Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Acting Style

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

Module code: CLP09120
Module leader: Ian Dunn
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performace


Description of module content:

This module will start from the basis that style is a complex set of behavioural responses to specific historical/social contexts. The work will look at the question of style in relation to acting and at the challenges of playing style in a variety of texts and periods. Focus is squarely on sophisticated performance practice that demonstrates research, analysis and understanding of specific behaviours and how such behaviours are rewarded in varying societies in range of historical periods. Given the vocal and physical transformational skills demanded by style work in various periods, there will be a strong strand of tutorial support for help in creating transformative acting choices.

Your work in this trimester will consist of rehearsing a number of scenes in varying styles and in making strong, supported acting choices that demonstrate your understanding of period and style in a range of plays from various historical times and places. Indicative playwrights could include Wycherley, Farquhar, Coward, Travers, Priestley, Maugham, Feydeau, Moliere, Brecht, Pinter, Beckett, Barrie, Wilde, Shaw and others. The focus will be on demonstrating skills that allow strong, committed and ‘inhabited’ acting that brings to life the very specific world of a given time period. You will be required to compile an annotated bibliography of research resources for various time periods appropriate to chosen texts.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Create and sustain a sophisticated performance that reflects a profound understanding of the social and historical context of a given style.
LO2: Successfully sustain style choices in an extended performance.
LO3: Express advanced vocal, physical and technical transformational performance skills
LO4: Demonstrate a vivid expressive palette and balanced judgment in applied practice
LO5: Demonstrate a sound understanding of the relationship between context, society, history, and acting performance.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, 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). Class participation is an assessed component in this module.
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. 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 an annotated bibliography will underpin practical work (LO 5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will consider your continual engagement with and progress in the class and the teaching. 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. 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 (LOs 1 -5).

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 Practical classes and workshops 102
Independent Learning Guided independent study 50
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Contact your module leader