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THEA356 Design for Theatre and Performance

The history, principles and practices of design for theatre and performance, and the development of production design concepts.

This paper looks at lighting, sound and set design for theatre and performance, with an emphasis on the development of design concepts in contemporary theatre practice.

Paper title Design for Theatre and Performance
Paper code THEA356
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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18 200-level DESI, PERF or THEA points
THEA 256
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Programme Co-ordinator.

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinators/Teaching Staff: Professor Stuart Young and Mr Martyn Roberts

Paper Structure
This paper is taught through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and practical work.
Your lecturer will give you a list of required readings at the commencement of the paper.
Course outline

Please contact the School of Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Gain an overview of the history of design in theatre and performance
  • Identify some of the philosophies and theories that underpin and inform the field
  • Identify some of the key figures and practitioners within the field
  • Understand production design as a text in its own right
  • Gain a deeper appreciation of theatrical and performative genres, practices and conventions
  • Develop some fundamental tools of research, analysis and conceptual realisation in the field of theatre and performance design
  • Gain a broad understanding of the technical language, practices and terminology specific to the field

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system