Module title: Acting Fundamentals I

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP07111
Module leader: Iain Davie
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture
Prerequisites

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2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Iain Davie
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching and learning will take place in the form of practical classes of all the students (LOs 1,2,3,4,5), working in groups, pairs and individually as appropriate. Opportunities to show work regularly in class and to see that of the other students and discuss work critically is a fundamental part of the learning. Full engagement in all classes is compulsory and students will be expected to contribute to the joint development of the group’s work as well as their individual learning. In addition a series of short essays will demonstrate observational skills and underpin practical work (LO5).


Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will consider your continual engagement with and progress on the course and the teaching. You will be given formative feedback on the first two of your observational essays. Class participation is also an assessed component in this module. As with all our assessments, it is assessed by the tutor who works in a small group cohort weekly and knows all the students in the tutorial group well. Student participation in workshops is assessed in terms of how they progress within the specified learning outcomes, which are transparent from the first day. Your developing skills, knowledge and understanding and your ability to work with the rest of the group will be monitored and you will receive regular one-to-one feedback from your teachers during this module and at the end of the Trimester (LOs 1-5). Classes will generally involve performance before the rest of the class, which is assessed in situ and immediately through dialogue. This continual assessment will contribute to the end of year assessment

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be based on your actual performance in closed-audience performances for which you will prepare for the last class session (LOs1-5). . The final assessment will rest on reports by teachers on the work of the year and this summative assessment. In addition your final two observational essays will form part of a pattern of research and observation that relates to your practical work in class (LO 5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 48
Independent Learning Practical classes and workshops 102
Independent Learning Fieldwork 50
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 30 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 20 5 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Discussion/Participation 50 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This is the first in a series of modules which will introduce you to the fundamentals of acting theory and provide practical workshop sessions for exploring the application of theory. In collaborative settings, you will be looking particularly at the relationship between acting and psychology, acting and emotion, acting and character, acting and cognitive processes, and the many ways in which traditional theories of acting have responded to the question of how actors prepare and perform. Techniques for inspiring imagination and play will be at the heart of the work, and you will be developing the first steps toward creating acting that is engaging, believable and sustainable in varying contexts. The workshops will focus on collaborative exploration, and on learning from both doing and evaluating. You will learn to work with fellow students and on your own to develop complex, believable short scenes that will test your imagination and creativity. You will gain knowledge of some key approaches to acting in both live and recorded media, and develop the ability to think critically about the ways in which acting theory has developed over the last century.
You will be learning about the central figures in modern acting theory, beginning with Stanislavski and you will develop your ability to evaluate acting theories critically. You will apply that critical knowledge to practical acting exercises and learn specific acting techniques, working in groups, in pairs and individually, with short texts and excerpts and also without texts.
This is the first in a series of modules which will introduce you to the fundamentals of acting theory and provide practical workshop sessions for exploring the application of theory. In collaborative settings, you will be looking particularly at the relationship between acting and psychology, acting and emotion, acting and character, acting and cognitive processes, and the many ways in which traditional theories of acting have responded to the question of how actors prepare and perform. Techniques for inspiring imagination and play will be at the heart of the work, and you will be developing the first steps toward creating acting that is engaging, believable and sustainable in varying contexts. The workshops will focus on collaborative exploration, and on learning from both doing and evaluating. You will learn to work with fellow students and on your own to develop complex, believable short scenes that will test your imagination and creativity. You will gain knowledge of some key approaches to acting in both live and recorded media, and develop the ability to think critically about the ways in which acting theory has developed over the last century.
You will be learning about the central figures in modern acting theory, beginning with Stanislavski and you will develop your ability to evaluate acting theories critically. You will apply that critical knowledge to practical acting exercises and learn specific acting techniques, working in groups, in pairs and individually, with short texts and excerpts and also without texts.

You will work on improvisational scenes and ‘contextless’ scenes, which require extensive imaginative underpinning. Over the course of the class you will be faced with lengthier and more challenging scripted and unscripted exercises, which require rehearsal both in and out of class, demonstrating rehearsal techniques and working fruitfully and responsibly with your fellow actors. You will also be showing your work in class regularly and learning to respond critically and responsibly to what you see.
You will be required to write a number of brief, observational essays on people, paintings or photographs.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Apply practical knowledge of various acting theories and techniques
LO2: Demonstrate techniques for engaging imagination – both your own and others’.
LO3: Understand and exploit dramatic conflict to develop and communicate elements of character, emotion, and narrative to an audience.
LO4: Work with fellow students to explore, understand and communicate in rehearsal and performance
LO5: Demonstrate observational and analytical skills

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Acting Fundamentals I