ACF217 - Production Design for Screen and Performance

Unit details

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

From 2024:
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne) 

Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:ACA201
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Anna Brownfield 

Students must pass one level 1 unit.

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week


This unit offers an introduction to the aesthetics, theory and practice of set, spatial and costume design for dance, drama, film, television and live art installations. Students will learn to consider the scenic and aesthetic components of a project at a conceptual and practical level by applying the distinct skills of stage and screen production designers. Specialised workshops will be undertaken by experienced practitioners in the design and construction of set models, stage objects and props, and costume for live performance and screen production. For their final folio task, students will conduct research and develop a substantial design brief to demonstrate a detailed and creative response to the demands of genre, dramaturgical interpretation and location in live or screen production.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Effectively communicate the intent of design approaches and ideas in creative work through written, oral and digital form

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy


Apply script analysis, aesthetic, practice, research, critical and interpersonal skills and knowledge to analyse and produce design for film, television and live performance

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management


Demonstrate autonomy, initiative and responsibility, an ability to self-evaluate and manage time and resources to fulfil the demands of working to a brief; to identify; evaluate and research creative project needs and solutions as a reflective practitioner

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Design Analysis: Case Study of Existing Design for Stage or Screen 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 3
Assessment 2 - Design Task and in-seminar Presentation 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 6
Assessment 3 - Design Brief and Folio 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACF217
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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