Module code: THE1013

Module Overview

This module introduces skills, practices and competencies in a range of areas of theatre production and enables students to explore and demonstrate these in a number of contexts. THE1013 Production: An Introduction addresses introductory technical competencies and requirements, which may indicatively include lighting, sound, audio visual, props and health and safety. The module enables students on the programme to benefit not just from critical enquiry and performance practice, but technical knowledge and experience as well, leading to a well-rounded understanding of theatre production and practice.  It prepares students for practical application and exploration of production competencies in Semester 2 by means of observation and introductory, hands-on experiences of using production technologies, alongside lectures and seminars that offer a firm grounding in key subject knowledge. The module also prepares students to work in University spaces, to work safely with technical equipment and to be aware of the work that is required in planning for and implementing production processes.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

DUGGAN Patrick (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W430

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 55

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

An Introduction to:

  • Health and Safety

  • Lighting rigging, focusing and operation

  • Sound rigging and operation

  • Audio visual operation

  • Production roles

  • Stage management

  • Analysis of scripts for production needs/ground plan, props

  • Pre-production/Rehearsal scheduling

  • Elements, stages and responsibilities of a production process

  • Prop creation/acquisition

  • Technical plans

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Group presentation 100

Alternative Assessment

Individual presentation

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity:

  • To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a specific theatre production technique or techniques CKT

  • To reflect upon and evaluate learning based on hands-on experiences of using specific production practices and technologies CTP

  • To demonstrate ability to communicate knowledge and learning effectively in a group presentation KT

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a Group Presentation. The presentation should enable students to evidence proficiency in specific theatre production skills, demonstrate creativity, knowledge and understanding of theatre production and/or design based on collective, hands-on experience, and to connect practical learning with critical reflection.

Formative assessment and feedback

Taking on a practical job role within a simulated production environment, the student will undertake a selection of practical experiences.  These may include, ‘technical crew’, ‘lighting operation’, ‘sound operation’ or ‘technician’.  This list is not exhaustive.  Verbal feedback will be delivered during the process of this formative practical and class time will be made available to reflect on this process as a class group with specific focus on the Group Presentation.

Students will also have the chance to observe a chosen production role in action for a major show. After this observation the students will be asked to complete an evaluation of their observation.

Thus, the formative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Intensive Week Evaluation Forms

  • Observation of a production role

Module aims

  • To provide an experience of a specific theatre production technique (one or more may be offered)
  • To allow students the opportunity to reflect on production practices and technologies
  • To educate students in the technical and performance principles of one or more technique(s) with the ability to demonstrate this understanding through a group presentation

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a specific theatre production technique or techniques KCT
002 To reflect upon and evaluate learning based on hands-on experiences of specific production practices and technologies CPT
003 To demonstrate ability to communicate knowledge and learning effectively in a group presentation KT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 18

Laboratory Hours: 6

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: enable students to be introduced to production activity in a classroom environment, and learn practically how to apply these skills within a studio context.  The formative assessment provides opportunities for smaller class learning which allows smaller ratios between students and tutors and will provide tailored feedback though conversation and instruction. 

The opportunity to reflect on this will occur during and outside of class time and provide the basis for their assessment.

It should be noted that the focus here is on the transferable skills involved within production and it is these skills that are being reflected on.  It is the hope that by focussing on soft skills, rather than marking product, students will be engaging in critical thinking, problem solving and self-development which can then be applied across their study within Theatre and Performance and beyond. 

This module introduces the ideas of practice as a method of understanding theatre and becomes the introduction to using production as a way of interrogating theatre (both in theory and in practice) 


The learning and teaching methods include:

The following is indicative

  • 6 hrs of observations

  • 18 hrs of lectures / seminars

  • 16 hrs of practical tutorials

  • 12 hrs of formative assessment

  • 22 hrs of reading

  • 36 hrs of research / homework

40 hrs of written assessment

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


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 2020/1 academic year.