ACTING 2 - 2020/1

Module code: MUT2024

Module Overview

Acting 2 is a key component of the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre in which students continue development of  technical and practical aspects of their spoken vocal practice. Context and genre of the repertoire supply the technical requirements expected of the spoken  voice, whilst integration skills are developed to ensure technique is not apparent to the untrained eye. Applied Voice addresses specific challenges that face today’s actor in terms of text, accent emotion and extension of technique. Texts studied are complex in nature, and range from the work of poets such as Gerard Manley Hopkins, and the texts of early 17th century to the present day, and include scenes study in both British and American accents, thereby supporting work in the Musical Theatre canon.

Practical Voice work continues to further build the voice developing and enhancing the students understanding of grounding, centring and alignment explored at Level 4. To extend range, volume and clarity for longevity of delivery lasting more than several performances.

In terms of the wider programme the Acting module develops creative technique and approaches to realise text that prepare a student for the work undertaken at Level 6 allowing them to explore their technique and develop their own methodological approach to their work. The screen component adds explores other skills that equip a student with technique to be able to communicate and portray truthful characters for an audience on camera.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

DAVIDSON Andrew (GSA)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W410

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

Practical and Applied Voice
Practical Voice work continues to further develop and enhance the students understanding of grounding, centring and alignment explored at Level 4, exploring muscular dexterity and dynamic articulation, Underpins this work, including developing voice with heightened text using accents or speech quality such as change of gender in order to enhance the students’ capacity for vocal variety.

Applied Voice also addresses specific challenges that face the modern actor in terms of text, accent emotion and extension of technique, and introduces the concept of working with challenging text (e.g. Gerard Manley Hopkins, American accents and Scene study voice in application. Texts are chosen that compliment the physiological musculature of the voice.

Screen Acting (Intensive)
This project allows the student to explore applied processes to screen acting technique.
including


  • Connection with text

  • Playing of Action, Objective and Intention

  • Understanding of specific screen craft (eg angles, “cheating the shot”, shot sizes)

  • Sustaining truthful characterisation on camera.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT: AMERICAN SCENES (PRACTICAL) (Summative) 40
Practical based assessment CONTINUOUS: SCREEN PROJECT 60

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

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

Skills in vocal dexterity with complex text, character building, physical presence and intention in the space and on screen

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

AMERICAN SCENES (PRACTICAL) (40%)


  • Vocal Technique in performance

  • Technical understanding of accents

  • Characterisation

  • Connection with text

  • Breath control



SCREEN ACTING  (CONTINUOUS) (60%)


  • Engagement with a defined process of creating character on screen.

  • Sustaining character in screen performance

  • Technical understanding of screen acting

  • Continuous assessment of class/rehearsal based process



Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive verbal feedback during group workshop sessions and are encouraged to take notes. Feedback will be given on this indicative content.


  • Engagement with a defined process of creating character.

  • Physical approach to text and verse

  • Engage with methodologies of developing a character.

  • The use of clear objectives.

  • Continuous assessment of class based process



40COMPLEX TEXT (PRACTICAL) (FORMATIVE)


  • Vocal Technique in performance




  • Technical understanding

  • Characterisation

  • Connection with text

  • Breath control


Module aims

  • A secure, systematic and healthy personal technique in voice.
  • To enable the student to produce a variety of accents and speech qualities. applying them to character
  • To increase knowledge of dramatic texts which are more complex and vocally demanding in nature.
  • The ability to project the voice safely and effectively in a range of performance spaces
  • Throughout the module students develop contemporary acting techniques and methods to support their process in playing contemporary classical text, with classes specifically designed to be an in depth study of scenes and characters in a contemporary setting suitable for screen acting.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Establish integrated skills in acting and spoken voice to a professional level. K
002 Explore the relationship between the performer, the narrative, the rehearsal, and performance context. C
003 Explore the relationship between the performer, the narrative, the rehearsal, and performance context. C
004 Demonstrate effective collaborative skills within a creative process. T
005 Investigate creative, original and imaginative approaches to work in performance. P
006 Demonstrate a continually developing approach to skills acquisition P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 135

Seminar Hours: 165

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.
To enable students to acquire skills in character building, physical presence and intention in the space

The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Group Acting Workshops

  • Group Text Study Workshops

  • Group Voice Workshops

  • Tutorials as required

  • Group and Individual and research sessions



Throughout the module different learning and teaching strategies are applied to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes, including research, reflective practice, peer to peer learning and formative assessment with written feedback.

Students receive regular verbal feedback individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal notes during their process to bring to tutorials and class.

The module is delivered over 300 hours study across the term including, class, seminar and self-study.

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 ACTING 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mut2024

Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery is year-long due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Blocks 1, 2 and 3.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory 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 2020/1 academic year.