ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE - 2020/1
Module code: ACTM048
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The module brings together the technical performance skills acquired in the previous compulsory modules. The module is designed in two parts: Advanced Contemporary Practice incorporates a Sustained Independent Project with a creative, critical or pedagogic focus; Advanced Professional Development incorporates advanced acting assessments, rehearsal and performance of an industry showcase.
Guildford School of Acting
BESSELL Jacquelyn (GSA)
Number of Credits: 60
ECTS Credits: 30
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: W410
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The module will cater to the specific professional and creative interests of the student. The student will choose which of the Sustained Independent Project (SIP) assessment options most suits their needs and creative/professional goals, after which they will receive guidance and supervision and guidance from staff according to expertise. During this period, students will also serve as understudies for the MAA public productions. In next phase of the module, students will research and select appropriate performance material for an industry showcase. The module concludes with rehearsals and performances of the industry showcase.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation)||Critical evaluation (6-7,000 words) OR Performance project (30-40 min) OR Teaching portfolio equivalent (6-7,000 words)||50|
|Coursework||Performance in Industry Showcase||25|
|Coursework||Contribution to Process: Understudy and Showcase||25|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
1. Reflect critically on process and outcome (C)
2. Develop creative and imaginative approaches to work in rehearsal and performance (K)
3. Communicate effectively in physical/verbal/written form (T)
4. Develop a professional profile through selection and preparation of appropriate performance material (P)
5. Develop a range of strategies for managing a career in the performing arts (P)
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Advanced Contemporary Practice
- Sustained Independent Project (SIP): - Critical evaluation of 6,000-7,000 words – this addresses 1 and 3 above.
- Solo performance project of 30-40 minutes, plus short framing statement (500 words) – this addresses 1 and 4 above
- Teaching portfolio (equivalent to 6,000 words) – this addresses 1 and 5 above
Advanced Professional Development
- Contribution to Process (showcase and understudy duties) – this addresses 2, 3, 5 above
- Performance in Industry Showcase – this addresses 2, 4, above
Formative assessment will be provided at tutorials for the critical evaluation or teaching portfolio, and at supervised rehearsals for the solo performance project.
Verbal feedback will provided by the director at each rehearsal for the industry showcase.
- Facilitate creativity, original practice and research
- Ensure industry level performance skills
- Help students negotiate the transition from training to the profession
|001||Reflect critically on process and outcome||C|
|002||Develop creative and imaginative approaches to work in rehearsal and performance||K|
|003||Communicate effectively in physical/verbal/written form||T|
|004||Develop a professional profile through selection and preparation of appropriate performance material||P|
|005||Develop a range of strategies for managing a career in the performing arts||P|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 308
Seminar Hours: 128
Practical/Performance Hours: 164
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
• Help ensure students acquire and demonstrate industry level performance skills
• Facilitate the students’ creativity
• Guide students as they undertake original practice and/or research
The learning and teaching methods include:
• Supervised research, development and rehearsals for the Sustained Independent Project (SIP) (up to 128 hours)
• Understudy rehearsals for the Public Production for MAA and 1st Year MFAA students (minimum 64 hours)
• Research and selection of showcase material (30 hours)
• Rehearsals and performance of industry showcase (100 hours)
• Independent research and study (up to 278 hours)
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 for ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/actm048
Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery falls in Semester 2 due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Block 3.
Programmes this module appears in
|Acting MFA||2||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 2020/1 academic year.