Module code: ACT3012

Module Overview

The dissertation module develops students’ understanding of the demands and rigours of professional theatre production.

Students will perform in a large-scale production and then write a dissertation reflecting critically on their process.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

ROUSE Dominic (GSA)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W410

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of Level 5 BA (Hons) Acting, and successful completion of Advance Practice 1. 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:

  • Performance of a larger scale production.

  • A 5000 word dissertation, reflecting critically on the process and performance of the production.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PRODUCTION 1: PERFORMANCE 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

·         Performance skills and capacities appropriate to Level 6, including professionalism in conduct in relation to acting as a member of a company

·         Cognitive skills necessary for sustained critical reflection upon the students’ own practice 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Performance (50%)

·         Dissertation: Critical Evaluation of Process/Practice (50%)

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 and deploy appropriate research methods and strategies.
  • Stimulate constructive and critical reflection
  • Develop a sophisticated awareness of professional discipline and presentation.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Develop the cognitive skills that will enable the student to plan, conduct and reflect critically on own practice
2 Display a readiness and ability to take responsibility for managing a career in the performing arts.
3 Evidence the ability to design and implement strategies targeted at differing artistic, creative and commercial employment opportunities
4 Exercise initiative and personal responsibility
5 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the ability to operate autonomously and effectively within and across a variety of professional environments
6 Evidence a clear understanding of and connection to the text.
7 Develop a credible and dynamic characterisation
8 Demonstrate effective vocal delivery.
9 Display expressive and flexible movement skills
10 Demonstrate appropriate and effective integration of core technical skills (Acting, Voice and Movement).
11 Work in an appropriate and professionally focused manner in pursuit of creating and sustaining a truthful characterisation within performance
12 Effectively collaborate and integrate with members of the company

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 100

Tutorial Hours: 50

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

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

  • Enable students to deliver a successful performance in a larger scale production.

  • Enable students to reflect upon their process.

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) 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.