ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE - 2019/0

Module code: MUTM036

Module Overview

The module is designed to ensure industry level musical theatre skills together with a critical evaluation of their training and a the development of a personal cabaret that can be utilized to showcase skills. It brings together the technical performance skills acquired in the previous compulsory modules. Stage Combat, which is an important professional qualification for all actors is taught in an intensive course leading to BADC basic qualification.

The module is designed in three parts:
Critical Evaluation
Students will write an independent critical evaluation of the process and projects undertaken in the entire Programme.
Showcase
Students rehearse and perform a West-End showcase for an invited group industry professionals.
Cabaret Performance
Students will be required to work solo or in groups of no more than 3 to create a 45 – 60 minute themed cabaret performance that can be easily mounted in a range of venues to maximize showcase opportunities.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

NICHOLLS Stewart (GSA)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W312

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

The Advanced 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 continuing singing and dancing classes in order to progress to industry standard. Students will research, rehearse and perform in an industry showcase designed to introduce them 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.

Students will then develop, either solo or in small groups, a themed cabaret performance (supported, if necessary, by a professional musical director) which will create a bespoke performance that they can utilize as a showcase opportunity after completion of the programme.

Students will produce a critical evaluation of their process, practice, performances and progress during the project and will critically re-assess their work over the year. This should be a rigorous and reflective account of the rehearsal and performance process, with detailed observations on content, context, concept, and performance methodologies. It will analyse and critique the synthesis of research, rehearsal and performance results.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Performance in Showcase (100% Performance) 30
Practical based assessment Cabaret Performance (100% Performance) 40
Coursework Critical evaluation 6,000 words 30

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

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

Ability to perform with surety in a performance and evidence a credible and creative approach to the generation of work and process.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Performance in Showcase (100% Performance) (30%)

Vocal technique

Dance technique

Acting technique

Creative Approach

Engagement with professional methods of delivery

Cabaret performance (100% Performance) (40%)

Vocal technique

Dance technique

Acting technique

Creative Approach

Engagement with professional methods of delivery

Critical evaluation 5,000 words (30%)

Preparation

Analysis

Academic & Writing Skills

Level of Presentation

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative:

Continuous verbal formative feedback is given for Technical Skills, Performance in Showcase and Performance of Original/Adapted work.

Vocal technique

Dance technique

Acting technique

Understanding of systems of development

Creative Approach

Stamina and Flexible approaches to objectives

Engagement with professional methods of delivery

Preparation

Analysis

Academic & Writing Skills

Level of Presentation

Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials for the Critical Evaluation

Preparation

Analysis Academic & Writing Skills

Level of Presentation

Module aims

  • To further the development of stylistic consistency and ease of performance appropriate 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 the student to strategise for and take responsibility for the pursuit and creation of artistic, creative and commercial project and opportunities.
  • To stimulate constructive and critical reflection upon process and outcome.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate integrated skills in acting, singing and dancing to a professional standard K
002 Critically analyse, reflect upon and evaluate yours and other’s work. C
003 Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context. T
004 Develop a professional profile through selection, preparation and performance material. T
005 Communicate effectively in a physical, verbal or written forum T
006 Demonstrate effective collaborative skills within a creative process. T
007 Demonstrate creative, original and imaginative approaches to work in performance P
008 Demonstrate a continually developing approach to skills acquisition P
009 Establish an understanding of the performing arts profession and the individuals’ role within it P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 200

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Group and individual research projects

Group and individual rehearsals

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/mutm036

Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery is year-long due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Blocks 1, 2 and 3.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre MFA(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2019/0 academic year.