Module code: ACT1018

Module Overview

Physical Skills 2 seeks to:

  • Build upon the physical techniques and practices acquired in Physical Skills 1.

  • Maintain a healthy, strong and balanced body.

  • Further develop and refine a secure and consistent technique in physical skills.

  • Further develop professional conduct.

The module is a tutor led and practical skills based training in movement and dance that is tailored more specifically to the needs of the actor through classes such as Physical Acting, Laban, Movement Fundamentals and Social Dance.

Through these classes the student will continue to explore physical boundaries in a safe environment and develop movement vocabulary that is transferrable into other acting techniques.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W410

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students will be expected to attend warm-up sessions and arrive appropriately prepared for physical work. Detailed and extensive research and preparation will be necessary in pursuit of the modules aims and objectives. Students are required to warm up and dress appropriately for classes.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Physical Acting:

  • Continuation of work on identification with elements and materials as a tool to provide a foundation for the creation of character, and the playing of style, situation and emotion

  • Linking work on elements to Naturalism Project

  • An introduction to character maskwork and creation of masked pieces


  • Further exploration of Laban’s principles including Body, Effort, Shape and Space.

  • The development of movement efficiency through somatic practices (including Bartenieff Fundamentals and Pilates based conditioning)

  • Further use of Improvisation to enable the student to explore movement range and potential.

  • Exploring a character through movement, use of breath and voice from a Laban perspective.

Movement Fundamentals:

  • Further elementary exercises which develop good posture, placement, strength, flexibility and alignment.

  • A development of rhythm and dynamic.

  • A development and understanding of coordination of arms and legs through centre and floor work - standing exercises. (May Include  Bartenieff and Pilates fundamentals, Feldenkrais, Green, Ewan.)

Social Dance:

  • Traditional forms of Ballroom and Latin-American dance such as Waltz, Jive, Tango and Quickstep.

  • Partnering – leading and following techniques.

Daily Physical Warm-up

  • Cardio-vascular fitness

  • Exercises for the development of core strength

  • Dynamic stretches to warm muscles and joints

  • Upper and lower body conditioning

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PHYSICAL ACTING 60
Practical based assessment MOVEMENT FUNDAMENTALS & LABAN 20
Practical based assessment SOCIAL DANCE 20

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a growing understanding of placement, line, attitude, and precision with moving physically in each of the different areas of the module. Within Physical Acting, it is designed to allow students to apply their understanding to practical creation of scenes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Classroom assessment for Social Dance consisting of demonstrating particular dance or dances, classroom assessment for Physical Acting of application of identification work and mask work in creation of original pieces, classroom assessment for both Laban and Movement Fundamentals focusing on the students demonstrating their understanding of exercises taught during the year.

Formative assessment and feedback

Verbal feedback will be given during each teaching session, with written feedback being given after each assessment

Module aims

  • Encourage students to create a vibrant and truthful relationship with their imagination.
  • Inspire an open, generous and playful approach by integrating the techniques and skills acquired in other modules
  • Ensure steady and well-founded development of movement skill, building upon existing knowledge and developing individual progress.
  • Introduce students to a variety of dance and movement training through practice.
  • Develop knowledge of physical practices and methodologies and how they relate to the vocabulary of the body
  • Ensure understanding of good physical practice in movement and dance.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate greater physical awareness of the body and its ability to affect space. KCPT
2 Demonstrate clarity, extension and isolation of movement KCPT
3 Have acquired a stronger link between imagination and physicality KCPT
4 Demonstrate an integration of techniques and skills acquired in other modules KCPT
5 Display a willingness to experiment and be innovative CPT
6 Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively through movement and physicality. KCPT
7 Demonstrate an elementary physical understanding of the techniques of dance and movement. KCPT
8 Work within the context of healthy, sustainable and good movement and dance practice KCPT
9 Display the ability to work with discipline, physical precision and accuracy within the context of accepted movement conventions and practice. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 39

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Place an emphasis on the practical development of skills that are required for extended and best practice in the profession.

  • Enable students to acquire versatility in their physical skills and integrate their knowledge across all acting disciplines, all of which lead on to a firm foundation moving toward the study of acting at Level 5.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Practical, skills based and tutor led group sessions following traditional formats.

  • Visual, Audio and Kinaesthetic methods of learning – including use of VLE. 

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 PHYSICAL SKILLS 2 :

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 2020/1 academic year.