Module code: PRO3009

Module Overview

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, discovery and autonomy evidenced in their Principle Show Role/s.

In taking an advanced level (production-critical role) which will 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 critical development.

Working within their peer group, freelance and in-house production teams, students will be able to apply and evidence sound management and collaboration inherent 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 6

JACs code: W441

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

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

  • Students will work within a team under the supervision of a senior member of that department, and (with PTU supervision) significantly contribute to or create components making up part or whole of 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 presentations or at an external/host provider. Each student has the option to undertake this module at an external provider once as an option to modules PRO3009, PRO3013 or PRO3014.

In exceptional circumstance, and with prior approval from the Course Leader, external work placements can be undertaken out of semester time.

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment

Practical – Reflective Essay

Assessment Strategy

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

  • An holistic approach in their contribution to a production discipline’s planning and realisation.

  • The use of independent study time to advance their knowledge and awareness of processes, people and equipment found across a generic production model

  • The confident acquisition of core skills building upon prior learning and experimentation

  • An ability to communicate and understand generic technical and performance vocabularies in order to support the work of creative and technical practitioners


  • The assessment strategy is designed to allow the student an opportunity to evidence collaborative engagement and attainment with core practical and theory (research and preparatory) stages of their activity. (LO’s 1,2,3,4)

  • In creating and maintaining a Production Notebook the student will evidence process, reflection and conclusion on often complex technical activity (LO’s 1,2,3)


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Process and Practice:


  • Tutor observation and appraisal of an allocated production role at ‘Major’ level.


Production Notebook:

  • A compilation of notes and subsequent personal research evidencing engagement and independent study across all active assessment domains (pre-production, production, post-production). (A full Assignment brief is produced in relation to this written work)


  • The Production Notebook should normally be submitted after the relevant production/project has closed and during standard Semester submission period (Wks 13-15).  Written feedback for the Production Notebook will normally be available 3 weeks after formal submission and assessment.



Formative assessment and feedback


Formative assessment (verbal feedback) will be provided by weekly tutorial with the subject (teaching) module co-ordinator.  Post production formative feedback will be both individually and group structured.  Written feedback will normally be available 3 weeks after assignment submission 

Module aims

  • Address students' strengths and weaknesses identified in prior Principal Show Role/s, specifically in areas relating to creative and technical decision making, team work, delegation, professional level communication and presentation, engagement, and autonomy
  • Develop organisation, preparation and management 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)
  • Develop students' confidence in the selection and operation of technical and/or complex scenic devices and components and present secure written and verbal rationale for such
  • 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 production-critical role within a chosen subject pathway evidencing planning, preparation, management and critical appraisal of their work KCP
2 Demonstrate appropriate professional communication, management of tasks and delegation to others, management of workloads, and adherence to deadlines KPT
3 Reflect upon the preparation, research and process of a production through a Production Notebook, evidencing personal research, observation and engagement KCT
4 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

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

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 & 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 FINAL SHOW ROLES 1 :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Performance Technologies and Production BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory 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.