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The Theatre Machine FPB132

Hobart, Launceston



The Theatre Machine is a device to make sense of the world, generating meaningful experiences for audiences. It is a complex system balancing diverse artistic forms, media and technologies.

This unit explores the theatre machine from the perspective of design and technology. You will learn about the history of theatre production elements such as lighting, sound, special effects and other forms of media.  You will learn how to design and create performance environments that enhance and generate contemporary performance. Through the exploration of techniques and technologies, ranging from the traditional to the cutting edge, you will learn the technical skills, duties and safe work practices required to achieve a production design.


Unit name The Theatre Machine
Unit code FPB132
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Theatre
Teaching staff

Dr Asher Warren

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Learning Outcomes

1. Implement safety procedures of responsible theatre operation.

2. Use basic terminology, equipment and techniques for theatre production.

3. Integrate technical theatre elements as part of an interpretive stage design.

4. Investigate key technical developments and/or practitioners in regard to theatrical production.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,445.00 100103

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Teaching Pattern

Workshops - 3 hours per week for 12 weeks


Assessment Task 1: 20% Complete WHS (Work, Health & Safety) induction, risk assessment and follow safe operational procedures throughout semester.

Assessment Task 2: 30% Design Proposal (1000 words)

Assessment Task 3: 30% Design Implementation

Assessment Task 4: 20% In class Presentation and summary

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