EA354-6-FY-CO:
Contextual Studies

The details
2019/20
East 15 Acting School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
15
12 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA W412 Acting and Stage Combat

Module description

In Years One and Two, contextual studies were structured to develop students' abilities to cope with the rigours of honours level study. In Year Three the work consists of the Theoretical Thesis Project and the Career Preparation unit. The module provides opportunities for you to develop and utilise knowledge of the industry, its suppliers and production processes. It also, through the Theoretical Thesis Project, encourages you to free your creative imagination to devise, plan and present a full production on paper.

Terms One, Two and Three: Theoretical Thesis Project
In this unit you will devise and plan a performance project in the media of your choice. As this is a theoretical project which you will not be required to perform, there is much scope for your creative ambitions. However you must support your concepts with practical production details such as: costing, design, staging, casting and production schedules. This will require you to build on the core contextual skills that were developed during the first and second year – using various forms of research and both oral and written expression of your ideas. These include:
- Research/Concept design
- Problem identification and solutions
- Communication and team working
- Planning

Terms One, Two and Three: Career Preparation
This unit is intended to prepare students to market themselves in the industry. Using the research and communication skills you have acquired over the duration of the module you will prepare CVs and promotional material for the purpose of getting a job. You will practice interview and audition techniques with directors and research for agents, casting directors and other organisations that may facilitate employment. In the final term of this BA Hons unit you will be tutored in how to apply your skills towards gaining work within the profession. The unit focuses on students' ability to express a range of ideas and on the practicalities of organising and assessing a future personal plan. You will research potential employment opportunities and prepare appropriate CVs for a range of employment markets.

Module aims

- To introduce students to the overall process of planning a production
- To encourage the application of knowledge to specific criteria and circumstances
- To develop students’ communication skills
- To develop students’ awareness of how best to present themselves to employers
- To develop skills needed for auditions and interviews
- To widen students’ knowledge of individuals and organisations offering employment

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate:
- Understanding of the industry’s production processes
- Understanding of the practical necessities of the production process
- Ability to identify production problems and devise appropriate solutions
- Creative and lateral thinking
Students will be able to demonstrate:
- A knowledge of agents and organisations that can assist in finding work
- Understanding of effective interview and audition technique and promotional skills
- Confident representation of knowledge and skills to a potential employer
- Ability to make informed decisions about potential career options

Module information

Theoretical Thesis Project:
In this unit you will devise and plan a performance project in the medium of your choice. As this is a theoretical project which you will not be required to perform there is much scope for your creative ambitions but you must support your concepts with practical production details such as: costing, scripts, design, staging, casting and production schedules when youpresent your project for consideration. This will require you to build on the core contextual skills that were developed during the Foundation degree - using various forms of research and both oral and written expression of your ideas.

Career Preparation:
This unit is intended to prepare students to market themselves in the industry. Using the research and communication skills you have acquired over the duration of the module you will prepare CVs and promotional material for the purpose of getting a job. You will practice interview techniques with directors and research for agents, casting directors and other organisations that may facilitate employment. In the final term of this BA Hons unit you will be tutored in how to apply your skills towards gaining work within the profession. The unit focuses on students' ability to express a range of ideas and on the practicalities of organising and assessing a future personal plan. You will research potential employment opportunities and prepare appropriate CVs for a range of employment markets.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, presentations, tutorials, research, independent study

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Nick Hall, Chris Main
For further information please email halln

 

Availability
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External examiner

Mr Philip D'Orleans
Physical Skills Instructor
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information
East 15 Acting School

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