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The Figure in Performance (FINA20041)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeFINA20041
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The figure is one of the elements available to be manipulated by the designer in the development of a design for performance. An audience reads (either consciously or unconsciously) that figure through its relationship to its environment, and how it presents itself to the viewer. The human figure is in some ways the only element in a design that is non-negotiable in terms of scale, however it can be transformed through costume design, its relationship to space, its relationship to light and as represented through the puppet. Through a series of lectures and studios, this subject examines how this manipulation can be used as a dramaturgical tool in the creation of a performance.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who have successfully completed this subject should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a capacity to analyse, evaluate and critique the effective manipulation by a designer of the human figure in a performance
  • Undertake the process of developing a design concept and produce documentation and materials sufficient to communicate that concept
  • Select from a range of theories (performative, artistic, environmental, historical, philosophical, scientific, etc.) and make them relevant to the task at hand
  • Convey the conceptual development, research and realisation of a designed item, and reflect on the outcome

Generic skills

  • An ability to undertake critical analysis
  • An ability to work with design precedents
  • An ability to work with different design methodologies
  • An understanding of challenges for the professional visual artist in the 21st century
  • An understanding of their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society

Last updated: 12 October 2019