The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
31 May 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA W4P312 Acting for Digital Media,
MFA W4P312 Acting for Digital Media

Module description

Movement is a core part of any actor's work and this programme draws on East 15's strong tradition in training actors through various styles of movement training. Training takes place in our studios and helps to develop the actor's craft in ensuring full embodiment of character that is applicable to all forms of performance. Subjects that may fall within this training include: improvisation, animal work, puppetry, and some specific movement training around military and weapons work.

Module aims

1. To understand the relevant safety practices and protocols when working physically
2. To create/encourage a positive mind/body connection and body confidence
3. To develop timing, balance, co-ordination, strength, suppleness
4. To be able to relate the physical theories to practical application
5. Develop body control and overall discipline when working in a physical manner
6. To be able to transfer information gleaned in a text to physical action
7. To develop in movement a psychophysical relationship that reflects the emotional and physical connection of two or more characters
8. The creation of physical images and environment of an imagined world

Module learning outcomes

1. Understanding of relevant safety practices
2. Incorporate skills safely and effectively in a performance context
3. Ability to execute physical actions with strategic application of physical effort
4. Understanding of spatial awareness in a performance environment
5. Ability to work as an individual or as part of a team
6. Ability to sustain and communicate character and relationships through physicality
7. Ability to draw on multiple learned skills to adapt and create a unique performance based on any direction or brief.

Module information

This module is a year-long module, delivered in blocks of workshops with in-house tutors and working professionals in the industry. Most of the learning will be through practical experience in the studio, though there will be tasks and preparation that students will need to work on outside the space.

A sample syllabus for the course is:

1. An introduction to puppetry and how to give life and breath to a non-living thing.
2. Breath in the volume - how to use breath to bring an avatar to life in the virtual world.
3. An introduction to military movement and looking at the differences between Uk and European military styles.
4. An introduction to combat on screen and how the techniques differ in each filming style, eg film/TV compared to performance capture.
5. An introduction to use of weapons and how a performance needs to adapt to show its weight, size and potential threat.
6. How to develop the physicality and movement style of a character from varying source material (eg, character design or pre-recorded voice).
7. Animal work and how to work with different props within varying filming styles to create the most realistic and truthful non-human character.
8. Beasts, creatures and magical villains; an exploration of non-human characters and how to portray them in varying filming styles.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching will consist of: Individual Research and Rehearsal Practical Classes and workshops Occasional Seminars Practical classes will be appropriate for students with learning and/or physical disabilities, and delivery (exercises and performances) can be altered to ensure inclusivity. Access to the workshop place is accessible, by being either on the ground floor or via a lift. Reading material and scripts can be provided in advance. Continual Assessment tasks do not require an exam and allow for learners to demonstrate learning through active participation. There is not an on-line option for this module.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

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

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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

Dr Gabriela Curpan
The University for the Creative Arts
Senior Lecturer in Screen Acting - The MA Screen Acting Course Leader
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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