Architecture Space and Theatre

Subject 673-347 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available

Usually 25 points of second year theatre studies.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Paul Monaghan

Subject Overview:

This subject explores notions of space, place, and architecture in theatre and performance. The architecture and location of theatre buildings, their changing shape through history, and their impact on performance styles will be examined. Conversely, urban and other sites will be analysed for their performative qualities and as spaces that Âperform culture. Concepts of Âspace in theatre and performance, including physical, mental, textual, and cultural, as well as the articulation of space by light, objects and bodies will be considered. Students will be asked to analyse theatre and other architectural sites, and respond imaginatively to a design task relating space, theatre and architecture.

Objectives: demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between space architecture and theatre;
work effectively both in a team and individually to present the results of research through both rational argument (written and verbal) and the creation of a design approach and concept;
develop effective research methodologies for the investigation of a space and architecture in theatre;
develop a creative design approach and concept for theatrical performance of a set text, foregrounding the medium of light, sound, set, architecture sight or a combination of these;
demonstrate an understanding of the theatreical qualities of city spaces and architecture.

Work equivalent to 4000 words consisting of a research essay of 2000 words 50% (due at the end of semester), a design analysis presented orally and in written form of 750 words 20% (due during the semester), and a collaborative design project to be presented in model, drawing, digital or some other format of 1250 words 30% (due during examination period). There is a hurdle requirement of a minimum 80% attendance.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • Access a broad range of resource material, including traditional text and electronic material;

  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills;

  • Work successfully with peers;

  • Demonstrate the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex structural and organisational concepts.


Formerly available as 760-428 Space and Light in Theatre. Students who have completed 760-428 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts students and may be credited towards a theatre studies major in either course.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Creative Arts
Diploma in Creative Arts
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English
Theatre Studies Major

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