Module code: ACT1020

Module Overview

During the first half of the semester, students will work with a tutor/director on scenes from Naturalistic texts. The scenes will be presented at the end of the rehearsal period to a student audience.

During the second half of the semester, students will work with a Tutor/Director on scenes from a 20th century American Realist text. The scenes will be presented at the end of the rehearsal period to a student audience.

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: W450

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students will be expected to attend warm-up sessions and arrive appropriately prepared for physical work. Detailed and extensive research and preparation will be necessary in pursuit of the modules aims and objectives.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Scenes for the first half of the semester will be selected from plays by writers including, but not necessarily limited to, the following: Anton Chekov, Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, George Bernard Shaw and Harley Granville-Barker.

  • Scenes for the second half of the semester will be selected from plays by writers including, but not necessarily limited to, the following: Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neil, David Mamet and Sam Shepherd.

  • In both projects, scenes will be selected and cast by the Tutor in consultation with the Programme Leader, to give specific challenges to the particular group of students.

  • The focus of the module is on the process of the actor. The presentation of the scenes at the end of the project is designed to give a finishing point. However, it is important to note that the scene presentation is of work in progress and is not, at this stage of the programme, separately assessed.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Module aims

  • Encourage the development of a rigorous personal artistic process
  • Encourage the development of strategies for practical production exercises.
  • Apply a convincing understanding of a range of techniques relevant to contemporary acting
  • Develop an understanding of what is required in the delivery of a text in performance.
  • Develop an ability to reflect cogently upon and document personal learning
  • Develop an understanding of research methodologies appropriate for the actor

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Evidence an ability to employ research methodologies to the practice of acting.
2 Evidence the beginnings of a personal rehearsal process
3 Reflect more clearly on personal strengths and weaknesses
4 Self-assess some needs for personal
5 Play a series of actions in pursuit of an objective within a set of given circumstances.
6 Display a growing knowledge of naturalistic and realistic performance texts

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:

  • Focus the student on the process of the actor in preparation and rehearsal.

  • Give a practical text-based application for work covered in Semester 1.

  • Give students an experience of rehearsal room etiquette and approaches.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 12 hours workshops/rehearsals 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

Reading list for REHEARSAL MODULE 2 :

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.