Module code: PRO1027

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the context for video and projection technologies associated with theatre production.

This module reflects the programme's aim to produce practitioners with specialist knowledge. This module will serve as a general introduction to audio visual technologies for students whose area of professional interest may be elsewhere, or as an introduction to professional practice for students who wish to make audio visual technologies a lasting part of their skillset.

This module promotes sustainable industry & innovation though through the use of digital display technologies, and responsible consumption through promoting the skills and practice of digital scenography and the use of energy efficient digital projection systems.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

EVANS Gareth (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 20

Independent Learning Hours: 120

Seminar Hours: 10

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Use of projected media in the creation of contemporary performance.

An introduction to analysis and critique of the role of digital scenography and the A/V (video) designer in specific examples of live performance production.

The function and potential of video technologies in a live performance environment.

Exploring a range of techniques for developing content.

Introduction to media creation and the associated technologies and software.

An exploration of practitioners in the field of video design.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Pre-recorded Presentation 100

Alternative Assessment

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 audio visual technologies in the creation of live performance.

  • It also offers students the opportunity to showcase skills and competences gained from taught aspects of the moule.


Formative Assessment


Students will give short presentations to a given brief, demonstrating the application of audio visual technologies to the creation of contemporary theatre production. They will work in teams and showcase their knowedge and skills through a short multimedia presentation.


Summative assessment


Reflective Journal/Video Diary


Your video diary should support your learning by signposting key ideas and practices introduced as part of the module. All journals will be created and submitted via SurreyLearn. It should aim to record the discussions undertaken in the sessions as well as evidencing your further research into the subject. We encourage you to hone in on practices and approaches that you are most interest in. Equally, the video diary should aim to demonstrate your responses to particular practices, employing evidence of further research where applicable.



Module aims

  • Develop intellectual and practical skills of students in the current use of projection and media in performance.
  • Introduce students to examples of video and projection technology in the fields of live performance.
  • Provide students with first-hand experience of fully integrated video and projection technologies current in theatre and live performance.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to begin exploring media technologies associated with theatre and live performance.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate accurate application of practical skills. P
002 Recognise key elements of the industry¿s genres and technological context. K
003 Independently research to support their subject knowledge and practical skills. KCPT
004 Engage positively in team and group activity. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching strategy for this module aims to open up a dialogue among students about what constitutes effective, integrated use of audio visual technologies in the creation of live performance.


The learning and teaching methods include:




Practical group workshops

Independent research and content development


This module attempts to facilitate key areas of the Programme's learning and teaching strategy specifically those defining demonstration and review within workshops, rehearsals, productions, practical classes, laboratory/studio-based practice, lectures, seminars, tutorials and tutor and learner-directed practical projects evidencing core, elementary theory and practice.

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

GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.


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 2024/5 academic year.