Module code: ACTM040

Module Overview

This module is designed to appreciate and explore the vocal and physical demands placed on the performer in any given space. The performer will experience embodied integration of somatic techniques through the study of voice and movement and will consider the body and voice as an expressive instrument of the mind. The performer will use relevant anatomy and physiology of the whole body to underscore the work. The module is founded upon a commitment to refine the integration of the vocal and physical techniques necessary for work in the theatre and for recorded media. The elements of this module aim to develop and extend existing knowledge and ability and to develop a secure and consistent vocal and physical technique.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

WARD Barbara (GSA)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Practical/Performance Hours: 172

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content for Integrated Movement includes:

The movement classes range from general warm-up classes designed to increase strength and flexibility, to technique classes in social and historical dance. The Movement for Actor’s class is designed to centre and ground the body, to enhance the understanding of neutrality and expressivity and to consider the body as an expressive instrument of the mind.

• Connecting to the body through experiential anatomy

• An introduction to Laban’s principles of Analysis

• Use of Improvisation to enable the student to explore movement range, potential and expression.

• Elementary exercises which develop good posture, placement, strength, flexibility and alignment.

• To understand the world of movement through observation and translation.

• Working with emotions in movement

• Exploring Laban’s efforts of action drive

• Movement expression equation

• Effort duos

• Personal and character effort maps

• Effort weaves

• Uniting efforts and text

• Manifesting thoughts and feelings

• Creating a physical score

• Efforts in rehearsal

• Physical codes and keys

• Personal safety in movement

• To use the efforts to deepen the ability to observe and translate.

• Encourage students to create a vibrant and truthful relationship with their imagination

• Daily physical warm-up which may include Cardio-vascular fitness, Exercises for the development of core strength, Dynamic stretches to warm muscles and joints, Upper and lower body conditioning

• Exploration of the work of Lecoq

• Historical and social dance


Indicative content for Integrated Voice includes:

Voice work will begin with the authentic voice and move towards the understanding and application of character and accents.  The texts chosen by students will have global diversity.  The work in voice is founded upon a commitment to the integration of the physical and vocal techniques necessary for work in the theatre and for recorded media.  The classes are practical and are heavily biased towards learning and training through ‘doing, reflecting, understanding and adapting’. Relevant vocal anatomy and physiology, as well as phonetics, communication psychology and the use of the whole body, underscore the work.

• Practical Voice explores, develops and brings together all elements of the voice, including posture and breathing, resonance, range, expression, and articulation.

• Applied Voice sets out to explore, awareness of speech, speech sound and speech physicality, via practical exercises, recordings, written materials and analysis of one’s own and other people’s voices. Students learn about phonetics and the relationships between phonetic notation, speech sounds and speech physicality. Students will be asked to select, learn, experience and speak modern and classical texts for training and assessment purposes. Developing the ability to respond expressively and with flexibility to varying text forms is a key requirement of the module.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Movement: Continuous assessment of classroom exercises 50
Practical based assessment Voice: Continuous assessment of classroom exercises 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a growing understanding of integrated movement and voice in the different areas of the module

The module is continually assessed through the two terms

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consist of a portfolio of workshop activities

Formative assessment and feedback will be given through a 1 – 1 session at the end of term 1 and Summative feedback at the end of term 2.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Movement classroom exercises (Practical) 50% - assessed in Term 2

Voice classroom exercises (Practical): 50% - assessed in Term 2

Module aims

  • To heighten awareness of vocal and somatic elements of expression
  • To develop the capability for sophisticated embodied vocal and physical expression
  • To examine the factors indicative of and conducive to effective vocal and physical practice
  • To develop students' awareness of the demands placed on the voice and body by a variety of texts
  • To explore a variety of vocal and movement methodologies

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate knowledge of a range of embodied practices in movement and voice that lead to the ability to occupy space with a fully energised vocal presence and body confidence. K
002 Demonstrate engagement and consistency in the approach to skills acquisition of embodied practises in movement and voice. T
003 Evaluate the relationship between performer, narrative and performance contexts. taking on other forms and qualities of expression using movement and voice. C
004 To develop a sophisticated toolkit of techniques in embodied voice and movement methodologies. K
005 Demonstrate effective collaborative strategies with the voice and body in a range of performance spaces and performance conditions. T
006 Demonstrate the ability to work with disciplined self-awareness consistent in a professional manner to prepare for and present a character appropriately applying embodied voice and movement. P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Place an emphasis on the applied practical development of vocal and movement skills that are required for extended and best practice as an actor. Enable students to acquire versatility in their physical and vocal skills, integrating their embodied knowledge across a range of genres and styles.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Practical, skills based and tutor led group sessions following traditional formats. Ongoing practical classes, masterclasses and seminars. Visual, Audio and Kinaesthetic methods of learning – including use of VLE.

• Practical classes and workshops in voice (64 hours)

• Practical classes and workshops in movement (32 hours Laban, 32 hours LeCoq)

• Week-long intensive in Viewpoints (30 hours)

• Ensemble singing classes (16 hours)

• Journal entry, Independent research and study (126 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.

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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 and 2.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Acting MFA(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Acting MA(YEAR LONG) Year-long 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 2021/2 academic year.