The Masters programme in Urban Scenography -managing spaces in contemporary cities- addresses subject matter ranging from the basics of traditional scenography to a modern interpretation and design of urban locations. The lecturers are professionals who work in theatre, virtual film and motion pictures.
This programme includes on-site experiences in urban locations such as real theatres. Through a continuous re-creation process, students will build performance experiences in the city, theatres and virtual spaces, while they compile data, memories and ideas from their shared relationship with the urban territory.
Students will hone their ability to analyse urban reality as they improve their knowledge of and expertise in stage design, by producing a storyboard, managing lighting, and building sets. After obtaining different levels of experience, such as local memories of their city, personal views, perspectives and the historical atmosphere, they will design and create theatrical spaces involving the natural complexity of the disciplines of architecture, theatre and contemporary cities.
The programme boasts institutional connections with other international educational institutions such as the Institute of Design and Technology at Zurich University of the Arts (idt-ZHdK, Switzerland), the Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London (CSSD, England) and the Faculty of Fine Arts at Brno University of Technology (VUT, Czech Republic).
The Masters programme in Scenography will involve major collaboration with professional organisations that operate both locally and internationally. These partners will guarantee that there is a direct approach in the different areas studied in the Masters programme through applicable design and technical aspects.
Our current partners are: DELFINI GROUP, EDSA, FILMAX, FOCUS, GRUPO BASSAT OGILVY, MANTEROLA, MEDIAPRO, NUSSLI, POLAR STAR FILMS, STAGE ENTERTAINMENT ESPAÑA and others (all these appointments are to be confirmed).
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60 ECTS credits.
School of Architecture (ESARQ).
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Besides theoretical lectures, this Masters programme includes the following characteristics and activities:
An instrumental scenography project based on a script to be selected and presented to small groups of 5 students at the end of the first term. An executive scenography project on a topic of the student’s choice to be handed in along with a business plan at the end of the second term. These two projects will be presented to a jury of examiners and supervisors at the end of each term.
A 4-week professional internship in a company working in the field of scenography and creativity. A group presentation at the Scenography Festival in Basel and a visit to the Prague Quadrennial. Two seminars (one per term) at the Central School of Speech and Drama in the University of London (CSSD, England) and the Faculty of Fine Arts at Brno University of Technology (VUT, Czech Republic).
At the beginning of the programme, students will attend a 12-hour practical course (over one weekend) in ESARQ-UIC in Barcelona on instrumental techniques and materials for the scenographic representation of space and time.
They will also participate in a special scenographic event such as a competition held on the premises of Camp Nou, Barcelona's F.C. stadium, or similar.
A description of the Masters project assignment and the corresponding dissertation, which can be either instrumental or executive, will be required. The main subject of the project should be aspects of production, stage direction, design, organisation and presentation. The project should include a discussion of conceptual, dramaturgical, production-oriented and technical issues within the framework of the student’s Masters project and each will have a different focus, depending on requirements: theoretical and conceptual issues, problems of narrative structure or dramaturgy, aspects of aesthetics and the design of urban spaces, methods, technologies or techniques in detail.
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This course provides professional designers and university graduates with a creative platform to extend and develop their individual design language and theoretical position in the areas of architecture, exhibition design, urban intervention, (media) art and theatre using a transdisciplinary scenographic approach.
Based on historical and contemporary practice and theory, this course connects historical and contemporary design practices and theories and reapplies them directly to the design of scenographic urban spaces. This also applies to public spaces for commercial and institutional communication, as well as temporary spaces for brand staging and corporate appearances.
Students on the Masters programme in Urban Scenography -managing spaces in contemporary cities- learn how to combine expertise with multidisciplinary interests, theoretical knowledge with artistic intuition and performance, moderated with management and organisational skills. They learn to understand that effectiveness in planning and implementation is subject to an artistic/creative drive and a social sense of responsibility.
Both teaching and learning focus on the design and staging of real and virtual spaces and environments. Students will conceptualise exhibition spaces for performance and design, and bring them into contemporary life as a potential narrative context. They will stage and dramatise performances on very different stages and create the correct atmosphere for their stories to achieve communicative and emotional impact and send out the messages which can be found at the heart of contemporary urban life.
This Masters programme is organised into a multilevel educational project based on the close relationship between different topics and scopes that are structurally linked together, and also based on a research methodology that moves from general to specific, from open to closed spaces, and from material reality to non-material virtual reality. Instruction is provided that delivers the necessary skills for the conception, design and realisation of spaces between the boundaries of architecture, theatre and urban planning.
From the critical reading of social space to the physical transformation of the territory, theatre will be used as the poetic instrument of knowledge, involving participation and the re-elaboration of subject matter including the city and its inhabitants. Scenography is perceived as an instrument to intervene in reality with, revealing its inner content and displaying representative characters.
With the help of experts working in their own fields, this Masters programme is made up of theoretical disciplines and practical experiences to be performed on site, ranging from the city to intimate indoor spaces. Through a continuous re-elaboration process, students will be able to build performance experiences as they compile data, memories and ideas based on their shared relationship with the urban territory.
Students will define their ability to analyse urban reality as they improve their knowledge of and expertise in stage design, by producing a storyboard, managing lighting, and building sets. Some of the disciplines studied will be experimental sectors in multimedia, digital scenography and urban ecology.
Workshop and Stage
The Masters programme combines theory with fundamental application divided into different experiences in professional fields: an intervention in an urban settlement in Rome in collaboration with the municipal government, the local population and public-private associations.
As a further step in their development, students will also be asked to design and build a public experience that values and provides evidence of what is hidden, what is protected by daily practice and what is still not a space. The final part of the Masters programme (the dissertation) will involve “putting it all together”, i.e. experiences out in the field, through the production of a show performed in a theatre space, while taking advantage of the skills acquired in the field of set construction and multimedia and virtual technology.
European Context, Global Outlook
ESARQ-UIC invites you to experience scenography in Europe and the world. For any international student, Europe has a lot to offer: the most prestigious, top ranked education anywhere in the world, eclectic cities and beautiful natural parks and mountains, artistic, cultural, political and athletic events, and a highly multicultural population.
European universities may differ from those in your own country in several ways. For one thing, classes are generally small. There may be as few as ten to twenty students in a class; an education in Europe provides you with the personal attention you need in order to succeed.
While in class, students are encouraged and expected to contribute to discussions and seminars. Professors and lecturers hold meetings with students in their offices or even share coffee or meals with them. The close relationship between students and the teaching staff helps to motivate students and fosters a personal approach to the curriculum.
You will notice different perspectives on instruction. In Europe students are trained to observe and analyse a problem, than solve it. You will be expected to listen to your classmates and challenge their points of view. The goal is pragmatic, so that you will gain confidence and the ability to organise and present an argument.
While studying in Europe you will be exposed to some of the most up-to-date developments in technology. Europe is the leader in many areas of technology and innovation. You may be fortunate enough to meet leading scenography scholars, and even study with them.
Since it is well-grounded in Europe ESARQ_UIC believes that international collaboration in scenography is also the key to progress in an increasingly interconnected and volatile world in which the pace of change is increasing every year. More than ever, universities and colleges do have a role to play in bringing a global perspective to the field of scenography. A further significant challenge for institutions today is to keep track of the shifting expectations and aspirations of prospective international students and to monitor worldwide trends in stage design, performance and cities.
The learning resources for each of the subjects are listed in the corresponding teaching guide.
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