Module code: ACT2014

Module Overview


This module develops on FHEQ Level 4 study by beginning to focus the student’s contextual understanding on the professional demands of being an actor. Whilst still contextualising the work of the rehearsal module, audition processes and strategies for a successful career are addressed to lay the foundations for the Professional Development modules of Level 6.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

WARD Barbara (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W410

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of Acting and Contextual Studies 2. 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.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • The selection, preparation and performance of audition pieces.

  • Interview techniques.

  • Contextual study supporting the rehearsal projects in the Level 5 Rehearsal Module 1 (Shakespeare and Comedy).

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment MOCK AUDITION 50
Coursework ESSAY 50

Alternative Assessment

Viva voce examining the approach taken to the exercise 50%

Assessment Strategy

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

·         The beginnings of an understanding of an audition process.

·         The ability to reflect on more complex practice, for example: Shakespeare.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         A mock audition in the examination period.

·         A 2000 word essay reflecting on the work of either or both of the projects in Rehearsal Module 1, submitted at the beginning of week 11 of semester 1.


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.

Module aims

  • Begin preparation for career development.
  • Develop understanding of industry appropriate audition practice at a standard industry audition.
  • Begin to introduce the student to the demands and expectations of industry professionals.
  • Develop skills that will be required in audition situations
  • Develop a range of audition material.
  • Apply rigorous academic research and reflection processes to practical rehearsal issues.
  • Develop a convincing 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 Evidence knowledge of professional codes of conduct and presentation.
2 Demonstrate appropriate preparation and presentation skills for auditions.
3 Demonstrate the ability to reflect on work, both witnessed and experienced, within an academic framework.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 36

Independent Study Hours: 60

Seminar Hours: 18

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Give students a beginning of an understanding of the professional demands of being an actor.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 3 hours a week of workshop classes for 12 weeks of semester 1.

  • 1.5 hours a week of seminars for 12 weeks of semester 1.

  • Guided 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.