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Acting

Course overview

(MFA) Master of Fine Arts
Acting
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Masters
Full-time
None
MFA W41020
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/pgt/assess-rules.aspx
15/04/2017
Please refer to the full time version of this course for information on Core and Compulsory modules.

External Examiners

Prof Ross William Prior
The University of Wolverhampton
Professor of Learning and Teaching in the Arts in Higher Education

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 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 EA401-7-FY Advanced Acting Methodology and Textual Studies Core 30 Optional Optional
02 EA402-7-SP Advanced Research Living History Project, Devising Project and Acting for Camera Core 15 Optional Optional
03 EA403-7-SP Studio Theatre Production Core 15 Optional Optional
04 EA404-7-FY Voice Core 15 Optional Optional
05 EA405-7-FY Movement Core 15 Optional Optional
06 EA406-7-FY Music and Singing Core 15 Optional Optional
07 EA407-7-FY Contextual Studies Core 15 Optional Optional

Year 2 - 2020/21

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 EA612-7-SP or EA613-7-SP Core with Options 60 Optional Optional
02 EA616-7-AU Film, Radio and Voiceover Core 30 Compulsory Compulsory
03 EA607-7-AU Theatre Performance 1 Core 30 Optional Optional
04 EA608-7-SP Theatre Performance 2 Core 30 Optional Optional
05 EA609-7-SU Theatre Performance 3 Core 30 Optional Optional

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 sound foundation for a professional career in theatre and related professions

2. To enhance students' vocational education and training

3. To encourage students' personal and intellectual development

4. To provide opportunities for students to create performance using a range of skills and source materials

5. To develop students' ability to use textual and contextual research as preparation for performance.

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 transformation in challenging roles
A2 Knowledge and understanding of advanced improvisation skills
A3 Knowledge and understanding of character development using a variety of techniques
A4 Knowledge and understanding of approaches to acting for film, television and radio
A5 Knowledge and understanding of the processes of technical theatre eg. stage management, costume, sound, lighting
A6 Knowledge and understanding of the uses of a range of performance styles, methods and spaces
Learning Methods: A1 to A3 are taught in small group practical classes, rehearsals, workshops and performance.

A4 to A6 are taught in studio-based practical projects, rehearsals and production work for performance.

A5 and A6 are also taught in contextual studies lectures and seminars.
Assessment Methods: A1 to A6 are continuously assessed through observation of contribution to classwork, rehearsals and performance.

A4 is additionally assessed through observation of students' contribution to applied recorded media projects.

A5 and A6 are additionally assessed through written assignments, essays, presentations and students' written Personal Development Portfolios and Journals.

A1 to A3 and A5 to A6 are assessed through performance and written commentary for students who opt for the Practical Project and through a 12,000 word Dissertation for students who choose that option.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Students will be able to take risks in exploration of self
B2 Students will be able to create performance from a range of source materials
B3 Students will be able to reflect objectively on the acting process
B4 Students will be able to respond creatively to others
B5 Students will be able to identify and exploit their physical and vocal potential
B6 Students will be able to undertake independent research as preparation for performance
Learning Methods: B1 to B6 learning takes place in small group practical classes, workshops, rehearsals and performance.

B2, B3 and B6 are additionally learned in lectures, seminars and independent study.

B1 and B5 are also learned in one-to-one tutorials
Assessment Methods: B1 to B6 are continuously assessed through observation of contribution to classwork, rehearsals and performance and the Practical Project for students who take that option.

B2, B3 and B6 are also assessed through written assignments, essays, presentations, students' written Personal Development Portfolios and Journals and the 12,000 word written dissertation for students who choose that option.

C: Practical skills

C1 Students will be able to perform a range of roles to a professional standard
C2 Students will be able to express interpretation and analysis with confidence
C3 The ability to devise time-management schedules and manage own and others' time efficiently according to those schedules
C4 Students will be able to approach singing and movement with confidence
C5 Students will be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences in written and oral form
Learning Methods: C1 to C5 are learned in small group classes, rehearsal and performance.

C3 is also learned through independent study.

C2 and C5 are learned additionally in seminars and workshops.

C2, C3 and C5 are learned through preparation of written essays and assignments.

C1, C2, C4 and C5 are also learned through one-to-one tutorials.
Assessment Methods: C1 to C5 are continuously assessed through observation of contribution to classwork, rehearsals and performance and the Practical Project for students who take that option.

C2, C3 and C5 are also assessed through written assignments, essays, presentations, students' written Personal Development Portfolios and Journals and the 12,000 word written dissertation for students who choose that option.

D: Key skills

D1 Students will be able to present ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing, effectively and clearly
D2 Ability to apply relevant IT resources to research, present or communicate original work
D4 Students will be able to identify problems and propose creative solutions
D5 Students will be able to participate effectively as a member of a group in practice based projects and productions
D6 Students will be able to work independently, using self-organisation and time-management; be receptive to written and oral feedback; and reflect on their own work.
Learning Methods: D1 and D4 to D6 are learned in small group practical classes, seminars, workshops, rehearsals and performances.

D2 and D4 learned through preparation of written assignments, essays, presentations, independent study and production preparation.

D1 also learned through independent study.
Assessment Methods: D1, D4, D5 and D6 are continuously assessed through observation of students' contributions to classwork, rehearsals and performances.

D1, D2, D4 and D6 are additionally assessed through written assignments, essays and students' Personal Development Portfolios and Journals.
D1, D2, D4, D5 and D6 are assessed in both the 12,000 word Dissertation option and the Practical project option.


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.