Module code: ACT2021

Module Overview

Qualifying Condition(s)

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

This module is the first time that students experience a public audience.



Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

ROUSE Dominic (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W311

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of the Level 4 Rehearsal Modules. A good command of spoken and written English. If the student’s first language is not English, and s/he has not been taught in English or studied to A level standard in the UK, s/he will need to demonstrate a minimum level of competence.  

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • The rehearsal and performance of a Black Box production.

  • This production is public and will have a number of performances (usually, but not always, four).

  • The Black Box production has minimal production support and values, as the most important part of it is the student&rsquos engagement with the acting work.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

1. Viva voce examining the approach taken to the exercise 50% 2. Viva voce examining the approach taken to the exercise 50%

Assessment Strategy

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

• A process for preparation and rehearsal appropriate to Level 5 study.

• A level of delivery in performance appropriate to Level 5 study.

• A level of versatility, and physical and emotional commitment, appropriate to FHEQ Level 5 study.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of: 

• Continuous assessment of the student’s process and preparation during rehearsal for the Black Box production, up to week 7 of semester 2.

• Assessment of a performance of the Black Box production in week 6 or 7 of semester 2. (Depending on cohort size, there may be more than one production with the cohort split between them. Students may therefore be assessed at slightly different times. A clear assessment calendar will be produced before teaching of the module commences).

• Continuous assessment of the student’s process and preparation during rehearsal for the second performance project, with a practical assessment in the examination period


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative feedback will occur during practical sessions and seminars on a verbal basis. The feedback will usually be in a group context, but may sometimes happen one to one with the tutor.

Module aims

  • Enable the deployment and practical application of skills and techniques taught during Levels 4 and 5.
  • Enable the student to research, rehearse and perform a specific role in an appropriately complex and challenging performance context.
  • Practise a sound, working methodology that supports and develops a professional, disciplined and creative working process in two different projects.
  • Further develop an understanding of professional codes of conduct.
  • Develop an ability to reflect cogently upon and document personal learning.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate the acquisition and application of professional competencies within Acting, Voice and Movement appropriate to Level 5 study.
2 Demonstrate an ability to fulfil performance outcomes appropriate to Level 5 study.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 6

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Support students through a rehearsal process that leads to a first public production.

  • Give students the chance to experience public performance for the first time.

  • Develop student&rsquos process of preparation and rehearsal to involve repeat performances.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 30 hours of rehearsal per week for 4 weeks of semester 2. (In the week of the performance the hours will be as required by the needs of the 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 REHEARSAL MODULE 4 :

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.