Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Acting: Screen

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

Module code: CLP09136
Module leader: Ian Dunn
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module will provide practical workshop sessions for exploring the application of theory to acting in recorded media. In collaborative settings, working with increasingly challenging material, you will explore the different demands of screen acting and your relationship with, and awareness of the camera. You will consider the relationship between acting and psychology, acting and emotion, acting and character, acting and cognitive processes, and the many ways in which traditional theories of acting have responded to the question of how actors prepare and perform. Techniques for inspiring imagination and play will continue to be at the heart of the work, and you will be enhancing your ability to create acting that is engaging, believable and sustainable for screen.
You will be choosing scenes to perform with a scene partner that will reflect the growing complexity in your work and evidence the input of the practitioner study and feedback on your work up to that time of the trimester. From weeks 9 – 12 your work will culminate in rehearsals and location shooting of your chosen scene, where you will act as both performer and crew on the shoot.

Learning Outcomes for module:

1. Demonstrate a practical ability to apply theoretical approaches to preparing, executing and sustaining performance choices in recorded media.
2. Apply a range of approaches to deepening imaginative and emotional connection to text in performance for live media.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the technical skills required for both performing and recording performance.
4. Undertake a critical analysis of various approaches to screen performance.

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: 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. You will engage in practical workshops exploring scenes and approaching them from the basis of acting for screen (LOs 1-3). 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 (LOs 1-3). 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, a prepared, location-shot scene (where you will act as both performer and film crew) will underpin your understanding of the process (LOs 1-3). You will be given increasing independence in your approaches and in choosing an appropriate scene. A final reflective essay on theoretical approaches underpinning your film performance will complete the module. (LO 4)

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 and at the end of the Trimester. Classes will generally involve performance before the rest of the class, which is both recorded, observed and assessed in situ and immediately through dialogue (LOs 1,2,3,4). This continual assessment will allow you to understand your own progress and to adjust your learning goals and objectives as the class progresses.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be based on 3 elements: 1) your continual engagement, contribution to discussion/filming, and practical progress in classes (LOs 1-3); 2) Edited final performance (LOs 1-3); and 3) Reflective essay (1000 words) on various practitioners and their methodologies, considering how these techniques underpinned your final performance (LO 4).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 48
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 50 1-3 9 HOURS= 48.00
Practical Skills Assessment 40 1-3 12 HOURS= 01.00
Essay 10 4 14/15 , WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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