Theatre Arts

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Course overview
(Certificate of HE) Certificate of Higher Education
Theatre Arts
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Certificate Higher Education
CERXW410ST
15/04/2017

Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

Successful audition, plus
A-level: E

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 4.0 in all other components (or equivalent). 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 required. 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.

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.

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 to enter full-time acting or similar training for the professional theatre.

2. To give students a broad cultural context in which theatre is seen as part of the spectrum of artistic activity.

3. To provide students with the ability to evaluate, present and interpret ideas based on basic dramatic theory.

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 the relationships between a range of art forms e.g. visual arts, music and dance, and theatre.
A2 Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the art of the actor on stage and in the recorded media.
A3 Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the basic approaches to the acting role.
A4 Students will acquire knowledge and understanding ofthe fundamental technical skills required of an actor (voice, movement and music/singing).
A5 Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the basic skills to assist students to prepare for auditions.
A6 Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the process of working as part of an ensemble.
Learning Methods: A1-A2 Trips to museums, art galleries and historic building relevant to curriculum, visits to radio, TV and film productions in the making, live performances, screenings, specialist workshops and rehearsals as required.

A1-A2 are also taught in Contextual Studies lectures, through guided research for the preparation of written course work.

A3 - A6 are taught in small group practical classes, supervised and unsupervised rehearsals, presentations/demonstrations, workshops.

A5 is additionally taught in one-to-one practice-based tutorials.

A1 - A3 are also learned through tutor-led group discussions and independent study.
Students also receive termly written and oral formative assessment and feedback from tutors on their work for A1 - A6.
Assessment Methods: A1 - A2 are continuously assessed through observation of contribution to practical class work, presentations and written contextual studies assignments.

A3 - A6 skills are continuously assessed through observation of students' contributions to class work and projects, 'showings' (eg rituals, scenes, story-telling, debates and performances) to small audiences, the rehearsal process and performance work on Shakespeare and other performed scenes and plays.

A3-A5 are additionally assessed on the process of selecting and rehearsing audition scenes.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Students will be able to begin to show a range of emotions truthfully and without inhibition.
B2 Students will be able to begin to understand how to interpret and realise a character.
B3 Students will be able to begin to use observation and research to create a role.
B4 Students will be able to begin to undertake basic textual analysis to create a role..
B5 Students will be able to begin to plan and conduct a piece of independent research.
B6 Students will be able to begin to make appropriate use of director's notes.
Learning Methods: B1 - B6 are taught in small group practical classes, supervised and unsupervised rehearsals, presentations/demonstrations, workshops.

B2-B5 are also taught in Contextual Studies lectures and classes.

B2 -B5 are also learned through independent study and through guided preparation and research for presentations and written work.

B1 - B4 and B6 are also learned through performance projects and tutor-led preparation for auditions.

Students also receive termly written and oral formative assessment and feedback from tutors on their work for B1 - B6.
Assessment Methods: B1 - B4 and B6 skills are continuously assessed through observation of students' contributions to class work and projects, 'showings' (eg rituals, scenes, story-telling, debates and performances) to small audiences, the rehearsal process and performance work on Shakespeare and other performed scenes and plays.

B2-B4 are additionally assessed on the process of selecting and rehearsing audition scenes.

B5 is also assessed through contextual studies written assignments and presentations.

C: Practical skills

C1 Students will be able to commit sequences to memory.
C2 Students will be able to use voice, body and emotion to communicate story and character.
C3 Students will be able to use personal warm-up techniques for voice and body.
C4 Students will be able to demonstrate general presentational skills.
C5 Students will be able to apply research to acting work.
Learning Methods: C1 - C5 are learned in small group practical classes, supervised and unsupervised rehearsals, presentations/demonstrations, workshops.

C4 and C5 are also taught in Contextual Studies lectures and classes.

C1-C5 are also learned through independent study, guided preparation and research for presentations and written work, performance projects and tutor-led preparation for auditions.

Students also receive termly written and oral formative assessment and feedback from tutors on their work for C2 - C5.
Assessment Methods: C1 - C5 skills are continuously assessed through observation of students' contributions to class work and projects, 'showings' (eg rituals, scenes, story-telling, debates and performances) to small audiences, the rehearsal process and performance work on Shakespeare and other performed scenes and plays.

C1-C4 are additionally assessed on the process of selecting and rehearsing audition scenes.

C4 and C5 are also assessed through contextual studies written assignments and presentations.

D: Key skills

D1 Students will be able to begin to communicate with an audience.
D2 Students will be able to begin to use appropriate IT for research and presentation.
D3 Not applicable.
D4 Students will be able to begin to mount a production using skills and ideas learned during the course.
D5 Students will be able to demonstrate ability to work effectively individually and as a member of an ensemble
D6 Students will be able to show critical awareness of own strengths and weaknesses as an actor.
Learning Methods: D1 Communication is developed through personal instruction given individually and in group rehearsals and continuous class work.

D4 Students will be given the opportunity to work collectively on devising, improvising and creating work from a number of sources.
This work is presented/shown to peers, staff and to the public.

D5 Students participate in seminars, rehearsals, workshops where they actively create material for song, story and play presentation.

D6 Students are given the opportunity to work as an ensemble through play presentation, devising projects and improvisation work.
Assessment Methods: Key skills are assessed continuously throughout class work, rehearsal and performance.

Written work must be presented according to the departmental rules.


Note

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