Module code: AMT3011

Module Overview

The module addresses the need for actors to understand the methodology behind and the creative reasoning for developing a production or a theatre company.

The module will look at how to create:

  • Artistic objectives

  • Budgets

  • Casting breakdowns

  • Rehearsal schedules

  • Funding streams and applications

  • How to present to others and communicate on work

In the delivery of this module, GSA is guided by the UN's 17 Sustainable Development goals. We aim to promote and encourage a sense of enterprise and entrepreneurship. The module aims to foster an understanding of sustainable financial and business models. We will aim to establish and foster sustainable working practice in a financially viable way post-graduation and an understanding of sustainable funding streams. We also aim to promote and encourage collaboration with the community, through outreach projects, events, performance and other initiatives, developing our curriculum to promote social sustainability.

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: 270

Seminar Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 20

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Seminar work



Visiting lectures

Seminar presentations

All material and content covered will be reflective of the continually developing global perspective within the theatre/music industry, with an understanding and awareness of the history and context from which it is derived. Teaching delivery will be such that it is accessible for all students.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation SEMINAR PRESENTATION OF WORK 30

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 actor-musician in preparing for maintenance of skill and preparedness for auditions.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Unit 1: WRITTEN 70%

Student Activity

Effective delivery of a workable artistic plan

Effective delivery of a workable and viable budget for the company or production

Effective delivery of an artistic reasoning behind the project or company

Effective delivery of budgets in standard formats

Effective narrative delivery of objectives in standard formats

Evaluation of project needs is commensurate with scale of the vision presented.


Student Activity

Effective communication of a workable artistic plan

Effective communication of a workable and viable budget for the company or production

Engaging delivery of an artistic reasoning behind the project or company

Ability to discuss artistic objectives

Ability to discuss financial reasoning

Ability to discuss and present in a professional manner.

Participation in and effective work in a rehearsal process


Formative assessment




These are practical assessments that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive feedback sequentially. Students receive verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials where this feedback can be discussed after reflection and grading has taken place.

Module aims

  • Enable students to understand the process of mounting a theatrical production or creation of a theatre company. Looking at how the public sector subsidises companies and how the private sector seeks funding from other sources.
  • Students also acquire skills in presentation, budgeting and analysis of creative objectives.
  • Leading to and understanding of how we
  • Developing a culture of creative independence
  • Develop an understanding a practical application of business skillbase
  • Develop an understanding of working to deadlines
  • Develop an awareness of production and company management
  • Developing a creative ensemble
  • Embed analytical and academic skills within an artistic environment

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 1. Display a clear understanding of performance needs and logistics CKPT
002 2. Create and develop a credible approach to creative performance and artistic analysis CKPT
003 3. Demonstrate appropriate understanding of financial constraint on theatre performances CKPT
004 4. Effectively communicate artistic objectives in written and presentation formats. CKPT
005 5. Evidence skills that will enable the student to plan, deliver and reflect critically on own practice and planning for company development and production. CKPT
006 6. Evidence the ability to design and implement strategies targeted at differing artistic, creative and business objectives 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:

Place an emphasis on the practical skills required to participate in and realise a theatre company or production as an actor musician.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Across the year this module is delivered over 150 hours of study with a blend of personal practice and research with reflection guided by


Throughout the module different learning and teaching strategies are applied to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes, including research, reflective practice, peer to peer learning and formative assessment with detailed written feedback.

  • The approach of the module is vocational in content and delivery and encourages students to participate in reflection on their own practice, independent study and research and embeds the concepts of peer to peer feedback within the rehearsal room. Students are encouraged to utilise materials on SURREY LEARN and also receive individual tutorials from staff to help in forming their learning experience.

  • Students receive regular verbal feedback both individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal and use for reflection.

  • Students are encouraged to self-assess and peer-assess within the class structure and as part of the ethos of continuous actor training.

  • Lesson plans are structured to take account of and deliver for students with a specifc bias toward visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning enabling differentation of techniques within the class and a sensitivity towards inclusivity.


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.

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.