ACTING WORKSHOP 1 - CLASSICAL & DEVISED TEXT - 2017/8

Module code: AMT2003

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

SCRIVENS NJ Mr (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

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 SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT UNIT 1: CLASSICAL TEXT (SHAKESPEARE) WEEK 7 40
Practical based assessment SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT UNIT 2: DEVISED TEXT 40
Practical based assessment SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT UNIT 3: MOVEMENT 20

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 classical speech and audience address of approximately 4mins duration alongside a 1000word rationale meeting the learning outcomes of the project. (Practical & Written) 40% 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 (approximately 10mins duration) alongside an annotated text detailing actions, objectives and textual analysis and reasoning (Practical & Written) 40% 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 piece of approximately 3mins followed by a brief discussion with a panel of staff to ensure learning outcomes are met.  (Practical) 20%

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview

Acting Workshop 1 – Dramatic Text.

Unit One: Classical Text

This unit is built of workshop/rehearsal classes which investigate a classical piece, usually Shakespeare. The rehearsals cover approaches to text, the rehearsal and delivery of verse, and heightened text building on core technique learnt through Acting 1 and Acting 2. The workshop investigates character, relationship to space and aims to integrate musicianship and encourage the use of musicianship within the rehearsal process and showing of the work in Week 7.

 

Unit Two: Devised Text

In the second unit of Acting Workshop 1, students are led through the process of devising as a company their own work as an actor/musician. The key objective is to facilitate ownership of text, music and delivery of text and music in rehearsal by the company. This lays the groundwork for the Research Project module at Level 6 and it is intended that this piece can break out of the usual confines of the theatre and embrace different forms of music theatre, including virtual environments, site specific, applied theatre and or TIE ideas that the cohort and director may have in collaboration. 

 

Unit Three: Movement

This unit serves as an adjunct unit to Units 1 and 2 in which students take work that is being created in rehearsal and develop ideas, movement, dance and character further in a workshop/lab environment. The movement will incorporate specific needs that actor/musicians have within rehearsal and will be assessed in week fourteen in alignment with Unit Two of the module. Focusing mainly on movement/dance and technique demonstrated in praxis.

 

Module aims

Develop awareness and understanding of how an Actor/Musician communicates with an audience through use of voice, text, dance, physical action and the integration of music to highlight, respond to and interpret text

Within the module students are encouraged to further their use of Stanislavski's system and how they can apply the concepts as part of their process of rehearsal on a given text; enabling sustained and truthful performance in a system of rehearsal, embedding skills required at Level 6.

This module embeds devising and collaboration experiences that embed skill which will contribute to the portfolio of abilities that students will need for the project at Level 6.

The module enables students to develop performance skills and begin integrating the work carried out throughout Level 4 into a rehearsal setting without the pressure of a fully mounted production, the work culminated in a work in progress showing to other students and staff

Learning outcomes

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

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

UNIT 1 – Classical Text

Analysis of Jacobean/Shakespearian Text

Character analysis and application of methodological approach to acting.

Integration of movement/dance within a rehearsal setting

Integration of music to the rehearsal process

Performance of an interdisciplinary piece of classical theatre

UNIT 2 –  Devised Text

Techniques of devising new work

Developing awareness off other spaces and ways of delivering musical text..

Integration of movement/dance within a rehearsal and performance

Integration of music to the rehearsal process and to performance

Arrangement and Orchestration of original work.

Performance of an interdisciplinary piece of modern musical theatre.

UNIT 3. – Movement

Extension of core dance technique

Application of dance/movement to text

Integration of dance/movement within the context of actor/musicianship

Posture

Alignment

Movement & Character.

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 specifc bias toward visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning enabling

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: Classical Text (40%)

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: Devised Text (40%)

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 creating movement for character and performance                                                                                                           1,2,4,5

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

Engage with core dance technique within context                                                                                                                                         1,2,3,5                                        

The use of clear movement/dance technique in performance                                                                                                                    1, 2,3,4,5

To sustain a believable character within movement/dance                                                                                                                             1,2,3,4

Continuous assessment of class based process                                                                                                                                               3,4,5

 

Unit 3: Movement (20%)

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

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Actor-Musician BA (Hons) 1 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.