PROFESSIONAL AND CONTEXTUAL STUDIES 2 - 2018/9

Module code: ACT2018

Module Overview

This module develops on 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 BJ Miss (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W441

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. 

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 2.
Topics covered will depend on the text selected for the Black Box project.
The theories and processes around street theatre and other modes of contemporary performance.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment AUDITION FOR LEVEL 6 PRODUCTION 50
Coursework ESSAY: 1500 WORDS 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

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

 

·         Understanding of industry processes with respect to professional auditions

·         Reflective, research and writing skills commensurate with Level 5

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         An audition/interview process lasting 5-10 minutes

·         A 1500 word essay task

 

Assessment deadlines are normally in week 12, but this is indicative and may vary since it involves the involvement of external professional directors.

 

Formative assessment and feedback

 

Verbal feedback is given throughout the module in class. Written feedback is provided for the essay task.  

Module aims

  • Develop preparation for industry engagement.
  • Develop an understanding of industry appropriate audition and interview practice.
  • Develop a range of audition material.
  • Apply rigorous academic research and reflection processes to personal practice
  • Develop a convincing understanding of a range of theories relevant to contemporary acting
  • Develop an ability to reflect cogently upon and document personal learning.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate increasing knowledge of professional codes of conduct and presentation.
2 Demonstrate the ability to prepare for and present at auditions appropriately
3 Demonstrate the ability to reflect upon work, both witnessed and experienced, in a recognised academic framework commensurate with the standards of Level 5 undergraduate study.
4 Evidence the ability to understand material studied and apply it to personal practice.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 36

Independent Study Hours: 96

Seminar Hours: 18

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Develop students understanding of industry processes in preparation for the Professional Development modules in Level 6.
Further develop student’s written reflective skills in preparation for the Dissertation in Level 6.


The learning and teaching methods include:


3 hours of workshop classes in professional development per week for 12 weeks of semester 2.
1.5 hours of contextual studies 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

Reading list for PROFESSIONAL AND CONTEXTUAL STUDIES 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/act2018

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.