Core Module Information
Module title: Scenography & Production Design

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES09146
Module leader: Fabian Galama
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module explores the practice and theory of scenography. It will address the history, theory and creative development of scenography including the nature of theatrical space. Through practice the student will be introduced to the skills required of the scenographer. The module will be taught through workshop classes focusing on practical projects, and lecturer/seminars considering different performing arts disciplines such as theatre, film, dance, opera and music events. Although the projects will vary on a yearly basis, as an indication students can expect two or three projects in which they will: design a performance space on a theatre stage, film set or equivalent facilitated environment for and existing performing arts company. Some of the briefs will include location design; a fully integrated environmental performance setting to be put in an exceptional location.

Studio-based design projects form the core of the module. You are required to formulate successful design proposals in response to a project brief that deals with scenography and production design of a narrative or events topic. In developing design proposals, you are required to undertake thematic, contextual and material research and to illustrate how your design proposals provide for enhanced audience experience and interaction in a defined performance environment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Select and implement relevant contextual and material research methods
LO2: Produce relevant design proposals for scenography in response to a critical assessment of research and critically reflect on design outcomes in relation to thematic contexts and the stated objectives of the project brief.
LO3: Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary theatre making process including interpreting and facilitating requirements described by scriptwriters and directors.
LO4 Abstract and Contextualise the setting of the performance in a visual statement with appropriate application to the performance space.
LO5: Demonstrate knowledge of the theatre setting and its technical possibilities including site-specific scenography for performances on location.
LO6: Communicate proposals through persuasive and informative 3D rendered and 2d CAD drawings

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: Paul Kerlaff
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
In this studio-based module, tutor-led lectures and demonstrations will introduce key theoretical, contextual and technical concepts which you will then research further, explore and apply through coursework assignments (LO’s 1-6). Coursework assignments will provide you with a variety of opportunities to learn and to demonstrate evidence of your learning through a process of development and production of Foundation level Interior and Spatial Design projects. Specifically each learning outcome is addressed through:

LO1; Group discussions, tutorials, and peer feedback via anonymous post-its or verbal discussion to enhance constructive criticism.LO1; Lectures on the history of set design.
LO2; 'En loge' days contain a fast track scheme design within several hours to kickstart the creative process followed by weekly tutorials.
Verbal presentations and reflexion throughout the module and reflective writing at the end of each project.
LO3; Seminars on script reading to understand written content and how to interpret them. LO3: Individual research and Interaction/meetings with the ENU acting department students and teachers.
LO4/LO5; Visits to theatre performances and set design studio such as Roseburn studios Lyceum to get familiar with the existing practice of Scenography. LO6; Model making lectures focus on the benefits and options of modelmaking.

Weekly Tutor-lead demonstrations and lectures will introduce key concepts and skills. You will then work independently and collectively in class under guidance of tutors to explore and apply these ideas in the context of the coursework assignments. Emphasis is placed on independent self-directed and peer-supported learning to allow you to explore and develop your own interests within the subject area in depth. To support this independent learning beyond class time, a range of multimedia resources are provided through the virtual learning environment (Moodle).

Formative Assessment:
The student is asked to draw up their proposals in plans sections, and axonometric and further visualise and render their projects. After a pin up session where they explain their project verbally, they will get verbal feedback on the spot which they record and which is followed by a marking sheet similar to the summative criteria:
- Design Research: Research and contextual understanding
- Design Concept & Process: Narrative, 2d and 3D exploration
- Presentation: experiential and technical in 2D and 3D
- Pride: Engagement and Contribution
This assessment process happens once for every project within the module: formatively in week 8 and week 13.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place through submission of a final portfolio of work which will contain and present all the project work from that trimester. Each portfolio submission provides an opportunity to demonstrate learning across all learning outcomes for the module. The Summative portfolio review takes place in week 15 and verbal feedback is normally recorded. The Portfolio will present your account of the tasks you have undertaken throughout the module as you have gained and developed an understanding of design practice, along with all required deliverable outputs specified in the coursework briefs. In practice, this is presented in a printed and bound A3 booklet and a corresponding PDF submission on Moodle. Submissions will be assessed based on assessment criteria provided within the coursework assignment briefs at the beginning of each project. These assessment criteria are mapped onto the learning outcomes for the module allowing you to clearly demonstrate evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes for the module (LOs1-6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 48
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-7 14/15
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Scenography & Production Design