FINAL PROJECT - 2017/8

Module code: TDL3005

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

MCNAMARA AM Mrs (GSA)

Number of Credits

60

ECT Credits

60

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

W440

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 570

Seminar Hours: 28

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) ASSIGNMENT BASED ON STUDENTS' CHOSEN OPTION 100%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students will take this module following the completion of and subject to a pass of the following modules: Theories of Performance TDL3001 Contemporary Actor Training TDL3002 American Political Theatre TDL3003 Musical Theatre TDL3004

Module overview

As a result of and in response to detailed and structured independent research carried out relevant to the chosen pathway, students will be expected to produce a satisfactory and professional creative piece of original work. Pathways available are: Essay, Choreography, Play Script, Technical Theatre and Musical Theatre Scenario.

Module aims

Test the student's capacity to work individually to integrate considerations of practical skills and techniques with intellectual and aesthetic concepts.

To encourage a rounded and penetrating view of theatre as a potential work of art.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a body of personal knowledge and expertise. K
Meet professional standards of presentation in their chosen field. P
Communicate, in an appropriate manner, an area of knowledge, understanding or expertise. C
Apply these skills in theatrical terms. T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


30 hours seminar.
30 hours guided study e.g. virtual learning and associated tasks.
240 hours independent home-based study on the module material and required purchase texts.
Seminar sessions amounting to four days at GSA to include personal tutorials and updates on individual learning plans, writing skills, an introduction to the pathway and face to face guidance from tutors on chosen pathway.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Actively engage distance learners with core concepts, establishing influential theatrical links in performance, through a range of learning and teaching strategies.
Enable the distance learner to access core concepts studied and apply in a practical context.
Allow the distance learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the core concepts and associated links and influences  through structured exploration and performance analysis.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Tutor guided study and associated activities via the virtual learning environment (30 hours).
Seminar weekend (30 hours).
Student led distance learning/independent study and research (240 hours).

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following through their formal written summative submission, in addition to their engagement with the formative assessment, module content and associated activities


Demonstrate a body of personal knowledge and expertise (K)
Meet professional standards of presentation in their chosen field (P)
Communicate, in an appropriate manner, an area of knowledge, understanding or expertise (C)
 Apply these skills in theatrical terms (T)



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
ONE of the following, dependent on student choice of pathway – deadline week 12 of semester two
• ESSAY: 8,000 word essay
• CHOREOGRAPHY: A devised piece of narrative dance to last 8-10 minutes (to be filmed for submission), with accompanying supporting notes outlining research and justifying process (2,000 words)
• MUSICAL THEATRE SCENARIO: A scene by scene breakdown for a new piece of musical theatre, including the placing and use of musical elements with fully written segments amounting to approximately 20 minutes playing time (to be recorded or notated for submission), with accompanying supporting notes outlining research and justifying process (2,000 words)
• PLAY SCRIPT: A fully-developed play amounting to 50 minutes’ performance time, with accompanying supporting notes outlining research and justifying process (2,000 words)
• THEATRE DESIGN: A professionally presented original design overview for a published play or musical, to include lighting, sound, costume and set concepts, with accompanying supporting notes outlining research and justifying process (2,000 words)


Formative assessment and feedback
Formative Assessment consists of the presentation of research and topic related information and artefacts collated and presented on the virtual learning environment, which may take the form of, but is not restricted to, an ePortfolio. Informal formative feedback from tutors will be provided by, but is not restricted to, the virtual learning environment, email exchange, personal tutorials in person or via Skype, or equivalent software.
Ongoing informal formative feedback from the tutor is facilitated by, but not restricted to, structured discussion boards on the virtual learning environment and email exchange.

Reading list

Reading list for FINAL PROJECT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/tdl3005

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.