PRINCIPAL PATHWAY SHOW - 2018/9

Module code: PRO2026

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 advance the development of skills and knowledge in a practical context within their chosen Pathway, consolidating learning and discovery undertaken in their series of Foundation Roles. In taking an advanced level (production-critical role) which may include the development, presentation and realisation of artistic concepts or the management and design of complex technical components, students will progress their professional skills, confidence and autonomy.

Working within their peer group, freelance and in-house production teams, students will be able to apply and evidence appropriate skills and understanding of the processes inherent in the core domains of pre-production, production and post-production.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

ROXBURGH D Mr (GSA)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W441

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of all level 4 modules

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Students will undertake a major role in any of the core production departments (Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, Scenic Design, Paint, Props). Where appropriate, this may a portfolio of roles within the student's chosen pathway
Students will work within a team under the supervision of a senior member of that department, and (with TTA supervision) significantly contribute to or create components making up part or whole of the design, technical and managerial elements required for the performance.


Students may work variously with freelance/professional teams, other students or in-house technicians on a range of GSA presentations.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Practice 50
Coursework Portfolio 50

Alternative Assessment

(resit only) Reflective Essay

Assessment Strategy

In keeping with the Programme's Assessment strategy, the practical assessment and reflective portfolio are designed to develop the students' knowledge and understanding of the working practices of theatre production and enhance their own self-reflection and personal development.

Weekly tutorials will develop reflection and provide opportunities for formative feedback.

Module aims

  • Address the students' strengths and weaknesses identified in prior Foundation Show Role/s, specifically in areas relating to creative, managerial and technical decision making, team work, delegation, professional level communication and presentation, engagement, and autonomy
  • 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, Construction, Prop Making, Paint)
  • 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
001 Successfully complete a production-critical role within a chosen subject pathway evidencing planning, preparation and management of the work, appropriate professional communication, management of others, management of workloads and adherence to deadlines CKP
002 Contribute to and reflect upon the preparation, research and process of a production through the creation of a Production Notebook evidencing personal research, observation and engagement CT
003 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 PT
004 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

Seminar Hours: 3

Tutorial Hours: 5

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Enable the student to demonstrate practical application of skills at an advanced level and promote contribution and collaboration (both creative and technical) as a senior member of a technical or creative team.
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 contribute to the work of industry practitioners and peers 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.


Hours of activity in each area will be subject to the prevailing demands of the production across each core domain (pre-production, production, post-production).

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 PRINCIPAL PATHWAY SHOW : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/pro2026

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.