Skills 2

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
08 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W900 Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film),
BA W900MV Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film)

Module description

This module will introduce students to the working practices in the theatre and film, allowing them a better understanding of the various roles in a production and at the same time developing further skills that will fuel their creative work.

In year two students look at a different role in each term: the dramaturg, the theatre director and the film director. Much of the sessions will be through seminar, but students will get the opportunity to test their theoretical knowledge through practical workshops. In the directing units students will gain experience of working from a text, communicating with actors, and plotting action for a given space. Students will also explore the role of the dramaturg as a facilitator between different aspects of rehearsals and planning, as mediator between the script and the actors/director, as 'outside eye' and 'critical friend', and as representative of the audience during the rehearsal process.

Module aims

1. Understand the basic terminology and vocabulary used by directors and performers
2. Understand the different demands of directing for different mediums
3. Develop methods of problem solving, negotiation, and personal management
4. Develop the ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively
5. Experience the overall process of staging a short scene and filming a short scene
6. Apply previous experience as a leader of a team
7. Develop reflective and analytical approaches in order to engage with performance making as a process of investigation, reflection and exploration
8. Understand the range of influences on an audience’s perception of a production
9. Understand how to create an original dramatic performance that emotionally engages your audience

Module learning outcomes

1. Understanding of the role and functions of the dramaturg, director and crew members
2. Understanding of a range of theatrical staging techniques
3. Ability to prepare story boards for a film shoot
4. Development of the core skills and concepts necessary to manage a theatrical space, film crew and performers
5. Ability to identify problems and produce practical solutions within a given framework
6. Ability to analyse selected performance examples in their use of space, text, and audience engagement
7. Demonstrate an ability to employ creative resources (texts, images, objects, environments, scenarios etc.) effectively in rehearsals and performance
8. Demonstrate an awareness of the ramifications of historical, political and cultural contexts on the aesthetic form andfunction of theatre-making / film-making practice
9. Understanding to differing narrative demands in film and theatre productions

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The contact hours for this module will be 2 hours a week, with the expectation of another 6 hours spent in independent rehearsals and research. Classes will be structured as a series of seminars and practical workshops. Students will be expected to prepare material and work with others outside of the contact hours.


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   Storyboard, footage and reflective docs    30% 
Coursework   Portfolio of research, exploration and supporting docs    40% 
Practical   Practical Theatre Direction    30% 

Additional coursework information

Storyboard and 4 minutes of filmed footage and reflective documents about the process: End of Term 1, Beginning of Term 2, 2000wds (40%) Practical theatre direction of a 5 minute scene: Term 2, 30% Portfolio of dramaturgical research, concept exploration and supporting documents for the performers for a set play: Term 3 (40%)

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

Ms Rosalind Maddison
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Head of Production
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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