Scenography: Introduction to Theatre Technologies and Performance Design

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Scenography: Introduction to Theatre Technologies and Performance Design

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course is limited entry. Students interested in enrolling this course should submit their Pre-Registration form as soon as possible as there may be additional requirements for consideration for entry into this course.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course explores theoretical and practical elements of scenography and stagecraft necessary in mounting theatrical productions, with intensive training in performance technologies with playtext and production design analysis, and historical research. Students will gain an understanding of the disciplines of performance design, technical production roles, and theatre technologies. Please note that in order to be considered for this limited entry course, your enrolment application must be submitted by 1 December in the year prior to enrolment.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Understand the core technical principles in mounting a theatrical production.
    • Have a specialised understanding of performance technologies, stage terminology, stage directions, and identify the different kinds of theatrical spaces and their parts.
    • Safely operate the theatre’s technical equipment, including lighting fixtures, lighting console, power tools, sound, and AV /multi-media equipment
    • Know and apply the basic elements of performance to inclass design exercises
    • Work both independently and collaboratively on in-class practical exercises.
    • Communicate their creative design concepts clearly through effective in-class presentations.
    • Realise and execute their creative concepts into unified performance designs demonstrated
    • through finished scale models, elevation drawings and sound scapes composed in QLAB.
    • Critique and discuss historical and theoretical design concepts and working methodologies used in live performance.
    • Accurately define and distinguish between the different types and styles of live performance and how technologies impact on them.
    • Clearly articulate your ideas, design concepts, and creative process through self reflective writing, presentations, and class discussions.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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