From this page you can revisit some key concepts about set design, and explore interactive and video resources to use in your classroom.
THE ROLE OF A DESIGNER
- Collaborator First, Designer Second
- Develop and Create Concepts and Designs as part of a team.
- Communicate the Design to the production departments.
- Ensure the design develops and accommodates changes throughout the production process.
HOW IS THEATRE DESIGN DIFFERENT TO OTHER DESIGN?
- Guided by and responding to text/script work.
- Collaboration, part of a larger creative team that is collectively working towards the same outcome.
- Theatre Design is informed by not only aesthetics but also space, character and function.
- A theatre designer is often responsible for guiding the design through the entire process and having input at each step.
THE PROCESS OF A THEATRE DESIGNER
RESEARCH AND PLANNING
Research and Analysis
- Read the Script multiple times
- Take notes
- Begin concept research
- Collate research
Meetings and Discussion
Initial Design Concepts
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT & SUPERVISION
Final Design Development
- Full Colour 1:25 Scale Model
- Renderings and References
Design Detailing, Drawing and Communication
- Individual Element Drawings and References
- Materials Sampling
Design Manufacture Supervision
- Build Department Communication
- Rehearsal Communication and Collaboration
- Collaboration with LX designer and all creatives to ensure production works and is looking correct.
- Ability to make changes, take notes and fix
- Collaboration with Cast and Crew to ensure all items serve their purpose and are working.
Adapted from Jacob Battista's set design workshop in the Teacher as Artist Digital PD Week.
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Published on 30 November 2020