Physical and Vocal Training for Actors - DRAM8000

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 7 30 (15) Roanna Mitchell checkmark-circle


This module directs students to investigate and develop physical and vocal actor training techniques. It is designed to complement the other modules on the Physical Acting Specialism by providing synergies between training and performance applications, with the objective of linking process with product.
Students will work practically in tutor-led workshops and independently. In addition to their theatre-based work, students will be expected to practise and document other forms of training practices (e.g. dance classes, martial arts, sports), and incorporate this work in their end of term assessments.
The module includes three Contextual Seminars with a focus on the theory, ethics, and history of actor training.


Contact hours

Contact Hours: 42
Private Study: 258
Total: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Solo Technical Presentation (10 minutes) – 60%
Learning Portfolio (min 3000 words) — 40%

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate essential practical skills in, the capacity to develop processes of, and reflective engagement with, physical and laboratory theatre training within a pre-professional context;
2. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the various contexts (historical, ethical, and terminological) that influence and inform physical and laboratory theatre training;
3. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the essential links between laboratory training and its application in acting and performance composition; with particular emphasis on the practice-based conceptualisation of movement, space, rhythm, texture, range, and relationship with observers;
4. Demonstrate the ability to document the creative learning processes and artistic work in effective formats;
5. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of current discourses of and around theatre training and the contextualisation of their own work within these contexts.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Undertake research and creative investigations as well as develop artistic ideas in original and critically reflective ways;
2. Work autonomously and collaboratively with others in team structures, understanding and negotiating group dynamics and handling and solving interpersonal issues;
3. Demonstrate sophisticated communication skills, both oral and written, negotiating, communicating, discussing and documenting ideas, visions, critique, and argument in a coherent, productive, and effective way;
4. Exercise initiative, take personal responsibility and discipline to define, set up, support, manage and realise a project over a sustained period of time within specified resource allocations of time, space and/or budget;
5. Identify Health & Safety issues and undertake risk assessment.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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