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Acting and Community Theatre

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Acting and Community Theatre
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Dance, Drama and Performance
BA W496
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
25/07/2017

Applicants will need to successfully complete an audition, interview or physical workshop, depending on course applied for. Applicants 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).

Please note that a satisfactory enhanced DBS check will be required prior to starting any placement(s) for this course. This will be organised by the University. A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS Check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.

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.

External Examiners

Dr Kerrie Vanessa Schaefer
The University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer

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.

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
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
Optional You can choose which module to study

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 prepare students for a career in theatre practice focussed on community and education.

2. To provide opportunities for students to work with and in a range of communities to create relevant theatre

3. To encourage students to gain an understanding of the social, policy and arts administration contexts of community theatre

4. To enable students to gain an understanding of relevant theatre history and context

5. To encourage students to use their learning in a self-directed and experimental practice and take responsibility for their own development as performers

6. To develop students academic skills to research and present complex ideas and arguments orally or writing.

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 A range of techniques and theories with which to develop participatory theatre forms.
A2 Knowledge and understanding of the ethical, political and practical issues of working with other peoples stories and lives or with vulnerable groups.
A3 Knowledge and understanding of the established critical vocabulary with which to analyse performance of theatre in community settings.
A4 Knowledge and understanding of the Structure, jobs, roles and functions in small to medium-sized arts organisations.
A5 Knowledge and understanding oftheories of representation drawn from visual, aural and popular culture.
A6 Knowledge and understanding of the basic technical requirements of community theatre production.
A7 Knowledge and understanding of the needs of a range of non-traditional theatre participants.
Learning Methods: A1-A7 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 are also learned in one-to-one tutorials as part of individual students performance preparation.
Assessment Methods: Knowledge and understanding of A1-A7 are continuously assessed through observation of students contribution to class work, rehearsals and performance.

A2, A3, A4 and A6-A7 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 engage participants in theatre-making processes.
B2 Ability to identify problems and propose solutions for performance in community settings.
B3 Ability to respond to and collaborate with others to create a performance.
B4 Ability to select appropriately from a range of established performance styles and forms.
B5 Ability to understand the issues and challenges faced by voluntary and community sector arts providers.
B6 Ability to undertake critical analysis of government policies and initiatives in the arts and cultural sector
B7 Ability to use research to inform the presentation of complex ideas or arguments orally or in writing.
Learning Methods: B1 to B7 are learned in small group practical classes, workshops, master classes, rehearsals and performance and independent study, including unsupervised rehearsals.

Additionally, for B3 and B5 students will see a wide range of performances, both their own groups performances, other student performances and professional works.

Learning then takes place in group discussions and seminars on these performances.
Assessment Methods: B1 to B7 are continuously assessed through observation of students contribution to class work, rehearsals and performance.

B1, B3 and B5 to B7 are additionally assessed through practice-based presentations, written assignments and essays and the Personal Record of Analysis and Reflection.

Assessment of B1to B7 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 students performance within the ensemble.

C: Practical skills

C1 Ability to perform in a range of roles, forms and styles.
C2 The ability to devise time-management schedules and manage own and others' time efficiently according to those schedules
C3 Ability to use simple technical resources, video, sound recording or multimedia to produce participatory theatre.
C4 Ability to use simple design elements to transform performers and spaces, including scrap and found materials.
C5 Ability to use basic arts administration skills to engage with employers and arts providers. Construct and lead participatory workshops for a range of client groups
C6 Ability to plan and implement appropriate systems for managing or delivering a production in a community setting.
Learning Methods: C1 to C6 are learned in small group practical classes, workshops, master classes, rehearsals and performance and independent study, including unsupervised rehearsals.

C4 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 to C6 are continuously assessed through observation of students contribution to class work, rehearsals and performance.

C3 to C4 and C6 are additionally assessed through practice based presentations, written assignments and essays and the Personal Record of Analysis and Reflection.

Assessment of C1 to C6 in the early part of the degree scheme is based primarily on processes.
For example, the assessment of C1 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 C1 in Year Three would be based on the quality of the students performance.

D: Key skills

D1 Ability to present complex ideas or arguments or analysis in written or oral form
D2 Ability to use appropriate IT for research or written work or performance
D3 Ability to use simple budget control or financial accounting for production preparation.
D4 Ability to reflect on and meet the needs of the client group or participants for community theatre.
D5 Ability to work creatively in ensemble rehearsal and performance.
D6 Ability to critically analyse working models, practices or approaches to community theatre.
Learning Methods: D1, D4, D5 and D6 are learned in small group practical classes, workshops, rehearsal and performance.

D1 to 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 to D4 and D6 are additionally assessed through practice based presentations, written assignments and essays and the Personal Development Journal Assessment of D4 to 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.