Module code: AMT1016

Module Overview

In this module, students are introduced to and guided in developing a strong foundation in a variety of dance and movement disciplines and styles. Weekly practical classes are designed so that students can develop safe, secure, and consistent technical skills required in both their training and future employment as actor-musicians. As they explore different dance and movement styles, students are encouraged to connect with their individual physicality and discover how to use this physical language in a wide range of theatrical storytelling contexts while being faithful to style. The dance and movement teams ensure that each class is taught from an inclusive perspective to understand the cultural, physical, social and personal differences of learners.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 28

Seminar Hours: 10

Practical/Performance Hours: 262

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Weekly dance and movement classes which may include:

  • Movement Fundamentals

  • Movement Expression

  • Ballet

  • Jazz

  • Tap

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Assessment 1: Ballet (continuous) 20
Practical based assessment Assessment 2: Jazz (continuous) 20
Practical based assessment Assessment 3: Tap (continuous) 20
Practical based assessment Assessment 4: Movement (continuous) 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate practical evidence of a developing theory, knowledge and performance skills in a range of dance and movement styles and practices.

The summative assessment for this module consists of one practical (continuous) assessment for each of the disciplines of ballet, jazz, tap and movement. Each of these assessment points addresses all of the learning outcomes for this module.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment occurs on a continuous basis, with students receiving feedback on tasks undertaken and work completed both within taught sessions, and independently.

Verbal feedback will be regularly shared with the student throughout the teaching activities.


The students will receive written or audio/visual feedback for each of the assessment points upon completion of the module.

Module aims

  • Introduce the student to core dance and movement styles, techniques and practices
  • Develop an understanding of physical anatomy and awareness and embodiment of dance and movement practices
  • Equip the student with knowledge and skills to develop and sustain a healthy mind and body

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate developing skills in Dance and Movement. CPT EMPLOYABILITY, SUSTAINABILITY
002 Evidence knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary practitioners, theories, and practices. KCP EMPLOYABILITY, GLOBAL & CULTURAL, SUSTAINABILITY
003 Develop and apply discipline, resilience and consistency in a professional context. PT EMPLOYABILITY, RESOURCEFULNESS & RESILIENCE
004 Develop and evidence performance skills that demonstrate imagination, creativity originality and understanding of style and genre. KCPT DIGITAL, GLOBAL & CULTURAL, SUSTAINABILITY

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy for this module is designed to place an emphasis on the practical development of movement and dance skills and to enable the exploration and development of the individual's physicality. This module is designed to allow the individual to build on prior and new knowledge and skills to allow learning outcomes to be achieved, and to encourage a continuous approach to physical skills development.

The teaching delivery for this module is a blend of practical classes, personal research, preparation and practice, and peer learning, all of which will allow the student time and space to critically reflect on their own practice and development of skills which underpins the interdisciplinary nature of their studies and future work.

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 trains students, within their chosen fields, to have an understanding and appreciation of 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

Throughout the programme students will be required to engage with digital technologies to develop their digital literacy, to support their learning journey, and to explore and secure employment opportunities. Students will use specialist software to create digital and promotional content, and they will use a range of sharing platforms and social media to share this content with industry professionals and creative peers as appropriate.¿ Students will also use traditional software and other digital technologies to undertake communication, administration, and planning.


The focus on employability is embedded in the teaching, learning and assessment activities throughout this programme to nurture career ready graduates that will be sought after by employers in the creative industries. Expert staff with practitioner backgrounds deliver authentic and practical modes of working from the studio, to rehearsal, to public performance mirroring professional practice. Students develop transferable skills including independent and collaborative working, creative, critical and reflective thinking, and problem solving. Students will engage with a range of industry stakeholders who are invited to observe classes and attend performances. GSA has a dedicated Director of Employability.

Global & Cultural Capabilities

Students will develop their global, social, historical, and cultural awareness, share experiences and knowledge from their own backgrounds and cultures, and appreciate, recognise and interpret diverse perspectives. With an open mind and a willingness to engage in discussion, students will develop awareness and appreciate, recognise and interpret diverse perspectives in the characters and communities they will be portraying as actors-in-training. Students will be able to make informed contributions to the current debates in the creative industries. GSA has a dedicated Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Manager. Students may be signposted to the university's Disability and Neuro-Diversity Service if they have particular needs or are experiencing barriers to individual learning. GSA is committed to making a range of performances accessible.

Resourcefulness & Resilience

In this programme the learning journey is carefully structured so that performance and rehearsal skills can be learned, developed, and integrated resulting in the student acquiring a broad range of resources which they can continue to use throughout the rest of their training and in future employment settings. The nature of the work means the student will learn to navigate uncertainty, to deal with risks and challenges, and to take on board personal and professional responsibilities. The use of formative and summative feedback will enable the students to build a thorough overview of their individual process and progress. The training features independent and collaborative learning, problem solving, communication, perseverance, stamina, critical thinking, self-management, and an understanding of self-value. Mirroring industry standards students will undertake classes, rehearsals and performance schedules which are in line with expectations for a successful Musical Theatre career.


Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to reflect on the social, cultural, ethical, political, economic, and environmental impact of the work they do as individuals and collectively, and to recognise their shared responsibilities. Students will understand the impact on audiences of the values, perceptions, and actions of their own, of others and of characters they are portraying in rehearsal and performance. Students will be nurtured as future leaders in sustainability thinking and empowered to take informed decisions and responsible actions that promote the wellbeing of present and future generations. GSA has a strong commitment to working from the studio, to rehearsal, to public performance in the most sustainable way possible.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Actor-Musician 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 2025/6 academic year.