Module code: APP2001

Module Overview

This module builds upon the work undertaken at Level 4 and further develops the skill base of the creative practitioner and facilitator in theatre practice, singing, music, movement and voice, in relation to both self and others.

Across Level 5 students will study practical skills in studio-based group classes and undertake observations of teaching and rehearsal practice within GSA. Students will encounter, explore and research the application and integration of core technical skills through the lens of the facilitator. This module continues the process of the individual understanding how they relate to the world and those around them through the inclusive and considered facilitation of the core fundamentals that underpin the programme. Students will be guided to engage in reflective practice to engender resilience and wellbeing by documenting and reflecting upon their learning journey. This module provides students with the foundational training that is required to develop an artistic skill-set, within an international context.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 60

Tutorial Hours: 24

Practical/Performance Hours: 216

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Each teaching block, students will undertake weekly practical studio based classes in the following disciplines:

  • Theatre Practice

  • Group Singing/Music

  • Movement

  • Voice

These classes will be complemented by weekly teaching observations arranged by the student.

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 - Theatre Practice 25
Practical based assessment Continuous Assessment - Voice 25
Practical based assessment Continuous Assessment - Singing and Music 25
Practical based assessment Continuous Assessment - Movement 25

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 practical classwork for each skills class (theatre practice, voice, singing/music, movement)

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.


There are practical assessments that provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive feedback continually, verbally, from teachers, and from peers. Students receive informal and formal verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials where this feedback can be discussed after reflection and grading has taken place.

Formal summative feedback will be published via SurreyLearn by a published date within three teaching weeks.

Module aims

  • 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 continue the students understanding of theatre and drama, adding to it a level of critical awareness and analytical ability which will enrich practice and extend potential, as interpreters, facilitators and creators
  • To support students who can contribute creatively, innovatively, inclusively and intelligently to their chosen professional field

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of safe and integrated performance practice K EMPLOYABILITY, RESOURCEFULNESS & RESILIENCE
002 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of established practitioners, companies, technical and professional support required for self and others to sustain a career K EMPLOYABILITY, GLOBAL & CULTURAL, SUSTAINABILITY
003 Critically analyse and evaluate personal professional practice within the collaborative creative process C RESOURCEFULNESS & RESILIENCE, EMPLOYABILITY
004 Apply technical skills required in the creative collaborative process whilst demonstrating discipline and consistency in a professional context. KP DIGITAL, EMPLOYABILITY, SUSTAINABILITY
005 Integrate an embodied understanding of creative risk taking within personal practice P RESOURCEFULNESS & RESILIENCE

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 active, experiential engagement with the inclusive 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.

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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 develop their digital skills and literacy throughout the module. They are introduced to the virtual learning environment and required to make use of online resources including online research, creation and submission of digital work (video, written) for formative and summative assessment.

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 appropriate scholarship.

Module content incorporates perspectives and practices from a range of cultures; through conversations around culture, appreciation, and appropriation students are encouraged to diversify their knowledge and reflect on different experiences; through critical engagement students are encouraged to examine and debate topics in relation to global and cultural capabilities, further developing students’ sustainable performance practice.


Students directly gain skills and experience in theatre practice, 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 2025/6 academic year.