ACTING 1: ORIGINS - 2017/8

Module code: MUT1014

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

W410

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 37

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment CREATIVE ACTING: PHYSICAL/IMPROVISATION 50%
Practical based assessment GREEK ENSEMBLE STUDY 50%

Alternative Assessment

PLEASE NOTE – 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 4mins duration alongside an annotated text detailing actions, objectives and textual analysis. (Practical & Written)

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview

 

Acting 1 is a key component of the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre introducing and exploring the fundamentals of a range of theories and training exercises inspired by the principles and practices of seminal practitioners.

 

The Acting 1 Module breaks into two specific strands.

 

Creative Acting

Considers and explores mime, physical acting, the use of physical action and mask work. This work can and will include study of seminal theatrical practitioners including but not limited to, Rudolf Laban, Jerzy Grotowski and Jaques LeCoq..

 

Greek Ensemble Study

The second strand serves as an introduction to the key concepts of Greek Theatre with particular study on the Greek Ensemble and Chorus model and it’s influence and practical application in Musical and Classical Theatre. 

 

In terms of the wider programme the Acting 101 module enables students to break down barriers to performance work and performing in front of each other, encouraging peer to peer feedback and an ensemble approach to learning. In the study of naturalism students explore the tools needed to look at text and performance in other modules and apply analysis to text. 

Module aims

Develop awareness and understanding of how an actor communicates with an audience through use of voice, text, mask, mime and other storytelling techniques.

Within the module students are introduced to Stanislavski's system and how they can apply the concepts as part of their process; enabling sustained and truthful performance in a class based setting.

The module enables students to develop skills which will aid them to devise and perform as a small ensemble a piece of original performance material which has been developed through a series of rehearsals led by a director.

Introducing an understanding of dynamic systems of rehearsal, and the expectations of a professional rehearsal process. 

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate an emergent ability to adapt the technique of acting to a range of styles, whilst maintaining truth whilst developing an effective working process. 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 in the process of telling a story within a theatrical setting. KCPT
Observe agreed artistic objectives whilst animating the work through a sound application of performance skills. KCPT
Evidence the development of interrogative and critical rigour in practical production exercises. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Unit 1

Study of The Languages of Mime,

Neutral Mask,

Character Mask,

Physical Theatre,

Clown or Comedy and Archetypes.

Devising

Storytelling

Creating Material.

Unit 2

Students undertake an extended study of Greek Theatre where they will work on the methodologies of working as a protagonist and as part of chorus/ensemble. The unit focuses on the connection between actor, text and audience and enables students to explore the process of working together and the responsibilities of choral and individual work in context and aids in the application of core thinking to modern text. 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Place an emphasis on the practical development of skills that are required for extended and best practice in the profession.
Enable students to acquire versatility in their mental and physical skills and integrate their knowledge across all musical theatre disciplines all of which lead on to a firm foundation moving toward study at Level 5.


 

The learning and teaching methods include:

Across the semester this module is delivered over 150 hours study across the semester

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: Creative Acting.

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

Greek Ensemble Study

(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 theory and practice                                                                                                                          1,2,3,4,5

Use of theory within performance settings                                                                                                                  1,2,3,4,5

Sustaining energy and character in excersise or performance                                                                                      1,2,3,4,5

Creative and Imaginative solo/partner/ensemble work                                                                                                   1,2,3,4,5

Continuous assessment of class/rehearsal based process                                                                                            1,2,3,4,5

 

Formative assessment and feedback:

This is a practical formative assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive formative feedback in preparation for the summative assessments. Students receive verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials where this feedback can be discussed after reflection.

Storytelling (Formative)

This is a practical formative assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive formative feedback in preparation for the summative assessments. Students receive verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials where this feedback can be discussed after reflection.

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

Reading list

Reading list for ACTING 1: ORIGINS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mut1014

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.