Module code: AMT3002

Module Overview

Performance 1 – Dramatic Text

Unit 1: Rehearsal

Students are graded on their contribution, creativity and responsiveness within the rehearsal process as the build toward public performance.

Unit Two: Performance 1 – Dramatic Text

The rehearsal unit arrives at Unit 2 which is a public performance of a dramatic work. The definition of dramatic work will be a play from any period that is primarily text based as opposed to music theatre based. The company will demonstrate the integration of skills that the course has been driving toward across Levels 4 and 5, combining acting technique, movement skills and musicianship to arrive at reinvention of an established or new dramatic text. 

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W490

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

This module represents a key part of the training at GSA, students undertake a full rehearsal process and full performance usually staged at The Ivy Arts Centre on The University of Surrey campus.

Students work with and engage with the wider professional community and it is expected that at Level 6 students are expected to show a high level of understanding in the following.

Textual Understanding


Vocal technique and delivery

Musical technique and delivery within text

Integration of techniques

Sustained rehearsal work


Directors, musical directors and choreographers are drawn either from the faculty, selected from the informal pool of professional working directors who work regularly for GSA, or invited to meet the specific demands and requirements of a particular production. We operate strict selection criteria and expect directors to comply with detailed production

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment REHEARSAL PROCESS 40
Practical based assessment PERFORMANCE (DRAMATIC TEXT) 60

Alternative Assessment


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: Rehearsal

Student Activity ILO Map

Textual Understanding 1,2,3,4,5,7

Characterisation 1,2,3,4,5,7

Vocal technique and delivery 1,2,3,4,5,7

Dance technique and delivery 1,2,3,4,5,7

Integration of technique 1,2,3,4,5,7

Sustained rehearsal work 1,2,3,4,5,7

Teamwork 1,2,3,4,5,7


Unit 2: Performance – Dramatic Text

Student Activity ILO Map

Textual Understanding 1,2,3,4,5,6

Characterisation 1,2,3,4,5,6

Vocal technique and delivery 1,2,3,4,5,6

Dance technique and delivery 1,2,3,4,5,6

Integration of technique 1,2,3,4,5,6

Sustained rehearsal work 1,2,3,4,5,6

Teamwork 1,2,3,4,5,6


Formative assessment




Formative assessment and feedback

The formative feedback practice students are given detailed verbal feedback after and during rehearsal work. This helps students develop and react to notes given. Before public performance which constitutes the heart of the module students are given detailed notes in the rehearsal room ( “Producer’s Run”) and then after the Dress Rehearsal which gives an opportunity for formative work .This ensures that each students has the potential and the time within rehearsal to reflect and act on feedback before performance.

Module aims

  • Demonstrate in performance an integration of acting, movement and musical skill within the parameters of a dramatic text in public performance. Students will work as ensemble with a production team drawn from industry and/or The University of Surrey/GSA to achieve the performance standard commensurate with Level 6 training in a conservatoire.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Display a clear understanding and connection to the text in rehearsal and/or performance KCPT
002 Create and develop a credible and dynamic approach to characterisation KCPT
003 Demonstrate effective vocal delivery in rehearsal and/or performance KCPT
004 Display expressive and effective musicianship in performance KCPT
005 Demonstrate appropriate and effective integration of core technical skills (Acting, Voice, Singing, and Musicianship). KCPT
006 Work in an appropriate and professionally focused manner in pursuit of creating and sustaining a truthful characterisation within public performance KCPT
007 Effectively collaborate and integrate with members of the company in pursuit of agreed artistic and creative objectives KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 25

Tutorial Hours: 113

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Place an emphasis on the practical development of skills that are required for imminent entry into the profession. The module provides students with practical experience of a rehearsal process that integrates various points of study from Level 4 and Level 5, providing valuable experience that enables them to enter the industry at the end of Level 6 study.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Across the semester this module is delivered over 150 hours of taught hours and independent/guided study over a 5 week period within the semester, mirroring best industry practice and enabling a fully realised rehearsal period.

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 intent 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 and from tutors and industry professionals to help inform their practice.

  • 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 schedule. Students are encouraged to self-assess and peer-assess within the class structure which becomes a valuable strategy for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning.

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 PERFORMANCE 1 - DRAMATIC TEXT :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Actor-Musician 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.