Module code: PRO2028

Module Overview

In taking an intermediate level support roles where there are clear responsibilities and tasks required to successfully contribute to the delivery of a public production, students will progress their confidence and autonomy in dealing with the realisation of complex technical and artistic challenges.

Working within their peer group, freelance and in-house production teams, students will apply and evidence skills acquisition in the core activities of pre-production, production and post-production.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W441

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

Overall student workload

Seminar Hours: 3

Tutorial Hours: 5

Practical/Performance Hours: 292

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:


Students will work within a production team under the supervision of a senior member of that department, and contribute to the preparation, research and realisation of all or any components making up the design, managerial and technical elements required for the performance.

Students may work variously with freelance professionals, other students and in-house technicians on a range of GSA  presentations.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Practice 50
Coursework Production Notebook (E-portfolio) 50

Alternative Assessment

(Resit only) Reflective Essay 1500 Words (resit Only) Re-submission of Production Notebook

Assessment Strategy

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



The assessment strategy is designed to allow the student an opportunity to evidence collaborative engagement and attainment with core practical and theory (research and preparatory) stages of their activity.
In creating and maintaining a Production Notebook the student will evidence process, reflection and conclusion on complex production activity



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Process /Practice: Tutor observation and appraisal of an allocated production role at senior level.


Production Notebook; An E-portfolio detailing the students personal aims, evidence of research and planning, evidence of workload delivery and reflection upon their development.


(A full Assignment brief will be produced in relation to this written work)


Formative assessment



Verbal feedback provided at regular individual or group tutorials.

Module aims

  •  Develop organisation and preparation in the application of skills learnt in previous modules in one of the following production departments; Lighting, Sound, Stage Management and Design Realisation.
  •  Advance students' familiarity and confidence in recognising technical and managerial components in their preparation, planning and execution.
  •  Provide students with an opportunity to confidently recognise and explore core technical, managerial and creative components of their pathway choice in the selection and application of tools and working practice.
  •  Develop an appreciation of the collaboration and teamwork required to realise theatre production across all departments.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Engage in a range of production disciplines demonstrating an understanding of the key procedures and methods at every stage of the process. KP
002 Effectively apply skills and practices relevant to a chosen specialist pathway. P
003 Apply effective problem-solving skills in a creative team environ CT
004 Apply teamwork skills in a range of projects and productions T
005 Plan and execute personal workloads applying effective prioritisation. P
006 Analyse their performance identifying strengths and weaknesses and setting targets for their personal development C

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Enable the student to demonstrate practical application of skills at an intermediate level and promote contribution and collaboration (both creative, managerial and technical) as a member of a production team.

Allow students to assume a position of responsibility requiring management of personal and physical resources, communication and adherence to deadlines.

Prompt further independent study and research within their chosen subject pathway.
Enable students to contribute to the work of industry practitioners and peers and record new learning and exploration for future reference.

This module facilitates key areas of the Programme learning and teaching strategy specifically those defining Tutor-led (including the participation of professional practitioners) and self-directed methods of learning encouraging and reflecting increasing independence while encouraging positive attitudes towards lifelong learning.


Actual contact and working hours will be dependant upon the student’s role(s) and the nature of the productions.



The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Attendance and contribution to production meetings and ad hoc briefings.

  • Specialist demonstration and instruction (rigging at height, electrical Health and Safety, etc.)

  • Competency exercises in basic theory and practice of production.

  • Workshops and ad hoc sessions with visiting creative/ production professionals.

Hours of activity in each area will be subject to the prevailing demands of the production across each core domain (pre-production, production, post-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
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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
Theatre Production BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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.