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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ACTM007 Module Title: ADVANCED PRACTICE
Module Provider: Guildford School of Acting Short Name: ACTM007
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: FENDER T Ms (GSA)
Number of credits: 45 Number of ECTS credits: 22.5
Module Availability
Summer Term
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)

Assessed Theatre performance


Assessed Industry performance


Critical Evaluation 4 – 6,000 words


Professional Development Plan, 2,000 words


Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Module Overview

The Advanced Practice module builds on all the previous programme learning outcomes, in order to ensure that the student achieves a professional level entry into the industry for which she has trained.  

The Public Performance Project will be based around an appropriately complex and demanding text.  Students will need to evidence a clear and comprehensive understanding of text and context and the skilled application of integrated technique. 

Students will produce a critical evaluation of their process, practice, performances and progress during the project and will critically re-assess their work over the year.  This should be a rigorous and reflective account of the rehearsal and performance process, with detailed observations on character work, context, concept, and performance methodologies.  It will analyse and critique the synthesis of rehearsal and performance skills in the final performances.

Students will research, rehearse and perform in an industry showcase designed to introduce them to the profession at large.  It will be necessary to exhibit a clear awareness of casting potential, employability and suitability of chosen material, as well as to present a charismatic, confident, assured performance appropriate to the chosen scene.

Students will also be required to produce a Professional Development Plan, evidencing a considered and structured strategy for entry to the profession.  It should demonstrate a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of how to obtain employment and how to maintain employability. It should demonstrate an equally comprehensive knowledge of casting procedures and audition preparation and should also consider how to create employment opportunities either within the profession or a related field.

Module Aims
• To enable the student to research, rehearse and perform an exclusive role in an appropriately complex and challenging performance context.
• To practise a sound, tested working methodology which enables a professional, disciplined and creative working process.
• To ensure an advanced understanding of, and ability to operate within professional theatrical business structures and processes
• To stimulate constructive and critical reflection upon process and outcome
• To provide a an opportunity for successful presentation to the industry in a professional industry-attended showcase
• To enable the student to strategise for and take responsibility for the pursuit and creation of artistic, creative and commercial opportunities.
Learning Outcomes
• The ability to be creative and imaginative within the bounds of a prescribed text and to respond positively and constructively to direction.
• The ability to demonstrate flexibility, variation and depth within the realisation of a character
• The ability to evaluate, analyse and reflect critically on own practice.
• The ability to articulate in writing an advanced understanding of professional disciplines and the commitment of the individual to the creative ensemble
• The ability to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of strengths and areas for development as an artist, together with an accurate understanding of your  commercial potential as a performer
• The ability to show a highly professional attitude that is conducive to acquiring professional work and to sustaining a professional career.
• Evidence of opportunities identified and progress made regarding selected workshops, companies, agencies, and other related professional work.
Module Content

The Advanced Practice (Dissertation) Module is made up of four elements.

1. Performance in the final public performance project at GSA, rehearsed to professional industry standards and presented at a public venue with full production values.
2. A Critical Evaluation of the student’s process, practice, performances and personal progress on the project.  4,000 – 6,000 words.
3. Performance in an industry specific showcase at a West End venue.
4. Professional Development Plan, 2,000 words

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Group and Individual rehearsals
Group and Individual seminars
Group and Individual tutorials
Audition sessions
Selected Texts/Journals
Berry, Cicely, The Actor and the Text, (London: Harrap, 1987)
Bolton, Gillie, Reflective Practice (Paul Chapman Publishing, 2001)
Buzan, B & Buzan, T The Mind Map Book (London: BBC Active, 2003
Caldarone, M.and Lloyd-Williams M.  Actions: The Actor’s Thesaurus (London: Nick Hern 2004)
Chekhov, Michael, To the Actor ed. Mel Gordon (London: Harper Collins, 1991)
Donnellan, D. The Actor and the Target (London: Nick Hern, 2005)
Hagen, Ute, with Haskel Frankel, Respect for Acting (London Macmillan, 1973)
Moon, J.A., A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2004)
Moon, J.A., Reflection in Learning & Professional Development (Routledge, 2000)
Peck, J & Coyle, M, The Students Guide to Writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
Schon, D., The Reflective Practitioner, (UK: Ashgate, 1991)
Stanislavski, K, An Actor’s Work (Oxford: Routledge, 2008)
Swetnam, D., Writing Your Dissertation, (Oxford:Howtobooks, 2000)
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