ADVANCED PRACTICE - 2017/8

Module code: ACTM021

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

MCNAMARA AM Mrs (GSA)

Number of Credits

60

ECT Credits

30

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

W410

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment CONTRIBUTION TO PROCESS IN SHOWCASE 15%
Practical based assessment PERFORMANCE IN SHOWCASE 15%
Practical based assessment PERFORMANCE OF ORIGINAL/ADAPTED SCREEN PERFORMANCE PROJECT 50%
Coursework CRITICAL EVALUATION 6-7,000 WORDS 20%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

  Pre-requisite: all previous compulsory modules on MAA programme.

Module overview

The module is designed to ensure industry level performance skills together with evidence of original practice and research on a collaborative project in film. It brings together the technical performance skills acquired in the previous compulsory modules.

The module is designed in two parts:

Advanced Professional Development

Incorporating advanced acting assessments, rehearsal and  performance of a west-end industry showcase.

Advanced Contemporary Practice

Researched independent or group screen performance project incorporating original or adapted source material and independent critical evaluation of the entire programme.

Module aims

To thoroughly prepare the student for engagement in the professional performance industry

To provide a an opportunity for successful presentation to the industry in a professional industry-attended showcase

To enable students to research and create an original or adapted piece of contemporary performance

To enable the student to strategise for and take responsibility for the pursuit and creation of artistic, and creative opportunities

To stimulate constructive and critical reflection upon process and outcome

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
An understanding of processes of construction, structure and selection relating to performance
The ability to apply the critical understanding of technical skill and genre to the exploration or realisation of an adapted or devised screen performance project
The ability to apply a sound, tested working methodology which enables a professional, disciplined and creative working process and environment with and for those involved in the exploration or realisation
A soundly-based, flexible approach to the interactive nature of learning through practice – the ability to select, reject and develop ideas in response to a group dynamic
An ability to reflect critically and constructively upon process and outcome

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The Advanced Practice module builds on all the previous programme learning outcomes, in order to ensure that the student achieves a professional level entry into the industry for which s/he has trained. 

 

The Advanced Professional Development element incorporates research, rehearsal and performance in an industry showcase designed to introduce students to the profession at large.  It will be necessary to exhibit a clear awareness of casting potential, employability and suitability of chosen material, as well as to present a charismatic, confident, assured performance appropriate to the chosen scene.

 

The Advanced Contemporary Practice element enables students to collaborate on an original or adapted screen performance project.  Students will be given practical instruction in filmmaking techniques, and will work in small groups to create, document, shoot and eventually show their work in a screening for an invited audience.

 

Students will produce a critical evaluation of their process, practice, performances and progress during the project and will critically re-assess their work over the year.  This should be a rigorous and reflective account of the rehearsal and performance process, with detailed observations on content, context, concept, and performance methodologies.  It will analyse and critique the synthesis of research, rehearsal and performance results.

 

Students will also be required to produce a Professional Development Plan, evidencing a considered and structured strategy for entry to the profession.  It should demonstrate a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of how to obtain employment and how to maintain employability. It should demonstrate an equally comprehensive knowledge of casting procedures and audition preparation and should also consider how to create employment opportunities either within the profession or a related field.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Group and individual research projects

Group and individual rehearsals

Group and individual film shoots

Group and individual tutorials

Performances

 

Assessment Strategy

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


An understanding of processes of construction, structure and selection relating to performance. (C,K, P)
The ability to apply the critical understanding of technical skill and genre to the exploration or realisation of an adapted or devised screen performance project. (C,K,P)
The ability to apply a sound, tested working methodology which enables a professional, disciplined and creative working process and environment with and for those involved in the exploration or realisation (K,P,T)
A soundly-based, flexible approach to the interactive nature of learning through practice – the ability to select, reject and develop ideas in response to a group dynamic (K,P,T)
An ability to reflect critically and constructively upon process and outcome.(C,K,P,T)


 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Contribution to Process in Showcase (15%): This addresses 1, 3, 4 above.

Performance in Showcase (15%) this addresses 1,3,4 above.              

Performance of original/adapted Screen Performance Project (50%) this addresses 2,3,4 above.        

Critical evaluation 7,000 words (20%) this addresses 3 and 5 above.   

 

Formative assessment and feedback

 

Verbal formative feedback is given for preparation of Showcase and Screen Performance Project

Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials for the Critical Evaluation.




 
 



Reading list

Reading list for ADVANCED PRACTICE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/actm021

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.