Module code: APP2003

Module Overview

This module builds from the programme’s Level 5 modules and is designed to allow students to advance the development of skills and knowledge in a practical professional context, enabling students to learn and discover with autonomy.

Students will engage with a placement either within or beyond the school, this decision to be at their preference. Their placement will enable them to progress their understanding of professional creative contexts. Students will be supported to critically reflect upon their experiences and link these to the work undertaken on the programme through Levels 4 and 5.

Students will be encouraged to observe and participate in sustainable enterprise and entrepreneurship, to foster an understanding of relevant sustainable financial and business models. They will also be encouraged to collaborate with the community (outreach -projects, events, initiatives) in order to understand the creation of sustainable funding streams, and consider existing resources when designing and devising.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Clinical Placement Hours: 200

Independent Learning Hours: 100

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Placements can be carried out within GSA, or beyond, depending on student preference. Students may engage with placements in creative institutions, educational settings, charitable enterprises, social activities, as best fits their personal learning journey and enquiry. Students may make arrangements for one placement for the teaching block or combine a number of placements. Placement hours indicated above are indicative and will vary according to each student’s selected placement.
Structured guidance to support the student to undertake the summative assessment will be delivered via the VLE.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Written Assessment – Reflective Evaluation 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:

  • Written assessment (Reflective Evaluation)
             3000 words. Typically to be handed in toward the end of teaching block 3

Assessment formats can include video diary, or PowerPoint presentation, or combination of video/audio and presentation.

Formative assessment
Students will be asked to submit a draft plan of the summative assessment (1000 words/PowerPoint slides)

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 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 inclusive 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 the logistics of creating theatre as a collaborative enterprise K
002 Draw from the working practice of established practitioners and companies and apply to personal creative practice 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 P
005 Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context P
006 Knowledge and understanding of how to problem solve and project manage within a professional creative context T
007 Establish a clear personal professional identity and practice T
008 Work with autonomy and confidence in professional creative contexts 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:

  •  Facilitate and support independent, creative and confident engagement with professional contexts

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) 2 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.