This specialization is designed for students to be able to transform words written for the stage into visually and emotionally rich performances. With a tripartite focus on practice, history and technique, students will learn the conceptual tools and techniques for designing theatrical and operatic performances. On completing the course, graduates will have acquired essential knowledge about performance design, including text comprehension, analysis and interpretation. They will also carry out research into performance and methods of putting on professional performances.

Professionals or graduates with a background in interior architecture, architecture, design, sculpture or the visual arts and who wish to specialize in performance design. Others will have to show a portfolio and/or evidence of previous work to demonstrate their design experience.

Graduates from this course will be able to work with a text, produce a design concept and present it as a model and in construction plans. They will be know how to work in a team, alongside other designers and the project director, and have the knowledge they need to see their project through to completion.

The specialization is divided into two semesters: the first consists of three subjects on the origin and evolution of the performance space, while students can also work on different performance design projects for plays or operas, and attend a workshop on professional model-making; the second semester takes students deeper into the design process, looking at avant-garde theatrical performances of the 20th century and the technical and practical knowledge of stage sets as well as materials and structural design for performances.

Spatial narrative I
Techniques to convert words written for the stage into a visually and emotionally rich performance; structure and elements of the performance space.
An overview of theatrical productions: phases, roles, responsibilities and methodology. Text analysis essentials.
History of performance I
Key moments in the history of theatrical architecture, and how performances have related to their social contexts.
Evolution of performance methods, performance design methodologies and mechanics.
Model-making workshop
Technical and practical training in professional model-making techniques for 3D representation in the performance space.

Spatial narrative II
Principles of analyzing and understanding a complex play.
Conceptual skills for visualizing and conceiving the performance space.
History of performance II
Key episodes in the history of theatrical architecture, and how performance practices have related to their social context following the Great Theater Reform.
Evolution of today’s performance methods, performance design methodologies and mechanics.
Set design
Technical and practical skills for set design; basic criteria for selecting materials and structures for sets. Various automated set systems.

Honors degree* | Project portfolio | Letter of motivation | Curriculum vitae | Interview
* For CENTRO undergraduates, this specialization can count towards the degree requirements in lieu of a thesis.

January | Course length: 1 year (2 semesters) | Credits: 48 | Class schedule: Tuesdays and Fridays, 6.00pm-10.00pm.