Module code: ACT1035

Module Overview

The module is delivered over two semesters/three teaching blocks focusses upon the rudiments of the actor's craft. The module focusses on the following core subject areas:

  • Acting Technique

  • Audition Technique

  • Applications and Personal Statements

  • Performance Project

  • Acting for Camera

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

TOUMEY Michael (GSA)

Number of Credits: 120

ECTS Credits: 60

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 570

Tutorial Hours: 30

Practical/Performance Hours: 600

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Each teaching block, students will undertake weekly practical studio based classes. Throughout the year content will vary, but will include the following disciplines: 

  • Acting

  • Audition Technique

  • Application and Personal Statements

  • Group Singing

  • Movement

  • Voice

  • Performance Project rehearsals

  • Screen Acting workshops

The final week of teaching blocks 1 and 2 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 Acting Technique: Continuous Assessment 60
Practical based assessment Performance Project: Performance Assessment 20
Practical based assessment Introduction to Screen Acting: Practice Assessment 20

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 an emerging practitioner. Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Acting Technique: Continuous Assessment 60%

  • Performance Project: Performance Assessment 20%

  • Introduction to Screen Acting: Practice Assessment 20%


Formative assessment

Continuous formative assessment occurs in every class and 1:1 tutorial 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. Formal formative feedback weeks will fall at the end of Teaching Blocks 1 and 2. Formative feedback helps students understand where they are on their learning journey, and which particular areas may need greater focus in order to maximise potential, prior to summative assessment.



Student feedback is received continually, verbally, from teachers, from peers and of self as directed. Students receive informal and formal verbal and/or written 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 weeks. Encouraging and developing students as resourceful and resilient learners is key to this module. This is supported through engagement within groupwork/peer-to-peer settings, allowing integral attributes such as respect, empathy and support to be demonstrated.

Module aims

  • This module aims to nurture and develop skills and techniques for those who aspire to training within either a conservatoire or higher education environment in pursuit of a career within the creative industries. This is both an innovative and intensive pre-vocational programme, led and taught by GSA's highly skilled trained tutors and industry professionals. Students have the opportunity to:
  • Develop a broad range of performance skills relevant to the actor
  • Receive guidance and preparation for the selection and delivery of monologues required for auditions onto professional performance programmes
  • Study audition technique
  • Access support and guidance for the submission of applications to conservatoires and higher education institutions
  • Enjoy practical workshops
  • Engage with basic camera techniques and skills required for further screen acting training
  • Perform in a Performance Project of work within one of GSA¿s performance venues

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 To demonstrate and embody an effective application of skills in acting, voice and movement. PT
002 To demonstrate and embody an understanding of key practitioners, cultural contexts, practices and theories. K
003 To analyse and evaluate the burgeoning performer¿s own contribution to personal and professional development, as well as performance projects CK
004 To demonstrate creativity and positive engagement with learning opportunities, rehearsals and performance projects CPT
005 To identify and understand the potential career development paths for the burgeoning performer KT

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 baseline practical technical performance skills

  • Enable the articulate, reflective practitioner

  • Enable the student to prepare for audition for professional training programmes

  • Engender a focused and professional attitude to actor training, both as an individual and within collaborative settings.

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.

. Resourcefulness and resilience The focus of this vocational programme is to provide students with the requisite practical and theoretical skills to undertake training at a more advanced level. Students are encouraged to recognise the value of learning from feedback to their learning journey, building confidence through taking ownership of identifying strengths and areas for improvement, and their own agency in the process, actively contributing in moderated safe spaces for dialogue and peer feedback opportunities. Global and Cultural Capabilities This programme employs inclusive approaches, drawing upon a range of cultural viewpoints and practices. Material covered will reflect the continually developing global perspectives within musical theatre, whilst acknowledging, exploring and understanding the historical contexts. Sustainability Throughout the delivery of this programme, students will be encouraged to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status. Digital Capabilities Students will frequently engage with the virtual learning environment and other online resources, ensuring all graduates of the programme are instilled with the requisite digital fluency to engage with further study at conservatoire level.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Foundation Acting CertHE(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 2024/5 academic year.