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 explore and analyse the development of actor training from Stanislavski to the current day, exploring and understanding key themes and influences in practice. 


Students will take this module alongside the following modules:

  • Theories of Performance
  • American Political Theatre
  • Musical Theatre

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • Introduce students to a range of contemporary and modern actor training approaches.
  • Enable students to recognise the influences of key practitioners on the work of others.
  • Allow students to make links between a range of actor training practices.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the range of contemporary actor training methodologies. (K)
  • Appreciate a variety of actor training approaches. (C)
  • Understand the purpose of the practical application of a range of actor training techniques. (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.
  • Seminar sessions amounting to two days at GSA to include writing skills, personal tutorials and target setting and a practical introduction to selected actor training practitioners

Methods of Teaching/Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Actively engage distance learners with the core concepts of a variety of contemporary actor training practitioners through a range of learning and teaching strategies.
  • Enable the distance learner to access core concepts studied and develop a practical understanding.
  • Allow the distance learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the core concepts of actor training through structured exploration.

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).

Reading List


Last Updated

30 May 2014 by HATHERLEY RC Mrs (FAHS Reg)