Module code: PRO1035

Module Overview

This module is designed to allow students to undertake a support role in a time critical production environment. Students will work in support of assigned departmental work and explore the collaborative nature of production through the communication and delivery of a live performance. Working within their peer group, freelance and in-house production teams, students will be able to apply and evidence basic skill acquisition in the core activities of the pre-production, production and post-production periods.

Throughout this module students will be expected to work responsibly and as far as reasonably practicable towards sustainable goals in producing and working on GSA shows.  As guided and outlined by the Theatre green book, with guidance from SIPA (sustainability in production alliance). 

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

Workshop Hours: 30

Independent Learning Hours: 254

Lecture Hours: 4

Tutorial Hours: 12

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes: Students will work within a small team under the supervision of the GSA staff to facilitate the preparation, rigging, and operation of technical elements for performance. Students may also support the work of a team in the administration, prop sourcing or other activities relating to the work of the stage management department. Students may work variously with freelance/professional teams, second and third year students or in-house technicians on a range of GSA presentations that may or may not be streamed and may or may not be presented live.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 1500 reflective essay 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

In keeping with the Programme's Assessment strategy, the practical assessment is designed to develop the students' knowledge and understanding of the working practices of theatre production and enhance their own self-reflection and personal development.

Summative Assessment will in take the form of a;

Reflective Essay 1500 words -

Formative assessment will be offered during work on your show roles.

Module aims

  • Apply skills learnt in previous class/workshops to the practical realisation of the work of an assigned production department.
  • Aid familiarity and confidence in recognising technical components in their preparation, rigging and operation.
  • Advance students' understanding of the management of a production through practical experience and observation of a production from fit-up to get-out.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to identify and explore further areas of interest and study in one or more subject areas.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Engage in the theatre production process adopting the procedures and methods at every stage of the process. KP
002 Apply working practices learned in taught modules to the production process P
003 Demonstrate problem-solving skills in a creative team environment. CT
004 Engage positively in team and group activity T
005 Understand the need for planning of personal workloads CT
006 Review their performance and reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses C

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 the student to demonstrate practical application of skills at an introductory level.
Encourage the acquisition of intermediate knowledge and skills in one or more subject areas.
Prompt independent study and development of new found areas of interest within the wider Production Skills portfolio.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Attendance and contribution to production meetings and ad hoc briefings.
Specialist demonstration and instruction (e.g. rigging at height, electrical Health and Safety, etc.) Competency exercises in basic theory and practice of production.
Workshops and ad hoc sessions with visiting creative/ production professionals.
(Hours of activity are dependent upon the size and genre of production, venue and contributing number of freelance or associate professional staff)

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

This is a year long 30 credit module that entails participation multiple practical show roles.

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.