NEW MUSICAL - 2019/0

Module code: MUTM037

Module Overview

Students will be cast and directed in a new musical developed by GSA. There will be four or five weeks of full-time rehearsals followed by a performance week of dress rehearsals and four or five public performances. The musical will be supported by a Director, a Musical Director and choreographer who will give continuous feedback on student progress throughout the course of rehearsals. Students will develop skills acquired in the Public Performance project by applying them to a new musical, providing challenges of creating original characters without reference to previous productions. Guidance on appropriate methodologies and the determining of appropriate goals will be given by the director and disseminated by the DSM. Directors and production staff are selected from members of the faculty, the production courses and from a pool of professional working directors and technicians.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W312

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 20

Practical/Performance Hours: 130

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The module will commence with preliminary auditions requiring preparation of appropriate presented material to a professional panel. Recall auditions will ensue until the final casting is decided according to individual ability and developmental needs. There will be four or five weeks of intensive rehearsal with the director, musical director and choreographer, together with consultations with design, wardrobe, make-up and marketing departments. This is followed by a production week that will include a demanding and lengthy technical rehearsal and two dress rehearsals. The module will culminate at least four public performances.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Practical: Performance 70
Practical based assessment Contribution to creative process: Practical 30

Alternative Assessment


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 approach to and the creative and rehearsal process.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Performance: Practical (70%)
Vocal technique in practice
Dance technique in practice
Acting technique in practice
Engagement with professional methods of delivery

Contribution to creative process (30%)

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

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative: Continual Process Assessment
This is a practical formative assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive formative feedback in preparation for the summative assessments. Students receive verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials where this feedback can be discussed after reflection. This will take place in each class.

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

Module aims

  • To sustain and develop a working performance technique throughout the demands of a series of public performances.
  •  To consolidate the skills learned in training by creating and performing an original character in a new musical in a professional-standard public production, incorporating integrated acting, dance/movement, voice and music/singing techniques.
  •  To contribute appropriately to ensemble practice in a professional environment
  •  To manage personal engagement in an environment which follows the professional model with professional directors, musical directors, choreographers and designers
  •  To sustain and develop a working performance technique throughout the demands of a series of public performances.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 1. Demonstrate integrated skills in acting, singing and dancing to a professional level K
002 2. Develop a sophisticated tool kit of performance techniques K
003 3. Evaluate the relationship between the performer, the narrative, the rehearsal, and performance context T
004 4. Develop a performance, imagination and understanding of style and genre T
005 5. Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context C
006 6. Demonstrate effective collaborative skills within a creative process. C
007 7. Demonstrate creative, original and imaginative approaches to work in performance C

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Professional standard auditions
Group and independent research
Group and individual rehearsals
Dress rehearsals and technical inductions

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
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Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery falls in Semester 1 due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Block 1.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre MFA 1 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.