ACTING AND MOVEMENT 2 - 2017/8

Module code: AMT1007

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

W312

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 105

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment ACTING & ENSEMBLE 35
Practical based assessment DANCE WORKSHOP 30
Practical based assessment ACTING & TEXT 35

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 piece of modern text written for chorus or ensemble of approximately 4mins duration alongside a 1000word rationale meeting the learning outcomes of the project. (Practical & Written) 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 solo dance piece of approximately 3mins followed by a brief discussion with a panel of staff to ensure learning outcomes are met. (Practical) 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 monologue of approximately from a modern text 4mins duration alongside an annotated text detailing actions, objectives and textual analysis. (Practical & Written)

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A.

Module overview

 

 Acting & Movement

Unit 1: Acting & Ensemble Study

This unit serves as in introduction to the process of working with text as an ensemble of actor musicians. Through a series of classes students will be introduced to the process of applying these ideas in preparation for rehearsal and performance. Work expands to look at the work of writers and practitioners whose work is particularly suited for Actor/Musician performance which can include (but is not limited to Brecht, Grotowski, Boal, Kushner et al.

Unit Two: Dance & Movement Classes/Workshop

This unit serves as development of students dance technique, with study of dance and other movement based practice integrated into the module. Students will move beyond the acquisition of core technique and the integration of dance and movement to the work of the Actor/Musician to the development of these styles and their application in a performance context. 

Unit Three: Acting & Text

Considers the approach actors use to create character and deliver truthful performances in relation to modern text. Working within the methodology of Stanislavski students will work on scenes and character study taken from 20th and 21st Century text in English.

Module aims

Develop further awareness and understanding of how an Actor/Musician communicates with an audience and functions as part of a large ensemble tasked with delivering music, text and narrative. The work aims to consolidate the work undertaken in Acting 1 and progress this in terms of rehearsal room application, integration and extend performance skills in praxis. Within dance and movement work carries on in extending core technique and a facility for dance to support the ensemble study and integrate into the work and personal rehearsal practice and further extending and developing core technique in Ballet, Jazz and Tap dance.

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 as part of an ensemble KCPT
Evidence a developing awareness of core dance technique and/or acting technique as part of an ensemble
Demonstrate an emergent technical ability in a workshop/rehearsal setting KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

 

Indicative content includes:

UNIT 1 – Acting & Ensemble Study

Physical Theatre Techniques.

Improvisation Techniques.

Devising Techniqes.

Archetypes of character.

Creation of material for rehearsal.

Objectives.Units and Sections,

Active Analysis.

UNIT 2 – Dance & Movement

Physical approaches to text.

Jazz & Commerical dance techniques.

Introduction to Laban based techniques.

Posture.

Alignment

UNIT 3. – Acting & Text

Working in Rehearsal.

Intergration of musical skill base to performance text.

Developing Character

Intergration of actions, objectives and physical action to text.

Creation of performance techniques for rehearsal and theatre performance.

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 and acting skill-base 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:

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 specifc 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: Acting & Ensemble (35%)

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: Dance & Workshop (30%)

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

 

Unit 3: Acting & Text (35%)

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

 

Formative assessment

N/A

Feedback

Each class sequentially builds toward the assessment and  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 3weeks of the assesment taking place and this is received through SURREYLEARN or directly from Registry. 

Reading list

Reading list for ACTING AND MOVEMENT 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/amt1007

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Actor-Musician BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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.