Module code: THE2038

Module Overview

This module will investigate a specific area of creative performance practice, that will change yearly based on the specialisms of available staff and/or on the broader thematic or contextual issues current in any given year. Indicative topics might include:

  • Directing and Artistic Leadership;

  • Movement for Theatre;

  • Physical Comedy;

  • Studio-based investigations of specific practitioners or training methods (such as Tadeusz Kantor, Anne Bogart, Jacques LeCoq);

  • Scenography and Costume Design;

  • Puppetry and Object Theatre.

The module is studio-based, and is intended to offer students a means of expanding their repertoire of knowledge and skill-sets for creating performance. It is intended to explore ways in which creative practice is a form of critical enquiry. The assessment for the module will be a performance showing in small groups, accompanied by a brief presentation/discussion of the work presented.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

WAGNER Matthew (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code:

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 90

Seminar Hours: 30

Practical/Performance Hours: 30

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Both the content and format of this module will vary from year to year, but in each year, the module will require students to engage with sustained studio practice, and to work with creative processes individually, alongside peers, and in tutor-led sessions. The module will further require a careful reading of select texts (dramatic and/or critical), and will ask the student to engage in independent research around the given topic.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation Performance Showing with Presentation 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and command of a specific creative practice or set of practices.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Performance with presentation/discussion. Students will be required to present brief -- but complete and cohesive -- creative work of their choosing/devising, in relation to the practice(s) under study, and then discuss that work with auditors, tutors, and/or examiners.

Formative assessment

  • Students will undertake a dry run presentation of their work in progress midway through the term.


  • In addition to the feedback provided for the dry run, practical feedback will be provided continually in the class sessions.

Module aims

  • Develop students’ knowledge of and skills in a specific area of creative practice, otherwise unexplored in the programme’s curriculum
  • To develop analytical, historical, critical, and/or contextual approaches to the making of theatre and performance.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify and analyse one or more specific modes of creative practice in the broad field of theatre and performance studies CK
002 Generate and present creative performance work as informed by that/those modes of practice(s) CKPT
003 Contextualize and discuss their work from a critical perspective CKT

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:

Provide students with sustained exposure to a set of specific creative practices, and offer students the opportunity to demonstrate, in practical/performative as well as discursive terms, their understanding and command of those practices.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Tutor-led studio work;

  • Independent rehearsals/workshps (individual and/or group);

  • Independnet Research

  • Discussion and presentation;

  • Performance

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 and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Optional 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.