module specification

SM5019 - Theatre Production (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Theatre Production
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Art, Architecture and Design
Total study hours 300
72 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
228 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 40%   Production Process
Coursework 30%   Essay (2,000 words)
Practical Examination 30%   Production Outcome
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Morning
Spring semester North Friday Afternoon
Spring semester North Thursday Morning
Spring semester North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This is a 30 credit module that runs over one semester. The ethos and approaches explored in Autumn Semester in Acting and Performance Skills 2 are applied to the creation of a staged production, led by the assigned Director. The group functions as a company, each member taking on specific roles and working towards a collaborative result. The production will be rehearsed over 12 weeks one day a week (whole day). The production models a professional process and the final performance is open to the public. Whilst the Director leads the process, you will be expected to engage in every part of the process of making the piece of theatre.
The module will facilitate the exploration of systematic approaches to rehearsal in the creation of a mid-scale production, professional relations and dynamics within the context of a company and develop methods of working collaboratively under artistic direction.

Prior learning requirements

Pre-requisites: SM4020, SM4010
Available for Study Abroad? NO


Depending on the text/ stimulus explored as well as on the directorial ethos used, each production will create its own weekly schedule.

During the rehearsal process, each of you will be assigned two roles.

Creative role: this includes performing as well as any creative contribution to the devising process. (LO1, LO2)
Production role: this may include options such as costume, props, set, production assistant, tech, marketing (roles are dependent upon the nature of the production itself). (LO2)

Directors will provide set texts, bibliographies and weekly course outlines as appropriate. Most sessions will include:
- a vocal and movement workshop (including student-led activities);
- rehearsals and production development, led by the Director as well as independently;
- a production meeting, chaired by the Director or the Production Manager.(LO3)
- Learning Outcomes LO1, LO2, LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Scheduled teaching ensures that independent study is effective and addresses the learning outcomes and assessment tasks. You are expected to (and to have the opportunity to) continue with your studies outside of scheduled classes. There will be a range of learning strategies deployed and individual learning styles will be accommodated. The module’s learning outcomes, its contents and delivery, have been scrutinised and will be regularly reviewed to ensure an inclusive approach to pedagogic practice.

The module and course utilise the University’s blended learning platform to support and reinforce learning, to foster peer-to-peer communication and to facilitate tutorial support for you. Reflective learning is promoted through assessment items and interim formative feedback points that ask you to reflect on your progress, seek help where you identify the opportunity for improvement in learning strategies and outcomes, and make recommendations to yourselves for future development. Throughout the module, you will build a body of work, including reflections on progress and achievement.

The course team seeks to embed the University’s Education for Social Justice Framework in fostering learning that is enjoyable, accessible, relevant and that takes account of the social and cultural context and capital of its students.

The School’s programme of employability events and embedded work-related learning within the curriculum supports your personal development planning. Through these initiatives, you are increasingly able, as you progress from year to year, to understand the professional environment of your disciplines, the various opportunities available to you, and how to shape your learning according to your ambitions.

The following learning and teaching strategies are employed in the course of this module:
• rehearsals (continuously assessed);
• multi-media lectures;
• student-led seminars;
• online activities through blended learning approaches;
• practical creative tasks (occasional practical workshops, creative writing, design, photography and videography);
• one formal essay (assessed);
• live performance presentations (assessed).

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

1. apply techniques and skills related to working on a production both on stage and backstage;
2. undertake research and development towards a practical performance project, whilst responding to artistic direction;
3. demonstrate advanced skills in realising and tailoring performance work, open to the public.