Module code: CPDM004

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICE 50

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module enables you to apply learning from Semester 1 in controlled practice environments as an assistant coach/director/creative practitioner. You will undertake one or more internal placements on training and production work at GSA and potentially more widely in the School of Arts. You will develop personal learning objectives in relation to this work that relate to the needs of the specific classes/production and your own identified development aims. You will observe and participate in the teaching, rehearsal or production process drawing on research and experience gathered during Semester 1.  You will have the opportunity to shadow a director or tutor specialist and work closely with one or more tutors in realizing the aims of the specific class/production/project. You will receive mentoring that focuses on your own personal development. You will periodically meet with colleagues on your programme to exchange and share notes, advice, and key learning points. You will receive formative and summative feedback on your practice and critically reflect on your learning.

Module aims

Undertake one or more internal placements during which you explore, test and develop methods appropriate to your specialist pathway.

Fulfil the role of an assistant to one or more specialist professional practitioners in your area, contributing appropriately to actual class/project/production work.

Gain knowledge and understanding through highly specialised and personalised guidance and tuition in your specialist pathway.

Develop a critically aware and flexible practice within a specific discipline.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Evidence a comprehensive understanding of techniques and methods that are fundamental to a particular practice. KC
2 Understand the needs of individuals and groups within specific contexts of practice, and apply strategies that address these needs. KCP
3 Practice a sound, tested working method that supports and develops a professional, disciplined and creative working process. KPT
4 Operate competently within an advanced specialised context with an ethical overview of the issues governing good practice. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

You will agree with your Pathway Leader and the Module Convener a programme of activity for the Semester. This will include 60 hours of activity in one or more internal (GSA|School of Arts) placement opportunities, in which you will work as an assistant to a coach/director/facilitator, acting as a practical consultant to a show or workshop/classes and supervised by a member of faculty.


You will meet with the respective coach/director/facilitator to complete an Internal Placement Agreement for the placement. This will detail the educational and artistic aims of the classes/project/production; the dates and times of your involvement; the responsibilities that you will undertake; and any preparation that is required. You will be assigned a separate Mentor for the module. The IPA will be signed off by your Pathway Leader and the Module Convener.


You will meet in one-to-one sessions with the respective coach/director/facilitator for feedback and feedforward briefing on your work at least once a fortnight. You will meet with your Mentor in at least three scheduled sessions during the semester. All students taking this module will meet together three times (at the start of the module, around halfway through, and at the end) to consider overarching aspects of the assistant/placement arrangement, and exchange and share notes, advice, and key learning points.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Individual and small group tutorials

Observation of teaching and learning

Facilitated/directed specialist practice

Group/seminar discussion

Personal reflection and analysis

Assessment Strategy

Reading list

Reading list for INTEGRATED PRACTICE :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Creative Practices and Direction (Directing) MA 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Creative Practices and Direction (Musical Theatre Creation) MA 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.