Core Module Information
Module title: Festival Production Directing

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: CLP11135
Module leader: Mark Thomson
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

This module focuses on launching your professional career, along with creating and potentially presenting work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Working from your reflective analysis of the preview production, you will be given the opportunity to go on to present your work publicly at the Fringe Festival, and you will be working to bridge your experience as a training director into the world of professional work. Meeting with mentors in the early stages, you will outline a development plan and rehearsal schedule, which will include workshop/rehearsal times as well as production/tech schedules. Also included in these early plans will be a detailed marketing/media campaign. Mentors will work specifically with you for a set number of hours, but there will also be staff mentors assigned to the acting students, which will further ensure support and help throughout the critical rehearsal period. In addition to the festival production, all directors will submit a 2-part thesis (approx. 7,000 words), which combines critical reflection on the Festival experience and on the artistic presentation of the play, along with a professional portfolio and career/business plan.

Learning Outcomes for module:

By the end of the module, students will be able to
LO1: Demonstrate original point of view, and an ability to lead a company with confidence and vision.
LO2: Employ a range of advanced strategies for marketing and networking in a professional capacity, and demonstrate an extensive knowledge of how small companies/individual directors work within a professional context
LO3: Articulate a clear artistic vision and an original point of view in collaborative discussions with writers, designers and funding organisations
LO4: Address complex artistic issues and make informed judgements under tight deadline requirements
LO5: Demonstrate a self-critical understanding of a range of principles and concepts in theatre production, and to place work comparatively in a specific context.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, 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:
At this point students will be engaged largely in self-directed learning, which will take place in practical rehearsal environments, and in meetings with mentors before and during the rehearsal and performance period. (LO 1-5). Final thesis papers will reflect upon festival experience, but also situate the play within the contemporary context in which it is performed. The business/career plan will include sustained independent enquiry into contemporary opportunities for young directors and into the legal and financial structures of small theatre company management. (LO 2 & 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, as the culminating module of the degree, both practical and theoretical components should demonstrate advanced professional skills in: artistic vision, communication, creative-problem solving, leading a team, setting budgets and schedules, conducting market research, 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 and through peer response in rehearsals, where both individual mentors as well as overall project supervisors for the BA students will be in attendance at regular points.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be based on the final project and thesis.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 5
Independent Learning Practical classes and workshops 595
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 40 1,3 & 4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 60 2 & 5 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 7000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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