Module code: ACT2025

Module Overview

We are aware of the constantly changing needs of the industry and the growth of the ethnicity, diversity and identity issues within it and are committed to be recognising and stimulating these with individualised approaches that are a key ethos of the BA programme.

Students will be expected to arrive on time and appropriately prepared for physical and vocal work. Research and preparation will be necessary in pursuit of some of the modules aims. Students are required to warm up and dress appropriately for classes.

The Actor in Rehearsal offers an opportunity for integration of principles and skills from across the programme. Like a canvas the actor may use the rehearsal room to experiment with and apply their training in relation to different theatrical forms and rehearsal processes.

The work explored in Acting Fundamentals 1, Collaborative Principles and Embodied Voice and Movement 1/2 will provide you with the beginnings of process necessary for practical, embodied engagement with the module.

Building on the work of The Actor in Rehearsal 3 (Level 4) the student will deepen their engagement with the relationship between technique, in the pursuit of strict form, style, genre and creative, emotional freedom.

This rehearsal Module offers the actor an opportunity to work with a tutor/director on scenes involving advanced text.

In the delivery of this module, GSA is guided by the UN's 17 Sustainable Development goals. We aim to promote good health and well-being by keeping to appropriate working hours and maintaining Equity-standard safe spaces. We encourage positive working ethics: collaboration, kindness, support, understanding, listening and integrity. We aim to recycle and repurpose sets, props and other production resources where possible, promoting a circular economy.


Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

ROUSE Dominic (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 14

Practical/Performance Hours: 136

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Students will work with a Tutor/Director on scenes involving advanced text.

  • Plays and scenes will be selected and cast by the Tutor in consultation with the Programme Leader, to offer tailored challenges to the particular cohort.

  • The focus of the module is on the process of the actor. A presentation of the scenes at the end of the project is designed to offer a finishing point. However, it is important to note that the scene presentation is sharing of process and is not separately assessed.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Continuous Assessment with a sharing of work 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a growing understanding of embodied actor creator process in relation to rehearsal and complex text / style/ genre.

The module is continually assessed through Teaching Block 2.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of continuous assessment of the preparation, rehearsal and showing of scenes of complex text/genre.

Formative assessment and feedback will be given through a session in the middle of teaching block 2. Formative feedback will also occur during practical sessions on a verbal basis. The feedback will usually be in a group context, but may sometimes happen one to one with the tutor.

Module aims

  • Deepen understanding of the key principles of:
    - Actor Process.
    - Character.
    - Imagination and Play.
    - Extreme Form.
    - Space.
    - Time.
    - Action (Inner /Outer), Units of Action, Objective and Super-Objective. (Acting as Doing)
    - Risk.
    - Genre / Genre.
    through a range of experiential rehearsal approaches.
  • Inspire an open, generous and playful approach to the practical and analytical tools of the actor
  • Deepen understanding of research and text analysis skills through the exploration of a range of acting methodologies – With an emphasis on the actors’ journey towards embodiment and the living expression of knowledge
  • Develop imagination, sensation and a quality of immersion in the world of the play.
  • Explore the nature of the relationship between the actor/individual and character.
  • Encourage the development of strategies for practical rehearsal exercises.
  • Encourage the development of an embodied personal artistic process.
  • Deepen an understanding of what is required in the delivery of complex text and advance the process of engaging with strict theatrical Form.
  • Deepen understanding of artistic autonomy and resilience through critical processes
  • Extend and challenge the nature and level of the student's physical and emotional engagement with the work.
  • Engender an appreciation of the uncertainty of knowledge

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Make embodied choices relating to character and actions in pursuit of objectives within a set of given circumstances KP
002 Demonstrate greater physical awareness of the body and its ability to affect space KP
003 Evidence a personal rehearsal process PT
004 Take ownership of the responsibilities of the artist in the creative environment and the need for sensitivity in relation to others CPT
005 Practise successful collaborative and autonomous working processes KPT
006 Demonstrate the ability to engage in research and analysis of complex performance texts, styles, genres – With an emphasis on the actors’ journey towards embodiment and the living expression of knowledge / Form KC
007 Risk an increased physical and emotional commitment to rehearsal in the pursuit of theatrical scale and strict form KP

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: Give a practical and theoretical understanding of the key concepts that underpin the acting training across the programme.

Place an emphasis on the practical development of embodied skills that are required for extended and best practice in the profession.

Enable students to acquire an open, generous, versatile actor creator process and integrate their knowledge across acting disciplines all of which lead on to a firm foundation moving toward the study at Level 6.

Through the rehearsal context give students the chance to begin to integrate skills from other modules in Year 1 and to develop rehearsal room etiquette and approaches.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Practical, skills based and tutor led group sessions following traditional formats.

Visual, Audio and Kinaesthetic methods of learning – including use of VLE.

Week Intensive (20hrs)

Practical workshops (96hrs)

12 hours of rehearsal and performance

22 hours for self-reflection, research, documentation and class preparation time.

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

GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Acting 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 2022/3 academic year.