Core Module Information
Module title: Design for Directors

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

Module code: CLP11149
Module leader: Mark Thomson
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

This module will focus on theatre design, on the elements of visual and sound design and on how directors use these elements to express conceptual ideas in the process of practical play production. By the end of this module you will have a cohesive working knowledge of how directors present a concept to a company and to designers; how to discuss theatrical design and its impact on production and be able to communicate effectively with key stakeholders in the production process.

Learning Outcomes for module:

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.
LO5: Exhibit a critical understanding of the relationship between audience, actor and performance environment.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mark Thomson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Practical learning (LOs 1-5) will take place in weekly seminars, which will focus on various elements of theatre design and will feature student-led presentations on a variety of texts in production, both theoretical and practical. The teaching is designed to help translate theoretical concepts into practical design solutions.

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:
LOs 1 - 5 will be assessed on two extended presentations focusing on practical design and production challenges. LO5 will be assessed through both of these presentations along with one supporting essay.

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
Practical Skills Assessment 50 1-5 9 HOURS= 00.30, WORDS= 0
Report 10 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1000
Practical Skills Assessment 40 1-5 12 HOURS= 00.30, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP11149 Design for Directors