Module title: Performance Skills 3

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

Module code: CLP10111
Module leader: Iain Davie
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 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 of all the students (LOs 1,2,3, 4). Opportunities to show your own work and see that of the other students and to lead and discuss, developing students independence and critical thinking (LO 5). Attendance at all classes is vital and students will be expected to contribute significantly to the joint development of the group’s work and individual learning.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills: You will develop a number of transferable skills, including the ability to discuss critically and analytically, and to articulate arguments orally. You will learn to work well in groups and on your own to approach creative problem-solving.

Assessment: Formative assessment will consider your continual engagement with and progress on the course. 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 (LOs 1-5). Summative assessment will be on your actual performance in closed-audience showing (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). The second part of the assessment involves peer assessment from fellow students on your approaches to group work and your prepared assessed workshop (LOs 1,2,3,4). The final assessment for this module will be an annotated bibliography demonstrating your research and how you have used it in developing your performance skills (LO 5).

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 Guided independent study 128
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 30 1-5 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Discussion/Participation 10 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 60 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Classes will continue to consider closely the work of selected, specific theories of voice and movement theorists/practitioners (which might include, amongst others, Linklater, Berry, Stanislavski, Laban, Michael Chekhov, Suzuki, Rodenburg, Meisner, Alexander, Feldenkrais, or LeCoq techniques). You will explore increasingly more complex ideas and approaches. You will research in depth the work of one of these practitioners whose techniques you find appropriate for your own further enhancement. Leading from this, you will develop and lead a group warm-up session designed to introduce your peers in a practical way to the work of your chosen theorist.

Along with various technique-based and improvised exercises, you will be working with short texts and excerpts. Through a variety of exercises you will gain skills in vocal and physical strength and stamina, and acting techniques by which you continue to develop your emotional, imaginative and intellectual responses. You will work toward acquiring skills in working generously with and leading your peer group.

The overall aim in these classes will be to help you further deepen your knowledge of a variety of techniques that can help you build physical and vocal expression and stamina, and to enhance concentration and imagination in a variety of contexts.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
1. Evidence a detailed grasp of one or two specific approaches to finding physical, vocal and imaginative freedom and fluidity of expression, and the consonant ability to conduct and note wide-ranging research.
2. Effectively communicate complex ideas with confidence to peers, work generously within an ensemble, work independently to identify, analyse and solve creative problems, and lead the group effectively.
3. Evidence creativity and a level of originality in solving performance problems, and to exercise sound artistic judgement in theatrical performance.
4. Critically understand a range of physical and vocal warm-up and conditioning skills, and demonstrate confidence in demonstrating and leading in a few specific areas.
5. Undertake a sophisticated level of self-critical knowledge and the ability to self-assess performance.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - NEWLOVE & DALBY (2003) LABAN FOR ALL: NICK HERN BOOKS, 1st ed.
Recommended - LECOQ, J. (2009) THE MOVING BODY: METHUEN DRAMA, 1st ed.
Recommended - WATSON, I. (1995) TOWARDS A 3RD THEATRE: EUGENIO BARBA 2ND ED.: ROUTLEDGE, 2nd ed.
Recommended - SUZUKI,T. & RIMER, J. (1990) THE WAY OF ACTING: THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP INC.,, 1st ed.
Recommended - GROTOWSKI, J. (1991) TOWARDS A POOR THEATRE: METHUEN, 2nd ed.
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