Module code: MUTM019

Module Overview

The module is designed to ensure industry level musical theatre skills together with evidence of original practice and research on a collaborative project in musical theatre. It brings together the technical performance skills acquired in the previous compulsory modules.

The module is designed in two parts:

Advanced Professional Development

Incorporating advanced singing and dancing assessments, rehearsal and performance of a west-end industry showcase.

Advanced Contemporary Practice

Researched independent or group performance project incorporating original or adapted source material and independent critical evaluation of the entire programme.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W410

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The Advanced Practice module builds on all the previous programme learning outcomes, in order to ensure that the student achieves a professional level entry into the industry for which he/she has trained.

The Advanced Professional Development element incorporates continuing singing and dancing classes in order to progress to industry standard. Students will research, rehearse and perform in an industry showcase designed to introduce them to the profession at large. It will be necessary to exhibit a clear awareness of casting potential, employability and suitability of chosen material, as well as to present a charismatic, confident, assured performance appropriate to the chosen scene.

Students will produce a critical evaluation of their process, practice, performances and progress during the project and will critically re-assess their work over the year. This should be a rigorous and reflective account of the rehearsal and performance process, with detailed observations on content, context, concept, and performance methodologies. It will analyse and critique the synthesis of research, rehearsal and performance results.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PERFORMANCE IN SHOWCASE 40

Alternative Assessment

In the event of a student being unable to complete Performance in Showcase a resit opportunity will be arranged where they will be required to attend a viva voce and to present practical work to a panel of GSA staff.

Assessment Strategy

To be completed over the summer period.

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

Ability to perform with surety in a performance and evidence a credible and creative approach to the generation of work and process.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Technical Skills: Singing and Dance

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Vocal technique 1,2,3

Dance technique 1,2,3

Acting technique 1,2,3

Understanding of systems of development 1,2,3

Creative Approach 1,2,3

Stamina and Flexible approach 1,2,3

Engagement with process 1,2,3


Performance in Showcase (100% Performance)

Vocal technique 1,2,3

Dance technique 1,2,3

Acting technique 1,2,3

Creative Approach 1,2,3

Engagement with professional methods of delivery 1 2,3


Personal Professional Development Plan

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Preparation 1,2,3,5,6

Analysis 1,2,5,6

Academic & Writing Skills 1,2,5,6

Level of Presentation 1,2,3,4,5,6


Critical evaluation 7,000 words


Preparation 1,2,3,4,5

Analysis 1,2,3,4,5

Academic & Writing Skills 1,2,3,4,5

Level of Presentation 1,2,3,4,5


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative: Continuous verbal formative feedback is given for Technical Skills, Performance in Showcase and Performance of Original/Adapted work.

 Vocal technique 1,2,3,4,5

Dance technique 1,2,3,4,5

Acting technique 1,2,3,4,5

Understanding of systems of development 1,2,3,4,5

Creative Approach 1,2,3,4,5

Stamina and Flexible approaches to objectives 1,2,3,4,5

Engagement with professional methods of delivery 1,2,3,4,5

Preparation 1,2,3,4,5

Analysis 1,2,3,4

Academic & Writing Skills 1,2,3,4

Level of Presentation 1,2,3,4


 Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials for the Critical Evaluation


Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)


Preparation 1,2,3,5

Analysis 1,2,5

Academic & Writing Skills 1,2,5

Level of Presentation 1,2,3,5

Module aims

  • To thoroughly prepare the student for engagement in the professional performance industry
  • To provide a an opportunity for successful presentation to the industry in a professional industry-attended showcase
  • To enable the student to strategise for and take responsibility for the pursuit of artistic, creative and commercial opportunities.
  • To stimulate constructive and critical reflection upon process and outcome

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 An understanding of processes of construction, structure and selection relating to performance.  KCPT
002 The ability to apply the critical understanding of technical skill and genre to the exploration or realisation of an existing musical theatre  KCPT
003 The ability to apply a sound, tested working methodology which enables a professional, disciplined and creative working process and environment with and for those involved in the exploration or realisation  KCPT
004 A soundly-based, flexible approach to the interactive nature of learning through practice – the ability to select, reject and develop ideas in response to a group dynamic  KCPT
005 An ability to reflect critically and constructively upon process and outcome.  KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 150

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Group and individual research projects

  • Group and individual rehearsals

  • Group and individual tutorials

  • Performances

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 ADVANCED PRACTICE :

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.