ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE - 2018/9

Module code: MUTM027

Module Overview

The module is designed to ensure industry level musical theatre skills together with a critical evaluation of their training
and a the development of a personal cabaret that can be utilized to showcase skills. It brings together the technical
performance skills acquired in the previous compulsory modules. Stage Combat, which is an important professional
qualification for all actors is taught in an intensive course leading to BADC basic qualification.
The module is designed in three parts:
Critical Evaluation
Students will write an independent critical evaluation of the process and projects undertaken in the entire Programme.
Showcase
Students rehearse and perform a West-End showcase for an invited group industry professionals.
Cabaret Performance
Students will be required to work solo or in groups of no more than 3 to create a 45 – 60 minute themed cabaret
performance that can be easily mounted in a range of venues to maximize showcase opportunities.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

WOOLFORD JR Mr (GSA)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W310

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must have successfully completed all Compulsory Modules in Semesters 1, 2 and 3 and must therefore have acquired 180 credits.

Module content

The Advanced Practice module builds on all the previous programme learning outcomes, in order to ensure that the
student achieves a professional level entry into the industry for which s/he has trained.
The Advanced Professional Development element incorporates continuing singing and dancing classes in order to
progress to industry standard. Students will research, rehearse and perform in an industry showcase designed to
introduce them to the profession at large. It will be necessary to exhibit a clear awareness of casting potential,
employability and suitability of chosen material, as well as to present a charismatic, confident, assured performance
appropriate to the chosen scene.
Students will then develop, either solo or in small groups, a themed cabaret performance (supported, if necessary, by a
professional musical director) which will create a bespoke performance that they can utilize as a showcase opportunity
after completion of the programme.
Students will produce a critical evaluation of their process, practice, performances and progress during the project and
will critically re-assess their work over the year. This should be a rigorous and reflective account of the rehearsal and
performance process, with detailed observations on content, context, concept, and performance methodologies. It will
analyse and critique the synthesis of research, rehearsal and performance results.
Stage Combat, which is important professional qualification for all actors is taught in an intensive course leading to
BADC basic qualification.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Performance in Showcase (100% Performance) 30
Coursework Critical evaluation 6,000 words 30
Practical based assessment Cabaret Performance (100% Performance) 40

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
Ability to perform with surety in a performance and evidence a credible and creative approach to the generation
of work and process.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Performance in Showcase (100% Performance) (30%)
Vocal technique 1,2,3
Dance technique 1,2,3
Acting technique 1,2,3
Creative Approach 1,2,3
Engagement with professional methods of delivery 1 2,3
Cabaret performance (100% Performance) (40%)
Vocal technique 1,2,3
Dance technique 1,2,3
Acting technique 1,2,3
Creative Approach 1,2,3
Engagement with professional methods of delivery 1 2,3
Critical evaluation 5,000 words (30%)
Preparation 1,2,3,4,5
Analysis 1,2,3,4,5
Academic & Writing Skills 1,2,3,4,5
Level of Presentation 1,2,3,4,5
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative:
Continuous verbal formative feedback is given for Technical Skills, Performance in Showcase and Performance
of Original/Adapted work.
Vocal technique 1,2,3,4,5
Dance technique 1,2,3,4,5
Acting technique 1,2,3,4,5
Understanding of systems of development 1,2,3,4,5
Creative Approach 1,2,3,4,5
Stamina and Flexible approaches to objectives 1,2,3,4,5
Engagement with professional methods of delivery 1,2,3,4,5
Preparation 1,2,3,4,5
Analysis 1,2,3,4
Academic & Writing Skills 1,2,3,4
Level of Presentation 1,2,3,4
Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials for the Critical Evaluation
Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)
Preparation 1,2,3,5
Analysis 1,2,5
Academic & Writing Skills 1,2,5
Level of Presentation 1,2,3,5

Module aims

  • To thoroughly prepare the student for engagement in the professional performance industry
  • To provide a an opportunity for successful presentation to the industry in a professional industry-attended
    showcase
  • To enable the student to strategise for and take responsibility for the pursuit and creation of artistic, creative
    and commercial project and opportunities
  • To stimulate constructive and critical reflection upon process and outcome

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 An understanding of processes of construction, structure and selection relating to the creation of performance CKPT
002 The ability to apply a sound, tested working methodology which enables a professional, disciplined and creative working process and environment with and for those involved in the exploration or realisation CKPT
003 A soundly-based, flexible approach to the interactive nature of learning through practice – the ability to select, reject and develop ideas in response to a group dynamic CKPT
004 An ability to reflect critically and constructively upon process and outcome. CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 200

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Group and individual research projects
Group and individual rehearsals
Group and individual tutorials
Performances
Intensive Stage Combat course leading to BADC basic qualification

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 ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mutm027

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
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.