Introduction to Acting Theory, Methods and Practice, and Development From Self to Character

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
08 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International),
BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

This first year acting module provides an initial training in acting theory, method and practice based on the uniqueness of the individual and the ability to change, adapt, extend, perceive, accept and reject.

Students move through self-study to look outside themselves, approaching firstly improvised situations and then scripted text in imaginative and collaborative ways. By the end of the course you will know how to start work on a play and will have begun collaborative text work. You will be able to begin to create a character from a text and to start the process of creating the world of the play.

Module aims

Module Aims:
To provide students with opportunities to learn:
1. The building blocks of the art of acting
2. How to improvise truthfully
3. Sight-reading skills
4. Play reading
5. Objective self-assessment
6. How to create a character
7. The importance of the ensemble
8. To observe and understand aspects of human development
9. To develop an appreciation of the complexity of human nature

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate:

1. Professional potential: range, focus, presence
2. Commitment: energy, positive attitude, personal contribution
3. Creative Inventiveness: fresh responses, spontaneity in a range of experiences
4. Flexibility & Sensitivity to Change: responsiveness to others and to direction
5. Ensemble Acting: adaptability, generosity, awareness of relationships
6. Objective self-assessment: awareness of own strengths and weaknesses as an actor, ability to accept criticism and act upon it
7. Research Skills: which may include in-depth interviews, objective observation, selection of appropriate material, accurate documentation
8. Application of research to practice
9. Textual comprehension
10. Creative repetition

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Practical classes. Workshops and rehearsals. Oral formative assessment from/ with tutors Written formative assessment and tutor feedback report at the end of the first and third terms Group discussion.


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   Continuous Assessment     
Practical   Continuous Assessment 2     
Practical   Continuous Assessment 3     

Additional coursework information

This module is taught over three terms. Students will receive formative verbal feedback and assessment continuously throughout the year. Continuous assessment is arrived at through observation of contribution to class work and project work throughout the year, which may include: •Storytelling • Play reading •Acting Theory, Method & Practice • Improvisation/Sensory World • A Community Project • Self to Character • Text Analysis

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
Gerry McAlpine and staff
East 15 Acting School Hatfields Campus Rectory Lane Loughton, IG10 3RY



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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