SM4020 - Acting and Performance Skills 1 (2023/24)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2023/24|
|Module title||Acting and Performance Skills 1|
|Module level||Certificate (04)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Art, Architecture and Design|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2023/24(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)||
Acting and Performance Skills 1 is a year-long module that places the performer at the centre of theatre making. It will encourage the student to investigate the role of the actor in theatre practice by introducing them to performance skills, techniques and processes. It will reference a variety of practitioners. It will allow students to apply these skills and techniques in practice and engage with workshop explorations and text based scene study.
The module will be taught through practice in a workshop setting. Students learn introductory performance skills – for example, presence, focus, immediacy, energy, use of voice, space and movement. LO1
They will also learn professional norms of conduct, including rehearsal room discipline and processes. LO2
They will understand the approaches of specific practitioners such as Stanislavski, Chekov, Meisner, Hagen, Brecht, Boal, Brook and Grotowski. LO3
They will apply these processes, disciplines and techniques to solo and group improvised workshop exercises and to text based explorations. LO4
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Scheduled teaching ensures that independent study is effective and addresses the learning outcomes and assessment tasks. Students are expected to, and have the opportunity to, continue with their studies outside of scheduled classes. 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 students. Reflective learning is promoted through assessment items and interim formative feedback points that ask students to reflect on their progress, seek help where they identify the opportunity for improvement in learning strategies and outcomes, and make recommendations to themselves for future development.
The School’s programme of employability events and embedded work-related learning within the curriculum supports students’ personal development planning. Through these initiatives, students are increasingly able, as they progress from year to year, to understand the professional environment of their disciplines, the various opportunities available to them, and how to shape their learning according to their ambitions.
This module will be taught through practice which will be supported by research and theory.
Learning and Teaching strategies will include:
• practical workshops;
• individual and small group practical tasks;
• self- and peer-observation and evaluation;
• independent research tasks;
• practical assessments with group and individual feedback;
On completion of this module students will be able to:
Cognitive intellectual abilities
1) utilise introductory acting and performance skills, techniques and processes;
2) apply acting and performance skills in theatre practice in a closed workshop situation;
Subject specific skills
3) employ and investigate text as a basis for performance;
Knowledge and understanding
4) implement the learned skills in an exploration of presence, structure, pace, use of space, voice and movement in theatre practice.
Assessment for this module will be practical and continuous. Students will be evaluated on the quality of their performance work in the context of developmental exercises, supervised rehearsals, presentations, creative and reflective written work, and other acting and performance related tasks.
Students are continuously assessed on this module, with their assessment referencing key events within the term, including seminars and performances.
Together with their creative and collaborative skills, process is also evaluated in terms of professionalism, engagement, reliability, attendance and punctuality.
Continuous assessment for this module will take into account sharings of work created in class and rehearsed for presentation, such as monologues and scene studies, which will develop out of the pedagogical structure of the module drawing from tutor-led initiatives and prescribed texts.
There is no core text for this module.
Benedetti, J. (2008) Stanislavski and the Actor – The Final Acting Lessons, Methuen
Bryon, E. (2014) Integrative Performer, Routledge
Chekov, M. (2002) To The Actor: On the Techniques of Acting, Routledge
Hagen, U. (2008) Respect for Acting, Jossey Bass
Reeve, S. (ed.) (2013) Body and Performance: Axminister, Triarchy
Stanislavski, K. (2013) An Actor Prepares, Bloomsbury Revelations
Stanislavski, K. (2013) Creating a Character, Bloomsbury Revelations
Tufnell, M. and Crickmay, C. (2015) A Widening Field: Journeys in Body and Imagination: London, Dance Books Ltd.
Meyer-Dinkgafe, D. (2001) Approaches to Acting, Continuum
Moseley, N. (2012) Meisner in Practice, Nick Hern Books
Merlin, B. (2010) Acting the Basics, Routledge
Panet, B. (2009) Essential Acting, Routledge
Zarilli, P. (2002) Acting Re-considered, Routledge