ACTING 3 - 2018/9

Module code: MUT2015

Module Overview

The aim of this unit is to allow students the class/workshop time to apply and extend analytical technique studied at Level 4 into a process that equips them for the challenges of creating and sustaining character within the confines of text

1. Rehearsal & Performance

In this unit of the module students will focus on the application of practitioner study in praxis and the application of acting theory through song and scenes and specifically Musical Theatre naturalism and ensemble work.

Through a process of rehearsal/workshops students will work on extended sequences from an extant text and create a performance that demonstrates the key concepts of naturalism in front of and working as both ensemble and protagonist in a truthful way in front of an audience.

2:  Contemporary Acting – Screen Acting

In terms of the wider programme the Acting module develops creative technique and approaches to realise text that prepare a student for the work undertaken at Level 6 allowing them to explore their technique and develop their own methodological approach to their work. The screen component adds explores other skills that equip a student with technique to be able to communicate and portray truthful characters for an audience on camera.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


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 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A student will have been required to have progressed from Level 4 and Acting 1 and Acting 2 to have been passed and completed. 

Module content

1. Rehearsal & Performance Classic Musical and Adaptation

Text Study

Textual Analysis in practice

Physical Text and Action

Objectives and Super Objectives

Applying analysis in performance

Integration of disciplines

Rehearsal process and contribution

Textual analysis of song


2. Contemporary Acting – Screen Acting

Connection with text.

Application process to screen acting technique.

Playing of Action, Objective and Intention.

Understanding of specific screen craft (eg angles, “cheating the shot”, shot sizes).

Sustaining truthful characterisation on camera.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

In the event of student being unable to complete all or any specific component of the module a practical resit opportunity will be arranged. The re-sit will consist of a contemporary monologue and a dramatic song that is intended to be performed as audience address. To be determined by the unit/component that is incomplete.

Assessment Strategy

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

Skills in character building, physical presence and intention in the space all of which lead on to a firm foundation moving toward the study of acting at Level 5.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Rehearsal & Performance Classic Musical and Adaptation



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 theory and practice                                                                                                                               1,2,3,4,

Use of objectives within performance settings                                                                                                                  1,2,3,4,

Sustaining energy and character in excersise or performance                                                                                       1,2,3,4,5

Creative and Imaginative solo/partner/ensemble work                                                                                                   1,2,3,4,5

Continuous assessment of class/rehearsal based process                                                                                            1,2,3,4,5


Contemporary Acting – Screen Acting

(PRACTICAL – SUMMATIVE: Weighting 50%)

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)

Analysis of text and narrative                                                                                                                                         1,2,3,4,5                                                           

Application of a methodological approach                                                                                                                     1,2,3,4,5

Participation and engagement with class, rehearsal and/or performance                                                                     1,2,3,4,5

Integration of disciplines in rehearsal and performance                                                                                                1,2,3,4,5

Ability to reflect on and plan work for class/rehearsal                                                                                                    1,2,3,4,5

Module aims

  • Acting Technique is a key component of the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre exploring and consolidating the fundamentals of a range of study and practitioner theory and enabling the student to realise the theory and class based work in praxis.
  • In the first unit the module aims to introduce students to the process of working in rehearsal to a full final public performance. The module is intended to be a practical integration of all the varying skills that students have studied across Level 4 and Level 5 in a practical and supportive tutor/director led process.
  • Throughout the module students develop contemporary acting techniques and methods to support their process in playing contemporary classical text, with classes specifically designed to be an in depth study of scenes and characters in a contemporary setting suitable for screen acting.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate an increasingly confident approach in terms of personal approach to work and application of personal methodology within the framework of the tasks required. KCPT
002 Evidence knowledge in praxis of critical understanding, applied technique and bold decision making in rehearsal and performance KCPT
003 Evaluate text and evidence an increasingly autonomous approach to the rehearsal process and methodologies.  KCPT
004 Work with clarity, energy and a professional approach to others in rehearsal and performance.  PT
005 Have developed an effective working process as protagonist or ensemble member. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 113

Independent Study Hours: 37

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 extended and best practice in the profession.

To enable students to acquire skills in character building, physical presence and intention in the space all of which lead on to a firm foundation moving toward the study of acting at Level 5.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Across the semester this module is delivered over 150 hours study across the semester

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 specifc bias toward visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning enabling differentation of techniques within the class.

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 3 :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre 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.