ACTING - 2017/8

Module code: ACTM017

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

MCNAMARA S Mr (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

W410

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment ACTING METHODOLOGY: SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMED EXERCISES 50%
Practical based assessment PHYSICAL ACTING: SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMED EXERCISES 50%

Alternative Assessment

In the event of a student being unable to complete any specific component of the module a practical resit opportunity will be arranged where they will be required to attend a viva voce to present a critical analysis of their work which has been previously documented as part of their process through the module. To be determined by the unit/module that is incomplete.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

  Enrolment on all other Semester 1 modules in Programme: Industry Practice 1, Contextual Practice 1,The Integrated Body 1

Module overview

 

Acting is a core component of the MA Acting, developing advanced, individual, systematic rehearsal practice for theatre and film media.  Students will begin by developing awareness of themselves as an expressive instrument, noting their own physicality and vocal patterns and considering the messages they may give to an audience or to the camera. Initial work based on personal experience and observation will lead to structured work on preparation, action and motivation of character and circumstance.  Students will explore the resonance of particular objects and particular relationships and will devise a number of exercises that will explore truthful, organic, moment-to-moment behaviour in response to a set of given circumstances, in the pursuit of an objective. Preparatory exercises will encourage emotional and physical availability, responses to objectives and obstacles, the importance of reading and responding to behaviour and the reality of the concentrated thought process. Physical acting classes may explore neutral mask work, the practice of Jacques LeCoq, and animal work. Developing exercises will investigate improvised scenes, strategies for text, the spatial and emotional dynamism of relationships, the development of character and the specific and differing demands that genre and style make on technique.

Module aims

To utilise and develop the individual as a versatile and expressive creative instrument

To advance an experiential and theoretical understanding of preparation, action and objective

To access, utilise and expand emotional and physical capacity and range.

To facilitate the development of a structured and specific rehearsal process adaptable for theatre or film

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Access appropriate emotional and physical energy in preparation for action CPT
Respond organically and in the moment, truthfully, to external and internal stimuli. CPT
Play an action under the influence of an objective, within a set of imaginary circumstances KCP
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the construction and integration of plot, motivation and character KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Acting Methodology classes deliver a series of structured psycho-physical exercises exploring preparation, motivation, action, activities and objectives within devised scenarios and text-based work.  Physical Acting classes begin with studies of the neutral mask and the chorus.  They continue with character elements and deepen the students’ understanding of character traits and development.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Group classes and workshops


Group classes and workshops
Individual exercises within group seminars


 

 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate.


The ability to access appropriate emotional and physical energy in preparation for action
The ability to respond organically and in the moment, truthfully, to external and internal stimuli.
The ability to play an action under the influence of an objective, within a set of imaginary circumstances.
A critical understanding of the construction and integration of plot, motivation and character.


 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

 

Practical assessment (Acting Methodology) performed classroom exercises: this addresses 1,2,3 and 4, above.

This is assessed in week 13 of Semester 1. (50%)

 

Practical assessment (Physical Acting) of performed classroom exercises: this addresses 1,2,3, and 4, above

This is assessed in week 13 of Semester 1 (50%)

 

Reading list

Reading list for ACTING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/actm017

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.