Core Module Information
Module title: Stage and Screen Performance 1

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

Module code: CLP09133
Module leader: Ian Dunn
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

The workshops in this module will focus on practical collaborative exploration, and on learning from both doing and evaluating. Through a series of chosen scenes and exercises you will learn to work under direction as part of a team, with fellow students, and on your own to develop complex, believable scenes that will test your imagination and ability to make strong choices and to sustain them in performance. The class time will be split equally between screen technique and stage technique each week. 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. Over the course of the class you will be faced with lengthier and more challenging scripted and unscripted exercises, which require rehearsal both in and out of class, demonstrating rehearsal techniques and working fruitfully and responsibly with your fellow actors. You will also be showing your work in class regularly and learning to respond critically and responsibly to what you see. You will be expected to provide a character portfolio for your final performance piece(s) that will encompass research and objective and subjective analysis for your chosen character(s). You will perform an extended scene for the stage element and a short film scene for screen.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Integrate vocal and physical skills in complex expression in both live and recorded performance.
LO2: 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.
LO3: Demonstrate understanding of dramatic conflict and how you can use it to develop and communicate elements of character, emotion, and narrative to an audience.
LO4: Evidence knowledge of a range of approaches to deepening imaginative and emotional connection to text in performance, and an ability to articulate the approaches to your peers in a chosen scene.
LO5: Clarify thought, test and embed knowledge developed from research and analytical thinking.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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 working in groups, pairs and individually as appropriate (LOs 1,2,3,4). You will engage in practical workshops exploring scenes and approaching them from the dual basis of acting for stage and acting for screen. This interdisciplinary approach allows you to make connections between different approaches and extend your knowledge and understanding. Opportunities to show your own work and see that of the other students and discuss your own and their work critically is a fundamental part of the learning and is fully integrated into the module. Attendance at all classes is vital and you will be expected to contribute to the joint development of the group’s work as well as your individual learning. In addition a prepared, character portfolio will demonstrate your ability to reflect on your own practice and to articulate a learned vocabulary (LO5). You will be given increasing independence in how you approach developing your technique.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will consider your continual engagement with and progress on the course and the teaching: 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. 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).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be based on your performance in final stage performance and filmed scene (40%). These performances will be based on an extended stage scene and a 3-5min filmed scene. For these performances you will be marked on: character development; voice and movement quality; interpretation and preparation; emotional engagement; character through-line, assessed against an
assessment rubric for both the stage and screen elements (L.O.s 1,2,3,4). You will also be assessed on your acuity of your character portfolio (10%) containing research, reflections, objective and subjective analysis (LO 5). Continual assessment (50%) will rest on reports by teachers on the work throughout the module with your engagement, participation and professionalism (LOs 1,2,3,4,5).

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

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 50 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 01.00, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 40 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.20, WORDS= 0
Learning Log 10 5 11 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Stage and Screen Performance 1