Physical Skills II

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
09 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W412 Acting and Fight Performance

Module description

Terms One, Two and Three - Advanced Gymnastics/Acrobatics/Tumbling

As there is a continued emphasis on movement and physical skills, you will need to maintain a suitable level of personal fitness and bodily strength and flexibility. A gymnastic ability will underpin much of the work undertaken in other units of the course. During Year 2, this module will also teach you disciplines specific to theatrical / artistic performance. You will continue to develop both individual and team-related skills. The experience of applying a variety of skills to differing performance situations will create a strong cornerstone for the work that will be required in the final year.

Martial Arts

You will continue to train in Martial Arts. As your skills and knowledge expand you may progress further in status through additional martial arts grading stages. Taking the grounding developed in Year One, this unit will now focus on more demanding skills - which will foster overall movement qualities. This year also sees the blending of martial skills with stage combat.

Terms One, Two and Three – Movement and Dance

The Year Two, Acting and Stage Combat Movement unit is a three-part continual assessment.

Movement Skills in terms 1 and 2 of Year Two will explore the physical body in connection with the actor's imagination. The student will learn and develop a process using movement as an integral part of acting by investigating: character, relationships, and the physical world of the play. In addition to the creative training there will be a continuation of bodywork for coordination, alignment, strength, flexibility, and stamina.

Term 3 will focus on social dance, to learn the dance of a different era and the social and gender politics that go with it. While dancing there will be a specific focus on musicality, leading and following, and sustaining character inside a form.

Module aims

Advanced Gymnastics/Acrobatics/Tumbling

  • To understand the relevant safety practices and protocols

  • To create/encourage a positive mind/body connection and body confidence

  • To develop timing, balance, co-ordination, strength, suppleness

  • To be able to relate the physical theories to the general aims of the course

Martial Arts

  • Further develop a proficient use of both the right and left sides of the body

  • Further develop body control and overall discipline when working in a physical manner

  • Further develop understanding of a range of different fighting responses, and apply this knowledge in practical sessions

  • To broaden the skill base of Aikido techniques and proficiency in their execution

  • Further develop co-ordination, strength and suppleness

Movement and Dance

  • To be able to transfer information gleaned in a text to physical action

  • To develop in movement a psychophysical relationship that reflects the emotional and physical connection of two or more characters

  • The creation of physical images and environment of an imagined world

  • To engage in the etiquette of another era in a dance form

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be expected to be able to demonstrate:

Advanced Gymnastics/Acrobatics/Tumbling

  1. Understanding of relevant safety practices

  2. A range of moves associated with gymnastics and body conditioning

  3. Incorporate skills safely and effectively in a performance context

  4. Ability to execute physical actions with strategic application of physical effort

  5. Understanding of spatial awareness in a performance environment

  6. Ability to work as an individual or as part of a team

  7. Application of skills and direction in the creation of a performance

Martial Arts

  1. A strong proficiency in Martial Arts

  2. A working knowledge of the philosophy of martial arts training

  3. Understanding of the link between martial skills and safe stage combat

  4. A range of advanced skill techniques

Movement and Dance

  1. Continued development of coordination, strength, flexibility, alignment, and imagination

  2. Confident use the body and movement as part of creative process for acting

  3. Able to sustain and communicate character and relationships through physicality

  4. Work as individual and as part of an ensemble

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Practical Classes, Independent Study, Rehearsals.


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    30% 
Practical   GAT    35% 
Practical   Movement and Dance    35% 

Additional coursework information

The overall pass mark for this module is 40. Assessment methods Written assessment, performance, continuous assessment

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
100% 0%


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