ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE - 2019/0

Module code: ACTM037

Module Overview

The module is designed to ensure industry level performance skills together with evidence of original practice and research on a collaborative project in film. It brings together the technical performance skills acquired in the previous compulsory modules. The module is designed in two parts: Advanced Professional Development Incorporating advanced acting assessments, rehearsal and performance of a west-end industry showcase.  Advanced Contemporary Practice Researched independent or group screen performance project incorporating original or adapted source material and a Sustained Independent Project with a creative, critical or pedagogic focus.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

BESSELL JE Dr (GSA)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W470

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must have successfully completed all modules in Semesters 1, 2 and 3.

Module content

The Advanced Professional Practice module builds on all the previous programme learning outcomes, in order to ensure that the student achieves a professional level entry into the industry for which s/he has trained. The Advanced Professional Development element incorporates research, rehearsal and performance in an industry showcase designed to introduce students to the profession at large. It will be necessary to exhibit a clear awareness of casting potential, employability and suitability of chosen material, as well as to present a charismatic, confident, assured performance appropriate to the chosen scene. The Advanced Contemporary Practice element enables students to collaborate on an original or adapted screen performance project. Students will be given practical instruction in filmmaking techniques, and will work in small groups to create, document, shoot and eventually show their work in a screening for an invited audience. In the Sustained Independent Project, students may produce (a) critical evaluation (6,000 words long) to critically re-assess their work over the year. This should be a rigorous and reflective account of their rehearsal and performance processes, with detailed observations on content, context, concept, and performance methodologies; (b) an original creative solo project (45 mins long, plus 1,500 words framing statement) which draws on concepts and performance methodologies they have mastered over the course of their training, and places these in the context of live performance; (c) a pedagogy project portfolio (6,000 words equivalent) containing (but not limited to) a set of lesson plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a sequence of practical workshops, which draws on the concepts and performance methodologies they have mastered over the course of their training and places these in the context of teaching and actor training.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Contribution to Process in Showcase 15
Practical based assessment Performance in Showcase 15
Practical based assessment Work done in an original/adapted Screen Performance Project 50
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Sustained Independent Project (6,000 words or equivalent) 20

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate 1. An understanding of processes of construction, structure and selection relating to performance. (C,K, P) 2. The ability to apply the critical understanding of technical skill and genre to the exploration or realisation of an adapted or devised screen performance project. (C,K,P) 3. The ability to apply a sound, tested working methodology which enables a professional, disciplined and creative working process and environment with and for those involved in the exploration or realisation (K,P,T) 4. A soundly-based, flexible approach to the interactive nature of learning through practice – the ability to select, reject and develop ideas in response to a group dynamic (K,P,T) 5. An ability to reflect critically and constructively upon process and outcome.(C,K,P,T) Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of: Performance in Showcase (20%) this addresses 1,3,4 above. Contribution to Process in Showcase (20%) this addresses 1,3,4 above Work done in an original/adapted Screen Performance Project (50%) this addresses 2,3,4 above. Sustained Independent Project (6,000 words or equivalent for critical evaluation or pedagogy portfolio/ 45 minutes plus 1,500 words framing statement for creative project) (20%) this addresses 3 and 5 above. Formative assessment and feedback: Continuous verbal formative feedback is given for preparation of Showcase and Screen Performance Project Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials for the Sustained Independent Project.

Module aims

  • To thoroughly prepare the student for engagement in the professional performance industry
  • To provide an opportunity for successful presentation to the industry in a professional industry-attended showcase
  • To enable students to research and create an original or adapted piece of contemporary performance
  • To stimulate constructive and critical reflection upon process and outcome

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 An understanding of processes of construction, structure and selection relating to performance. CKP
002 The ability to apply the critical understanding of technical skill and genre to the exploration or realisation of an adapted or devised screen performance project. CKPT
003 The ability to apply a sound, tested working methodology which enables a professional, disciplined and creative working process and environment with and for those involved in the exploration or realisation KPT
004 An ability to reflect critically and constructively upon process and outcome. CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 300

Independent Study Hours: 300

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
 Promote an understanding of processes of construction, structure and selection relating to performance.
 Help students develop the ability to apply the critical understanding of technical skill and genre to the exploration or realisation of an adapted or devised screen performance project.
 Help students develop the ability to apply a sound, tested working methodology which enables a professional, disciplined and creative working process and environment with and for those involved in the exploration or realisation
 Provide a soundly-based, flexible approach to the interactive nature of learning through practice – the ability to select, reject and develop ideas in response to a group dynamic
The learning and teaching methods include:
Group and individual research projects
Group and individual rehearsals
Group and individual film shoots
Group and individual tutorials
Performances

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 ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/actm037

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.