ACTING - 2020/1
Module code: ACTM017
Acting is a core component of the MA Acting, developing advanced, individual, systematic rehearsal practice for theatre and film media. Students will begin by developing awareness of themselves as an expressive instrument, noting their own physicality and vocal patterns and considering the messages they may give to an audience or to the camera. Initial work based on personal experience and observation will lead to structured work on preparation, action and motivation of character and circumstance. Students will explore the resonance of particular objects and particular relationships and will devise a number of exercises that will explore truthful, organic, moment-to-moment behaviour in response to a set of given circumstances, in the pursuit of an objective. Preparatory exercises will encourage emotional and physical availability, responses to objectives and obstacles, the importance of reading and responding to behaviour and the reality of the concentrated thought process. Physical acting classes may explore neutral mask work, the practice of Jacques LeCoq, and animal work. Developing exercises will investigate improvised scenes, strategies for text, the spatial and emotional dynamism of relationships, the development of character and the specific and differing demands that genre and style make on technique.
Guildford School of Acting
BYRNE Grainne (GSA)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: W410
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Enrolment on all other Semester 1 modules in Programme: Industry Practice 1, Contextual Practice 1,The Integrated Body 1
Acting Methodology classes deliver a series of structured psycho-physical exercises exploring preparation, motivation, action, activities and objectives within devised scenarios and text-based work. Physical Acting classes begin with studies of the neutral mask and the chorus. They continue with character elements and deepen the students’ understanding of character traits and development.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Practical based assessment||ACTING METHODOLOGY: SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMED EXERCISES||50|
|Practical based assessment||PHYSICAL ACTING: SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMED EXERCISES||50|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate.
- The ability to access appropriate emotional and physical energy in preparation for action
- The ability to respond organically and in the moment, truthfully, to external and internal stimuli.
- The ability to play an action under the influence of an objective, within a set of imaginary circumstances.
- A critical understanding of the construction and integration of plot, motivation and character.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Practical assessment (Acting Methodology) performed classroom exercises: this addresses 1,2,3 and 4, above.
This is assessed in week 13 of Semester 1. (50%)
Practical assessment (Physical Acting) of performed classroom exercises: this addresses 1,2,3, and 4, above
This is assessed in week 13 of Semester 1 (50%)
- To utilise and develop the individual as a versatile and expressive creative instrument
- To advance an experiential and theoretical understanding of preparation, action and objective
- To access, utilise and expand emotional and physical capacity and range.
- To facilitate the development of a structured and specific rehearsal process adaptable for theatre or film
|1||Access appropriate emotional and physical energy in preparation for action||CPT|
|2||Respond organically and in the moment, truthfully, to external and internal stimuli.||CPT|
|3||Play an action under the influence of an objective, within a set of imaginary circumstances||KCP|
|4||Demonstrate a critical understanding of the construction and integration of plot, motivation and character||KCP|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 66
Independent Study Hours: 40
Methods of Teaching / Learning
Group classes and workshops
- Group classes and workshops
- Individual exercises within group seminars
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.
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.