Module code: APP1001

Module Overview

This module aims to develop the skill base of the creative practitioner in acting, singing, dance, music, movement and voice. Across Level 4 students will study practical skills in studio based group classes. Students will encounter and explore the application and integration of core technical skills. This module begins a process of the individual questionning how they relate to the world around them whilst introducing the core acting fundamentals that underpin the programme. Students will engage with the rudiments of music, voice and singing and undertake dance and movement training designed to develop the experiential, expressive and analytical skills of the creative individual. Students will be guided to utlise a journal to document and reflect upon their learning journey. This course promotes enterprise and entrepreneurship as well as collaborative thinking. These values help students to imagine their own models for social sustainability within the performing arts industry.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 60

Tutorial Hours: 24

Practical/Performance Hours: 216

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Each teaching block, students will undertake weekly practical studio based two hour classes in the following disciplines:

• Acting

• Group Singing/Music

• Movement and Dance

• Voice

The final week of each teaching block will be given over to group tutorials in each discipline, to enable student and tutor joint reflection and action planning.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Continuous Assessment 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a practical evidence of a developing methodology as a creative practitioner.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• Continuous assessment of technical classwork

Formative assessment

Continuous formative assessment occurs in every class and students will be guided to understand and recognise formative verbal feedback in addition to formal written feedback as essential to their development and learning journey.


These are practical assessments that provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive feedback continually, verbally, from teachers, from peers and of self as directed. Students receive informal and formal verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials/feedback panels where this feedback can be discussed after reflection and grading has taken place. Formal feedback will be published via SurreyLearn by a published date within three teaching weeks.

Module aims

  • This module aims to equip the student with an understanding of the core technical performance techniques encountered on the programme and to work to the following programme aims:
    To train and develop practitioners with high order creative skills in a broad range of artistic situations
  • To facilitate the acquisition and development of vocal and physical techniques, skills and universal vocabularies inherent within the creative industries
  • To enable experiential understanding of theatre and drama, adding to it a level of critical awareness and analytical ability which will enrich practice and extend potential, as interpreters, facilitators and creators

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Knowledge and understanding of safe and integrated technical practice K
002 Critically and practically develop technically skilled performance within diverse contexts and scenarios C
003 Critically analyse and evaluate personal professional practice within the collaborative creative process C
004 Apply technical skills required in the creative collaborative process C
005 Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context P
006 Integrate an embodied understanding of creative risk taking within personal practice T

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 active, experiential engagement with core practical technical performance skills

• Enable the articulate, reflective practitioner

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
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: APP1001

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
Applied and Contemporary Theatre 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 2023/4 academic year.