Module code: MUTM021

Module Overview

This module is designed to give students the skills to gain employment in the industry and to create and exploit their own projects.

Audition Technique

Guest directors, musical directors, industry professionals, casting directors and agents facilitate a number of seminars, mock-auditions and master-classes, designed to comprehensively prepare the student for entry into the profession.

Priority is initially given to the formation of a broad audition portfolio suited to the individual student. As the module progresses, consideration is given to speech auditions, cold-readings and movement/choreography. Also included is an overview of current market demands and seminars that enable a heightened awareness of general castability. Disciplines such as interview techniques, preparing CVs and photographs are also covered along with intensive stand alone workshops and master classes.


Contemporary Musical Project

A Contemporary piece of Musical Theatre is defined as having been first staged/written within the last 35 years.  This project progresses naturally from the 'Classic Book Musical' project set within Research and Rehearsal MUTM014 Semester One module.   The genre of this piece will be contrasting to the period style of the 'Classic Book Musical' to enable differing styles of Voice (both spoken and sung), Acting and Choreography/Musical Staging which will be researched and demonstrated throughout, both within classes and as individual research/homework.   You will be allotted time with a Director, Choreographer/Musical Stager and Musical Director to study, rehearse and perform a showing of the chosen piece of contemporary Musical Theatre.  Students will be expected to have built on, and developed their sense of stagecraft and rehearsal discipline through classes and previous showings within other modules/projects.  


Professional Development runs throughout Semester 2. It develops work from all Modules undertaken in Semester One, in particular: Singing and Audition Technique, Research and Rehearsal and supports the final Advanced Practice dissertation.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W441

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Research and Rehearsal (MUTM014) Singing and Audition Technique (MUTM015)

Module content

Presentation of self through: audition material (sung and spoken) and interview technique, (including appropriate dress and preparation of materials)

Commercial auditions: sight-reading and interview technique.

Professional preparation: including lectures and seminars on managing a professional career: Equity, Spotlight, agents, casting, finance and taxation

Master classes from professional practitioners in skills such as sight reading, movement/choreography, devising theatre and running small scale theatre companies.

A unified approach to the integration of dance, dialogue and song within a piece of contemporary musical theatre, in order to create a vibrant and articulate showing within the given genre

Contextual analysis and research of style and period

Active analysis of book, music and lyrics and connection with text


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment AUDITION PERFORMANCE 50

Alternative Assessment

Audition performance: A further audition performance will be arranged in the late summer resit period

Assessment Strategy

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

The ability to perform with surety in a professional audition setting and evidence a credible approach to and personal autonomy in sustaining a career in Musical Theatre

To rehearse and present a project showing of a contemporary piece of Musical Theatre commensurate with the standards of postgraduate level study.  Applying self discipline within a professional rehearsal and ensemble practice. Demonstrating the ability to be creative within the bounds of the given text and to respond positively and constructively to direction.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Audition performance (50%)

Week 10

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s )


Preparation 1,2,3

Vocal Technique 1,2,3

Flexibility 1,2,3

Acting Technique 1,2,3

Level of Presentation 1,2,3


Contemporary Musical Theatre Project – Continuous (50%)

Week 7

Integration of Vocal, Dance and Acting technique 3,4,5,6

Applying a pro-active commitment, flexibility and creative approach to rehearsal process and ensemble practice  1,3,4,5,6

Self-discipline and engagement within rehearsal, demonstrating stamina and professional practice 1,3,4,5,6

The ability to be creative and imaginative within the bounds of a text and score and to respond positively and constructively to direction 1,3,4,5,6


Formative assessment and feedback Formative: Formative Process Assessment



This is a practical formative assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive formative feedback in preparation for the summative assessments. Students receive verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials where this feedback can be discussed after reflection. This will take place in each class.

Preparation 1,2,3,4,5,6

Analysis 1,2,3,4,5,6

Level of Presentation 1,2,3,4,5,6

Vocal Technique 1,2,3,4,5,6

Dance Technique 1,2,3,4,5,6

Flexibility 1,2,3,4,5,6

Acting Technique 1,2,3,4,5,6

Module aims

  • To enable a thorough understanding of the entertainment industry and the responsibilities of the actor/performer working within that industry.
  • To facilitate the development of an appropriate and credible audition portfolio by providing experiential learning in a number of different audition and casting situations
  • To prepare the performer-in-training for the life-long process of job searching, auditioning and career development
  • Managing personal and group engagement in an environment which, as nearly as possible, follows the professional rehearsal model, working with a professional Director, Choreographer, Musical Director
  • Practical integration of Acting techniques, Vocal techniques and Dance techniques within a sustained, concise and expedited rehearsal process
  • To utilise and expand emotional and physical capacity and range within all three disciplines

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 A readiness and ability to take responsibility for managing a career in the performing artsĀ  KCPT
002 The ability to prepare fully and appropriately for a range of auditionsĀ  KCPT
003 A sophisticated awareness of professional discipline and presentationĀ  KCPT
004 The ability to take direction quickly, clearly and effectively, and to work with a pro-active, positive and professional commitment to rehearsal process and ensemble practice KCPT
005 Evidence assimilation of critical understanding, applied technique and bold decision making both in rehearsal and the performance showing KCPT
006 To comprehend, evaluate and assess text and musicality within the rehearsal process KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning


Industry Seminars

Workshops and Classes

Group and Individual Rehearsals

Rehearsal Process and Showing 

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 MA 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Musical Theatre MFA 2 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.