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Acting (International)

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Acting (International)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Dance, Drama and Performance
BA W83A
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
15/04/2017

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)

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 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 21 October 2019 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
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

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 EA330-6-FY New Plays Project Core 15
02 EA319-6-AP Professional Preparation and Audition Technique Core 15
03 EA313-6-SP Notions of Realism Core 15
04 EA314-6-AU Screen and Radio Core 15
05 EA315-6-SU Final Productions Core 30
06 EA316-6-AP Voice, Movement, Music and Singing Core 15
07 EA317-6-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 train students for a professional career in acting

2. To provide students with an understanding of theatre context.

3. To equip students with the ability to communicate creatively with a range of audiences

4. To stimulate students' creativity and imagination.

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 theatre history and context Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of theatre history and context
A2 Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of theories and methods of acting
A3 Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of performance styles and texts
A4 Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the technical demands of theatre performance
A5 Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of vocal techniques and theories
A6 Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of movement theories and techniques
Learning Methods: A1-A3 are taught through lectures and seminars.

A2, A3, A5 and A6 are taught in small group practical classes, rehearsals, presentations/demonstrations and workshops.

A1-A3 Students undertake independent research on character work and contextual study of plays.

A4 Rehearsals, practical projects and assignments, performances.

A1-A6 Written and oral formative feedback on written and practical work, including term reports and directors' notes.

In first year students will begin to acquire the knowledge and understanding indicated in thenlearning outcomes which they will apply throughout second and third year to create character and performance of increasing depth and complexity.

In performance students will progress from in-housae showings of scenes in first year to full scale productions for ticketed public audiences in a variety of different venues in final year.
Assessment Methods: A2 - A6 Continuous assessment of specific course learning outcomes through observation of practical projects, presentations, shows and performance.

Live performances are video-recorded and made available to External Examiners.

A1- A3 Students are required to produce essays, written assignments, portfolios and reflective diaries for assessment.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Students will be able to create truthful and complex roles and characters
B2 Students will be able to use research and imagination to create the world of the play
B3 Students will be able to express themselves objectively in oral or written form
B4 Students will be able to devise and improvise original work
B5 Students will be able to apply objective critical awareness in practical and written work
Learning Methods: B1-B5 Small group practical classes, workshops, rehearsals, practical projects and performance.
Written and oral formative feedback on written and practical work, including term reports and Director's notes.

B2-B3, B5 Lectures, seminars, presentations/demonstrations.

Students present/ perform their work to peers and staff and receive regular written and oral feedback from them.

First year begins with the study of self, encouraging students to open up and begin the process of creating truthful character and performance.

This process is developed through second and third year in increasingly challenging and diverse practical work.
Assessment Methods: B1- B5 Continuous assessment through observation of practical projects, presentations, shows and performance.

Live performances are video-recorded and made available to External Examiners.

B2, B3, B5 essays, written assignments, portfolios and reflective diaries.

C: Practical skills

C1 Students will be able to demonstrate safe, confident and expressive use of the body
C2 Students will be able to demonstrate musicality and rhythm
C3 Students will be able to demonstrate a broad range of speech patterns, accents and dialects
C4 Students will be able to demonstrate practical musicianship in a range of repertoires
C5 Students will be able to demonstrate body maintenance and warm-ups
Learning Methods: C1-C5 Small group practical classes, workshops, rehearsals and performance.

C1 - C5 Written and oral formative feedback on written and practical work and classwork, including term reports and Director's notes.
Assessment Methods: C1-C5 Continuous assessment through observation of contribution to class work, practical proects and performance.

C5 Essays, written assignments, portfolios and reflective diaries.

D: Key skills

D1 Students will be able to communicate complex ideas or arguments confidently and effectively in oral, written or visual form.
D2 Ability to apply relevant IT resources to research, present or communicate original work
D3 Ability to work within available resources: human, financial or physical
D4 Students will be able to work creatively in ensemble rehearsal and performance
D5 Students will be able to take responsibility for own creative development
D6 Students will be able to undertake independent research for performance preparation
Learning Methods: D1, D4 - D6 Small group practical classes, workshops, presentation/demonstrations, rehearsals and performance.

D2, D6 Essays and written assignments, research for class and rehearsal preparation, research for personal portfolios and reflective diaries.

Students are given opportunities to work collectively on devising, improvising and creating work from a number of sources.

This work is carried out with increasing independence through the course.

By final year students have the skills necessary to devise and perform full-scale productions.
Assessment Methods: D1, D4 - D6 Continuous assessment through observation of practical projects, presentations, shows and performance.

D2, D6 Essays, written assignments, portfolios and reflective diaries.


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.