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Light in Performance (FINA20043)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeFINA20043
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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 theclose 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 andthe 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: 22 March 2018