ACTING AND MOVEMENT 1 - 2017/8

Module code: AMT1003

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

SCRIVENS NJ Mr (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

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 UNIT 1 STORYTELLING & CREATIVE ACTING PERFORMANCE 25%
Practical based assessment UNIT 2 GREEK ENSEMBLE STUDY 25%
Practical based assessment UNIT 2 DANCE WORKSHOP 50%

Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment: Unit 1: 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 present an extended devised piece of storytelling/audience address of approximately 4mins duration alongside a 1000word rationale meeting the learning outcomes of the project. (Practical & Written) 25% Unit 2: 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 present an extended devised piece of Greek direct address of approximately 4mins duration alongside a 1000word rationale meeting the learning outcomes of the project. (Practical & Written) 25% Unit 3: 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 present an extended solo dance piece of approximately 3mins followed by a brief discussion with a panel of staff to ensure learning outcomes are met.  (Practical) 50%

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview

Acting & Movement

Unit 1: Storytelling & Creative Acting Workshop Classes

Considers and explores mime, physical acting, the use of physical action and an exploration of storytelling technique. This will culminate in a “showing” of devised stories to an invited audience as “work in progress”. 

This work can and will include study of seminal theatrical practitioners.

Unit 2: Greek Ensemble Study

Building on the improvisation and collaborative experience of Unit 1 – the module moves onward to explore Greek Drama from the perspective of the Actor Musician ensemble. Work will use text but still encourage a sense of creative exploration applied to text and key techniques like choral speaking, movement, mask and mime work.

Unit 3: Dance & Movement Classes

This unit serves as an introduction to dance and movement technique, with study of dance and other movement based practice integrated into the module. Students will explore the application and integration of core technique and the integration of dance and movement to the work of the Actor/Musician. Movement covers posture and alignment and the relationship of the actor to the space and the use of the body within the space and the instrument as “object” and then as part and extension of the performers own body. 

Module aims

Develop awareness and understanding of how an Actor/Musician communicates with an audience through use of voice, text, dance, physical action mime and other storytelling techniques

The module enables students to develop skills which will aid them to devise and perform as a small ensemble a piece of original performance material which has been developed through a series of rehearsals led by a director and to begin to inhabit different spaces, modes and efforts of movement and establish a performance based relationship with their body and instruments

To embed core technique in dance and movement styles and practice.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate an emergent ability to adapt the technique of Acting, Movement and Dance to a range of styles, whilst maintaining technique and developing an effective working process as part of a larger ensemble KCP
Demonstrate a developing engagement with current, established acting and rehearsal practices through a diverse range of exercises, practitioner systems and dramatic texts in praxis KCP
Evidence a developing understanding of physical gesture, action, posture and spatial awareness within the disciplines of dance and movement KCPT
Evidence a developing awareness of core dance technique and/or acting technique
Demonstrate an emergent technical ability in a workshop/audition setting KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

UNIT 1 – Storytelling & Creative Acting


Physical Theatre Techniques.
Improvisation Techniques.
Devising Techniqes.
Archetypes of character.
Creation of material for rehearsal.


UNIT 2 – Greek Ensemble Study


Physical Theatre Techniques.
Improvisation Techniques.
Devising Techniqes.
Archetypes of character.
Creation of material for rehearsal.


UNIT 3 – Dance & Movement


Physical approaches to text.
Introduction to ballet techniqe.
Introduction to jazz techniques.
Introduction to Laban based techniques.
Introduction to physical improvisation
Somatic Practices. 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: Developing an awareness and skill base, leading to an understanding of the core technique that is required for extended and best practice in the profession and higher level study.

Enable students to acquire versatility in their physical skills and integrate their knowledge across all theatre and music theatre disciplines leading to a firm foundation moving toward extension of technique in Semester 2 of study.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Across the semester this module is delivered over 150 hours study across the semester including, class, lecture and self-directed study.

Throughout the module different learning and teaching strategies are applied to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes, including research, reflective practice, peer to peer learning and formative assessment with written feedback.

In depth.


The approach of the module is vocational in content and delivery and encourages students to participate in reflection on their own practice, independent study and research and embeds the concepts of peer to peer feedback within the rehearsal room. Students are encouraged to utilise materials on SURREY LEARN and also receive individual tutorials from staff to help in forming their learning experience.
Students receive regular verbal feedback both individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal within the reflection time which is built in to the lesson plan every week.
Students are encouraged to self-assess and peer-assess within the class structure and as part of the ethos of training as an actor.
Lesson plans are structured to take account of and deliver for students with a specific bias toward visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning enabling differentation of techniques within the class.


 

Assessment Strategy

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

 


Practical evidence of their emergent methodological approach and their understanding and contribution to the process and systems of rehearsal.


 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Unit 1: Storytelling & Creative Acting (25%)

This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate skills learnt in terms of…

 

Student Activity                                                                                         Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Engagement with a defined process of creating character.                                                                                               1,2,4,5

Physical approach to text.                                                                                                                                                  1,3,4,5

Engage with methodologies of developing a character.                                                                                                    1,2,3,5                                         

The use of clear objectives within a performance.                                                                                                         1,,2,3,4,5

To sustain a believable character in performance and rehearsal.                                                                                     1,2,3,4

Continuous assessment of class based process                                                                                                                  3,4,5

 

Unit 2: Greek Ensemble Study (25%)

This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate skills learnt in terms of…

 

Student Activity                                                                                         Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Engagement with a defined process of creating character.                                                                                               1,2,4,5

Physical approach to text.                                                                                                                                                  1,3,4,5

Engage with methodologies of approaching Greek Drama.                                                                                             1,2,3,5                                        

The use of clear objectives within a performance.                                                                                                         1,,2,3,4,5

To sustain character and ensemble focus in performance and rehearsal.                                                                     1,2,3,4

Continuous assessment of class based process                                                                                                                  3,4,5

 

Unit 3: Dance & Workshop (50%)

This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate skills learnt in terms of…

 

Student Activity                                                                                         Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Posture & placement                                                                                                                                                                3,4,5

Strength                                                                                                                                                                                    3,4,5

Use of legs & feet                                                                                                                                                                     3,4,5

Musicality, style & presentation                                                                                                                                                3,4,5

Use of Facility                                                                                                                                                                           3,4,5

Applying correction & work ethic                                                                                                                                              3,4,5

Progress                                                                                                                                                                                   3,4,5

 

Formative assessment

N/A

 

Feedback

Each class sequentially builds toward the assessment and throughout individual learning outcomes are covered by tutors and students receive regular verbal feedback individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal within the reflection time which is built in to the lesson plan every week. Students are encouraged to self-assess and peer-assess within the class structure which becomes a valuable strategy for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic  learning. Students receive summative feebdack within 3 weeks of the assesment taking place and this is received through SURREYLEARN or directly from Registry. 

Reading list

Reading list for ACTING AND MOVEMENT 1 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/amt1003

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.