Module code: ACT1017

Module Overview

This module aims to explore in practice further exercises and techniques of practitioners inspired by Stanislavski.

Contextual work focuses on the key genres of naturalism and realism and their relationship to acting.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

NEALE Richard (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 2

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 work will focus on further practitioners inspired by Stanislavski.

  • Indicative practical exercises may include object exercises and exercises based on Meisner.

  • Contextual seminars will focus on the genres of Naturalism and Realism, relating to the work in Rehearsal Module 2.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY: 1500 WORDS 50
Practical based assessment CLASSROOM EXERCISE: ACTING TECHNIQUE 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy


Module aims

  • Interrogate key principles of Konstantin Stanislavski's system.
  • Develop the individual as a truthful and reflective actor
  • Explore and consider the nature of the relationship between the actor and the character.
  • Connect academic research and writing to practical rehearsal issues
  • Encourage critical reflection on practice and personal learning.
  • Explore in practice the work of further key practitioners inspired by Stanislavski.
  • Explore the genres of naturalism and realism in theory and in practice

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate an understanding of a growing range of Stanislavski inspired actor training techniques and exercises
2 Have acquired the techniques and skills to play an action in pursuit of an objective within a set of imaginary circumstances
3 Develop an objective self-awareness of their strengths and weaknesses as an actor.
4 Evidence a developing ability to reflect upon practice, both witnessed and experienced
5 Reflect critically in written format commensurate with the standards of undergraduate study at Level 4
6 Demonstrate an integration of techniques and skills acquired in other modules
7 Display a willingness to experiment and be innovative.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Provide students with further skills for critical reflection on practice.

  • Provide students with a contextual understanding of the genres of Naturalism and Realism that they will be exploring practically in Rehearsal Module 2.

  • Encourage students to engage practically with rehearsal techniques and exercises particularly relevant to the work encountered in Rehearsal Module 2.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 12 hours of practical workshops per week for 12 weeks of semester 2.

  • 1.5 hours of seminars per week for 12 weeks of semester 2.

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) 2 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.