Module Details

Module Code: DSGN C3G01
Module Title: Site Specific Set Design & Virtual Worldmaking
Title: Site Specific Set Design & Virtual Worldmaking
Module Level:: 7
Credits:: 10
Module Coordinator: Eoin Homan
Module Author:: Orla Ryan
Module Description: The aim of this module is to deepen conceptual and creative skills and specialisms in set design through an investigation into site specific set design. The module will examine modernism in the visual arts, architecture and on stage and film set design and apply this to learners' own set design strategies. From this learners will examine visual ideas related to post modernism. The module combines and extends learners' skills in drawing, painting towards combining practices with digital imaging to develop project briefs. Learners will document and research through a site visit or online a specific location. The designs for this location will be realised as virtual models.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Apply critical conceptual analysis of visual research in the development of creative ideas in set design.
LO2 Show a well expanded and visually rich exploration of their research ideas in their creative notebook.
LO3 Present their knowledge and understanding of drawing, painting, 2D & 3D and digital methods in expanded areas of set design and event design.
LO4 Demonstrate a clear evaluation and understanding of creative concepts and combining creative elements in new and innovative ways for their design project.
LO5 Demonstrate awareness of how to realise their set designs in 3D.
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
Modernism in the visual arts, architecture, stage and film. Surrealism and Set Design Case Study: Tatiana Macdonald
Architecture and Space in Set Design
Developing conceptual ideas real, world or imagined world, transitional spaces, boundaries, windows doors. How does size, scale and vertical hierarchy work to create meaning. Case Study: Parasite (2019) dir Bong Joon-Ho
Site Specific and Environmental Design
Anu Productions
Virtual World Making
Studio work to allow location designs to be realised as virtual models.
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%


Full Time

Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Presentation % of Total Mark 15
Timing Week 6 Learning Outcomes 1
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Presentation of project ideas showing critical and contextual knowledge.
Assessment Type Other % of Total Mark 15
Timing Week 10 Learning Outcomes 1,2
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Creative Notebook and research documentation of
specific site.
Assessment Type Project % of Total Mark 70
Timing Week 14 Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Learners will develop their own Set Design Project for a specific site. Researching and conceptualizing through 2D drawing/painting/3D model. This set design will be realised as a virtual environment.
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 No Description Every Week 4.00 4
Lab/Lecture Contact Develop competencies in developing digital set designs. Every Week 4.00 4
Independent Learning Non Contact No Description Every Week 4.00 4
Total Weekly Contact Hours 8.00
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Barnswell, Jane. (2020), Production Design for Screen: Visual Storytelling in Film and Television,, Bloomsbury Academic, London, [ISBN: 978-150137371].
  • Arnold Aronson. (2018), The History and Theory of Environmental Scenography, Methuen Drama, p.272, [ISBN: 1474283969].
  • Alejandro Reyes. (2018), Beginner's Guide to SOLIDWORKS 2019 - Level I, SDC Publications, p.784, [ISBN: 1630572209].
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Haughton, Miriam. (2014), From Laundries to Labour Camps: Staging Ireland's 'Rule of Silence' in Anu Productions' Laundry, Modern Drama, Spring2014, Vol. 57 Issue 1, 65-93, p.29,
Other Resources
Discussion Note: