Module code: ACT3010

Module Overview

The Small Scale Production project builds on the work of Level 5 in the Black Box production.

Production is based in a studio or other small scale setting, preparing for the Advance Practice module which follows later at Level 6.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

NEALE Richard (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W441

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of Level 5 BA (Hons) Acting. 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 studies to A Level standard in the UK, s/he will need to demonstrate a minimum level of competence.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Rehearsal and performance of a small scale production.

  • Rehearsal and performance of a larger scale production.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PROCESS 30
Practical based assessment PERFORMANCE 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

  • Readiness to take on responsibility for managing a career in the performing arts

  • Performance skills commensurate with Level 6

  • Capacity to work effectively within a professional company

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Process 30%

  • Performance 70%

The final mark for this element of the module will be assessed via a continuous appraisal of progress and development throughout the process.

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative individual verbal feedback is provided by the tutor after each exercise and summative formal written feedback with a mark at the end of the module.  Students are expected to take notes and reflect upon their observations and progress.

Feedback will be returned in accordance with University policy, provisionally by the dates indicated by the Module Leader. It will be returned electronically via SurreyLearn.                             

Module aims

  • Thoroughly prepare the trainee actor for engagement in the professional performance industry.
  • To consolidate the skills requisite to the creating and sustaining of a character
  • To integrate Acting, Movement and Voice techniques acquired and developed at Levels 4 and 5.
  • To provide a working environment which adheres to professional values and codes of conduct
  • Develop responsible and consistent attitudes towards self-management and self-presentation.
  • Stimulate constructive and critical reflection.
  • Develop a sophisticated awareness of professional discipline and presentation
  • Prepare the trainee actor for a lifelong commitment to the process of seeking and acquiring creative, artistic and commercial opportunities.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Display a readiness and ability to take responsibility for managing a career in the performing arts.
002 Evidence the ability to design and implement strategies targeted at differing artistic, creative and commercial employment opportunities.
003 Exercise initiative and personal responsibility KCPT
004 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the ability to operate autonomously and effectively within and across a variety of professional environments KCPT
005 Evidence a clear understanding of and connection to the text KCPT
006 Develop a credible and dynamic characterisation KCPT
007 Demonstrate effective vocal delivery KCPT
008 Display expressive and flexible movement skills KCPT
009 Demonstrate appropriate and effective integration of core technical skills (Acting, Voice and Movement). KCPT
010 Work in an appropriate and professionally focused manner in pursuit of creating and sustaining a truthful characterisation within performance KCPT
011 Effectively collaborate and integrate with members of the company KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 6

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Develop the skills learnt in Levels 4 and 5 in full rehearsal and performance situations.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Tutor or visiting professional led sessions.

  • Practical sessions.

  • Group research.

  • Individual research.

  • Independent study.

  • Tutorials. 

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.