Core Module Information
Module title: Festival Workshop

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

Module code: CLP11130
Module leader: Mark Thomson
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

This module will begin with a chosen scene presentation. The scene is expected to stretch your imagination particularly in terms of style and you will be choosing the scene with the approval of your supervisor. Throughout the module there will be series of intensive classes which will focus on the development of new material and creative responses to extant work. These classes will involve strategies for enhancing creativity, effective group communication, setting the stage for innovative work, sympathetic listening and responding, and enhancing group problem-solving abilities. Along with these classes, directors will have scheduled rehearsal times with actors and will be focused on honing short sample scripts (10-15 mins each) and performance for Edinburgh Festival ‘backer’s auditions’ at the end of trimester. You will have 5 hours of individual mentoring time. Additionally, you will present a written paper on the proposed future of the scenes shown at the auditions. This will take the form of directorial concepts (with design and production ideas).

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Communicate with confidence and clarity, in group creative sessions.
LO2: Employ a range of advanced strategies for encouraging innovative contributions in group creative sessions
LO3: Demonstrate clear artistic vision and an original point of view in creative, collaborative discussions
LO4: Deal with complex artistic issues and make informed judgements under tight deadline requirements
LO5: Employ a range of skills to a professional level in the service of creating polished scripts/performances
LO6: Articulate an understanding of the Edinburgh Fringe context and demonstrate a range of effective marketing strategies.

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: Donna Soto-Morettini
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
All learning will take place in practical rehearsal environments, and in an intensive week of classes that will address very specific issues related to working in a pressured, collaborative and creative environment, and also at the context of producing and marketing new material at the Fringe Festival (LOs 1-6). 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 -5). Final projects will rehearse in both independent and observed sessions, and will be monitored through direct contact and observation throughout with overall project director (LOs 1-5).

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, working collaboratively, working with a high-level of autonomy, 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 verbal feedback in intensive classes, observation in agreed rehearsals, tutorials, and through peer response in rehearsals. Summative assessment will be a final ‘backer’s audition’ project that is linked to the BA Acting for Stage & Screen students.

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 30
Independent Learning Practical classes and workshops 370
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 30 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 10 6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 60 3-6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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