Module code: ACT1016

Module Overview

This module begins the process of the physical engagement of the actor. It is a practice-based approach that involves the whole physical being of the actor in the creation of narrative.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W440

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students will be expected to attend warm-up sessions and arrive appropriately prepared for physical work. Detailed and extensive research and preparation will be necessary in pursuit of the modules aims and objectives.

Module content

 Indicative content includes:

  • The first half of the semester will be spent working on chorus work and ensemble physical storytelling

  • The second half of the semester will be spent working on a devised ensemble storytellling project

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is, by engaging with the formative assessment, module content and associated activities, designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following through their formal summative assessment:

• Demonstrate a body of personal knowledge, skills and expertise (K)

• Meet professional standards of presentation in their chosen field (P)

• Communicate, in an appropriate manner, an area of knowledge, skills, understanding or expertise (C)

• Apply these skills in theatrical terms (T)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of continuous assessment of the preparation, devising, rehearsal and showing of a short piece of ensemble storytelling.


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative Assessment consists of the presentation of work on an ongoing, class-by-class basis, which may take the form of, but is not restricted to, group or individual improvisations, exercises or rehearsed pieces. Informal formative feedback from tutors will be provided by, but is not restricted to, class discussion, one-to-one feedback in or out of class, the virtual learning environment, email exchange, or personal tutorials in person or via Skype, or equivalent software.

Ongoing informal formative feedback from the tutor is facilitated by, but not restricted to, structured discussion boards on the virtual learning environment, student group messaging and email exchange.

Module aims

  • Provide students with a physical vocabulary for acting
  • Encourage students to engage with a vibrant and truthful relationship to their imagination.
  • Inspire an open, generous and playful approach to working.
  • Explore the basics of narrative and storytelling

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate greater physical awareness of the body and its ability to affect space.
2 Realise choices relating to character, scene and emotion
3 Demonstrate clarity, extension and isolation of movement.
4 Demonstrate a stronger link between imagination and physicality.
5 Demonstrate an integration of techniques and skills acquired in Voice, Movement and Singing
6 Display a willingness to experiment and be innovative.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 78

Methods of Teaching / Learning

 The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Prepare students for a performance for the second of the two assessments

  • Prepare students to be physically bold and engaged during performance

  • Give students the chance to begin to integrate skills from the other modules of semester 1

 The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 4.5 hours of practical workshop per week for 12 weeks of semester 1

  • feedback sessions in week 7

  • rehearsal and performance in week 14

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 REHEARSAL MODULE 1 :

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 2019/0 academic year.