CONTEXTUAL PRACTICE 3 - 2018/9

Module code: ACTM033

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

BESSELL JE Dr (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECTS Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

W410

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 150

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework New Writing Project: Contribution to Process 70
Coursework New Writing Project: Performance 30

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must have successfully completed all modules in Semester 1 and 2

Module overview

Contextual Practice 3 enables students to deepen and extend techniques in practical rehearsal work, whilst developing an example of new writing. The module will engage with the specific disciplines required for developing new writing, and will be delivered via committed ensemble practice.

Rehearsal projects will develop effective rehearsal technique, underpinned by both practice-based and academic research, specific to the development of a piece of new writing. Students will learn how to analyse and interrogate new writing, and to identify, evaluate and process character information according to the specific genre of each piece. They will integrate vocal and physical skills acquired in semesters 1 and 2.

The module also further develops the student’s expertise in the area of research, preparation and contextual discussion. The implications of expression and demands of performance style and genre are discussed and researched.

Students may examine a range of theories developed by a range of performance practitioners. This module and its bibliography will be adapted to reflect the interests of the current cohort and the specifics of the new writing in development.

Module aims

To consolidate the skills learned in training by creating and/or performing in a piece of new writing, incorporating integrated acting, voice and movement.

To contribute appropriately to ensemble practice in a collaborative environment

To manage personal engagement in an environment which, as nearly as possible, follows the professional model.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstration of and ability to apply a pro-active and positive commitment to rehearsal process and ensemble practice. KPT
002 The ability to apply skill and knowledge in order to effect an appropriate and contextually accurate piece of new writing. CKP
003 The ability to be creative and imaginative within the bounds of agreed practice and to respond positively and constructively to feedback from staff and peers. CPT
004 The ability to demonstrate flexibility, variation and depth within the realisation of a piece of new writing. C

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

There will be six weeks of intensive research development and rehearsal with the director or facilitator. This will be followed by one or more performances of the new work during showings week (usually week 7).

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Help students to consolidate the skills learned in training by creating and/or performing in a piece of new writing, incorporating integrated acting, voice and movement.

Encourage students to contribute appropriately to ensemble practice in a collaborative environment

Help students to manage personal engagement in an environment which, as nearly as possible, follows the professional model.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Group and independent research
Group and individual rehearsals

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
 The ability to apply a pro-active and positive commitment to rehearsal process and ensemble practice. (K, T, P)
 The ability to apply skill and knowledge in order to effect an appropriate and contextually accurate piece of new writing. (C, K, P)
 The ability to be creative and imaginative within the bounds of agreed practice and to respond positively and constructively to feedback from staff and peers. (C,T, P)
 The ability to demonstrate flexibility, variation and depth within the realisation of a piece of new writing.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
8. Assessment of Contribution to Process (70%): this addresses 1 and 3 above
9. Assessment of Performance (30%): this addresses 2 and 4 above.
Formative assessment and feedback
Continuous feedback during research, development and rehearsal phases of the project.

Reading list

Reading list for CONTEXTUAL PRACTICE 3 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/actm033

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Acting MFA 1 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 2018/9 academic year.