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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Michael Coe


The term 'scenography' is a relatively recent arrival to the lexicon of theatre and performance. This subject will investigate scenography in historical and contemporary performances with an eye toward unpacking the term. Scenography assumes particular importance in the contemporary world of 'post-dramatic' theatre and this will be the primary focus of this unit. Students will meld theory and practice as they work toward completing the design of a production. The finished work will comprise folio and scale model and students will give a presentation where they will speak to the scenography of the work.


Upon successfully completing this unit students will have achieved:

  1. An understanding of the process of scenography as an explication of dramaturgy
  2. An overview of the history of design/scenography
  3. A working knowledge of scale
  4. Practical methods of recording the scenographic intention
  5. An understanding of colour theory in light and pigment
  6. The ability to make a 1:25 scale model
  7. An understanding of space and place as they impact on scenography
  8. The ability to present a scenographic design package to a company


Assignment 1 (2000 words): 20%
Class presentation: 10%
Assignment 2 (2000 words): 50%
Seminar participation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Michael Coe

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week + One 1.5 workshop per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Drama and theatre studies


Normally students will have completed a first and second year DTS sequence