Acting and Contemporary Theatre

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Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Acting and Contemporary Theatre
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Dance, Drama and Performance
None
None
BA W441
15/04/2017

Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

Successful audition, plus
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

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  EA111-4-FY  Introduction to Acting Theory, Methods and Practice, and Development From Self to Character  Core  15 
02  EA112-4-SP  Verbatim Theatre and Contemporary Scene Study  Core  15 
03  EA113-4-SP  Actor and Text  Core  15 
04  EA120-4-SU  Comedia Dell' Arte and Improvised Theatre  Core  15 
05  EA115-4-FY  Voice I  Core  15 
06  EA116-4-FY  Movement I  Core  15 
07  EA117-4-FY  Music and Singing I  Core  15 
08  EA118-4-FY  Contextual Studies I  Core  15 

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  EA221-5-AP  Expressionism in Visual Theatre, Physical Theatre and in Text  Core  15 
02  EA329-5-SU  Film  Core  15 
03  EA223-5-FY  Voice II  Core  15 
04  EA224-5-FY  Movement II  Core  15 
05  EA225-5-FY  Music and Singing II  Core  15 
06  EA226-5-FY  Contextual Studies II  Core  15 
07  EA227-5-FY  Physical Comedy  Core  15 
08  EA228-5-SU  Site Specific Classics  Core  15 

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  EA321-6-SP  New Plays  Core  30 
02  EA328-6-FY  Employability, Professional Preparation and Auditioning Technique  Core  15 
03  EA323-6-AU  Issue-Led Theatre  Core  15 
04  EA222-6-AU  Theatre Meets Film  Core  15 
05  EA325-6-SP  Actor-Led Final Projects  Core  15 
06  EA326-6-AP  Voice, Movement, Music and Singing  Core  15 
07  EA327-6-FY  Contextual Studies III  Core  15 

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

1. To provide a vocational education and preparation for a professional career in acting and theatre.

2. To stimulate students' creativity and imagination.

3. To equip students with the knowledge and skills demanded by current practice in contemporary theatre.

4. To provide students with opportunities to integrate their training into public performance of work that is relevant to the contemporary world.

5. To develop students' ability to work effectively as part of a creative team.

6. To develop students' ability to adapt and devise self-created performance material from research and observation.

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: Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of relevant movement theories

A2: Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of performance source materials and texts relevant to contemporary theatre

A3: Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of contemporary theatre performance styles and methods

A4: Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of theatre history and theory relevant to the development of contemporary theatre

A5: Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of vocal techniques and theories

Learning methods

A1-A5 are learned in small group practical classes, workshops, master classes, rehearsals and performance and independent study.

Additionally, A4 learning takes place in lectures and seminars.

A3 and A5 is also learned in one-to-one tutorials as part of individual students' performance preparation.

Assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding of A1-A5 are continuously assessed through observation of students' contribution to class work, rehearsals and performance.

A2, A3 and A4 are additionally assessed through practice-based presentations, written assignments and essays and the Personal Record of Analysis and Reflection.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Ability to use knowledge of self and behaviour patterns to develop contemporary theatre responses

B2: Ability to demonstrate reflective evaluation of acting processes and performances

B3: Ability to respond to and collaborate with others to create a performance.

B4: Ability to experiment with form and style eg visual theatre, expression, parody

B5: Ability to apply critical analysis of ideas and material to inform performances

Learning methods

B1 - B6 are learned in small group practical classes, workshops, master classes, rehearsals and performance and independent study, including unsupervised rehearsals.

Additionally, for B3 and B6 students will see a wide range of performances, both their own group's performances, other student performances and professional works - learning then takes place in group discussions and seminars on these performances

Assessment methods

B1 - B6 are continuously assessed through observation of students' contribution to class work, rehearsals and performance.

B1, B3 and B6 are additionally assessed through practice-based presentations, written assignments and essays and the Record of Analysis and Reflection.

Assessment of B1-B6 in the early part of the degree scheme is based primarily on processes.

For example, the assessment of B4 in Year One would be based on the extent to which a student was able to demonstrate learning of ensemble work methods.

As students progress through the scheme assessment becomes more focussed on the quality of the work produced, so that assessment of B4 in Year Three would be based on the quality of the student's performance within the ensemble.

C: Practical skills

C1: Ability to use vocal techniques including voice production, singing, use of dialect and accents.

C2: Ability to perform in a range of roles, forms and styles

C3: Ability to demonstrate self-management and time-management

C4: Ability to show awareness of rhythm, co-ordination, strength and suppleness

C5: Ability to deliver a well realised, detailed and believable characterisation

C6: Ability to apply basic technical theatre skills to practical projects: eg costume, set design, props construction, stage management.

Learning methods

C1 - C6 are learned in small group practical classes, workshops, master classes, rehearsals and performance and independent study, including unsupervised rehearsals.

C6 is additionally taught in practical workshop sessions and through technical advice 'surgeries' for students preparing for performances.

C1 is also learned by students in one-to-one tutorials during performance preparation.

Assessment methods

C1 - C6 are continuously assessed through observation of students' contribution to class work, rehearsals and performance.

C3 is additionally assessed through practice-based presentations, written assignments and essays and the Record of Analysis and Reflection.

Assessment of C1 - C6 in the early part of the degree scheme is based primarily on processes.
For example, the assessment of C2 in Year One would be based on the extent to which a student was able to demonstrate learning of acting methodology.

As students progress through the scheme assessment becomes more focussed on the quality of the work produced, so that assessment of C2 in Year Three would be based on the quality of the student's performance.

D: Key skills

D1: Ability to present ideas and analysis in written or oral form

D2: Ability to apply relevant IT resources to research, present or communicate original work

D4: Ability to work within available resources: human, financial or physical

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

D6: Ability to take responsibility for own creative development and undertake independent research for performance preparation

Learning methods

D1, D4, D5 and D6 are learned in small group practical classes, workshops, rehearsal and performance.

D1 - D4 and D6 are learned through lectures, presentations, seminars and independent study.

Assessment methods

D1, D4, D5 and D6 are continuously assessed through observation of students' contribution to class work, rehearsals and performance.

D1 - D4 and D6 are additionally assessed through practice-based presentations, written assignments and essays and the Record of Analysis and Reflection.

Assessment of D4-D6 in the early part of the degree scheme is based primarily on processes.
For example, the assessment of D6 in Year One would be based on the extent to which a student was able to demonstrate learning of the processes of researching and creating a work.

As students progress through the scheme D6 assessment becomes more focussed on the originality and creative inventiveness of the work produced.


Note

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Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: crt@essex.ac.uk.