Module code: ACT1013

Module Overview

This module introduces the acting theory and technique that will underpin the whole programme. Practical classes in acting technique explore Stanislavski derived exercises, whilst seminars explore the key texts that inform the acting training at GSA. 

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

ROUSE Dominic (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W410

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A good command of spoken and written English.  If the student’s first language is not English, and s/he has not been taught in English or studied to A level standard in the UK, s/he will need to demonstrate a minimum level of competence. Students will be expected to attend warm-up sessions and bring personal objects and other items into classes. Detailed and extensive preparation will be necessary for text focussed and devised scenarios.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Practical Stanislavski based classroom exercises.

  • Practical exploration of the fundamental techniques required in analysing a text from an actor’s point of view.

  • Practical exercises exploring action, objective, units of action and super-objective.

  • Engagement with some of the key practitioners who have re-interpreted Stanislavski’s work.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Viva voce examining the approach taken to the exercise (Practical) 50%

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

·         Both a theoretical and practical understanding of the key concepts that underpin the acting modules on the rest of the programme.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


The performing of a practical workshop exercise in examination period of semester 1


Student Activity                                                                 Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Text Work                                                                                                                    1,2,3,7

Character Development                                                                                               1,2,3,7

Engagement with process                                                                                           1,2,3,7

Performance                                                                                                                1,2,3,7


A 1500 word essay focused on the key concepts covered during the teaching of the module, to be submitted at the beginning of week 11, semester 1.


Student Activity                                                                 Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Analytical depth                                                                                                  1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Undefstanding of methodology                                                                          1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Reflective Strength                                                                                             1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Academic presentation                                                                                       1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Formative assessment and feedback


Formative feedback will occur during practical sessions and seminars on a verbal basis. The feedback will usually be in a group context, but may sometimes happen one to one with the tutor.


Student Activity                                                                 Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Text Work                                                                                                                    1,2,3,7

Character Development                                                                                               1,2,3,7

Engagement with process                                                                                           1,2,3,7

Performance                                                                                                                1,2,3,7

Analytical depth                                                                                                  1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Understanding of methodology                                                                          1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Reflective Strength                                                                                             1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Academic presentation                                                                                       1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Module aims

  • Interrogate key principles of Stanislavski's system.
  • Develop the individual as a versatile and reflective actor.
  • Explore and consider the nature of the relationship between the actor and the character.
  • Connect academic research and reasoning processes to practical rehearsal issues.
  • Encourage informed interrogation of practical situations.
  • Lay the foundations for an understanding of a range of principal theories relevant to contemporary actor training.
  • Develop an ability to reflect cogently upon and document personal learning.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate the ability to analyse, interrogate and critically engage with performance texts using a range of Stanislavski inspired actor training techniques and exercises.
2 Have an understanding of the key terms “action”, “objective”, “unit” and “super-objective”.
3 Evidence the beginnings of a critical understanding of the key textual analysis techniques of an actor.
4 Begin to develop an objective self-awareness of their strengths and weaknesses as an actor.
5 Show evidence of a developing ability to reflect on practical work (both witnessed and experienced) within an appropriate academic frame.
6 Begin to describe reflective processes in written format commensurate with the standards of undergraduate study at Level 4.
7 Demonstrate a link between imagination and physicality.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 36

Independent Study Hours: 24

Seminar Hours: 18

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Give a practical and theoretical understanding of the key concepts that underpin the acting training across the programme

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 6 hours of practical workshops over 11 weeks

  • 1.5 hours of seminars over 11 weeks

  • Revision in week 12

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Acting BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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.