Core Module Information
Module title: Applied Directing 1

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: CLP11124
Module leader: Iain Davie
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: English & Acting


Description of module content:

Each student will have 5 hours per term of individual tutorial time, and 30 group hours of master classes in staging and composition, working with actors, production management, and other allied areas involved in practical production.
You will serve as Assistant Director for a significant scene, under the direction of a staff tutor. Additionally, you will also work with the Postgraduate playwrights to mount directed readings at the end of the trimester and you will also direct one piece of your own choice.
You will maintain a ‘blog’/online discussion through Moodle of your experience throughout the term.

Learning Outcomes for module:

By the end of this module student should be able to
LO1: Demonstrate an advanced technique in stagecraft/stage composition
LO2: Demonstrate leadership, initiative, and the ability to work sensitively with actors and other collaborators
LO3: Articulate original ideas and creative vision with clarity, and see that vision through to execution as closely as possible in a simulated professional environment
LO4: Demonstrate the ability to apply advanced-level directing skills in a variety of contexts

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:
All learning will take place in practical rehearsal environments, and in master classes that will address very specific issues related to professional theatre directing. Along with rehearsals and master classes, students will also have 5 hours of individual tutorial, which it is recommended they take as half-hour monitoring sessions over 10 weeks (LOs 1 -4). Assessed project/s will rehearse in both independent and observed sessions, and will but be monitored through direct contact throughout with overall project director (LOs 1-4).

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The design of this programme is such that all practical modules simulate professional conditions and all theoretical modules inculcate skills that are valued by employers across a range of industries. Specifically, both practical and theoretical modules promote advanced skills in: communication, creative-problem solving, leading a team, setting budgets and schedules, conducting market research, and excellent time-management.

Research / teaching linkages
The module will be supported by tutors who are active in the industry and whose professional work and networks will ensure that student practice is up to date and industry-relevant.

Supporting equality and diversity
In the design of this programme, and in its delivery, we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, and to ensuring that no individual is discriminated against. The nature of creating and producing new performance work is such that we feel staff and students will have the opportunity actively to promote multicultural points of view. Small intake across this course ensures that we will be able to respond to students individually, and to employ a variety of teaching and assessment methods to support a student’s learning experience. We will value the diverse experience that students from a wide variety of backgrounds bring to the work and the structure of this programme is such that it gives voice to that variety of experience.

Given the context of our delivery in Edinburgh, and the student residency for at least one if not two of the summer festivals, we are certain that students will be made aware of the international potential for their work, as well as the presence of international practice that can inspire the same in students’ work. Additionally, we hope to target a number of universities internationally in the hope of building a globally diverse cohort each year.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will occur through continuous monitoring in observed rehearsals and tutorials with your mentors, and through peer response in rehearsals. Summative assessment will be based on a chosen scene, performed in week 6, the directed, staged readings of draft scenes proposed for the Edinburgh festival, and a final project that is linked to the BA Acting & English Shakespeare Workshop, all of which will provide you with a practical exploration and demonstration of your directorial skills in varying contexts.

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 35
Independent Learning Guided independent study 365
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 35 1-4 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 50 1-4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 15 1-4 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 85
Component 2 subtotal: 15
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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