FT2P2T-Practical Project: Theatre

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites: FT1P3T Practical 3: Theatre Project
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: FT2P1T Creative Practice: Theatre
Modules excluded: FT2AR Academic Research Skills and FT2EE Extended Essay
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Mr Matt Mcfrederick

Email: m.mcfrederick@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module aims: to develop students' production competencies by the collaborative realisation of a short practical project in theatre; to develop an understanding of the way in which creative processes in theatre relate to critical analysis; to extend skills of analysis and evaluation by relating critical and theoretical issues to decision making in practice; to enhance the students' professionalism and range of professional skills in the field of theatre; to encourage students to identify and present skills which enhance their employability.


Aims:

The module aims: to develop students' production competencies by the collaborative realisation of a short practical project in theatre; to develop an understanding of the way in which creative processes in theatre relate to critical analysis; to extend skills of analysis and evaluation by relating critical and theoretical issues to decision making in practice; to enhance the students' professionalism and range of professional skills in the field of theatre.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be expected to:

• demonstrate the critical, technical and organisational expertise required to organise a short theatre production;

• demonstrate systematic and coherent decision making in the production of a piece of theatre;

• relate practical decisions in theatre to theoretical, critical and cultural ideas developed in earlier or concurrent critical modules;

• set out the critical and practical intentions for a theatre production in the light of identified theoretical concepts and contexts, and taking account of defined production constraints;

• document processes of production;

• evaluate and analyse the outcome of a practical project critically, taking account of audience reception, the relationship of initial intentions to the final theatre production, and levels of critical and creative success.


Additional outcomes:

This module develops in students skills of collaboration and leadership, particularly managerial and organisational skills. Decision-making and its consequences are central to the course. The module extends skills and competencies which are central to the degree: team work; oral communication and group co-operation; library usage to assist in independent work; appropriate deployment of research using printed and electronic resources: critical analysis of visual and written material and coherent argument; presentation of written work using IT.


Outline content:

Students taking this module pursue practical work in theatre. Students specialising in practical theatre collaboratively create, under supervision, a short performance of a play text or a devised piece. The work is documented and evaluated throughout the process. Early parts of the module consist of a range of preparatory exercises and workshops designed to develop particular skills relating to different elements of theatre making. Building on practical modules at Part 1 and in the Autumn Term of Part 2, the module includes an emphasis on developing professional skills, and frequently incorporates professional practitioner visits.


Global context:

Working on this module involves researching theatre and performance as well as the production of the students' own work, and specific projects may conduct this research in relation to texts from a range of national theatre and performance contexts.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching styles will be flexibly used and may vary week by week. Collaborative practical projects are developed partly through group workshops and partly by individual tutorials with the supervising tutor. The first two terms of the module comprise workshops, short exercises and tutorials aiming towards developing skills and the project and the third term completing and staging the practical piece. There is a charge for attending performances on the module, typically two to three per academic year for this module. Production work is allocated a nominal hourage but schedules and access to facilities are overseen by the module convenor or supervising tutor.



 



 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 9
Project Supervision 2 2
Demonstration 3 3
Practicals classes and workshops 15 30
Supervised time in studio/workshop 24 34
External visits 4
Guided independent study: 43 31
       
Total hours by term 100 100
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 40
Project output other than dissertation 60

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

All students will work collaboratively to present a short practical project in theatre during the Summer Term assessment period. Students will be required to document this project (3,200 words).


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall


    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment arrangements by project and/or related written work.


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: 

    2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

    4) Printing and binding: 

    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:


    Last updated: 12 August 2019

    THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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