Module title: Performance Skills 1

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP09114
Module leader: Iain Davie
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

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, rehearsing in groups or individually if appropriate (LOs 1,2,3, 4). . You will be work on given tasks and exercises which allow you to develop your skills and understanding of different approaches to acting, voice and movement (LOs 1,3, 4.). Attendance at all classes is vital and students will be expected to contribute to the joint development of the group’s work as well as their individual learning.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills: You will develop a number of transferable skills, including the ability to discuss critically and analytically, and to articulate arguments orally. You will learn to work well in groups and on your own to approach creative problem-solving.

Assessment: Formative assessment will consider your continual engagement with and progress on the course. 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). Summative assessment will be based on your actual performance in closed-audience performances (Los 1 – 5). The final assessment will rest on reports by teachers on the work of the year and this summative assessment.

Research/ teaching linkages: In acquiring the discipline of an organised and structured approach to performance, students are also developing core research skills.

Supporting equality and diversity: The School is committed to helping students achieve their educational potential, regardless of disability.

Internationalisation: If you are an international student, you will be given advice as to the kinds of particular resources available to you.


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 72
Independent Learning Demonstration 128
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 75 1-4 2-13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Other 25 1-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 75
Component 2 subtotal: 25
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

A series of classes and practical workshops in voice, singing, movement and acting offering a progression of technique-based devised, improvised and written exercises designed to test and strengthen vocal, physical and imaginative skills. A variety of approaches will be employed with the aim of freeing and enhancing the voice, promoting physical stamina and ease, and stimulating and encouraging imagination and risk-taking.

Along with various improvised exercises, you will be working with short texts, songs and excerpts. These exercises will teach you to create and embody different dramatic situations, contexts, narratives and characters. You will encounter exercises that require the ability to identify and exploit the dramatic potential in texts. Through these exercises you will gain skills in acting techniques by which you can develop your emotional, imaginative and intellectual responses. You will work on improvisational scenes and ‘contentless’ scenes, which require extensive imaginative underpinning.

Skills in collaborative problem-solving and communication will enhance confidence in group work. The overall aim in these workshops will be to help you find strong, free and relatively ‘neutral’ physical and vocal expression and to enhance concentration and imagination in a variety of contexts.


Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Integrate a number of varied approaches to finding physical, vocal and imaginative freedom and fluidity of expression.
LO2: Communicate effectively with peers and work collaboratively to solve creative problems.
LO3: Demonstrate originality and creativity in solving performance challenges, particularly with respect to improvisation and devising work.
LO4: Establish a fundamental grasp of a range of physical and vocal warm-up and conditioning skills, and a marked initiative in applying and exercising these skills for improving performance quality.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - WILSON, R. (2000) ACTORS LAB WORKSHOPS: BOOK OF ACTING EXERCISES: FIRST & BEST IN EDUCATION LTD, 1st ed.
Recommended - BERRY, CICELY (2000) VOICE AND THE ACTOR: HARRAP & CO., 1st ed.
Recommended - JOHNSTONE, K. (2007) IMPRO: IMPROVISATION AND THE THEATRE: METHUEN DRAMA, 1st ed.
Recommended - JOHNSTON, C. (2006) THE IMPROVISATION GAME: DISCOVERING THE SECRETS OF SPONTANEOUS PERFORMANCE: NICK HERN BOOKS, 1st ed.
Recommended - MARSHALL, L. (2008) THE BODY SPEAKS: PERFORMANCE AND PHYSICAL EXPRESSION (2ND ED.): METHUEN, 2nd ed.
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