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Short Course
on
Acting
A need was identified in the market for a short learning programme in acting that can provide participants with the basic skills as required for public performances.

Purpose of the course:

After successfully completion of this Short Learning Programme participants will have the skills required for public performances.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
N/A
Learning assumed to be in place: 
An audition is to be arranged where the prospective participant's capabilities will be assessed.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

For Outcome 1:

Upon successful completion of this short learning programme, participants will have the scope of knowledge and informed understanding and ability to (Module 1: Basic Drama Practice) physically interpret poetry, prose, plays and other forms of dramatised texts, (Module 2: Intermediate Drama Practice) control one's posture, movement, breathing and voice projection, and (Module 3: Advanced Drama Practice) perform according to the requirements of different performing arts formats (theatre, television, etc.).

Participants must be able to identify and critically discuss the relevant aspects to physically interpreting dramatised texts in their distinct forms and be able to showcase these in their own performances. For the purpose of Module 1 this assessment criteria is applied to performances of a poem and a monologue; for the purpose of Module 2, applied to performances of selected dramatised prose; for the purpose of Module 3, applied to the lead given as director of a one-act play.
For Outcome 2:

Participants must be able to discuss, distinguish and implement appropriate methods and/or procedures in different contexts that enable actors to display confidence in controlling physical aspects of a performance such as posture, movement, breathing and voice projection.  For the purpose of Module 1 this assessment criteria is applied to techniques that relate to communication through the human body; for the purpose of Module 2, applied to techniques that relate to manners in which one's audience is accommodated in a performance; for the purpose of Module 3, applied to the lead given as director that relate to control over one's posture, movement, breathing and voice projection.

For Outcome 3:

Participants must be able to use the knowledge they have mastered in order to perform according to the requirements of different performing arts formats (theatre, television, etc.). For the purpose of Module 1 this assessment criteria is applied to primarily to theatre; for the purpose of Module 2, applied to a range of performing arts, for the purpose of Module 3, applied to various interdisciplinary scopes of performing arts.

 

Assessment: 
It should be noted that students are obliged to attend at least 70% of the contact classes to successfully pass the course. Furthermore, a participant must attain an average mark of 50% for all the relevant assessments in order to pass the course. Assessment will be supervised and conducted by the course presenter. The assessments are in the form of theoretical assignments but also with a substantial practical assessment component to be completed by each participant individually (see method of assessment for breakdown of assessment). Any statement (“transcript”, letter of attendance, receipt, or any other document bearing a NWU emblem) must be treated in the same manner as a certificate – i.e. issued ONLY via the approved NWU system/route/protocol. The final assessments of this short learning programme are to be moderated.
Method of assessment: 
Assessment will be carried out in the form of one practical exam (one third of year mark) to be performed on stage, one theoretical assignment (one third of year mark) and a class point for their workbooks and assessments that will be observed in class by the course presenter (one third of year mark).

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Contact
Target group: 
Working adults living in Potchefstroom or surrounding areas, local businesses and full-time students at NWU Potchefstroom campus.
Contact us
Name: 
Me Lindi Cameron
Telephone number: 
(018) 299 4094