ACTING WORKSHOP 2 - COMEDIC, SCREEN & MUSICAL TEXT - 2018/9

Module code: AMT2011

Module Overview

Acting Workshop 2 – Dramatic & Musical Text

Unit One: Comedic Text

Building on the classical work achieved in Semester 1 students will apply techniques to a piece written with a comedic sensibility. This it typically a piece written in the Restoration period (eg Beaux Stratagem, The Recruiting Officer etc.) - but is not limited to this period alone. The students will show a "work in progress version that integrates skills of actor musicianship as applied to the text.

Unit Two: Screen Acting

Students will undertake an introduction and workshop on screen acting, which will cover the core tecnhique and changes to methodology needed for screen. It is intended that usually this project is delivered as a sequence of workshops where the cohort benefits from an intensive period on screen.

Unit Three: Musical Drama Text In the first unit of Acting Workshop 2, students will work in a rehearsal room on a specific text either drawn from the Musical Theatre repertoire or a play with a high content of music that is integral to the narrative and performance of the piece. Here integration of acting, singing, movement/dance and musicianship are explored to a high level, providing the foundations for rehearsal and performance at Level 6.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

SCRIVENS NJ Mr (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 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

Indicative content includes:

UNIT 1 – Comedic Text

Analysis of Comedic Text Character analysis and application of methodological approachess Integration of music to the rehearsal process where it is applicable to textual demands. Performance of an interdisciplinary piece of comedic theatre,

UNIT 2 – Screen Acting

Understanding of approaching screen acting. Understanding of specific demands on the actor on screen Character analysis and application of methodological approach to acting. Performance of a piece intended for delivery on screen.

UNIT 3 - Musical Text

Extension of core dance technique to Actor Musician work

Application of dance/movement to sung text.

Integration of dance/movement within the context of actor/musicianship

Application of core singing technique to a rehearsal and performance process.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT UNIT 1: Comedic Text 40
Practical based assessment SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT UNIT 2: Screen Acting 20
Practical based assessment SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT UNIT 3: Musical Text 40

Alternative Assessment

Unit 1 Comedic Text: In the event of a student being unable to complete any specific component of the module a practical resit opportunity will be arranged where they will be required to present an extended devised piece of text from Restoration or Comedic Drama of a prox 4mins. Alongside a 1000word rationale meeting the learning outcomes of the project. (Practical & Written) 40% Unit 2: Screen Acting : Student will need to present a "self tape" of a monologue or scene from an extant screenplay alongside a 1000 word essay addressing the learning oucomes of the module. (Practical & Written) 20% Unit 3 Musical Text: In the event of a student being unable to complete any specific component of the module a practical resit opportunity will be arranged where they will be required to present an extended solo piece of singing from the same era as the project of approximately 3mins, and a monologue taken from Musical Theatre followed by a brief discussion with a panel of staff to ensure learning outcomes are met. (Practical) 40%

Assessment Strategy

Assessment Strategy

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

Practical evidence of their emergent methodological approach and their understanding and contribution to the process and systems of rehearsal.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Unit 1: Comedic Text (40%)

This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate skills learnt in terms of…

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Engagement with creating movement for character and performance 1,2,4,5

Physical approach to text. 1,3,4,5 Engage with vocal technique within performance contexts 1,2,3,5

The use of clear movement/dance technique in performance 1, 2,3,4,5

To sustain a believable character within movement/acting and voice 1,2,3,4

Continuous assessment of class based process and contribution 1.2.3.4.5

Unit 2: Screen Acting (20%)

This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate skills learnt in terms of…

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Engagement with a defined process of creating character. 1,2,4,5

Physical approach to text. 1,3,4,5

Engage with methodologies of developing a character. 1,2,3,5

To sustain a believable character on screen 1,2,3,4

Continuous assessment of class based process 3,4,5

Unit 1: Comedic Text (40%)

This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate skills learnt in terms of…

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Engagement with creating movement for character and performance 1,2,4,5

Physical approach to text. 1,3,4,5 Engage with vocal technique within performance contexts 1,2,3,5

The use of clear movement/dance technique in performance 1, 2,3,4,5

To sustain a believable character within movement/acting and voice 1,2,3,4

Continuous assessment of class based process and contribution 1.2.3.4.5

Formative assessment

N/A

Feedback

Each class sequentially builds toward the assessment and throughout individual learning outcomes are covered by tutors and students receive regular verbal feedback individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal within the reflection time which is built in to the lesson plan every week. Students are encouraged to self-assess and peer-assess within the class structure which becomes a valuable strategy for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning. Students receive summative feedback within 3weeks of the assessment taking place and this is received through SURREYLEARN or directly from Registry.

Module aims

  • Develop awareness and understanding of how an Actor/Musician works in performance: through use of voice, text, dance,
    physical action and the integration of music to highlight, respond to and interpret and develop text for different media.
  • Within the module, students are encouraged to further their use of Stanislavski's system and how they can apply the
    concepts as part of their process at Level 6 and beyond. Strengthening their own methodology.
  • The module enables students to develop performance skills and begin integrating the work carried out throughout Level 4
    into a rehearsal setting without the pressure of a fully mounted production, and with the creative autonomy to develop work
    for different spaces, styles and formats.
  • Students will work across a range of texts and performance delivery styles to enable maximum flexibility in rehearsal and
    process of performance across different styles and media.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate an ability to adapt the technique of Acting, Movement and Dance to a range of text, whilst maintaining technique and developing an effective working process as part of a larger ensemble and individually. KCP
002 Demonstrate engagement with current, established acting and rehearsal practices through a diverse range of exercises, practitioner systems and dramatic texts in praxis KCP
003 Evidence an understanding of physical gesture, action, posture and spatial dance within the discipline or rehearsal and workshop settings. KCPT
004 Evidence awareness of core dance/movement technique and/or acting technique in practice. K
005 5 Demonstrate technical ability in a workshop and performance setting with professional attitude whilst demonstrating the ability to rehearse and develop new work KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 18

Tutorial Hours: 132

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Developing an awareness and skill base, leading to an understanding of the core technique that is required for extended and best practice in the profession and higher level study.

Enable students to acquire versatility in their physical skills and integrate their knowledge across all theatre and music theatre disciplines leading to a firm foundation moving toward extension of technique in Semester 2 of study.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Across the semester this module is delivered over 150 hours study across the semester including, class, lecture and selfdirected study.

Throughout the module different learning and teaching strategies are applied to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes, including research, reflective practice, peer to peer learning and formative assessment with written feedback in depth.


The approach of the module is vocational in content and delivery and encourages students to participate in reflection on their own practice, independent study and research and embeds the concepts of peer to peer feedback within the rehearsal room.
Students are encouraged to utilise materials on SURREY LEARN and also receive individual tutorials from staff to help in forming their learning experience. Students receive regular verbal feedback both individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal within the reflection time which is built in to the lesson plan every week.
Students are encouraged to self-assess and peer-assess within the class structure and as part of the ethos of training as an actor.
Lesson plans are structured to take account of and deliver for students with a specific bias toward visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning enabling

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 ACTING WORKSHOP 2 - COMEDIC, SCREEN & MUSICAL TEXT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/amt2011

Other information

None

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Actor-Musician 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.