PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE - 2021/2

Module code: MUTM041

Module Overview

This module is designed in three components and caters to the specific professional and creative interests of the student; ensuring industry level musical theatre skills through practical and written methods.

The student will choose audition material which is presented in Professional Jury. This consists of a panel of industry professionals assembled to advise students on their choice of audition material, presentation and associated materials.

A 2,000 word written Critical Analysis of Practice essay, will be undertaken to evaluate own practice and to consider contrasting ways of performative or pedagogic methods.

A Sustained Independent Project (SIP) empowers the student to choose an assessment option which most suits their needs and creative/professional goals, during which they will receive some guidance and supervision from staff according to expertise.

In the final phase of the module, students will research and select appropriate musical materials, followed by intensive rehearsal period culminating in an Industry Showcase.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

NICHOLLS Stewart (GSA)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code:

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

The Professional Practice module builds on all the previous modules in the MA Musical Theatre course, in order to ensure that the student achieves a professional level entry into the industry for which s/he has trained.


  • Professional Development Classes: this class stimulates the student to choose suitable audition material which is presented at Professional Jury. This consists of a panel of industry professionals assembled to advise students on their choice of audition material, presentation and associated materials.

  • A 2,000 word written Critical Analysis of Practice essay, which encourages the student to evaluate own practice and to consider contrasting ways of performative or pedagogic methods.

  • A Sustained Independent Project (SIP) which empowers the student to choose an assessment option which most suits their needs and creative/professional goals, during which they will receive some supervision from staff according to expertise. This can take the form of one of the following assessments: Critical Evaluation (6,000 words) OR Performance Project (25 mins) OR Teaching Portfolio equivalent (6,000 words).

  • Rehearsal and Performance of Showcase: including discussion, research, selection and execution of Musical Theatre material.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Performance to Agent Panel (Performance) 20
Coursework Critical Analysis of Practice (Written - 2,000 words) 10
Coursework Sustained Independent Project (SIP): Critical Evaluation (6,000 words) OR Performance Project (25 mins) OR Teaching Port 50
Practical based assessment Performance in Showcase (Performance) 20

Alternative Assessment

n/a

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on process and outcome, to develop a professional profile through selection and preparation of appropriate performance material, to perform with surety and to evidence a credible and creative approach to the generation of work.

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

 

Performance to Agent Panel – 20%. Teaching Block 1

Selection, Preparation and Presentation of appropriate audition material

Flexibility

Vocal technique

Acting technique

Movement technique

 

Written: Critical Analysis of Practice (2,000 words) – 10%. Teaching Block 2

Evaluate

Analysis

Comprehend

Academic presentation

Creative approach

 

Sustained Independent Project – 50%. Teaching Block 3

Academic and/or Writing Skills

Contextual Understanding

Analysis

Understanding and Application of theory

Academic presentation

Research depth

Creative approach

 

Performance in Showcase – 20%. Teaching Block 3

Vocal Technique

Dance/Movement Technique

Acting Technique

Creative approach

Engagement with professional methods of delivery

 

 

 

Formative Assessment and Feedback

Formative assessment is crucial to this module. In mirroring industry practice, students are given detailed constant verbal feedback and during classes, which enables students to develop and act upon notes given. Students are encouraged to create a reflective journal which encourages and develops their own reflective practice.

 

Module aims

  • To encourage the student to work with a sophisticated awareness of professional discipline and presentation in order to thoroughly prepare for engagement in the professional casting process
  • To provide an opportunity for successful presentation to the profession in an industry-attended showcase
  • To enable the student to strategise for and take responsibility for the pursuit and creation of artistic, creative and commercial project and opportunities.
  • To facilitate and comprehend creativity, original practice and research
  • To stimulate constructive and critical reflection upon process and outcome
  • To help the student negotiate the transition from training to profession

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate integrated skills in acting, singing, movement and dancing to industry standard. KPT
002 Critically analyse, reflect upon and evaluate processes and outcomes C
003 Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context PT
004 Develop a professional profile through selection, preparation and performance material CKPT
005 Communicate effectively in a physical, verbal or written forum CKT
006 Demonstrate creative, original and imaginative approaches to work in performance CKPT
007 Demonstrate a continually developing approach to skills acquisition CKPT
008 Develop a range of strategies for managing a career in the performing arts CKPT
009 Establish an understanding of the performing arts profession and the individuals’ role within it CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 184

Lecture Hours: 116

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable the student to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a career in Musical Theatre, to facilitate individual creativity, and to ensure the student acquires and demonstrates industry level practice.

The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Professional Development classes (Teaching Blocks 1,2 & 3)

  • Research and Development for the Sustained Independent Project (Teaching Block 3)

  • Rehearsal and Performance of Industry Showcase (Teaching Block 3)


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 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mutm041

Other information

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

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.