ECTS Catalogue

Stage Design

Pedagogue: dr Katarzyna Zawistowska

Field Description
karta przedmiotu (pdf/doc/odt) lack of data
type of classes Design studio;
course language Polish; English;
method of learning outcomes verification

Being familiar with the principles of stage space functioning, knowledge of the naming convention of stage technique elements,

-the ability to arrange the spatial composition correctly,

-the ability to draw scene plans: preparation of technical drawings with dimensions and full description,

-the ability to design with the use of a model

-the ability to define a drama character with the use of different elements of the costume.

-the ability to design the lighting of objects and surfaces correctly, to select the right materials, textures and colours, in order to achieve the desired artistic effect.

subject description

BA/Undergraduate students are offered to take part in a 2-semeter program, which is an introduction to designing scenography, teaching them basic skills in shaping the space of the performance within the theatre building.

The program's aim is for the students to acquire knowledge on the basic principles of optics, creating optical illusions and the operation of light in space as well as on the basics of theatre costume design.

Understanding the course of the design process and the production of the sets, e.g. by visiting the backstages and the theatre workshops, will allow the students to realize the complexity of a theatrical production.

short subject description

Fundamentals of Stage Design course deals with the design principles of scenography in the traditionally understood theatrical space, divided into stage and auditorium.

A critical reflection, both on the traditional conventions and on the contemporary theatre practices, allows to find a common denominator for designing scenography – namely the visual narrative.

Stage design, understood as a visual narrative, uses a suggestive set of images creating the play/the performance, but also determines its perception.

Set designers determine what is seen and how it is seen. They are aided in their task by the existing theatrical space, divided into stage and auditorium. The spatial relationship between the stage and the audience is one of the means of expression, together with the precisely chosen material structure of the performance, or the colour and intensity of light. The costume completes the whole.

form of classes

Lectures, multimedia presentations, design classes, analysis and interpretation of source materials (the text of plays, opera librettos, etc.), educational excursions (visits to the theatres in Tricity).

subject area coverage

Range of topics:

-the basic principles of theatrical techniques, rules of stage design composition within the theatre building

-the basic theatrical conventions resulting from the historical development of the theatre

-knowledge of the norms that should be abided by in the theatre, the course of the design process and the production of the sets

-the basics of theatre costume design

-the basics of creating the space with the use of light,

-the basic techniques of a puppet theatre

evaluation form credit with grading;

"History of theater"   tytuł wyd. w j.polskim: "Historia teatru" Johna Russella Browna, Warszawa 1999

 "20,000 Years of Fashion: The History of Costume and Personal Adornment"  tytuł wyd.w j.polskim:"Historia mody"  autor:Francois Boucher, Wyd.Arkady

 "Dictionary of the Theatre: Terms, Concepts, and Analysis" tytuł wyd. w j.polskim: "Słownik terminów teatralnych" autor:Patrice Pavis, Ossolineum, 1993

 pozycje dostępne tylko w języku polskim:

"Krótka historia teatru polskiego" autor: Zbigniew Raszewski, PIW, 1977

"Teatr na skrzyżowaniu, przełom XX - XXI wieku" autor: Andrzej Żurowski, Tower Press Gdańsk 2003

"Historia ubiorów" autor: Maria Gutkowska-Rychlewska Ossolineum, 1968

placement/internships (connected with field of study/subject area), artistic plein-airs

In addition to the course, the students are offered to take part in the Design Workshop, which enables them to participate and assist in the production of a performance in a selected institution, e.g. Wybrzeże Theatre, Baltic Opera or Gdańsk Shakespearean Theatre.

entry requirements
formal requirements

completed 4th semester

preliminary assumptions

Interest in theatre and the performing arts

learning outcomes
social competences

Undertakes and knows how to organise stage design projects of his/her own accord, accumulates experience from completed projects and knows how to use it in subsequent projects


Is capable of flexible thinking and adapting to new and changing circumstances which is very important in the complex process of  implementation of a theatrical performance.


Has the ability to co-operate and collaborate in group projects which is very important in the complex process of implementation of a theatrical performance.


Can develop and execute own artistic concepts in scenography disciplines, purposefully using his/her intuition, emotionality and imagination.


Possesses the ability to use proper technique and technology while working on the scenographic project. Has knowledge of basic steps in the stage design and implementation of a theatrical performance.


Possesses general knowledge concerning the execution of set designs projects, and basic knowledge concerning on the scope of project work in the field of set design and costume design -knowledge of the means of expression and technical skills necessary for the dramatic theater, opera, puppet and other related disciplines


Knows and understands the main trends and phenomena in history of theatre and drama and their influence on theatrical estetic and is familiar with the relevant literature


Knows and understands the mutual influence within a theatrical building’s technical infrastructure.Possessesbasic knowledge of stage technology, its historical conditions and the latest developments


Studies List

studies status Time<br>[h] ECTS form credit
Painting / Technology of Public Art s.6 (en)d 60 3 Exercises 60h
Exercises [Z st.]

Semester 2017/18-SS (Z-winter,L-summer)
Course code: #35.8194