Module title: Intermediate Acting I: 20th Century Drama

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP08114
Module leader: Ian Dunn
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture


2019/0, 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: Ian Dunn
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching and learning will take place in the form of practical classes of all the students, working in groups, pairs and individually as appropriate (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). Opportunities to show work regularly in class and to see the work of other students, and to discuss work critically is a fundamental part of the learning. Attendance at 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 an annotated bibliography will underpin practical work (LOs 4,5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will consider your continual engagement with and progress on the course and the teaching. Class participation is an assessed component in module. Participation 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 (LOs 1 – 5). 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. The final assessment will rest on reports by teachers on the work of the year and this summative assessment. In addition your annotated bibliography will form part of a pattern of research and observation that relates to your practical work in class (LO 4 & 5).

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

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 50 1-5 2 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 30 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 20 3,5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will extend and deepen your knowledge of acting theory and provide practical workshop sessions for exploring the application of theory to 20th century dramatic works. In collaborative settings, you will continue your work toward finding freedom and ease of expression, both vocal and physical. You will continue exploring 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, particularly in the mid- to late 20th century. Techniques for inspiring imagination and play will remain at the heart of the work, and you will be extending your ability to create 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 in groups and on your own to develop complex, believable scenes from the canon of 20th Century drama that will test your imagination and creativity. This module runs alongside and complements CLP08103, Modern Drama.
You will continue to integrate your acting, voice and movement work, continuing to develop physical and vocal freedom within the acting work.
You will analyse, rehearse and present a number of excerpts from plays by authors such as Beckett, O'Casey, O'Neill, Williams, Pinter, Shaffer, Shepard, Stoppard, Friel, Greig and Soyinka, Ionesco and Brecht. You will be considering acting theory from a 20th century perspective, looking closely at the work of Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Sandford Meisner, and others.
An annotated bibliography of research into acting theory of the last half of the 20th century will underpin your practical work. The module will culminate in a final assessed showing of two scenes.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Apply and integrate a range of physical, vocal and acting skills to develop a performance in a range of 20th century theatrical styles.
LO2: Demonstrate a practical knowledge of the major playwrights of the 20th century.
LO3: Work with fellow students and on your own to understand, develop and respond to a complex text.
LO4: Identify the specific intellectual movements that influenced drama over the 20th century.
LO5: Continue to develop a complex understanding of the interplay of theory and practice in the work of an actor and to underpin your work with relevant observation and research.

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Intermediate Acting I: 20th Century Drama