Module title: Performance Skills II

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

Module code: CLP09115
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 2, 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 by teachers on the work of the year and on your written critical analysis of your own skills strengths and needs, including a design for your personal programme of enhancement (LO 5).

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 50 1-4 2-13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Other 40 1-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Other 10 5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

A series of classes and practical workshops in voice, movement and acting exploring selected theories and ideas of various practitioners of voice and movement work, (which might include, amongst others, Linklater, Berry, Laban, Rodenburg, Alexander, Feldenkrais, or LeCoq techniques). You will be making critical decisions about techniques that you find most appropriate for your own further enhancement. Along with various technique-based and improvised exercises, you may be working with short texts and excerpts.

Through a variety of exercises you will gain skills in vocal and physical strength and stamina, and acting techniques by which you can develop your emotional, imaginative and intellectual responses. You will work toward acquiring skills in planning and taking the initiative for your own progress, specifically employing techniques of your chosen practitioners.

Skills in collaborative problem-solving and communication will further enhance your confidence and you will be encouraged to take leadership roles where appropriate. 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, and to extend and apply your knowledge of specific technical approaches to freeing performance expression.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate and practically integrate a number of varied approaches to finding physical, vocal and imaginative freedom and fluidity of expression.
2. Effectively communicate with peers to work collaboratively and generously within an ensemble to identify, analyse and solve creative problems and to lead the group with confidence when called upon to do so.
3. Apply creativity in solving performance challenges, particularly with respect to improvisation and devising, and an ability to exercise artistic judgment in theatrical performance.
4. Evidence a detailed grasp of a range of physical and vocal warm-up and conditioning skills, and confidence in applying this knowledge to your own performance.
5. Reflect critically on your developing skills and knowledge, and plan and monitor a personal programme of vocal and physical enhancement and conditioning.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - NEWLOVE & DALBY (2003) LABAN FOR ALL: NICK HERN BOOKS, 1st ed.
Core - RODENBURG, P. (1998) THE ACTOR SPEAKS: METHUEN DRAMA, 1st ed.
Recommended - LECOQ, J. (2009) THE MOVING BODY: METHUEN DRAMA, 1st ed.
Recommended - FELDENKRAIS, M. (2000) AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT: THORSONS, 1st ed.
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