53785 - Intermediate Theatre Practice (Acting)

Full Title:Intermediate Theatre Practice (Acting)
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:53785
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will introduce students to methods of improvisation, characterisation and creative play. Students will develop an understanding of the physical, psychological and emotional life of characters, their motivations,actions and objectives.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Communicate creatively through improvisation
  2. Translate inner feelings and impulses into characterisation
  3. Explore spontaneity through creative play
  4. Employ movement & vocal technique to establish characterisation
  5. Interpret a text and create a range of characters in response to textual analysis
  6. Critically reflect on their own development and practice

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Group dynamics and interaction, creative improvisation, developing improvisation and creative play as a process of devising scenes. Realising that spontaneity is at the heart of the acting process.
Playing Objectives
Identifying and playing character objectives.
Textual Analysis
Identifying the clues to creating character. Developing a character backstory.
Hot Seating
Improvising and responding in character.
Physical Characterisation
Establishing the weight, qualities and rhythms of character physically.
Vocal Characterisation
Employing vocal and speech traits in the creation of character. Accent, resonance, tone. Textual clues for vocal characterisation.
Period Research
Understanding the affects of social conventions and socio-historical issues impact on character. Physical, etiquette conventions of the period.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Reflective Journal The student will continue to maintain a reflective journal over the course of the semester and critically reflect on the development of their work, including personal reflections and documentation of the creative process. 1,2,3,4,5,6 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will present two scenes. One will be of the character in an existing play the other will be an improvised scene from the same characters backstory. These scenes will be the sumative expression of all the character research and differing character methods employed. 1,2,4,5 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment Ongoing assessment of personal progress. 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. Therefore reassessment on this module will require the student to reattend (i.e. retake) the module in its entirety.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practical No Description 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Directed Reading No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Study No Description 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 16.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Chevhov, Michael 1991, On The Technique Of Acting, Harper Perenial
  • Stanislavski, Constantin 1979, Building A Character, Methuen
  • Johnstone, Keith 1989, Impro, Methuen
  • Berry, Cecily 2000, The Actor & The Text, Virgin
  • Yakim, M 1993, Creating A Character A Physical Approach to Acting, Applause Books
  • Sharpe, Edda; Haydn Rowles, Jan 2009, How To Do Accents, Oberon
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MTFIP_7 Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film Practice 2 Elective