Module title: Design and Metaphor

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP11128
Module leader: Donna Soto-Morettini
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture


2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Donna Soto-Morettini
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will combine lectures/seminars where you will present practical projects. Lectures will introduce a variety of technical skills and creative approaches, which you may adapt to your own interests and needs (LOs 1, 2 & 5). Final practical project will rehearse in both independent and observed sessions, and you will be monitored through direct contact throughout with overall project director (LOs 1-5). You will be expected to research the history of design independently (through directed reading).

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The design of this programme is such that all practical modules simulate professional conditions and all theoretical modules inculcate skills that are valued by employers across a range of industries. Specifically, both practical and theoretical modules promote advanced skills in: communication, creative-problem solving, leading a team, setting budgets and schedules, conducting market research, and excellent time-management.

Research / teaching linkages
The module will be supported by tutors who are active in the industry and whose professional work and networks will ensure that student practice is up to date and industry-relevant.

Supporting equality and diversity
In the design of this programme, and in its delivery, we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, and to ensuring that no individual is discriminated against. The nature of creating and producing new performance work is such that we feel staff and students will have the opportunity actively to promote multicultural points of view. Small intake across this course ensures that we will be able to respond to students individually, and to employ a variety of teaching and assessment methods to support a student’s learning experience. We will value the diverse experience that students from a wide variety of backgrounds bring to the work and the structure of this programme is such that it gives voice to that variety of experience.

Given the context of our delivery in Edinburgh, and the student residency for at least one if not two of the summer festivals, we are certain that students will be made aware of the international potential for their work, as well as the presence of international practice that can inspire the same in students’ work. Additionally, we hope to target a number of universities internationally in the hope of building a globally diverse cohort each year.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will occur through continuous observation of and discussion about your contribution in the weekly seminars and through peer response in each of these sessions. Summative assessment will be a final project that is linked to the BA Acting & English Shakespeare Workshop, which will provide you with a practical context in which to explore your design concepts.

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 50 1-5 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 10 . 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Practical Skills Assessment 40 . 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Starting with a brief history of theatre design, this module will then move into more practical studies. A series of small ‘etudes’ will allow you to employ visual and aural elements to express creative interpretations of brief scenes, and will gradually increase in both length and complexity of challenge. You will research, resource and select presentation ideas in seminar and then, as a group, respond to the ideas through a series of creative ‘interventions’. The final assessment will encompass work with Acting students to convey specific design/sound ideas in relation to a given scene presentation. This assessment will be accompanied by a 1000-word illustrated essay that will analyse the design concepts in terms of ‘scalability’ (both in terms of space and resources).

Learning Outcomes for module:

By the end of this module students should able to
LO1: Manipulate and organise the performance environment in ways that express original, creative vision with regard to the relationship between design and performance
LO2: Articulate critical and creative concepts and express those concepts through the elements of scenography, sound and lighting
LO3: Demonstrate extensive knowledge of technical theatre equipment and processes, and lead technical rehearsals.
LO4: Address complex issues and make critically-informed aesthetic judgements in rehearsals
LO5: Exhibit a critical understanding of the relationship between audience, actor and performance environment.

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