Module code: APP3003

Module Overview

This module aims to maintain the skill base of the creative practitioner in acting, singing, dance, music, movement and voice. Across Level 6 students will utilise the contact time of this module to support and further develop their inclusive practical skills in studio based group classes as best supports their personal development as a creative practitioner according to the student’s individual skill set and projected career aspirations. This module also provides space and support for any technical requirements that arise out of their fully realised performance projects. Students will be guided to utilise a journal to document and reflect upon their learning journey. Students will be encouraged to observe and participate in sustainable enterprise and entrepreneurship, fostering 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 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 172

Tutorial Hours: 12

Practical/Performance Hours: 116

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Each teaching block, students will undertake bi-weekly practical studio-based two hour classes on a carousel in the following disciplines.  These sessions will seek to underpin, problem solve and support the practical work undertaken in the module Creating Performance.  These sessions will be student led and tutor supported, enabling students to lead on inclusive practice in a professional context:
• Acting / Movement and Dance
• Singing and Music / Voice
Students will be guided to undertake independent research and/or teaching observations as appropriate to support the work.
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 continue to develop the student¿s understanding and evaluation of the application and facilitation of core technical performance technique through work that directly supports the creation of public performance pieces elsewhere in the programme, working 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 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 enable the student to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, research and independent practice
  • 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 Critically and practically develop technically skilled performance within diverse contexts and scenarios C
004 Draw from the working practice of established practitioners and companies and apply to personal creative practice C
005 Critically analyse and evaluate personal professional practice within the collaborative creative process C
006 Apply technical skills required in the creative collaborative process P
007 Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context P
008 Integrate an embodied understanding of creative risk taking within personal practice T
009 Knowledge and understanding of how to problem solve and project manage within a professional creative context T
010 Establish a clear personal professional identity and practice T
011 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:
• Enable safe and independent experiential engagement with the application and 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 2024/5 academic year.