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Understanding Masks (THTR30039)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeTHTR30039
Winter Term
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What is a “mask”?

Students will endeavour to answer this question by exploring the history, cultural and performative function of mask in a wide variety of social contexts. This research will be supplemented with practical studio sessions in mask design and making, processes and materials. Students will then articulate this learning by designing and making a “mask” for a defined social or performative purpose.

Some materials will be provided as part of a materials levy ($50.00 per student) however students will also need to supply specific materials for the realisation of their individual designed mask in addition to this fee. Costs will vary depending on materials selected.

Intended learning outcomes

  • research and critically analyse the social, cultural, religious or performative context and function of a mask;
  • identify the effect a mask has on the perceived persona of the wearer;
  • apply research into mask styles and performative theories to the design and realisation of an individual mask;
  • articulate the process of developing and problem solving the design and realisation of a mask, from concept to completion, around the fundamental premise of "character";
  • translate the designed mask into a completed functioning mask capable of expressing the desired character.

Generic skills

  • Research and critically analyse the social & cultural uses of masks;
  • develop a design in relation to a specific social context;
  • prepare and communicate visual ideas.

Last updated: 10 August 2019