Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other 10 x 2 hour workshop
Lecture 10 x 1 hor lecture/seminar


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 7 Hours   Creative Portfolio (two improvised performances)  50%
Semester Assessment Reflective Journal (3000 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Creative Portfolio (up to two improvised performances)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Reflective Journal (3000 words)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Apply a knowledge and understanding of improvisation through participation in practical workshops

Produce documentation of processes and procedures

Critically reflect on the inter-relation of theory and practice through post-performance reflection on the creation of a reflective journal;
Demonstrate an understanding of key improvisation techniques through the creation of two short pieces (4-5 min) of improvised performance

Brief description

This module will explore the theory and practice of improvisation as a mode of performance. It will enable the students to develop a practical understanding of solo and group improvisation methodologies and to place these in a historical and theoretical context. Students will be introduced to key theoretical issues of embodiment, intentionality, and agency and a strong emphasis will be placed on students' critical reflections on their own experience of workshop activities through the creation of a reflective journal. As an integral part of the assessment of this module students will also be given an opportunity to reflect on the efficacy of their improvised performances in response to questions by departmental examiners.


This module will be taught through a series of 10 one hour lecture/seminars and 10 two-hour practical workshops led by departmental staff. The workshops and seminars will focus on the following:

1. Definitions of improvisation
2. Histories and contexts of improvisation
3. Solo and group techniques
4. Structuring and editing techniques
5. Positive feedback as a means of developing a practice
6. Improvisation with voice
7. Phenomenology with improvisation
8. Embodiment and awareness
9. Intentionality and 'implacement'
10. Agency and freedom

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not developed in this module
Communication Each student's ability to articulate and communicate their ideas is explicity developed throughout this module. All forms of assessment include a consideration and evaluation of effective communication
Improving own Learning and Performance Student will be required to critically reflect on their own creative development and achievement in both individual and group activities
Information Technology Although not explicitly developed, students will be required to use resources in their own research and in the creation of a reflective journal
Personal Development and Career planning Through participation in workshops and use of positive feedback methods individual students will develop an awareness of personal skills and aesthetic interests
Problem solving The identification of problems, the development of creative approaches to solving problems, and teh evaluation of peotential solutions is an integral part of this module and will be assessed through individual student's reflections on solo and group improvisation
Research skills The use of appropriate and effective research methods is implicity encouraged through this module and is assessed through submission of appropriate written work
Subject Specific Skills Students will investigate and explore a range of solo and group improvisation methodologies
Team work Workshops will involve group improvisation and collaboration. Each student will play an active part in group activities


This module is at CQFW Level 5