ACTING WORKSHOP 2 - DRAMATIC & MUSICAL TEXT - 2017/8

Module code: AMT2007

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

W470

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 SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT UNIT 1: MODERN TEXT 40
Practical based assessment SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT UNIT 2: MUSICAL DRAMA TEXT 40
Practical based assessment SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT UNIT 3: MOVEMENT 20

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 classical speech and audience address of approximately 4mins and a song/music piece which integrates musicianship of around 4mins. 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 devised dramatic piece of approximately 6mins duration) alongside an annotated text detailing actions, objectives and textual analysis for the devising aspect of the piece and the performance. (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 2 – Dramatic & Musical Text

 

Unit One: Modern Text

Building on the classical work achieved in Semester 1 in Classical Text students will investigate, rehearse and show as a work in progress a Modern text. In this context modern is taken to mean any text written or translated into English post 1900. The work will integrate musicianship as a device to highlight meaning, subtext and character and integrate musical work into the process and systems of rehearsal.

 

Unit Two: Musical Drama Text

In the first unit of Acting Workshop 2, students will work in a rehearsal room on a specific text either drawn from the Musical Theatre repertoire or a play with a high content of music that is integral to the narrative and performance of the piece. Here integration of acting, singing, movement/dance and musicianship are explored to a high level, providing the foundations for rehearsal and performance at Level 6. This is likely to be first public performance in a studio theatre or small scale venue.

 

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 seven and fourteen in alignment with Unit One and 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 and develop text for performance.

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.

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, and with the creative autonomy to develop work for different spaces and theatrical delivery that sits outside of the mainstream of musical theatre.

One major aspect of the module is to create a public performance, the first performance of its kind on the course. It is envisioned that this can be either Unit 1 or Unit 2, but for the first period of validation it is likely to be Unit 2.

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 whilst demonstrating the ability to rehearse and develop new work KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

 

UNIT 1 –  Modern Text

Analysis of Modern Dramatic 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 modern theatre

 

UNIT 2 – Musical Text

Analysis of Musical  Text and Score

Arrangement of Musical Text and Score

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 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 specific bias toward visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning enabling

Assessment Strategy

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: ModernText (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 vocal technique within performance contexts                                                  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/acting and voice                                   1,2,3,4

Continuous assessment of class based process and contribution                                     1.2.3.4.5

 

Unit 2: Musical Dramatic 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                                        

Integration of skills                                                                                                            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 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 feedback within 3weeks of the assessment taking place and this is received through SURREYLEARN or directly from Registry.

Reading list

Reading list for ACTING WORKSHOP 2 - DRAMATIC & MUSICAL TEXT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/amt2007

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.