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Light in Performance (FINA20043)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeFINA20043
Semester 1
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Light is an essential ingredient in any performance – without light there is nothing to see. This subject examines how through the use of colour, texture, rhythm and intensity, light can be used as a dramaturgical tool in the development of a performance. This subject also explores the close relationship lighting has with the other design elements in performance.

Through a series of lectures and studios, students will be introduced to light in performance across a range of forms such as; opera, music theatre, dance and drama, and how light interacts with the other design elements and the performer.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate a capacity to analyse, evaluate and critique the effective use of light 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

On completing this subject, students will demonstrate:

  • 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 performance designer in the 21st century;
  • an understanding of their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society.

Last updated: 12 October 2019