Module code: MUTM034

Module Overview

This Professional Realisation module is designed to ensure comprehensive understanding of industry level musical theatre skills and how to realise these skills on completion of training. The module consists of two units of assessment:

(1) Industry Showcase: Discussion and selection of musical materials, followed by an intensive rehearsal period and culminating in the performance of an Industry Showcase. Musical materials will be reflective of the continually developing global perspective within the musical theatre industry.

(2) Coursework: A personal critical evaluation of training, and a professional career development plan.

Teaching delivery will be accessible for all students.

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. Through professional development classes, students will also be guided towards more sustainable and financially viable ways of sustaining their practice post-graduation, encouraging enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 508

Tutorial Hours: 2

Practical/Performance Hours: 90

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Enrolment on: Acting Techniques, Vocal Techniques and Dance Techniques, Musical Theatre Practice - 1, Musical Theatre Practice - 1 and Public Performance.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Rehearsal and Performance of Showcase; including discussion, selction and execution of Musical Theatre material

• Compostion of Critical Evaluation Essay and Professional Development Plan

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Performance in Showcase 40
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Critical Evaluation (7000 words) 40
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Professional Development Plan 20

Alternative Assessment

In the event of a student being unable to complete a 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

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate comprehension and progression of vocal techniques required for a career in musical through continuous classroom and performance assessments.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Performance in Showcase – 40%. Teaching Block 3

• Vocal Technique (1,2,3,4)

• Dance/Movement Technique (1,2,3,4)

• Acting Technique (1,2,3,4)

• Creative approach (1,2,3,4)

• Engagement with professional methods of delivery (1,2,3,4,7)

Critical Evaluation (7000 words) – 40%. Teaching Block 3

• Academic & Writing Skills (5,6,7,8)

• Contextual Understanding (5,6,7,8)

• Analysis (5,6,7,8)

• Understanding and Application of theory (5,6,7,8)

• Academic presentation (5,6,7,8)

 • Research Depth (5,6,7,8)

Professional Development Plan – 20%. Teaching Block 3

• Academic & Writing Skills (5,6,7,8)

• Contextual Understanding (5,6,7,8)

• Analysis (5,6,7,8)

• Understanding and Application of theory (5,6,7,8)

• Academic presentation (5,6,7,8)

• Research Depth (5,6,7,8)

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.

Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)

• Vocal Technique

• Dance/Movement Technique

• Acting Technique

• Creative approach

• Engagement with professional methods of delivery

• Academic & Writing Skills

• Contextual Understanding

• Analysis

• Understanding and Application of theory

• Academic presentation

• Research Depth

Module aims

  • • Thoroughly prepare the student for engagement in the professional Musical Theatre industry
  • • Provide an opportunity for successful presentation to the professional Musical Theatre Industry in an industry-attended showcase
  • • Enable the student to plan and take responsibility in the pursuit of artistic, creative and commercial opportunities
  • • Stimulate constructive and critical reflection upon process and outcome

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Illustrate flexibility, variation and depth within the realisation of a musical theatre performance CKPT
002 Display an ability to be creative and imaginative within the bounds of text/music and to respond positively to staging CKPT
003 Integrate skills in order to effect an appropriate, truthful and professional standard of performance CKPT
004 Communicate effectively in a physical and/or verbal form, displaying highly skilled understanding of style and genre CKPT
005 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical, technical and integrated skills required in the exploration or realisation of musical theatre CKPT
006 Reflect critically and constructively upon process and outcome CKPT
007 Demonstrate comprehension of the musical theatre profession and the students’ role within it upon entry to the industry CKPT
008 Generate analytical and critically reflective processes in written format commensurate with the standards of postgraduate-level study CKPT

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:

Enable the student to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of a career in Musical Theatre.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Rehearsal and Performance for Showcase (Teaching Block 3)

• Group and Individual Tutorials (Teaching Block 3)

The module is delivered over 300 hours study across rehearsals 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
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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
Musical Theatre MA 2 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 2022/3 academic year.