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DRAM7021 - Acting in the Media 1

Title:Acting in the Media 1
Long Title:Acting in the Media 1
Module Code:DRAM7021
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Drama
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: JOHN O CONNOR
Module Description: An experiential course that looks at the essentials of performance technique in film, video and radio.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 demonstrate awareness of technical requirements for performing in media
LO2 scale vocal projection and physical movement for the requirements of film, TV and Radio
LO3 analyse scripts for character choices, motivation and actions
LO4 critically reflect on recorded material
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Media Performance
Techniques for performing in the Media Industry. Learners are coached in the differences between stage, camera and radio performance. The technical needs for film and radio are also considered and applied in performance.
Script Analysis
Analysing scripts designed for commercials, radio, TV and film and applying choices such as character voice, motivation and actions.
Studio Work
Preparing and performing for various media contexts. The learners are directed in scenarios for commercials, TV, film and radio.
Digital media portfolio of coursework.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous assessment of class engagement and progress 1,2,3,4 30.0 Every Week
Essay A topic related to performance for media 1,3 20.0 Week 9
Presentation Showreel 1,2,3 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Group workshop in media performance 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Preparation for classes and research 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Patrick Tucker 2014, Secrets of Screen Acting, 3rd Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 113879340X]
  • Andrea Morris 2014, The Science of On-Camera Acting, 1st Ed., Becoming Media [ISBN: 0990733211]
  • Tony Barr 1997, Acting for the Camera, Revised Ed., Harper Books [ISBN: 9780060928193]
  • Alan Beck 1997, Radio Acting: Studio Work, Radio Adverts, Voice-Overs, Voice Production, Technical Production, 1st Ed., A&C Black London [ISBN: 978-0713646313]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUTH_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre 5 Elective
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 3 Elective
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 4 Elective
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 5 Elective
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 6 Elective

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