Movement for Theatre Arts

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
17 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

CERXW410 Theatre Arts,
CERXW410ST Theatre Arts

Module description

This full year module is one four Skills modules in the CertHE Theatre Arts course. Term One will investigate students' own movement preferences and identify blocks and postural issues allowing them to develop an understanding of their bodies and how they move, encouraging them to find the neutral body. Term Two will explore applying the newly-found neutral body into a more vigorous training and more detailed exploration of movement technique. Term Three will see students more effectively applying learnt skills, constantly focussed on the previous terms' findings.

Module aims

- To provide students with the ability to:
- Make a self-assessment of their own physical capabilities
- Perform personal warm-ups for the health and safety of the body
- Identify good practice needed to maintain body fitness
- Apply movement techniques to acting

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate awareness of and ability to put into practice:
1. Class Etiquette: Attends and arrives for class in a timely manner with the body and mind in a state of readiness to work. (This includes dress code.)
2. Ensemble: Works well with peers by contributing both physical and creative ideas to group work and discussions. In collaboration is able to lead and follow.
3. Alignment: Working towards a physicality that is free of excess muscular tensions and imbalances. Centred with core stability and ease in alignment.
4. Dynamics: Able to adapt and take on other forms and qualities of movement, styles, rhythms, efforts, use of space etc. Shows variety in personal qualitative range.
5. Body Confidence: Brave and willing to take the space with a full-energized presence. Has confidence in the use of one’s own body.
6. Creativity: Uses the body as an extension of one’s imagination and is rigorous, inventive, and original in the development of an idea.
7. Inner Life: Connects the physical to the emotional, is able to reveal their own and or characters interior life through body language.
8. Physical Memory: Able to repeat both choreography, set physical actions, and mentally scored sequences with both precession and connection.
9. Self-Assessment: Understands where personal growth is needed, and demonstrates a willingness to take risk in class to overcome personal blocks.
10. Integration of Skills: Takes personal ownership of their work, demonstrates the ability to integrate movement/physicality into performed tasks and assessments. The student has begun to develop their own intelligent movement-based process that enables them to create what is physically required in any given creative process.
Learning Outcomes may be combined or condensed within the Report Form.

Module information

Term One
- Development of strength, suppleness and stamina
- Posture, balance and co-ordination
- Warm-ups for body health and safety
- Release of emotional inhibitions in movement
- Linking movement and dance to voice and acting
- Use of the body in group work
- Demonstrating basic human emotions using rhythm, sounds, music and words

Term Two
- Extending knowledge of movement with emphasis on rhythm, timing, posture, balance and co-ordination
- Awareness of Health & Safety issues
- Injury prevention
- Scenes in rehearsal: period style and carriage in movement and dance work
- Performing short movement sequences and dances

Term Three
- Awareness of the body as an actor's instrument
- Vocabulary for analysing body language
- Integration of movement with voice and acting
- Using the body expressively and freely in communication of emotion
- Application of learned movement techniques to acting challenges.

Learning and teaching methods

- Students work with movement tutors in group practical classes - Normally 1 ½ - 2 hours of movement classes per week except during acting priority weeks - Learning also takes place through presentations within the class environment - Students receive a written or verbal formative assessment from tutors at the end of the second term - Students are expected to work on movement in independent study


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical   Continuous Assessment     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Miss Tracy Collier, email: tcollier@essex.ac.uk.
Ms Steffany George, email: sgeorge@essex.ac.uk.
Tracy Collier
East 15 Acting School Hatfields Campus Rectory Lane Loughton, IG10 3RY



External examiner

Mr Keith John O'Brien
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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