Physical Skills I

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
15 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W412 Acting and Fight Performance

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.

Module aims

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

Martial Arts
1. Develop body control and overall discipline when working in a physical manner
2. Provide a working knowledge of the philosophy of martial arts training
3. Develop co-ordination, strength and suppleness
4. Understand how martial skills can translate into safe and effective performance
5. Develop understanding of how fighting techniques are applied in an actual, fighting situation

1. To improve basic posture
2. To develop objective, self-awareness and strengthen the internal monitor
3. To see link between movement and dramatic intention
4. To increase awareness of habitual movement patterns
5. To assist in freeing the body for vocal work and characterisation
6. To develop understanding of the connection between actions, emotions and desires.

Module learning outcomes

1. Ability to combine individual techniques for performance
2. Performance of gymnastic routines
3. Ability to work as an individual or as part of a team
4. Understanding of spatial awareness in a performance space
5. Understanding of the safety practices required for the execution of gymnastic/acrobatic routines
6. Artistic creativity and interpretation to gymnastic routines

Martial Arts
By the end of this unit you will be able to demonstrate:
1. Strong proficiency in a Martial Art
2. Proficient use of both the right and left sides of the body
3. Understanding of a range of different fighting responses
4. Ability to apply knowledge in practical sessions
5. Ability to translate martial skills into safe stage combat

1. Improved awareness of habitual movement patterns
2. Increased flexibility and range of movement
3. Ability to link movement to performance
4. Objective self-awareness of physical patterns

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 for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Martial Arts    25% 
Practical   GAT    25% 
Practical   Movement and Dance    50% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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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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