THE INTEGRATED BODY 3 - 2018/9

Module code: ACTM034

Module Overview

This module builds upon the commitment to the integration of the vocal and somatic techniques necessary for work in the theatre and for recorded media and builds on work undertaken in the previous Integrated Body 1 and 2 modules. It also refines the integration of physical performance with vocal performance, with special emphasis on the New Writing project in the module Rehearsal Project 3
Students will further explore technical control, use of vocal and somatic communication and performance in a number of genres and styles.
The elements of this module aim to further develop and further extend existing knowledge and ability and to develop a secure and consistent vocal and physical technique.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

WARD BJ Miss (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W410

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must have successfully completed all modules in Semesters 1 and 2

Module content

Practical Voice deepens the connection between the mind, body, imagination and emotion in the practice of making sound, establishing resonance and focussing the voice. Further work explores range and expression while integrating muscular clear articulation. Voice support in rehearsals for the New Writing project enables the actor to communicate from a characters’ perspective, responding to the way in which an author manipulates character and story through text form and structure.

Classes in Laban technique continue to extend and develop practical experiments with the Efforts applied to movement and voice, using these elements in combination as the basis for vocal and physical characterisation with reference to the work in ongoing rehearsal projects. Movement support in rehearsals for the New Writing project enables the actor to develop the physical lide of a character and express physically the way in which an author manipulates character and story through text form and structure.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Movement performance in classroom exercises and rehearsal project 50
Practical based assessment Vocal performance in classroom exercises and rehearsal project 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
1. A professional capacity to occupy space with a fully energised vocal presence and body confidence (T,P)
2. A professional capacity to adapt and take on other forms and qualities of vocal and somatic styles and rhythms (K,P)
3. A nuanced and adaptable personal technique in voice and movement (C,K,T,P)
4. A professional capacity to imprint the voice and body safely and and effectively in a range of performance spaces and performance conditions (C, K,T,P)
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Movement performance in classroom exercises and rehearsal project: this addresses 1,2,3 and 4 above. This is continuously assessed, culminating in Week 7 of Semester 2.
Vocal performance in classroom exercises and rehearsal project: this addresses 1,2,3 and 4 above. This is continuously assessed, culminating in Week 7 of Semester 2.
Formative assessment and feedback is provided on a continuous basis in response to classroom exercises
individual tutorials continue in weeks 8-13

Module aims

  • To further refine awareness of vocal and somatic elements of expression
  • To further extend the capability for sophisticated vocal and physical expression
  • To further interrogate the factors indicative of and conducive to effective vocal and physical practice
  • To further refine students’ awareness of the demands placed on the voice and body by a wider variety of performance styles.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 A professional capacity to occupy space with a fully energised vocal presence and body confidence CKPT
002 A professional capacity to adapt and take on other forms and qualities of movement, styles and rhythms CKP
003 A nuanced and adaptable personal technique in voice and movement CKPT
004 A professional capacity to imprint the voice and body safely and and effectively in a range of performance spaces and performance conditions CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 84

Independent Study Hours: 66

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
 Help the student to further refine awareness of vocal and somatic elements of expression
 Facilitate the capability for increasingly sophisticated vocal and physical expression
 Further interrogate the factors indicative of and conducive to effective vocal and physical practice
 Further refine students’ awareness of the demands placed on the voice and body by a wider variety of performance styles.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Group voice and movement workshops
Individual tutorials in voice and movement
Voice and movement support in rehearsal projects

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 THE INTEGRATED BODY 3 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/actm034

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Acting MFA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.