Module code: APP2001

Module Overview

This module builds upon the work undertaken at Level 4 and further develops the skill base of the creative practitioner in acting, singing, dance, music, movement and voice, in relation to both self and others. Across Level 5 students will study practical skills in studio based group classes and undertake observations of teaching and rehearsal practice within GSA. Students will encounter, explore and research the application and integration of core technical skills through the lens of the facilitator. This module continues a process of the individual understanding how they relate to the world and those around them through the inclusive and considered facilitation of the core acting fundamentals that underpin the programme. Students will engage with both the practice and facilitation of music, voice and singing and undertake dance and movement training designed to support inclusive creative processes that sustain rehearsals and performances. Students will be guided to utilise a journal to document and reflect upon their learning journey. Students will be asked to consider how to facilitate sustainable practice regarding health and wellbeing of the performer.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

BOWERS Georgia (GSA)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

These classes will be complimented by weekly teaching observations arranged by the student.
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

  • 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 facilitate students' independent learning, self-management and creative entrepreneurship
  • 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
  • To empower students who can contribute creatively, innovatively, inclusively and intelligently to their chosen professional field

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Knowledge and understanding of safe and integrated technical practice K
002 Knowledge and understanding of technical and professional support required for self and others to sustain a career K
003 Draw from the working practice of established practitioners and companies and apply to personal creative practice C
004 Critically analyse and evaluate personal professional practice within the collaborative creative process C
005 Apply technical skills required in the creative collaborative process P
006 Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context P
007 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 the inclusive facilitation of core practical technical performance skills

  • Enable the articulate, inclusive and 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
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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
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.