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Understanding Masks (THTR30039)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2018
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

This subject will challenge the students’ preconceptions of “masks” by exploring the social, cultural, religious or performative context and function of these artefacts and applying this theoretical and practical knowledge to the design and creation of their own mask.

Generic skills

Students should be able to demonstrate awareness of the connection between the historical/cultural/religious or performative contexts of a mask and more broadly artefacts of any type. They should also be able to demonstrate this understanding through the design and realisation of their own mask including its presentation and oral defence of the design in relation to a defined context.

Last updated: 16 June 2018