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Space in Performance (FINA30023)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeFINA30023
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Space is one of the elements available to be manipulated by the designer in the development of a design for performance. Space can be expanded and compressed, altered and changed through the use of scenic elements and devices - the set. This subject examines how through the application of scenic devices and mechanisms, space can be used as a dramaturgical tool in the creation of a performance. Students will also study different performance spaces from different periods – their physical structure, and the theories underlying them. Non-traditional spaces will also be examined – the found performance space, and the site specific performance space.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a capacity to analyse, evaluate and critique the effective use of space 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;
  • professionally document the conceptual development, research and realisation of a designed item, and reflect on the outcome.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Set design concept, including research, analysis of given text, written design rationale, drawings, analogue and/or digital renderings, equivalent to 2000 words

  • 2000 words
Week 1250%

Written task (1000 words each): analysis of a performance space.

  • 1000 words
Week 8N/A

Written task (1000 words each): analysis of a performance space.

  • 1000 words
Week 425%

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorRichard Roberts
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours24 hours - 1-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial each week of semester
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019