Technical Theatre Skills

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
08 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

The emphasis in this second year Acting and Community Theatre module is on developing understanding of design concepts, developing technical application of design to costume, prop and small set construction, and developing technical skill in video documentary production.

Students will be encouraged to make use of found materials and low-budget solutions suitable for small-scale touring and work in community settings.

Students will gain an understanding of the technical, health and safety issues of performance in a range of scales and settings.

Module aims

To develop awareness of:
1. design as an essential element of the production process
2. practical skills involved in technical theatre
3. executing design and construction tasks for performance environments
4. video documentary processes and techniques

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate ability to:
1. Understand the potential of a performance space
2. Research and make integrated design decisions
3. Use simple design elements to transform performers and spaces
4. Execute design and construction of costumes, head-dress and props
5. Effectively use video and audio recording and editing equipment
6. Apply documentary skill to video production
7. Work effectively as members of a production team
8. Carry out established risk assessment procedures
9. Apply problem-solving skills to technical, safeguarding and health and safety issues

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Technical workshop classes, lectures and seminars, production meetings, practical classes, independent study.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Video Documentary    33.3% 
Practical   Costume Project    33.3% 
Practical   Head-dress    33.4% 

Additional coursework information

The final module mark will be the unweighted average of the three individual project marks: 1. Video Documentary 2. Costume Project 3. Head-dress

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Ainslie Masterton, email: amast@essex.ac.uk.
Ainslie Masterton, Technical Theatre Tutors, Media Tutors
For further information email amast



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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