Core Module Information
Module title: Acting: Heightened Text and Style

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP11150
Module leader: Donna Soto-Morettini
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Generic - School of Arts and Creative Industries

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

Description of module content:

This module will provide a practical setting for the application of theory specific to the interpretation of heightened dramatic texts and complex language.

You will explore 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 interpret, prepare and perform heightened dramatic text. Techniques for inspiring imagination and play will remain at the heart of the work, and you will be extending your ability to create acting that is engaging, believable and sustainable in a variety of challenging and historically varied texts.

Learning Outcomes for module:

1. Apply and integrate a range of physical, vocal and acting skills to develop an imaginative performance that demonstrates ability to interpret heightened/complex text at a professional level.
2. Articulate a sound theoretical approach to preparing, executing and sustaining performance choices when working with complex language and heightened style.
3. Exercise appropriate artistic judgement when working with fellow students and on your own.
4. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the interplay of theory and practice in the work of an actor and to underpin your work with relevant observation and research.

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: Donna Soto-Morettini
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Weekly workshops will focus on collaborative exploration, and on learning from both doing and evaluating. You will work in groups and on your own to develop complex, believable scenes and monologues from the canon of classical drama that will test your imagination and creativity (LOs 1-4). Chosen work will show increasing complexity as the term develops. Because you will be working with peers in every session, and because learning often arises spontaneously from the work in hand, regular attendance is vital.

You will be doing research into the cultural contexts of a variety of texts and will discover how to develop your performances so that they express your understanding of the specific contextual conditions that determine meaning in text (LOs 2&4). Each assignment will require a practical demonstration of your increasing ability to find secure imaginative and emotional connections with the written word, and an ability to bring language to life in an engaging, complex and believable way – however historically placed.

Formative Assessment:
Feedback given immediately by both tutor and peers in weekly workshops allow you to understand your own progress and to adjust your learning goals and objectives as classes progress

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment mark will be composed of two elements:
1.)Continuous observation of class contribution and progress (50%), which will involve written and practical preparation as well as rehearsals and performances of scenes throughout the term and 2.) final performance (50%) of a range of materials which may include scenes and/or monologues as appropriate. Assessed against explicit assessment criteria rubric.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 66
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 134
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 50 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 03.00
Practical Skills Assessment 50 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 01.00
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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