Voice II

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
08 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W411MV Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International)

Module description

In this module you will develop and apply the rigorous foundation work of EA114-4-FY and apply it to the more demanding dramatic texts being worked on in the second year acting courses. You will connect movement, voice and acting.

You will begin exploring accents and dialects in more detail with a view to both acquiring accents and developing the skills and tools with which to work on accents throughout your career as an actor whilst also grounding your skills in your own home accent. You will speak texts in your home accent as well as in other accents. You will begin to examine the vocal demands of different styles of performance, and develop your ability to give life to complex texts. The Authentic Voices Project explores texts from your own culture and socio-cultural background. This is done to contrast the transformational work needed when speaking in an accent as well as to celebrate authenticity and individuality. Character voices and the tools to create them are explored. Texts for radio, tv and voice overs are explored, e.g. documentary, audiobook, with characters, contemporary monologues and duologues and voice for commercials. The course is designed to prepare students for independence, to ensure that they enter their third year with voices of professional standard and the vocal training necessary to maintain them

Module aims

1. To develop articulatory skills for performance
2. To encourage enjoyment, release and power in the voice
3. To develop subtlety and sensitivity in pitch and resonant range
4. To provide opportunities for students to apply practical technique to complex texts
5. To combine acting choices with vocal performance

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate advanced use of voice techniques in increasingly complex and demanding work:
1. Physical awareness and breath
2. Breathing and voice
3. Resonance and range
4. Technical application
5. Warming up
6. Articulation
7. NSEA/Accents and Dialects
8. Openness to process
9. Emotional connection.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Students work with voice tutors in group practical classes. Normally 4 hours. Learning also takes place in workshops and presentations. One to one remedial tutorials on specific articulatory and vocal issues in forms of voice labs. Independent study. Verbal formative feedback in classes. Written reports at the end of term 3. Feedback at the end of terms 1 and 2.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Term One: BA INTERNATIONALS: Reflection on Term on Voice, Articulation and Summerfolk  22/12/2023   
Coursework   Term 2: BA Acting - General American Accent Skills  15/03/2024   
Coursework   Term 3: BA Acting - Articulation: Accent Project  10/06/2024   
Practical   Term 2: BA Cherry Orchard Feedback - ASL     
Practical   Term 2 Shakespeare O for a Muse     
Practical   Term 2 Shakespeare O for a Muse     
Practical   BA 2.1 Uncle Vanya Feedback from ASL     
Practical   Term 3: BA Acting - Embodying Shakespeare through voice and body     
Practical   Articulation - Practical    40% 
Practical   Term One: BA Internationals - Classic Scenes and Authentic Voices Practical Voice and Articulation  17/11/2023   
Practical   Term One: BA Acting - Articulation Feedback  01/12/2023   
Practical   Voice - Practical Term 1  07/12/2023  60% 
Practical   Term Two: BA International - General American Accent Skills  29/02/2024   
Practical   Term Two: BA International Shakespeare Monologue  29/02/2024   
Practical   Term 3: BA Acting (International) Articulation British English and American English Scenes for Scene  26/06/2024   
Practical   Term 3: BA Acting (International) - Outdoor Shakespeare Scenes  27/06/2024   

Additional coursework information

Term One: Practical Voice and Articulation/Accent are assessed in the warm up prior to and in the Term One performance and character speeches and scenes at the end of term in class. Authentic use of voice on texts from the students’ own culture will be assessed. General American and NSEA accents are assessed. Term Two: Practical Voice: Performance of Shakespeareantextwith a preparatory warm up will be assessed in class at the end of term. Articulation and accent: Performance of a text in the accent and of a speech in another accent/dialect of English. Term Three: Practical Voice: performance of character voice and speech taken from the Shakespeare play they are working on in acting or of their own choice with a prior preparatory warm up. Performances of texts for tv, documentary, radio and film as well as voice for commercials will be assessed. The integration of skills into the Shakespeare play in acting will be assessed. Articulation/Accent: Performing an accent other than their own at the end of the term in class. - Formative assessment in Terms One and Two. The module will be summatively assessed and a final mark awarded at the end of TermThree. - Practical Voice is weighted 60%and Articulation is weighted 40% in the final module mark. - Compliance with Professional Code of Conduct

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
Ms Christina Gutekunst, email: cgutek@essex.ac.uk.
Christina Gutekunst and staff
East 15 Acting School



External examiner

Ms Lucy Skilbeck
Mr Michael Andrew Hayden
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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