DES109 Introduction to Stage and Screen Design (8)

This subject introduces students to the core elements and principles of designing for stage and screen. Students explore fundamental theories and principles of performance design for their future practice. The student learning will cover visual processes and techniques, analysis for image and text, as well as conceptual design comprehension and application through practical exercises and creative works.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DES109. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in the Bachelor of Stage and Screen (with specialisations), Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (with specialisations), or Bachelor of Communications (with specialisations). May also be available to other students in an elective format with special approval from the Subject Coordinator.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define and interpret performance design theory;
  • be able to recognise and apply performance design principles;
  • be able to implement the process of design for performance;
  • be able to interpret images and text, analysing these for performance design;
  • be able to interpret and implement visual methodologies; and
  • be able to comprehend and illustrate conceptual designs for performance.
  • be able to work independently and collaboratively


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • performance design theory;
  • performance design principles;
  • performance design processes;
  • image and text extractions;
  • visual interpretation;
  • visual representation; and
  • conceptual design.

Special Resources

Existing CSU Theatres and workshop facilities.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.