Module code: PRO2018

Module Overview

Qualifying Condition(s)

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.


This module is designed to allow students to consolidate learning and discovery of basic stagecraft undertaken in their prior Level 4 modules by offering an increased level of responsibility and challenge in a chosen subject pathway.

In taking an intermediate level support role where there are clear responsibilities and tasks required to successfully contribute to the delivery of a public production, students will progress their confidence and autonomy in dealing with the realisation of complex technical and artistic challenges.

Working within their peer group, freelance and in-house production teams, students will be able to apply and evidence basic skill acquisition in the core domains of pre-production, production and post-production.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W441

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

All prior Level 4 modules.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Major support role in any of the core production departments (Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, Scenic Design, Digital Scenography, Paint, Props).

  • Students will work within a small team under the supervision of a senior member of that department, and (with PTU supervision) contribute to the preparation, research and realisation of all or any components making up the design and technical elements required for the performance. 

Students may work variously with freelance/professional teams, second and third year students or in-house technicians on a range of GSA/School of Arts presentations.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PRACTICE/PROCESS 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Module aims

  • Develop organisation and preparation in the application of skills learnt in previous modules in one of the following production departments; Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, Scenic Design (including Digital Scenography, Construction, Prop Making, Paint)
  • Advance students' familiarity and confidence in recognising technical components in their preparation, rigging and operation
  • Advance students' understanding of the management of a production through practical contribution and application of their role and responsibilities
  • Provide students with an opportunity to confidently recognise and explore core technical and artistic components of their pathway choice in the selection and application of tools, processes and instruction
  • Develop an appreciation of the collaboration and synergy required to realise production design across core creative responses

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Successfully complete a support role within a chosen subject pathway evidencing planning and preparation for the work, effective communication, personal time management, management of workloads and adherence to deadlines KCP
2 Contribute to and reflect upon the preparation, research and process of a production through the production of a Production Notebook evidencing personal research, observation and engagement KCT
3 Collaborate with staff/freelance personnel and their peer group to support the work of the wider production, providing support and assistance where required, demonstrating motivation and respect for the work of all contributors to the project/production KPT
4 Evidence professional level time-keeping, personal presentation and communication across the core assessment domains of pre-production, production and post-production PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 40

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Enable the student to demonstrate practical application of skills at an introductory level and promote contribution and collaboration (both creative and technical) as part of a team dynamic.

  • Allow students to assume a position of responsibility requiring management of personal and physical resources, communication and adherence to deadlines. 

  • Prompt further independent study and research within their chosen subject pathway.

  • Enable students to explore working processes and practices of industry practitioners and record new learning and exploration for future reference.

This module facilitates key areas of the Programme learning and teaching strategy specifically those defining Tutor-led (including the participation of professional practitioners) and self-directed methods of learning encouraging and reflecting increasing independence while encouraging positive attitudes towards lifelong learning.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Attendance and contribution to production meetings and ad hoc briefings.

  • Specialist demonstration and instruction (rigging at height, electrical Health and Safety, etc.).

  • Competency exercises in basic theory and practice of production.

  • Workshops and ad hoc sessions with visiting creative/ production professionals.

  • Compilation of Production Notebook as learning and reference tool.

  • Weekly Tutorial (group and/or individual).

  • Adherence to published production schedules.

  • Interpretation and subsequent preparation relating to external technical specifications and information.

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 FOUNDATION SHOW ROLES 1 :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Performance Technologies and Production BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre Production 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.