ADVANCED CREATIVE PRACTICE - 2017/8

Module code: CPDM007

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

BYRNE G Ms (GSA)

Number of Credits

60

ECT Credits

30

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

W410

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 7

Seminar Hours: 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment SPECIALIST PRACTICE 50
Coursework CREATIVE PRACTITIONER PORTFOLIO (6000 WORDS) 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview


This module provides for the consolidation of learning undertaken throughout the programme, and further development by way of creative practice and critical reflection. You undertake a sustained enquiry into a specific aspect of your specialist pathway, by way of research and practice, according to your own personal development aims. You work towards and realize a major practice engagement and/or performance/production project, working as a director, creative practitioner or technique coach/director, depending on your pathway. Your critical engagement with issues and practices in contemporary theatre, reflection upon your own development as a practitioner and evaluation of your practice work on the module are presented in a summative Evaluation document.

Module aims

Advance capability in a particular area of theatre practice.

Embed and further develop understanding of a specialist theatre practitioner pathway, knowledge of relevant issues in contemporary theatre practice, and self-knowledge as a creative practitioner.

Develop advanced analytic skills in addressing contemporary theatre practices and developing strategies for effective creative practice

Develop further the ability to work effectively in a theatre/performance context, and to undertake leadership/facilitation roles, think creatively and apply creative solutions appropriate to the context

Stimulate constructive and critical reflection upon process and outcome.

Enhance skills in the effective presentation of personal materials.

Enhance personal skills in the management of larger-scale tasks to deadlines, and the conception and realization of interrelated outcomes in different modes.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Plan, lead and deliver to an advanced level a specialist aspect of theatre practice. P
Demonstrate a developed understanding of a specialist theatre practitioner pathway, knowledge of relevant issues, and self-knowledge as a specialist. KP
Apply a sound, tested working methodology which enables a professional, disciplined and creative working process and environment. KPT
Demonstrate advanced analytic skills in addressing contemporary theatre practices, and developing strategies for effective creative practice. KC
Think creatively and apply creative solutions appropriate to a specific theatre/performance context. P
Reflect critically upon process and outcome. CP
Presentation personal materials effectively. T
Manage larger-scale tasks to deadlines, and conceive and realise interrelated outcomes in different modes. T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


This module builds on the previous programme learning outcomes, in order to ensure that you achieve a standard of work sufficient for professional level entry into the industry for which you have trained. The module involves you in advanced study and creative practice. You work towards and submit two outputs.

Specialist Practice

All arrangements for this element of the module are subject to the approval of the Module Convener by way of the arrangements described below.

 

Directing and Musical Theatre Creation pathways

 

You will prepare and present a piece of contemporary theatre (c. 45 minutes in duration). The piece will draw clearly on learning in earlier phases of the programme, and relate to your personal learning aims.

You will present the piece in a venue at the University of Surrey or (subject to the agreement of the Module Convener) an alternative venue. If you present the work in an alternative venue, you will be responsible for managing all aspects of the liaison with the venue to the satisfaction of the Module Convener. In all instances you are responsible for identifying, securing and managing the engagement of other members of the company (for example the creative team, production personnel, performers and musicians), subject to advertised project parameters (including budget arrangements), and systems of planning and delivery. You may work with colleagues on the programme, subject to the agreement of the Module Convener concerning an appropriate arrangement of roles and responsibilities.

Actor Training, Movement Direction & Choreography and Practice of Voice & Singing pathways

You will prepare and deliver classes/coaching sessions and/or rehearsal workshops designed to enhance the performance of individuals and/or groups in contemporary theatre. The piece will draw clearly on learning in earlier phases of the programme, and relate to your personal learning aims. You will submit a 45-minute edited video that evidences your practice and shows the journey of development of the individual(s)/group with whom you are working.

 

You may work with colleagues on the programme, subject to the agreement of the Module Convener concerning an appropriate arrangement of roles and responsibilities.

 

Creative Practitioner Evaluation

You will submit a summative Creative Practitioner Evaluation, researched and written over the course of the module, and completed in light of the presentation of practice. This will include the following:


An evaluative account of the practice undertaken and presented in this module, reflecting upon its principles, process and outcome.

An analysis of issues and practices in contemporary theatre, insofar as they apply to your own work on this module, and from the perspective of your own specialist practice pathway.

A critical reflection upon your own development as a practitioner through the programme as a whole.


The Critical Practitioner Evaluation should be 6,000 words. It should be a rigorous and reflective account with detailed observations on content, context and concept.  It will analyse and critique the synthesis of research and development evidenced the performance or pedagogy project, and take a holistic view of personal development. It may be written in three sections, as above, or in a single section that, as a whole, addresses the elements indicated above.

A maximum of 5 hours contact-time with your supervisor will be available for discussion, advice, and feedback on your Evaluation.

Methods of Teaching / Learning



Tutorial

Mentoring

Practice-based work (conception, development and presentation)

Independent research and critical reflection


 

The module leads to two outcomes.

 

Specialist Practice

Phase 1: Confirmation. Each individual submits a Creative Practice Proposal, which is subject to the agreement of the Module Convener. A Logistical Framework (which includes details of space provision and technical support) is agreed. A Project Producer is designated from among the year-group (this role may be a job-share), who coordinates the balance of requirements and resources across the Logistical Frameworks of separate groups. A mentor is assigned to each individual.

Phase 2: Preparation. Each individual develops her/his practice. The individual receives feedback from her/his mentor twice during this process.

Phase 3: Presentation. Each individual presents her/his work, normally during a festival of pieces arising from the programme. Feedback is provided to each individual (this feedback in part informs the critical reflection presented in the Evaluation).

The programme will have access to a rehearsal facility and designated production & technical support for this module. The cohort is expected to manage internally the access of individuals/projects to these resources.

Creative Practitioner Evaluation

Phase 1: Confirmation. A CPE Plan is agreed with the tutor. The Plan identifies the research question that informs the intended analysis of issues and practices, and provides a list of selected texts and resources.

Phase 2: Preparation. Research, writing and compilation. Each student has one tutorial during this phase, by arrangement with the tutor.

Assessment Strategy

Reading list

Reading list for ADVANCED CREATIVE PRACTICE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/cpdm007

Programmes this module appears in

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