Module title: Performance Technique II

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

Module code: CLP09118
Module leader: Ian Dunn
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: 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 (LOs 1,2,3,4,5), working in groups, pairs and individually as appropriate. You will engage in practical workshops exploring scenes and approaching them from the dual basis of acting for stage and acting for screen. 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. In addition the opportunity to direct a rehearsal of a scene will demonstrate your understanding and to articulate a learned vocabulary (LOs 3,5).

You will develop a number of transferable skills, including your ability to discuss critically and analytically, and to articulate arguments orally. You will develop leadership ability, analytical skills and textual analysis skills.

Formative assessment will consider your continual engagement with and progress on the course: your developing skills 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. Classes will generally involve performance before the rest of the class, which is assessed in situ and immediately through dialogue (LOs 1,2,3,4). Observation of a directed scene will form the basis of immediate feedback (LOs 3,5). Summative assessment will be based on your performance in a closed-audience performances for which you will prepare for the last class session (LOs 1,2,3,4).

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 Supervised time in studio/workshop 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 40 1-4 2-13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Other 20 3,5 10-12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Other 40 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The workshops will continue to focus on practical collaborative exploration, and on learning from both doing and evaluating, but in terms of length and difficulty, the work will grow increasingly complex/challenging. Specific acting theorists, such as Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen and others will be considered in practical application. Through a series of chosen scenes for both stage and screen you will learn to work under direction to develop complex, believable scenes that will test your imagination and ability both to make strong choices and to sustain them in performance.

You will be exploring the similarities and differences in performance for stage and performance for screen and will be applying your performance skills and knowledge in both contexts. You will be choosing and directing a short scene with your peers, which will be observed and evaluated in rehearsal. This will require that you demonstrate an advanced knowledge of stagecraft and further text your ability to communicate ideas clearly and cogently through practical performance vocabulary. This active leadership role will help prepare you for the increased demands of leadership and articulation required in level 10 modules (particularly Festival Production).

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
1. Integrate vocal and physical skills in complex expression in both live and recorded performance.
2. Confidently articulate a theoretical approach to preparing, executing and sustaining performance choices in both live and recorded media, and to articulate the similarities and differences in working between the two.
3. Critically understand dramatic conflict and how you can use it to develop and communicate elements of character, emotion, and narrative to an audience, as well as to your fellow actors.
4. Evidence critical knowledge of a range of approaches to deepening imaginative and emotional connection to text in performance.
5. Articulate clearly a vision about dramatic staging and acting and to realise that vision in practical terms, under observation.

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Performance Technique II