PRODUCTION 1 - 2019/0

Module code: PROM001

Module Overview

This module is designed to allow students to undertake a support role in a time critical production environment. Students will work in support of both the assigned departmental work and explore the collaborative nature of production through the communication and delivery of a live performance.

Working within their peer group, freelance and in-house production teams, students will be able to apply and evidence skill acquisition across pre-production, production and post-production roles and responsibilities.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W450

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 138

Seminar Hours: 6

Tutorial Hours: 6

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Production role at an appropriate level within the stage management department.
Students will work within a small team under the supervision of production staff, and contribute to the preparation, research and realisation of all or any components required for the performance.
Students may work variously with freelance/professional teams, student peers, or in-house technicians on a range of GSA presentations.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Continuous 50
Coursework Portfolio 50

Alternative Assessment

Presentation (alternative to continuous) 50% Portfolio 50%

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate learning, achievement and reflection during practical work which aims to simulate a professional theatre production process.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• A production notebook in the format of an e-portfolio, demonstrating understanding, reflection on and evaluation of the stage management and creative process of the production.

• Process/practice: continual observation of the student’s process and practice by all staff teaching on the module or otherwise involved in the production. This will include GSA TTA staff (teaching fellows and technicians) and production creative team (both GSA staff and external creatives). Notes on the student’s achievements against the learning outcomes will be provided by all parties to the module leader who will collate the feedback to provide a summative assessment.

Formative assessment



Provided verbally throughout the process. Summative feedback will be provided 3 weeks after completion of practical project (process/practice) and 3 weeks after submission of written work (production notebook).

Module aims

  • Apply skills learnt in previous class/workshops to the practical realisation of the work of a Stage Management department
  • Advance students' understanding of the management of a production through practical experience and observation of a production from fit-up to get-out
  • Develop transferable skills of professional presentation, time-keeping, communication and organisation.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate an ability to contribute to the work of a stage management team evidencing effective planning, communication, resource management and safe working practices PT
002 Demonstrate strong professional commitment to the work evidencing excellent time-keeping, presentation and engagement PT
003 Contribute to and reflect upon the preparation, research and process of a production through the production of a production portfolio evidencing personal research, observation and engagement KCT
004 Collaborate with staff/freelance personnel and peer group to support the work of the wider production, providing support and assistance where required, demonstrating motivation and respect for the work of all contributors to the project/production KPT

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 introductory level and promote contribution and collaboration (both creative and technical) as part of a team dynamic.

Prompt further independent study and research.

Enable students to explore working processes and practices of industry practitioners and record new learning and exploration for future reference.

Reflect on and evaluate the production process and their learning within it.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Seminars

• Tutorials

• Guided learning: practical work on a GSA production

• Independent research/study

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
Stage and Production Management MA 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.