Physical Skills I

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
04 July 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W412 Acting and Stage Combat

Module description

This year-long unit will support the other physical skills developed on the course. The overall aim of the unit is to provide you with the capabilities of performing advanced physical routines. This will directly apply to unarmed stage combat and will also relate to armed combat and personal development. You will focus on developing your ability to move in space and on using these skills in the development of specific characters.

In Term One you will focus on developing a vocabulary of gymnastic and acrobatic skills through individual and co-operative exercises, and an understanding of terminology and safety requirements of the activities undertaken. Emphasis will be put on spatial awareness, timing, balance, co-ordination, flexibility and general fitness and strength. You will be encouraged to apply self-analysis in the development and maintenance of a personal fitness programme.

In Term Two you will further develop your vocabulary of gymnastic and acrobatic skills through individual and co-operative exercises. As the training progresses you will look at combining individual moves into set routines. You will begin to evaluate the personal fitness programme developed in Term One.

In Term Three you will develop an understanding of specialised terminology and safety requirements. Building on the abilities achieved in Terms One and Two, you will be asked to investigate your new skills creatively, with an increased focus on devising original work.

Module aims

To develop:
- a vocabulary and repertoire of gymnastic movement
- timing, balance, co-ordination, strength and suppleness
- ability to apply skills to performance
- an understanding of safe practice and relevant procedures

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this unit you will be able to demonstrate:
- Ability to combine individual techniques for performance
- Performance of gymnastic routines
- Ability to work as an individual or as part of a team
- Understanding of spatial awareness in conjunction with others and the performance space
- Understanding of the safety practices required for the execution of gymnastic/acrobatic routines
- Artistic creativity and interpretation to gymnastic routines

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Practical classes, rehearsals, independent study.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical   Martial Arts    30% 
Practical   GAT    35% 
Practical   Movement and Dance    35% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Gordon Kemp, email: gkemp@essex.ac.uk.
Gordon Kemp and specialist tutors
For further information please email halln@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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