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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 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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18 200-level THEA, DESI or PERF 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.
Enrolments for this paper are limited, and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.

Teaching staff

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Hilary Halba

Teaching Staff: Martyn Roberts

Paper Structure
This paper is taught through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and practical work.
Teaching Arrangements

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

Your lecturer will give you a list of required readings at the commencement of the paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41