Practice II: Technical Specialisation (DRA3011)

StaffMr Jon Primrose - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module, which builds on Dra2061B Digital Theatrecrafts, aims to consolidate knowledge in a chosen technical area and to extend practical, intellectual and creative ability through self-led investigation and practice.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate expertise in a particular technical area involved in live event production, such as lighting, sound, or stage management.
  • 2. Present and negotiate creative designs and ideas, and to translate them into practice, through an organized working process, within given time and budget constraints.
  • 3. Assess technical components of production work by developing a unique critical apparatus.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Relate to others in theatrical processes and performances; to work effectively with others in small task-orientated groups and to initiate and sustain creative, analytic practical work within strict time limits and to solve a number of specific technical problems and apply that understanding to performance work;
  • 5. Demonstrate the ability to apply a wide range of library and IT skills in detailed independent research.
  • 6. Demonstrate the ability to contribute research to small groups in effective presentations, to evaluate visual evidence and to develop advanced confidence in the ability to analyse, critique and manipulate complex material.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Develop advanced personal research skills using personal initiative; to set personal objectives that are linked to a sense of challenge and extending boundaries and to identify and evaluate personal learning strategies that are self critical as much as self reflective.
  • 8. Proactively follow through the solo provision of technical support to a live event, specializing in a chosen area. Required skills include time management, awareness of available resources, negotiation with those with less experience and the ability to manage expectations to ensure a positive outcome.
  • 9. Develop advanced confidence in technical skills and practical production support, in a variety of contexts and/or with a variety of equipment.

Syllabus plan

Weeks 1-6: Mixed-mode learning activities (e.g. demonstrations, seminars, lectures, field trips) in line with the students’ particular learning objectives)

Weeks 7-8: Liaising with students on another studio-based module

Weeks 9-10: Working in a practical capacity with students on another studio-based module

Weeks 11-12: Presentations and portfolio-work

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities66Lectures, seminars, research project sessions and tutorials
Guided independent study234Preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Technical work on other modulesProvide technical support to at least 3 of the productions running during the term. 1,2,4,8,9Verbal feedback from tutor & peer group discussion
Rehearsal presentation20 minutes1-3,5-6,7Verbal feedback from tutor

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation3020 minutes1-3,5-6,7Written feedback from tutor
Portfolio containing write-up of the results of practical assignments, technical plans, layout diagrams, photographs etc. as appropriate to the chosen focus. 703,000 words plus relevant technical plans etc.1-9Verbal and written feedback in tutorials and on drafts and written feedback on final submission

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PresentationPresentation1, 3-5, 7Referred/deferred period
PortfolioPortfolio1-9Referred/deferred period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

In conjunction with the convenor each student devises a personal reading and research programme.

A wide range of technical and practical texts are available in the Library covering Lighting, Sound, Stage Management and all areas of entertainment technology.

  • Light (Readings in Theatre Practice), Scott Palmer (2013)
  • Sound: A Reader in Theatre Practice, Ross Brown (2009)
  • Stage Management: The Essential Handbook, Gail Pallin (2010)

 In addition, the following journals and magazines are available:

  • Lighting & Sound International magazine
  • Live Design magazine
  • The Stage

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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Theatre technology, lighting, sound, stage, performance