Module code: ACTM015

Module Overview

Industry Practice 1 develops and refines technique in the practices of screen acting and stage combat, and begins to prepare the student for professional auditions. 

The Screen Acting element consists of the initial building blocks necessary to sustain an eventual career and will equip the student with the necessary tools to perform in front of a camera with emerging confidence. develop awareness of the demands of different shots, cognitive behaviour patterns for continuity and matching shots and acting that is expressed through physicality and the inner monologue. 

Students will emerge with a credible audition portfolio, facility with screen acting techniques and an understanding of industry practice from a variety of perspectives. 

The Audition  technique begins to prepare students in vital techniques required to secure a professional career in Theatre and supports the later Industry Practice 2 and Advanced Practice Modules. 

Priority is initially given to audition technique, and the formation of a broad audition portfolio suited to the individual student. Also included is an overview of current market demands and seminars that enable a heightened awareness of the casting process. Professional casting directors and agents are brought in for a number of seminars and mock-auditions, designed to prepare the student for the professional development module. 

Assessment will be based on preparation and performance of the assigned Screen Acting scenes and audition monologues, and (in the case of screen acting) individual contribution to process. Stage combat will be assessed as part of a one-week intensive course towards a basic professional qualification.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

BYRNE Grainne (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W490

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Enrolment on all other Semester 1 modules in Programme: Contextual Practice 1, Acting 1, The Integrated Body 1

Module content

Presentation of audition monologues; professional preparation – including lectures and seminars on managing a professional career: Equity, Spotlight, Agents, Casting, finance and taxation

Intensive Stage Combat course leading to BADC basic qualification

Screen acting classes on the practicalities of screen performance, the inner monologue, shots and continuity.  Students will  consider castability, screen qualities and technical discipline.  Camera preparation classes will focus on preparation techniques, character development and ability to deliver truthful and believable behaviour on screen.

Master classes where available from professional practitioners in skills such as radio, voice-overs, corporate role-play, devising theatre, running small scale theatre companies.  

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment ASSESSMENT OF MOCK AUDITION 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Assessment Strategy

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

  1. responsibility for managing a career in the performing arts (C,K,T,P)

  2. perform confidently and skilfully in front of a camera (K,P)

  3. prepare fully and appropriately for a range of auditions (K,P)

  4. demonstrate a sophisticated awareness of professional discipline and presentation (C,K,T,P)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Assessment of audition pieces: this addresses a), c) and d) above. 

Assessment of performed exercises in screen acting; this addresses a), b) and d) above.

The Audition performance will be assessed in week 10 of semester 1. The Screen Acting performed exercises will be assessed in Week 13 of semester 1.

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Continuous feedback during rehearsals in class from the instructor

  • Formative assessment and feedback in Week 7

Module aims

  • To introduce the student actor to the entertainment industry and the responsibilities of the actor working within that industry
  • To interrogate and master the techniques of screen performance
  • To build confidence by providing experiential learning in a number of different audition and casting situations
  • To prepare the student actor for the process of job searching, auditioning and career development
  • To facilitate the development of an appropriate and credible audition portfolio

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Take responsibility for managing a career in the performing arts KCPT
002 Perform confidently and skilfully in front of a camera P
003 Prepare fully and appropriately for a range of auditions P
004 Demonstrate a sophisticated awareness of professional discipline and KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 61

Tutorial Hours: 20

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Individual Tutorials

Group seminars and workshops




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 INDUSTRY PRACTICE 1 :

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.