MFA Acting (International)

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  • Objectives
    To provide students with a sound foundation for a professional career in theatre and related professions in an increasingly global industry. To extend and enhance students' vocal and physical skills appropriate for international performance. To encourage students' personal and intellectual development. To provide students with experience of training and performance in a professional environment. Tp provide students with skills for approaching a range of theatre texts in English, including specific vocal and linguistic skills. To provide opportunities for students extend their skills and abilities through working as actors within a repertory type company to produce fully staged productions written and performed in English. To provide opportunities for students to extend their research knowledge and training either through in depth independent study or field study.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Qualifications First degree in an appropriate field or equivalent in formal acting trainning and professional experience. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a mature attitude to the profession. Good working knowledge of English, especially verbal understanding and communication ability.
  • Academic Title
    MFA Acting (International)
  • Course description
    Course Description
    MFA Acting (International) is a unique course that has been designed specifically for overseas students and is a development of East 15's successful MA in Acting and MA in Acting for TV, Film and Radio. It offers the traditional array of acting skills, including voice, movement and singing, and approaches to rehearsal and public performances. It draws on existing practice but supplements this work with specific teaching and learning techniques especially suitable for overseas students. The course focuses on advanced practical acting skills and also takes in the study of Shakespeare and other classical traditions. MFA students take a second year in which they work within a repertory company to apply and extend their skills in a series of fully-staged productions written and performed in English. This course is on offer at the Loughton Campus.

    Teaching and Assessment Methods


    A: Knowledge and Understanding
        Learning Outcomes
        A1 : Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of approaches to the preparation of the actor, including development and preparation of the voice and body.
        A2 : Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of methods, techniques and disciplines used in creating performances.
        A3 : Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the acting skills and techniques used in selected performance forms and styles.
        A4 : Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of techniques and attitudes to support the safe and healthy use of the voice and body in performance.
        A5 : Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the variety of roles within a range of UK theatre environments and the interaction of those roles with the actor's role.
        A6 : Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Fully staged productions of works written and performed in English.
        A7 : Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key elements of a chosen training and performance method.

        Teaching Methods
        A1 to A6 will be learnt in practical classes, rehearsals, workshops and performances and through reflective actors' logbooks. A7 will also be learned in supervised independent study.

        Assessment Methods
        A1 to A5 are assessed through written module logbooks, a 12,000 word dissertation or practical project including a 5,000 word contextualising critical document and continuous assessment of contribution to practical sessions, scene study, workshop productions and fully staged plays. A6 and A7 are assessed through observation of performance preparation, live performance and written logbook or critical evaluation.

    B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        B1 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with a range of the professionals encountered within European theatre.
        B2 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to recognise, identify, select, critique or deply performance techniques for a range of contexts and styles.
        B3 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to interpret and communicate texts written in English clearly and creatively.
        B4 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to reflect constructively and critically on own work and to use the results of such reflection to plan future projects or to identify future training or developmental needs.
        B5 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to participate constructively in processes of reflecting on own or others' work.
        B6 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to plan and execute independent research as preparation for performance.
        B7 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to make critical judgements in evaluating research material.
        B8 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to reflect constructively on experience of a chosen performance method or system.
        B9 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to relate chosen performance method or system to prior training, preparation and performance.

        Teaching Methods
        B1 to B7 cognitive skills are learned through practical classes, workshops, independent study rehearsals and productions and through reflective actors' logbooks. B8 and B9 are additionally learned either through field study or supervised independent study.

        Assessment Methods
        B1 to B7 are assessed by continuous assessment of practical sessions, scene study, small group and fully staged productions, workshop productions and a 12,000 word dissertation or a practical project including a 5,000 word contextualising critical document and through written module logbooks. B8 and B9 are assessed through observation of performance preparation, live performance and written logbook or critical evaluation.

    C: Practical Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        C1 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to perform a range of roles to a professional standard.
        C2 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to express analysis and interpretation of a role with confidence and clarity.
        C3 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to train and use the body and voice as a performer safely, healthily, and confidently, including non-pedestrian movement or singing.
        C4 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to manage time and workloads efficiently.
        C5 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to understand and accept direction and incorporate it into the performance of a character.
        C6 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to utilise physical skills to apply and adapt a chosen performance method or system to own performance work.

        Teaching Methods
        C1 to C6 are learned through practical classes, workshops, rehearsals and productions. In addition, C1, C2 and C4 are also learned through independent study and written module logbooks.

        Assessment Methods
        C1 to C5 are continuously assessed through observation of practcial sessions, scene study, small group and fully staged productions, workshop productions. C1, C2 and C4 are additionally assessed through written module logbooks and a 12,000 word dissertation or a practical project including a 5,000 word contextualising critical document. C6 is assessed through observation of performance preparation, live performance and written logbook or critical evaluation.

    D: Key Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        D1 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and confidently with peers or to external audiences through performance, presentations or the written word.
        D2 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to select and apply IT skills in creating, planning or presenting work.
        D3 : Not applicable.
        D4 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to analyse and find resource-efficient effective solutions to problems encountered in research or creative tasks.
        D5 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to negotiate or communicate effectively within groups to maximise their effectiveness or to minimise conflict or underuse of group resources.
        D6 : Students will be able to demonstrate ability to use feedback from tutors peers or spectators to reflect systematically and critically on own work in order to formulate plans for future projects.

        Teaching Methods
        D1, D2 and D4 to D6 are learned in practical classes, rehearsals, workshops and performances and through reflective actors' logbooks.

        Assessment Methods
        D1, D2 and D4 to D6 are assessed through written module log-books, a 12,000 word Dissertation or Practical Project including a 5,000 word contextualising critical document and continuous assessment of contribution to practical sessions, scene study, workshop productions and fully staged plays.

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