Module code: APP3001

Module Overview

This module enables students to work collaboratively on the research, rehearsal and making of inclusive theatre for performance to specific audiences, integrating principles and skills from across the programme.

Students engage with three fully realised performance projects, one per Teaching Block, continuing to interrogate the landscape of collaboration, artistic autonomy and self-made work for a specific audience.

In Teaching Block 1 students work collaboratively to create an Applied Theatre project with a chosen community group. The project should be a series of practical workshops that respond to the needs and interests of their participants.

In Teaching Block 2 students will work on a solo piece of political performance Student are tasked with documenting their solo outcome which they must present to peers and staff as part of an exhibition. This may consist of (but not limited to) an arts installation, a workshop, a live or recorded performance etc.

In Teaching Block 3 students will work on a public production at a performance space at GSA. This project will be directed by a professional creative.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 144

Tutorial Hours: 24

Practical/Performance Hours: 432

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

In all teaching blocks students will undertake weekly studio based rehearsals, culminating in a fully realised public performance opportunity. Each project will conclude with tutorials, to enable student and staff mentor joint reflection and action planning.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Practice Assessment 1 - Applied Theatre 35
Oral exam or presentation Practice Assessment 2 - Solo Political Art 35
Practical based assessment Practice Assessment 3 - Public Production (continuous assessment) 30

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Practice assessment of collaborative rehearsal and performance processes across three units of work:

  • Applied Theatre Project (Practical, in person workshop)

  • Solo Political Art (Documentation and Q&A)

  • Public Performance 

Formative assessment

Continuous formative assessment occurs in 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 provide the student with the opportunity to apply and evaluate the application and facilitation of core technical performance techniques encountered on the programme through the creation of public performances that engage with diverse audiences in a variety of performance settings, and to work to the following programme aims:
  • To provide an ensemble training context for the development of professional skills based on practical understanding and self-reflection within inclusive creative contexts
  • To train and develop inclusive practitioners with high order creative skills in a broad range of artistic situations
  • To facilitate students' independent learning, self-management and creative entrepreneurship
  • To deepen student understanding of applied and contemporary theatre, further developing a level of critical awareness and analytical ability which will enrich practice and extend potential, as inclusive interpreters, facilitators and creators
  • To enable engagement with and critical understanding of context, style, genre and idiom in the practice of contemporary theatre globally
  • To enable the student to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, research and inclusive independent practice
  • To support students who can contribute creatively, innovatively, inclusively and intelligently to their chosen professional field

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Evidence knowledge and understanding of the logistics of creating theatre as a collaborative enterprise K SUSTAINABILITY, EMPLOYABILITY
002 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of technical and professional support required for self and others to sustain a career K EMPLOYABILITY, SUSTAINABILITY
003 Draw from the working practice of established practitioners and companies and apply to personal creative practice K SUSTAINABILITY, GLOBAL & CULTURAL, EMPLOYABILITY
004 Critically analyse and evaluate personal professional practice within the collaborative creative process C RESOURCEFULNESS & RESILIENCE, EMPLOYABILITY
005 Apply technical skills required in the creative collaborative process KP DIGITAL, EMPLOYABILITY
006 Engage creatively with the skills and processes by which performance is created, and have an ability to select, evaluate, refine and present outcomes through performance to diverse audiences CP GLOBAL & CULTURAL, SUSTAINABILITY, RESOURCEFULNESS & RESILIENCE
007 Evaluate, select and create appropriate material for performance to a specific audience with a clearly established and communicated purpose CPT GLOBAL & CULTURAL, SUSTAINABILITY
008 Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context P EMPLOYABILITY, RESOURCEFULNESS & RESILIENCE
009 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to problem solve and project manage within a professional creative context P EMPLOYABILITY, RESOURCEFULNESS & RESILIENCE, SUSTAINABILITY
010 Establish a clear personal professional identity and practice CP EMPLOYABILITY

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 collaborative practical engagement with and inclusive facilitation of core practical technical performance skills through the creation of fully realised public performances
• Facilitate reflective consideration of diverse audiences for performance
• Facilitate practical engagement with a variety of performance settings
• Enable the creative, collaborative, 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

Guildford School of Acting is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas:  

 Digital Capabilities

Students can develop their digital skills and literacy throughout the module. Students are encouraged to use digital resources (Mac Labs and software) as part of their creative process. 

 Global and Cultural Capabilities 

Module content encourages students to engage and work within a range of different social, economic and cultural contexts. They will examine their positionality in relation to a mixture of sites and settings. Through this, students will be introduced to diverse perspectives, via engagement with their chosen communities. 


Students directly gain skills and experience in performance skills, equipping them for careers in the creative field. 

 Resourcefulness and Resilience 

Students are guided to develop the ability to reflect, evaluate, adapt, and respond effectively to new ideas, unforeseen circumstances and challenges throughout the programme and particularly in their development of community engagement skills, negotiation, and flexibility. They also develop their resilience through the continuous integration of self-reflective assessment. 


Throughout the programme students are encouraged to consider how they can apply their in-class learning to the professional creative field.  This includes the deconstructing established anglosphere framing of historical theatre practices, and the strengthening of key performance skills and reflective practice which supports resilience and wellbeing. 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 applied and contemporary theatre industry. Students will be nurtured as future leaders in sustainability thinking and supported to take informed decisions and responsible actions that promote the wellbeing of present and future generations.

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 2024/5 academic year.