ADVANCED PRACTICE - 2017/8

Module code: MUTM019

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

WILLIAMS FR 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: 150

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PERFORMANCE IN SHOWCASE 40
Coursework CRITICAL EVALUATION 7000 WORDS 40
Coursework PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 20

Alternative Assessment

In the event of a student being unable to complete Performance in Showcase a resit opportunity will be arranged where they will be required to attend a viva voce and to present practical work to a panel of GSA staff.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must have successfully completed all Compulsory Modules in Semesters 1 and 2, and must therefore have acquired 120 credits. 

Module overview

The module is designed to ensure industry level musical theatre skills together with a critical evaluation of their training and a sophisticated understanding of the industry and a plan for their entry into it. It brings together the technical performance skills acquired in the previous compulsory modules. Stage Combat, which is an important professional qualification for all actors is taught in an intensive course leading to BADC basic qualification.

The module is designed in three parts:

Critical Evaluation

Students will write an independent critical evaluation of the process and projects undertaken in the entire Programme.

Showcase

Students rehearse and perform a West-End showcase for an invited group industry professionals.

Professional Development Plan

Students will be required to produce a Professional Development Plan, evidencing a considered and structured strategy into the profession. 

Module aims

To thoroughly prepare the student for engagement in the professional performance industry

To provide a an opportunity for successful presentation to the industry in a professional industry-attended showcase

To enable students to research and create an original or adapted piece of contemporary performance

To enable the student to strategise for and take responsibility for the pursuit and creation of artistic, creative and commercial opportunities.

To stimulate constructive and critical reflection upon process and outcome

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
An understanding of processes of construction, structure and selection relating to performance.  KCPT
The ability to apply the critical understanding of technical skill and genre to the exploration or realisation of an existing or devised piece of  musical theatre  KCPT
The ability to apply a sound, tested working methodology which enables a professional, disciplined and creative working process and environment with and for those involved in the exploration or realisation  KCPT
A soundly-based, flexible approach to the interactive nature of learning through practice – the ability to select, reject and develop ideas in response to a group dynamic  KCPT
An ability to reflect critically and constructively upon process and outcome.  KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The Advanced Practice module builds on all the previous programme learning outcomes, in order to ensure that the student achieves a professional level entry into the industry for which s/he has trained.

The Advanced Professional Development element incorporates continuing singing and dancing classes in order to progress to industry standard. Students will research, rehearse and perform in an industry showcase designed to introduce them to the profession at large. It will be necessary to exhibit a clear awareness of casting potential, employability and suitability of chosen material, as well as to present a charismatic, confident, assured performance appropriate to the chosen scene.

Students will produce a critical evaluation of their process, practice, performances and progress during the project and will critically re-assess their work over the year. This should be a rigorous and reflective account of the rehearsal and performance process, with detailed observations on content, context, concept, and performance methodologies. It will analyse and critique the synthesis of research, rehearsal and performance results.

Students will also be required to produce a Professional Development Plan, evidencing a considered and structured strategy for entry to the profession. It should demonstrate a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of how to obtain employment and how to maintain employability. It should demonstrate an equally comprehensive knowledge of casting procedures and audition preparation and should also consider how to create employment opportunities either within the profession or a related field.

Stage Combat, which is important professional qualification for all actors is taught in an intensive course leading to BADC basic qualification.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Group and individual research projects

Group and individual rehearsals

Group and individual tutorials

Performances

Intensive Stage Combat course leading to BADC basic qualification

Assessment Strategy

To be completed over the summer period.

 The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Ability to perform with surety in a performance and evidence a credible and creative approach to the generation of work and process.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Technical Skills: Singing and Dance

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Vocal technique 1,2,3

Dance technique 1,2,3

Acting technique 1,2,3

Understanding of systems of development 1,2,3

Creative Approach 1,2,3

Stamina and Flexible approach 1,2,3

Engagement with process 1,2,3

 

Performance in Showcase (100% Performance)

Vocal technique 1,2,3

Dance technique 1,2,3

Acting technique 1,2,3

Creative Approach 1,2,3

Engagement with professional methods of delivery 1 2,3

 

Personal Professional Development Plan

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Preparation 1,2,3,5,6

Analysis 1,2,5,6

Academic & Writing Skills 1,2,5,6

Level of Presentation 1,2,3,4,5,6

 

Critical evaluation 7,000 words

 

Preparation 1,2,3,4,5

Analysis 1,2,3,4,5

Academic & Writing Skills 1,2,3,4,5

Level of Presentation 1,2,3,4,5

 

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative: Continuous verbal formative feedback is given for Technical Skills, Performance in Showcase and Performance of Original/Adapted work.

 Vocal technique 1,2,3,4,5

Dance technique 1,2,3,4,5

Acting technique 1,2,3,4,5

Understanding of systems of development 1,2,3,4,5

Creative Approach 1,2,3,4,5

Stamina and Flexible approaches to objectives 1,2,3,4,5

Engagement with professional methods of delivery 1,2,3,4,5

Preparation 1,2,3,4,5

Analysis 1,2,3,4

Academic & Writing Skills 1,2,3,4

Level of Presentation 1,2,3,4

 

 Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials for the Critical Evaluation

 

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)

 

Preparation 1,2,3,5

Analysis 1,2,5

Academic & Writing Skills 1,2,5

Level of Presentation 1,2,3,5

Reading list

Reading list for ADVANCED PRACTICE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mutm019

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre 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.