Acting and Stage Combat

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Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Acting and Stage Combat
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Dance, Drama and Performance
BA W412
15/04/2017

Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

Applicants will need to successfully complete a physical workshop audition and should also have, or expect to have:
A-levels: CDD, or the equivalent in UCAS tariff points, to include 2 full A Levels

BTEC Extended Diploma: MMP (in relevant subject).

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Course qualifiers

None

Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

None

External examiners

Mr Philip D'Orleans

Physical Skills Instructor

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 27 January 2020 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  EA151-4-FY  Stage Combat I  Core  30 
02  EA156-4-FY  Contextual Studies  Core  15 
03  EA153-4-FY  Physical Skills I  Core  30 
04  EA154-4-FY  Performance Skills I  Core  30 
05  EA155-4-FY  Specialised Performance Skills  Core  15 

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  EA251-5-FY  Stage Combat II  Core  30 
02  EA256-5-FY  Contextual Studies II  Core  15 
03  EA253-5-FY  Physical Skills II  Core  30 
04  EA254-5-FY  Performance Skills II  Core  15 
05  EA255-5-FY  Performance Projects  Core  30 

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  EA351-6-FY  Stage Combat in Practice and Performance  Core  30 
02  EA352-6-AP  Performance Projects  Core  30 
03  EA353-6-AP  Theatrical Appreciation  Core  15 
04  EA354-6-FY  Contextual Studies  Core  15 
05  EA355-6-PS  Graduation Project  Core  30 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To provide students with opportunities to acquire

1. A range of skills in stage combat and physical disciplines

2. A holistic training in acting theory and practice

3. The competence and basic safety awareness to apply stage combat skills to performance

4. An understanding of relevant theatre history and context

5. Academic skills necessary to research, analyse and present ideas and arguments orally and in writing.

6. perform self directed work safely and effectively

7. Preparation for a range of professional work including theatre and on film.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1: Knowledge and understanding of the application of acting, stage combat and physical disciplines to a range of performance styles, forms and techniques The application of acting, stage combat and physical disciplines to a range of performance styles, forms and techniques Knowledge and understanding of the application of acting, stage combat and physical disciplines to a range of performance styles, forms and techniques

A2: Knowledge and understanding of a range of established acting theories and methodology

A3: Knowledge and understanding of the processes of making, directing and staging a production involving stage combat scenes

A4: Knowledge and understanding of anatomical form and function in the creation of effective stage combat scenes

A5: Knowledge and understanding of the application of health and safety principles to the safe creation of complex physical and stage combat scenes

A6: Knowledge and understanding of theatre history and context in a range of periods relevant to the development of stage combat

A7: Knowledge and understanding of the use of research, presentation and communication skills in practical and written projects

Learning methods

A1 to A7 are learned in small group practical classes, workshops, rehearsals and performance and independent study.

Additionally, A4 to A7 learning takes place in lectures and seminars.

A1 is also learned in one to one tutorials as part of individual students performance preparation.

Students will progress through focus on building specific skills in year one to the ability to combine stage combat training, acting skills and enhanced creativity and finally to apply them to a range of performance projects, some of which will be self directed.

Assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding of A1to A7 are continuously assessed through observation of course work, rehearsals, practice based projects and performance and through the written analytical work of the Personal Record of Analysis and Reflection.

A4 to A7 are additionally assessed by written assignments.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Ability to select from a range of established stage combat principles and techniques for performance

B2: Ability to evaluate the potential physical effects on the body of a range of stage combat techniques

B3: Ability to sustain truthful character within the demands of a technical production

B4: Ability to analyse critically own and others performance

B5: Ability to communicate confidently with and respond to audiences in a range of performance styles and forms

B6: Ability to identify problems and produce practical solutions within a given framework

B7: Ability to apply research and learned skills to the creation of self-directed work

Learning methods

B1to B7 are taught in small group practical classes, workshops, seminars, supervised and unsupervised rehearsal and independent study.

Learning additionally takes place in group discussions and through directorial feedback and instruction during the production process.

B1 learning is supported by one to one tutorials as part of performance preparation.

B1, B3 and B4 are learned additionally through tutor, directorial and group feedback on performances.

Assessment methods

B1 to B7 are continuously assessed through observation of students course work, rehearsals and performance.

B1 to B4 are additionally assessed through practice-based presentations, written assignments and essays.

B1 to B7 are additionally assessed through the analytical written work of the Personal Record of Analysis and Reflection.

Assessment of cognitive skills in the first year and partly in second year would be based primarily on processes.

In the latter part of the second year and in final year assessment becomes more focussed on the quality of the work produced.

C: Practical skills

C1: Ability to carry out risk assessments and evaluate appropriate action

C2: Ability to apply knowledge of physiology and anatomy, body maintenance and warm ups

C3: Ability to utilise a range of training skills eg First Aid, dramatic combat, stage and screen combat

C4: Ability to demonstrate competence in a range of physical skills eg gymnastics and acrobatics

C5: Ability to work effectively as one part of a complex production team

C6: Ability to demonstrate an appropriate level of skill and weapon control in performance

C7: Ability to use learned skills for the safe creation of theatrical violence in performance

Learning methods

C2 to C7 are learned in small group practical classes, workshops, guest lectures and seminars given by industry professionals, rehearsals and performance and independent study, including unsupervised rehearsals.

C1 is learned in rehearsals and performances as well as in classes and workshops.

C5 is additionally taught in practical workshop sessions and through technical advice surgeries for students preparing for performances.

Assessment methods

C1 to C7 are continuously assessed through observation of students course work, rehearsals and performance.

C5 is additionally assessed through practice based presentations, written assignments and the Personal Record of Analysis and Reflection.
In the early years of the course assessment is based on students ability to demonstrate practical skills competence whereas in final year assessment is based more on their ability to apply practical skills to support the development of performances.

D: Key skills

D1: Ability to respond to the needs of a range of audiences in various performance venues In the early years of the course assessment is based on students ability to demonstrate competence in key skills whereas in final year assessment is based more on their ability to apply key skills to support the development of performances. Ability to respond to the needs of a range of audiences in various performance venues

D2: Ability to Use appropriate IT to research and present substantial written analytical work

D3: N/A

D4: Ability to evaluate health and safety risks and propose performance solutions in complex stage combat scenarios

D5: Ability to work creatively, safely and collaboratively with others in ensemble performance

D6: Ability to reflect on own practice critically and honestly, accept direction and criticism and use it to improve performance.

Learning methods

Assessment methods



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