Practical Project (MA)

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 22 April 2024
Friday 28 June 2024
06 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA W41212 Acting (International),
MA W412MO Acting (International),
MFA W412MO Acting (International)

Module description

MA Acting (International) students may opt to engage in an intensive study of one character from a play in English (or in English translation), researching a range of approaches to and interpretations of the character in performance. This forms the basis for the creation of an original monologue based on and inspired by the character in the source text.
Assessment is through a research portfolio with a contextualising document and the creation and performance of an original monologue (5-7 minutes long) created by the student for that character.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

1. To allow the student to initiate and pursue a substantial independent project
2. To enable the student to reflect critically and creatively on a range of skills and knowledge appropriate to the training and preparation of the actor

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1. The ability to plan and complete a substantial independent project, with limited tutorial guidance
2. A detailed and critical understanding of the chosen material, including its original cultural and intellectual context, and the responses of theorists and practitioners to it
3. Comprehensiveness and discrimination in the gathering, editing and presentation of research materials
4. Clarity in the communication of the results of research and critical inquiry

Module information

Practical character project plus research portfolio including 5,000 word contextualising critical document.

Learning and teaching methods

Supervision tutorial, independent study, workshop


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

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Research Portfolio    40% 
Practical   Presentation of Character Monologue    60% 

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

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Monica Wilson, email: wilsonm@essex.ac.uk.
Monique Wilson
email wilsonm



External examiner

Mr Hugh Hodgart
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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