their processes and body of work.
  • Encourage students to engage with the potential of performance space, and to promote an elementary understanding of three dimensional design.
  • Introduce the process of visual research, enabling students to fully investigate ideas with confidence.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Engage in the theatre production process adopting the procedures and methods at every stage of the process. KP
002 Demonstrate accurate application of practical skills. P
003 Independently research to support their subject knowledge and practical skills. C
004 Present as a self-motivated and professional practitioner. T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


  • Balance the acquiring of necessary practical skills alongside exploration of the function of, and context for, the practice of set design and scenography.



The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Lectures or seminars

  • Practical group workshops

  • Practical skills workshops

  • Group critique and discussion

  • Independent studio work and research

  • Formal presentations.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery falls in Semester 1 due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Block 1.


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Theatre Production BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.