Module code: ACT3014

Module Overview

Students will be expected to arrive appropriately prepared for physical and vocal work. Research and preparation will be necessary in pursuit of some of the modules aims. Students are required to warm up and dress appropriately for rehearsal.


The Mid - Scale Production project builds on the work of Level 5 module The Actor in Rehearsal / Collaboration within Industry.


Small Scale Production offers an opportunity for integration of principles and skills from across the programme in relation to a fully supported production.

The Production is based in a studio or other mid-scale setting, preparing for the Large-Scale Production Module in Teaching Block 2.


The Small Scale Production supports the ethos and values of equality, diversity and inclusion.

In the delivery of this module, GSA is guided by the UN's 17 Sustainable Development goals. We aim to promote good health and well-being by keeping to appropriate working hours and maintaining Equity-standard safe spaces. We encourage positive working ethics: collaboration, kindness, support, understanding, listening and integrity. We aim to recycle and repurpose sets, props and other production resources where possible, promoting a circular economy.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

ROUSE Dominic (GSA)

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: 80

Practical/Performance Hours: 200

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 10

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Rehearsal and performance of a Mid-Scale production.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Continual Assessment - Preparation / Rehearsal Process and Performance. 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:


Readiness to take on responsibility for managing a career in the performing arts.

Understanding of procedures, skills and abilities required for involvement in industry-level work.

Capacity to work effectively within a professional company.


 Assimilation of skills and judgment to deliver a high quality, professional performance for industry professionals.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Continuous assessment of preparation, process, full-time rehearsal and performance of a mid-scale production to the public and Industry professionals


Formative assessment and feedback will be given through a session in the middle of teaching block 1. Formative feedback will also occur during practical sessions on a verbal basis. The feedback will usually be in a group context, but may sometimes happen one to one with the tutor.

Module aims

  • ¿ Thoroughly prepare the actor for engagement in the professional performance industry.
  • ¿ To consolidate the skills required for creating and sustaining character.
  • ¿ To provide a working environment which adheres to professional values and codes of conduct, including equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • ¿ Develop responsible and consistent attitudes towards self-management and self-presentation.
  • ¿ Develop a sophisticated awareness of professional discipline and presentation.
  • ¿ Prepare the trainee actor for a lifelong commitment to the process of seeking and acquiring creative, artistic and commercial opportunities.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 • Display a readiness and ability to take responsibility for managing a career in the performing arts. CKPT
002 • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility. CKPT
003 • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the ability to operate autonomously and effectively within and across a variety of professional environments. CKPT
004 • Evidence a clear understanding of and connection to text. CKPT
005 • Demonstrate effective vocal delivery. CKPT
006 • Work in an appropriate and professionally focused manner in pursuit of creating and sustaining a truthful characterisation within performance. CKPT
007 • Effectively collaborate and integrate with members of the company. CKPT

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:


Develop the skills learnt in Levels 4 and 5 in a full rehearsal and performance situation.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Rehearsals led by Senior Tutor or Visiting professional.
Group and independent research.
Audition sessions.
Performances in a Mid-Scale venue.

Practical, skills based and tutor led group sessions following traditional formats.
Visual, Audio and Kinesthetic methods of learning – including use of VLE.


180 hours in teaching Block 1

120 hours for self-reflection, research, documentation and rehearsal preparation time.

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.

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Other information

GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.

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 2025/6 academic year.