Core Module Information
Module title: Acting: Contemporary Scenes

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

Module code: CLP11165
Module leader: Iain Davie
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

This module enables you to engage with a range of acting theories and approaches to performance, focusing on contemporary texts. A variety of scenes from contemporary plays, of increasing length and complexity, will be critically analysed and performed in a workshop setting, enabling you to develop knowledge of specific genres and styles. The texts chosen, and therefore the acting theories explored, will be dependent on the year cohort, but will allow you to explore and develop a diverse, yet specialised combination of skills and acting theoretical knowledge.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1. Critically explore a range of skills, knowledge, critical and practical sources during performances.
LO2. Critically evaluate personal approaches to rehearsals and performance
LO3. Engage creatively and critically with a director’s interpretation of texts, in stage performances.
LO4. Demonstrate significant responsibility in developing professional standards and conduct.
LO5. Exercise judgment to appraise rehearsal and performance approaches in a critically informed manner.

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:
Teaching and learning will take place in the form of practical performance workshops with you working in groups, pairs and/or individually under supervision. Workshops are ‘problem-based’ in the sense that you will be set creative challenges through working on a variety of contemporary texts, analysing them and bringing them to life (LOs 1-4). Informal lectures on a range of theoretical approaches to the work may take place in the workshops (LO1) and opportunities to show your own work and see that of your colleagues will form the basis of critical discussion (LO3). You are also expected to do a significant amount of independent rehearsal in the preparation for class performances.
The ability to articulate a considered critical response to the work is a fundamental part of the learning experience and will take on increasing importance throughout the module, as you develop your critical/reflective point of view. (LO5) 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.

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

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment mark is composed of three elements: Observation of class contribution to and progress in regular workshop rehearsals and performances of a variety of scenes (LO 1 – 5) (40%); Final scene/s in performance (LO1 – 4) (50%); and a brief (1,000 word) analytical/reflective paper assessing one or more books in relation to acting practice (LO5) (10%). All assessments are 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
Practical Skills Assessment 50 1-3 13 HOURS= 01.00
Discussion/Participation 40 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 66.00
Essay 10 5 14/15 , WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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