Module Details

Module Code: DSGN C1G03
Module Title: Set Design, Drawing and Painting For Stage
Title: Set Design For Stage & Screen
Module Level:: 6
Credits:: 10
Module Coordinator: Eoin Homan
Module Author:: Orla Ryan
Module Description: The aim of this module is to further develop conceptual and practical scenic and set design skills for Theatre. An introduction to perspective drawing will develop learner drafting skills. This module expands skills in scene analysis, designing, storyboards and drafting and extends learner knowledge to a variety of visual image making strategies for theatrical design including an exploration of a number of drawing and rendering techniques. The module looks at a variety of media used to develop successful compositions in set design. Colour theory and how to mix paint will lead to practical skills acquisition in painting and rendering techniques combined with an understanding of collage and projection.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Remember and critically analyze a number of historical and contemporary set designs in reflective journal.
LO2 Demonstrate a conceptual understanding and experimental approach to using colour in set design through exploration in their notebook, storyboards and design development.
LO3 Demonstrate a practical understanding of the fundamentals of drawing and rendering in a variety of media.
LO4 Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of how to create different colours and paint for different surfaces. Apply knowledge and skills in stenciling, faux finishes and Trompe l’oeil effects.
LO5 Create a portfolio showing development and design knowledge in set design, for proscenium, thrust and arena stages.
LO6 Collaborate in a group to design, realize and present a large scale backdrop in collaboration with Media and TV Students.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Additional Requisite Information
No Co Requisites listed
Indicative Content
Perspective Drawing
Perspective drawing for set design.
Theatrical Spaces
Introduction to the different types of theatrical spaces, their possibilities and constraints. Proscenium stage, Thrust stage, Arena, Flexible/black box stage, Profile theatre.
Drawing and Composition
Creative drawing techniques and rendering effects.
Combining Media
Charcoal, Markers, Pastels, Watercolour, Gouache, Acrylic.
Colour Theory
Focusing on colour in design, creating mood, the psychology of colour, making meaning with colour. Colour composition and mixing,
Painting tools and equipment
Introduction to a variety of brushes and tools to create techniques.
Creative Research
Case studies on national & international set designers and their working methods expanding knowledge and visual literacy.
Design Briefs
Combining techniques and an understanding of colour to develop short weekly design briefs in 3D
Collage Aesthetic
Introduction to mixing and combining of visual imagery understanding its development in the 20th century and how to incorporate it for set design.
Developing painting digitally
Scanning work, collage and combining, Projection
Scaling Up
Developing skills in repeat patterns
Faux Finishes
Spattering; scumbeling; stippling, sponging; stencils; ragging; marbling; wood grain, wall paper patterns; Trompe L'oeil.
Group Project
Last 5 weeks students will work to a design brief as a group, collaborating on the design, realization and exhibition of a large fabric backdrop. Exhibited in the IT.
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%


Full Time

Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Other % of Total Mark 10
Timing Week 8 Learning Outcomes 1
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Creative research notebook- Formative assessment week 5.
Assessment Type Reflective Journal % of Total Mark 10
Timing Week 10 Learning Outcomes 1
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
5 entries reflecting on the work of specific set designs discussed in class.
Assessment Type Portfolio % of Total Mark 50
Timing Week 13 Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Visual research and design development portfolio including drawing & painting techniques. Collate successful examples of
different drafting, rendering and painting techniques developed over the
Assessment Type Project % of Total Mark 30
Timing Week 12 Learning Outcomes 1,2,5,6
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Group Project with Media & TV Students
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.
Reassessment Description
Learners that fail but achieve a minimum final percentage of 30% in the module will be eligible for one or more of the following: Submit assignment, Re-submit components, Practical examination, Interview or Presentation.

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Studio Based Learning Contact Demonstrations, creative awareness and skill development in set Design. Every Week 4.00 4
Practicals Contact Practical demonstrations and development of skills and techniques in rendering and painting for set design. Every Week 4.00 4
Independent Learning Time Non Contact Independent creative research and development of notebooks and design briefs. Every Week 4.00 4
Total Weekly Contact Hours 8.00
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Howard, Pamela. (2019), What Is Scenography?, 3rd. Routledge, London, [ISBN: 9781138504783].
  • Robert Klingelhoefer. (2017), The Craft and Art of Scenic Design, Focal Press, p.300, [ISBN: 1138937649].
  • Kevin Lee Allen. (2017), Theatrical Design, Routledge Press, p.256, [ISBN: 9781138838826].
  • Colin Winslow. (2008), The Handbook of Model-Making for Set Designers, Crowood Press (UK), p.176, [ISBN: 1847970192].
  • Dunsi Dai. (2021), Progressive Perspective Drawing for Theatrical Scene Design, Routledge, [ISBN: 9780367860790].
  • Clare P. Rowe. (2007), Drawing & Rendering for Theatre, Taylor & Francis, p.272, [ISBN: 9780240805542].
  • Sean O'Skea. (2016), Painting for Production and Performance, Focal Press, p.248, [ISBN: 9781138951167].
  • Patricia Woodbridge. (2017), Designer Drafting and Visualizing for the Entertainment World, Focal Press, p.399, [ISBN: 9781138472938].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
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