Set Design for Performance
An introduction to the creative process of set design for live performance: site-specific work, theatre, musical or opera. We explore the designer's vision, creative and practical skills, effective communication and how to develop a critical eye for performance...
Taught by: Laura Cordery, Gary Thorne.
An introduction to the creative process of set design for live performance: site-specific work, theatre, musical or opera. We explore the designer's vision, creative and practical skills, effective communication and how to develop a critical eye for performance.
You will finish with a combination of practical understanding of the requirements for set design and a portfolio of project work reflecting the designer's creative process.
Project work will include:
- analysing a script, libretto or synopsis to establish a scenic breakdown
- historical research
- 2D and 3D creative interpretation and concept development,
- storyboarding and the scaled 3D model
- roles and responsibilities in pre-production and in production
Who should take this course?
This course welcomes learners from a wide range of disciplines, including those wanting to develop, diversify and extend their current creative experience towards set design for performance.
It is also suitable for those wishing to strengthen their portfolio for application to higher education studies in design for performance.
Entry requirements: None
Level : Beginners
If you want to broaden your skills and expand your portfolio for application to further studies in design for performance, we recommend that you consider also taking our Costume Design for Theatre and Screen course.
Read more about the Set Design for Performance course on the CSM Short Course blog http://csmshortcourses.myblog.arts.ac.uk/
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Gary Thorne has worked as a set and costume designer for over twenty years. He is Head of Design at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He has been a visiting lecturer at Motley Theatre Design, Central School of Speech and Drama, and Rose Bruford College. Gary is author of 'Stage Design', 'Designing Stage Costumes', and ‘Technical Drawing for the Stage’, all published by Crowood Press.
Please bring with you to the first session:
- A3 Sketchbook
- Coloured pencils
- Pritt stick glue