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DRAM8047 - Acting in the Media 2

Title:Acting in the Media 2
Long Title:Acting in the Media 2
Module Code:DRAM8047
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
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: A specialist module in acting for media - film, TV and Radio
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Compete for employment opportunities in media acting
LO2 Interact and respond swiftly within media performing environments
LO3 Effectively characterise roles projected in two dimensions or with voice only
LO4 Recognise, understand and exploit the capabilities of the technology used for media
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
Radio Studio Technique
Using Microphones, directionality, proximity effect, vocal resonance
Voice Overs
Characterisation, accents, non-text elements
The TV Studio
Performance skills in the TV studio, playing to multiple cameras, optimising light and sound, make-up for camera
Being effective in short scenes, maintaining character continuity, method acting and reality TV
Film Acting
Group project - scripting, storyboarding, staging, filming and editing a ten-minute short film
Scripting, staging and producing a thirty-second dummy commercial
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous assessment of classwork 2,3,4 60.0 Every Week
Presentation Showreel of work in digital media format 1,3,4 40.0 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
Lecture Case Studies of Performance for Media 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Practical workshop in media performance scenarios 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Research, writing and showreel production 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • John W Shephard 2004, Auditioning and Acting for the Camera: Proven Techniques for Auditioning and Performing in Film, Episodic Tv, Sitcoms, Soap Operas, Commercials, and Industrials (Career Development Series) (Paperback), Smith & Kraus Publications [ISBN: 978-1575252759]
  • Mel Churcher 2003, Acting for Film: Truth 24 Times a Second, 1st Ed., Virgin Books [ISBN: 978-0753507230]
  • James Alberger 2006, The Art of Voice Acting, 3rd Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 978-0240808925]
  • Terri Apple 2007, Making Money in Voice Overs, 2nd Ed., Watson Guptil U.S. [ISBN: 978-1580650694]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Angela Nicholas 1999, 99 Film Scenes for Actors, 2nd Ed. [ISBN: 978-0380798049]
  • Hayley Angela Gilbert 2017, The Actors Handbook: TV & Film Acting, CreateSpace [ISBN: 1544744153]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUTH_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre 7 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
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 7 Elective
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 8 Elective

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