VPA218 Scenography (8)

In this subject students are introduced to the fundamental tools of the scenographer as a theatre-design method. Students explore the design process as a practical synthesis of spatial, visual and aural direction and curation. The subject further covers the theoretical and practical considerations for scenography and spectatorship, space/place based learning and sustainable theatre-design practices through both research and practice. Students explore ecological-thinking and found-environments as a space for performative/design reflection.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have undertaken a minimum of three (3) fundamental acting, design or screen-media based subjects prior to undertaking this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply basic principles of scenography to the design and actor process;
  • be able to independently and collaboratively undertake and evidence site-specific research with a focus on sustainable practices;
  • be able to apply a practical synthesis of performance and design principles in space, time, light, sound, text, object/prop, costume and colour to respond to a range of conceptual briefs;
  • be able to follow the necessary WH&S and location-release protocols for working in a range of non-theatre environments; and
  • be able to demonstrate a capacity to work effectively and cooperatively in groups and take direction.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Understanding 'site' - Space and Place - site as text
  • Site specific research - critical practices of place
  • Research - materiality, visual dramaturgy and the mystery of 'things'
  • Colour & composition
  • Direction
  • Performance - The Scenographic Actor
  • The role of the spectator
  • Landscape dramaturgy
  • Sustainable staging


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au 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.