Module code: MUT3007

Module Overview

The module engages students with a range of areas relating to industry practices, protocols and resources in pursuit of developing the necessary skills to undertake and sustain a career within the performing arts.

The practical part of the process is a distinct component of the training at GSA, where a panel of practicing industry professionals visit the institution and to advise students alongside staff members on their choice of audition material, presentation and associated materials

Alongside this students are required to submit an extensive project on personal development at the end of which the student will be required to submit a professional development file.

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

Unit 1

  • CV generation

  • Understanding of industry standard formats

  • Reflective practice

  • Self-assessment stratagems

  • Understanding of Health & Safety

Unit 2

  • Personal presentation

  • Selection of material

  • Vocal technique

  • Dance/movement technique

  • Acting technique



In UNIT 1 students will submit a personal development file containing


Current CV


Spotlight Information

Health & Safety Documentation


All in industry standard format. Accompanying the file will be a 1500 word document, demonstrating an understanding of how an actor engages with issues surrounding self employment, agents, casting directors should be added to give the file context. In addition to this students will undertake a Health & Safety knowledge test which will form part of the written assessment grade.


In UNIT 2 Students will present work in front of a panel of professional practitioners and receive feedback on casting, presentation and suitiability of song / acting choices etc. Practical.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PROFESSIONAL JURY 60

Alternative Assessment

In the event of a student being unable to complete any specific component of the module a resit opportunity will be given where pieces (singing and prose) will presented to a panel of senior staff. (Practical). If the written component is not completed then a new essay title will be assigned by the module tutor to the student. (Written).To be determined by the unit/module that is incomplete.

Assessment Strategy

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



Summative 1: Written – Professional Development File


Student Activity                                                                                                      ILO Map



Selection of materials                                                                                                     1,2,6

Arrangement/presentation of material                                                                            1,2,6

Understanding of industry standard formats                                                                   1,2,6

Understanding of standard process in theatre                                                                1,2,6

Contextual awareness of materials                                                                                   1,2,6


Summative 2: Practical -   Public Performance


Student Activity                                                                                                      ILO Map


Textual Understanding                                                                                              1,3,4,5,6

Characterisation                                                                                                        1,3,4,5,6

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

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

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

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

Teamwork                                                                                                                 1,3,4,5,6


Formative assessment and feedback

The formative assessment is crucial to this module. Mirroring industry 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. Advice and guidance is given during the module with regard to work perpared for Learning Outcome 2


FORMATIVE: Performance & Process


Student Activity                                                                    Link to Learning Outcome(s)


Textual Understanding                                                                                        1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Characterisation                                                                                                  1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Vocal technique and delivery                                                                              1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Dance technique and delivery                                                                            1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Integration of technique                                                                                      1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Sustained rehearsal work                                                                                   1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Teamwork                                                                                                           1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Module aims

  • To prepare the student for professional performance and casting process.
  • To develop responsible and consistent attitudes towards self-management.
  • To encourage a high level of self-presentation.
  • To develop and deploy appropriate research methods and strategies.
  • To stimulate constructive and critical reflection upon process and outcome. 
  • To develop a sophisticated awareness of professional discipline and presentation.
  • To prepare the trainee actor for a life-long commitment to the process of seeking and acquiring creative, artistic and commercial opportunities.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Evidence a clear understanding of the theatre industry and its process.
2 Display clear analytical and reflective skills and identify areas of growth and development within the industry.
3 Demonstrate appropriate and effective integration of core technical skills (Acting, Voice, Singing and Dance).
4 Work in an appropriate and professionally focused manner in pursuit of creating and sustaining a truthful characterisation within performance.
5 Effectively collaborate and integrate with members of the company. The ability to display a professional attitude and focus that is conducive to seeking and acquiring professional employment in pursuit of developing and sustaining a professional career.
6 Display a readiness and ability to take responsibility for managing a career in the performing arts.

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 sustaining and obtaining employment within the Musical Theatre industry. The module provides students with practical work that integrates various points of study from Level 4 and Level 5, providing valuable experience and a secure and open environment to continue developing work and technique in practice.

The learning and teaching methods include:

The module is made up of 150 hours study time across the semester. The hours include different learning and teaching strategies to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes, including research, reflective practice, independent and guided learning, peer to peer learning and formative assessment with written feedback.

In depth:

  • The approach of the module is vocational in intent and delivery. It 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 SurreyLearn 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 workshop and master class.

  • 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


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.