Core Module Information
Module title: Directing II

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

Module code: CLP09121
Module leader: Donna Soto-Morettini
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

Fundamentals of Directing
Or equivalent SCQF Level 8 Directing modules

Description of module content:

This module continues your exploration into the skills of directing. You will be expected to solve more complex creative challenges in all aspects of theatre directing, film and production. You will be required to work on increasingly difficult textual problems and to apply your learning to the planning, casting and production side of the work. You will be given opportunities to exercise both autonomy and initiative in choosing short exercises and producing work and you will be expected to take full responsibility for planning and execution.
You will work on both scripted and unscripted exercises of increasing length and difficulty. As well as working on your own exercises you are expected to participate in those of your peers. You will be learning the fundamentals of planning and running a very basic technical rehearsal and you will be preparing a 4 minute project for your final assessment, which must include some scripted element, and which demonstrates significant expressive challenges. Your final assessment will require a director’s notebook which outlines full rehearsal schedule, budget and production planning elements, as well as the Director’s Programme Notes.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1. Direct a short scene with confidence and clarity, creating a positive working environment in the rehearsal room.
LO2. Exercise autonomy and initiative as a director, demonstrating strong analytical skills to explore and express complex action and psychological choices.
LO3. Work with fellow students and on your own to plan, schedule and develop creative approaches for a chosen project.
LO4. Carry out required technical work and demonstrate an understanding of technical roles in theatre production
LO5. Demonstrate some command of the interplay of all the elements of theatricality (visual, aural, psychophysical action) in the work of a director.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes) (NB. No longer restricted in terms of characters)

Teaching and learning will take place in the form of practical classes of all the students, working in small groups as actors and directors, 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. Full engagement in all classes is compulsory and students will be expected to contribute to the joint development of both their own directing work as well as that of others. The final assessed scene will be accompanied by a Director’s Notebook, which demonstrates the research and analysis underpinning the practical work (LOs 2, 5).

Formative Assessment:
The intense, workshop nature of this module means that one-to-one feedback forms a significant part of your learning experience in each class. Discussions and immediate response to practical performance work are at the heart of your artistic exploration of the material throughout this module. Formative assessment will be given on a day to day basis through the form of oral feedback. (LOs 1,2,3,4).

Summative Assessment:
Class participation is an assessed component in this 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. 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 will be based on your research work in your director’s production notebook (including Director’s Programme Notes) (LOs 3,5) , as well as a performance of your directed scenes in closed-audience which you will prepare for the middle of the course and the last class session (LOs 1-5). The final assessment will rest on reports by teachers on the work of the year and this summative assessment.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 48
Independent Learning Fieldwork 42
Independent Learning Demonstration 110
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 40 1-5 2 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 10 3,5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 50 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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