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DRAM8031 - Set Design and Props

Title:Set Design and Props
Long Title:Set Design & Props
Module Code:DRAM8031
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Drama
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: JOHN O CONNOR
Module Description: The design, construction and fabrication of sets and props
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Conceive and design a simple stage set
LO2 Exhibit basic construction skills
LO3 Observe Health & Safety procedures relating to stagecrafts
LO4 Recognise and describe materials used in stage sets and their properties
LO5 Fabricate simple theatrical props
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Set Types - cloths, flats, open, representational - and the materials used in their construction
Basic Carpentry & Painting Skills
Function, integration with other design elements - lighting & costuming, access, load-bearing characteristics, moving and flying, trucks
Fabrication and painting
Technical Drawing & Model Making
Detailed plans specifying materials and exact dimensions. Scale Modelling.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Drawings and modelling of a stage set 1 40.0 Week 10
Performance Evaluation Continuous assessment of practical work 2,3,4,5 60.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Set Design & Construction 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Prop-making workshop 3.0 Twice per semester 0.40
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Hands-on practical session 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Reading, Practising and Writing 3.5 Every Week 3.50
Total Hours 9.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.90
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.40
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Colin Winslow 2006, Handbook of Set Design, Crowood Press [ISBN: 1861268130]
  • Tim Blaikie & Emma Troubridge 2002, Scenic Art & Construction: A Practical Guide, Crowood Press [ISBN: 1861264992]
  • John Blurton, Scenery: Draughting & Construction, A&C Black Publishers [ISBN: 0713656840]
  • Andy Wilson 2003, Making Stage Props: A Practical Guide, Crowood Press [ISBN: 186126450X]
  • Stephen G. Sherwin 2006, Scene Painting Projects for Theatre, Focal Press [ISBN: 0240808134]
  • Clare P. Rowe 2007, Drawing & Rendering for Theatre: A Practical Course for Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Designers, Focal Press [ISBN: 0240805542]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Georgina Shorter 2012, Designing for Screen: Production Design and Art Direction, Crowood Press [ISBN: 1847973841]
  • Stephan di Benedetto 2012, An Introduction to Theatre Design, Routledge [ISBN: 0415547547]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUTH_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre 3 Elective
CR_GMUTH_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre 4 Elective
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 5 Elective

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