CONTEMPORARY THEATRE MAKING - 2018/9

Module code: TDLM001

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

MCNAMARA AM Mrs (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECTS Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

W442

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 143

Seminar Hours: 7

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Essay 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students will take this module following these modules: Theories of Performance, The Greeks, Naturalism and the Actor, Shakespeare, Political Theatre and Global Perspectives Students will take this module alongside the following modules: Musical Theatre

Module overview

This module will engage students in the study of contemporary theatre making. Movements studied include, but are not restricted to Immersive Theatre, Devised Theatre, Site-Specific Theatre and Physical Theatre

Module aims

Theatre as a political, moral, social, cultural, ethical voice

Critical analysis of theatre

The relationship between the actor and audience

The construction of stages and performance platforms

The construction of theatrical and social meaning

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing T
002 Apply key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique to own critique of theatrical productions P
003 Apply critical thought and understanding to analyse and evaluate key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre CP
004 Analyse and evaluate a broad range of influential theatrical texts and their contexts KC
005 Analyse and evaluate key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique C
006 Analyse and evaluate the impact of past traditions and contexts upon contemporary theatrical practices with critical objectivity CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes: 


Online and Distance study arising from the module material and Essential Reading texts, as laid out in the module reading list. Movements studied include, but are not restricted to Immersive Theatre, Devised Theatre, Site-Specific Theatre and Physical Theatre 
Seminar sessions amounting to two full days at GSA (also available remotely and online) to include writing skills, personal tutorials and target setting and the study of contemporary theatre making

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: 


Actively engage online and distance learners with contemporary theatre making through a range of learning and teaching strategies 
Enable the online and distance learner to access core concepts studied and apply these to selected contexts 
Allow the online and distance learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of contemporary theatre making through the structured exploration of performance possibilities and production history of selected texts, movements and practitioners


The learning and teaching methods include: 


Study based on module content and associated activities via the virtual learning environment (83 hours). 
Seminar weekend (7 hours). 
Tutor guided distance learning/independent study based on required purchase texts and online Library resources (60 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 the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing (T) 
Apply key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique to own critique of theatrical productions (P) 
Apply critical thought and understanding to analyse and evaluate key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre (P, C) 
Analyse and evaluate a broad range of influential theatrical texts and their contexts (K, C) 
Analyse and evaluate key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique (C) 
Analyse and evaluate the impact of past traditions and contexts upon contemporary theatrical practices with critical objectivity (C,T)


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of: 


2,500 word essay in response to a set question/task


Formative assessment

Formative Assessment consists of an outline plan for the summative assignment in the students own choice of form, which may include, but is not restricted to an essay plan, poster, PowerPoint or equivalent software presentation, podcast (1000 words or equivalent)

Feedback

Informal formative feedback from tutors will be provided via, 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. Summative formal written feedback will follow submission of the summative assessment.

Reading list

Reading list for CONTEMPORARY THEATRE MAKING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/tdlm001

Other information

None

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
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 2018/9 academic year.