Module code: MUTM044

Module Overview

Students will be cast and directed in a new musical developed by GSA. There will be four or five weeks of full-time rehearsals followed by a performance week of dress rehearsals and four or five public performances. The musical will be supported by a Director/Musical Stager, and a Musical Director who will give continuous feedback on student progress throughout the course of rehearsals. Students will develop skills acquired in the Public Performance (in year 1) and Public Performance 2 (at the commencement of year 2) by applying them to a new writing, providing challenges of creating original characters without reference to previous productions. Guidance on appropriate methodologies and the determining of appropriate goals will be given by the Director/Musical Stager and Musical Director and disseminated by the DSM. Creative and production staff are selected from members of the faculty, the production courses and from a pool of professional working directors and technicians.

Production may or may not streamed online, and may or may not be performed to a live audience dependent on COVID related conditions.  

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 10

Independent Learning Hours: 10

Lecture Hours: 130

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Approximately four weeks of intensive rehearsal with the Director/Musical Stager and a Musical Director, together with consultation with design, wardrobe, make-up and marketing departments. This is followed by a production week that will include a demanding and lengthy technical rehearsal and two dress rehearsals. The module will culminate in a public performance which may or may not be streamed online, and may or may not be presented to a live audience dependent on COVID related conditions. 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Practical: Performance 70
Practical based assessment Contribution to creative process: Continuous 30

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate an ability to perform with surety in a performance and evidence a credible approach to the creative and rehearsal process.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Performance (Practical) - 70%. Teaching Block 2

Vocal technique

Dance technique

Acting technique

Professional methods of delivery


Contribution to Creative Process - 30%. Teaching Block 2

Vocal technique

Dance technique

Acting technique

Understanding of systems of development

Creative Approach

Stamina and Flexible approaches to objectives

Engagement with professional methods of delivery


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative: Continual Process Assessment

This is a practical formative assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive formative feedback in preparation for the summative assessments. Students receive verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials where this feedback can be discussed after reflection. This will take place in each class.

Vocal technique

Dance technique

Acting technique

Understanding of systems of development

Creative Approach Stamina and Flexible approaches to objectives

Engagement with professional methods of delivery

Module aims

  • To consolidate the skills learned in training by creating and performing an original character in a new musical in a professional-standard public production, incorporating integrated acting, dance/movement, voice and music/singing techniques
  • To contribute appropriately to ensemble practice in a professional environment
  • To manage personal engagement in an environment which follows the industry model with professional directors, musical directors, choreographers and designers
  • To sustain and develop a working performance technique throughout the demands of a series of public performances

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate integrated skills in acting, singing and dancing to a professional level KPT
002 Develop a sophisticated tool kit of performance techniques KPT
003 Evaluate the dramaturgical relationship between the performer, the narrative, the rehearsal, and performance context CPT
004 Develop a performance with and understanding of style and genre CKPT
005 Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context CPT
006 Demonstrate effective collaborative skills within a creative process PT
007 Demonstrate creative, original and imaginative approaches to work in rehearsal and performance 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:

Help the student learn to negotiate a process of engagement with full production values and staff, comprising costume and make-up supervisors set and lighting designers and a full professional structure of stage management and technicians.


The learning and teaching methods include:

Group and independent research

Group and individual rehearsals

Dress rehearsals and Technical inductions

Performances - Streamed online or live dependent on COVID related conditions. 

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.