Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
Module Provider:
Guildford School of Acting
Number of Credits:
Module Title:
Module Co-ordinator:
ECTS Credits

Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkEssay: 2500 Words100

Module Overview

Qualifying Condition(s)

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.


Students will investigate key theatrical methodologies and critical theories and subsequently apply and explore the practical possibilities of these core concepts in performance through the study and examination of set written play texts.


Students will take this module alongside the following modules:

  • Contemporary Actor Training
  • American Political Theatre
  • Musical Theatre

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • Introduce students to a range of critical approaches to the analysis and description of performance in theatre.
  • Enable students to recognise and engage with theories of performance in practical terms.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the range of possible critical approaches to performance. (K)
  • Appreciate a variety of critical approaches. (C)
  • Apply various critical approaches. (P)
  • Formulate and communicate objective responses. (T)

Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical Skills.

Module Content

Indicative content includes:

  • Home-based study on the module material and required purchase texts.
  • Theories to be studied include: semiotics, phenomenology, feminism, gender theory, reception theory, postmodern theory.
  • Seminar sessions amounting to two days at GSA to include writing skills, personal tutorials and target setting and the study of application of theories to theatre text and performance.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Actively engage distance learners with core concepts of theories of performance through a range of learning and teaching strategies.
  • Enable the distance learner to access core concepts studied and apply these to selected performance  texts.
  • Allow the distance learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the core concepts of theories of performance through the structured exploration of performance possibilities of selected texts.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Study based on module content and associated activities via the virtual learning environment (60 hours).
  • Seminar weekend (15 hours).
  • Tutor guided distance learning/independent study based on required purchase texts and online Library resources (75 hours).

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Last Updated

30 May 2014 by HATHERLEY RC Mrs (FAHS Reg)